Dr. Michael Sanderson
Program Director

Pennie Liebig
Program Coordinator

IGERT Program in Genomics
University of Arizona
Biosciences West. 328
1041 E. Lowell Street
Tucson, AZ 85721-0088
Tel: 520-626-0988
Fax: 520-621-9190

IGERT Recruitment Program


Deep Genomics Symposium
April 3-5, 2014
Marriott University Park Hotel in Tucson, Arizona
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Hike in Saguaro West National Park
Back (left to right) - Travis Wheeler, Shin-Han Shiu, Miklos Csuros, Dannie Durand, Joey Charboneau, Veronica Hinman, Justin Shaffer, Mike Sanderson
Front (left to right) - Jennifer Noble, Erin Kelleher, Cole Eskridge, Ben Goldman-Huertas, Evan Forsythe

The University of Arizona IGERT Program in Comparative Genomics is sponsoring an international meeting on "deep genomics." The symposium's theme this year encompasses broad scale comparative inferences in the three areas of our training program, including comparative and evolutionary genomics of divergent species, genomics of development, traits, and related interaction networks originating early in evolutionary history, and computational challenges associated with genomics at a broad phylogenetic scale. The meeting will take place at the Marriott University Park Hotel adjacent to the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, April 3-5, 2014. The format of the meeting will allow considerable time for informal discussion and interaction among participants. Participation by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is strongly encouraged, and discounted rates for registration will be available.


Thursday, April 3
4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Registration Table - West Foyer, Marriott Hotel
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar - Pima Room, Marriott Hotel
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Poster Session - Pima Room, Marriott Hotel
Friday, April 4 Day 1: Pima/Sabino Room, Marriott Hotel
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Michael Sanderson, IGERT Program Director
9:00 a.m. Kenneth Wolfe - University College Dublin, Ireland
  Keynote Address: Origin and evolution of a reversible DNA rearrangement mechanism: yeast mating-type switching
9:50 a.m. Patrick Degnan - University of Illinois
  Investigating genome evolution and dynamics of human gut microbes
10:25 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. William Cresko - University of Oregon
  Very rapid stickleback evolution is underlain by deep genomics architecture
11:35 a.m. Joseph Thornton - University of Chicago
  Ancient evolution of a novel transcription factor
12:10 p.m. Lunch - on your own
1:30 p.m. Laura Landweber - Princeton University
  RNA-mediated epigenetic inheritance and massive genome rearrangement in the ciliate Oxytricha
2:05 p.m. Junhyong Kim - University of Pennsylvania
  Cellular ecology of the individual
2:40 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Veronica Hinman - Carnegie Mellon University
  The evolution of gene regulatory networks for a neural specification and patterning
3:50 p.m. Michael Nodine - Gregor Mendel Institute
  MicroRNA functions in Arabidopsis embryos
6:00 p.m. Banquet Dinner
7:30 p.m. Michael Nachman - University of California, Berkeley
Saturday, April 5 Day 2: Pima/Sabino Room, Marriott Hotel
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Shin-Han Shiu - Michigan State University
  Predicting biological phenomenon with machine learning
9:35 a.m. Dannie Durand - Carnegie Mellon University
  How old is my gene?  Estimating gene age by fitting gene trees to species trees
10:10 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Travis Wheeler - HHMI Janelia Farm
  Sensitive and fast remote homology search with profile HMMs in HMMER
11:20 a.m. Miklós Csűrös - Université de Montréal
  Copy number evolution on a phylogeny
11:55 a.m. Lunch - on your own
1:00 p.m. Erin Kelleher – University of Houston
  Genomic parasites and genome defense: the impact of adaptively evolving piRNA proteins on the regulation of transposable elements
1:35 p.m. Li-Jun Ma – University of Massachusetts
  Genomic dynamics and organism adaptation
2:10 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Robert Reed – Cornell University
  Regulatory architecture of adaptive radiation 
3:20 p.m. Robert Beiko – Dalhousie University
  Grand Theft Operon: Lateral City
4:00 p.m. Conference Concludes

The meeting will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 3-5 at the Marriott University Park Hotel adjacent to the campus of The University of Arizona in Tucson. All participants are encouraged to stay at the Marriott Hotel. There will be an opening reception on Thursday evening. Talks will be from invited speakers, with 30 minutes per talk and 5 minutes for discussion following each talk. There will also be poster sessions for contributed papers. The meeting is structured with free time for interactions among participants.

REGISTRATION - Early Registration Price Extended!    Last day to register is March 26, 2014.

Before March 15th
After March 15th
$175   $150
Student/Postdoc &
Research Scientist/Staff
$90   $75

The fee includes the opening reception, breakfasts of Friday and Saturday, coffee breaks, and a banquet dinner on Friday. The fee does not include accommodations or lunches. The registration table will be open beginning at 4pm on Thursday. Please complete the Online Registration Form.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Marriott University Park Hotel in Tucson for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights (April 3-5) at a group rate of $129 per room (single or double) per night plus tax. Reservations should be made as early as possible by using their on-line reservation system or by contacting the hotel directly and specifying the reservation is for the "UA IGERT Conference."

Marriott University Park Hotel
880 E. Second Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 792-4100
(520) 882-4100 Fax

Aloft Tucson University Hotel
1900 E. Speedway
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 908-6800

Arizona Inn
2200 E. Elm St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
(800) 933-1093

Hotel Congress
311 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(800) 722-8848

Peppertrees Bed & Breakfast
724 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 622-7167

Adobe Rose Bed & Breakfast
940 N. Olsen Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
(800) 328-4122

There will be an opening reception on Thursday evening beginning at 6pm at the Marriott Hotel with hors d'oeuvres. The poster session will be during the opening reception. The registration table will be set up at 4pm.

Light food will be available at the opening reception on Thursday. Breakfast on Friday and Saturday as well as dinner on Friday night will be provided. Lunches on Friday and Saturday will be "on-your-own." A variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars are available adjacent to the Marriott Hotel.

There will be a banquet dinner on Friday night, which is included in the registration fee.

Posters will be set up for the entire meeting. There will be a poster session on Thursday evening during the Opening Reception. If you would like to present a poster, please include the poster title with the online registration form. Poster titles may also be added later by sending an email with the title to Pennie Liebig (genomics@email.arizona.edu) by March 19. All posters will be accepted. Poster size should be approximately 4 feet (120 cm) wide by 3 feet (90 cm) high.

To be announced.

The meeting will be held in Tucson, Arizona at the Marriott University Park Hotel adjacent to the campus of The University of Arizona. Tucson is located in southern Arizona in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. At an elevation of 2,500 feet, Tucson is surrounded by mountains rising up to 9,000 feet elevation. There are many pristine desert and mountain habitats located within a short diving distance from Tucson. The weather in April is typically sunny and mild, and the average daytime temperature is 82 degrees. Nights can be cool.

Tucson International Airport, situated at the edge of Tucson 9 miles from the Marriott Hotel, is the preferred airport. A taxi to the hotel from the airport will cost about $25-$30. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is located in Phoenix, approximately 120 miles away from Tucson. Shuttles are available from Phoenix to Tucson; this is a two-hour trip and the cost is $39 each way. Contact Arizona Shuttle, phone: 1-800-888-2749. The drop off location for this shuttle is four blocks from the Marriott Hotel and 6th Street and Park Avenue.

Please contact Dr. Michael Sanderson with all scientific queries.
Please contact Pennie Liebig with registration or administrative queries.

Register here - Online Registration Form