University of Michigan
This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety recommendations if attending the on-site event.
This conference assembles world-leading experts from diverse fields including genomics, epigenetics, structural biology, developmental biology, immunology, cancer biology, and neurobiology to discuss the broad impacts of transposable elements (TEs) on organismal biology. The meeting provides a venue for cross-disciplinary discussions, with the goal of catalysing inter-disciplinary collaborations to address emerging questions in these scientific fields.
Although often disparaged as “junk” DNA, it is now undeniable that TE activity has significantly shaped the structure and function of all genomes, ranging from bacteria to humans. TEs are major drivers of genetic diversity and contribute to human disease. Remarkably, TE-derived sequences are also often co-opted by the host to play important roles in gene expression, early development, immunity, neuronal diversification, and, perhaps, aging.
University of Michigan
Institute of Molecular Biology
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Queen Mary University of London
Institute of Molecular Biotechnology
University of Neuchâtel
Institute of Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC)
Institut Jacques Monod
The University of Queensland
University of Cambridge
University of Rochester
University of Cambridge
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology
University of Cambridge
Imperial College London
The University of Chicago
Mater Research Institute
University of Minnesota
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
UMass Chan Medical School
Institute of Molecular Biotechnology
The University of Edinburgh
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|11:00 – 12:45||Registration and Lunch|
|12:45 – 13:00||Opening remarks|
|13:00 – 14:00||KEYNOTE LECTURE 1 |
Studies of a human retrotransposable element
John Moran – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
|14:00 – 18:00||SESSION 1|
Genomics and evolution
|14:00 – 14:30||TEs and the rapid evolution of plant pathogens|
Daniel Croll – University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
|14:30 – 15:00||Genome-wide epigenetic regulation of mammalian TEs and impact on brain and cancers|
Geoff Faulkner – University of Queensland, Australia
|15:00 – 15:30||Evolution of TE-driven regulatory networks|
Miguel Branco – Queen Mary University of London, UK
|15:30 – 16:00||Coffee break and meet the speakers|
|16:00 – 16:30||Horizontal transfer of TEs|
Clément Gilbert – Paris-Saclay University, Gif sur Yvette, France
|16:30 – 17:00||Dynamic interplay between TEs and mammalian genomes and their impact on evolution|
Sandra Richardson – Mater Institute, Australia
|17:00 – 17:30||TE-mediated diversification of the maize epigenome|
Nathan Springer – University of Minnesota, USA
|17:30 – 17:45||Selected short talk 1|
|17:45 – 18:00||Selected short talk 2|
|18:00 – 18:15||Selected short talk 3|
|18:15 – 19:45||Dinner|
|19:45 – 21:45||Welcome reception|
|08:15 – 09:00||Meet the editor|
|09:00 – 10:30||SESSION 2 |
|09:00 – 09:30||Evolution of KZFPs and host-TE interactions|
Michael Imbeault – University of Cambridge, UK
|09:30 – 10:00||Epigenetic regulation of TEs in plants|
Angélique Deleris – I2BC, Gif sur Yvette, France
|10:00 – 10:15||Selected short talk 4|
|10:15 – 10:30||Selected short talk 5|
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee break and meet the speakers|
|11:00 – 11:30||Role of TEs in plant reproduction|
Claudia Kohler – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany
|11:30 – 12:00||Regulation of TEs in the mammalian germline|
Joan Barau – IMB Mainz, Germany
|12:00 – 12:30||Selected short talk 6|
|12:30 – 14:00||Lunch and meet the speakers|
|14:00 – 16:00||Poster session 1|
|16:00 – 16:30||Role of TEs in genome rearrangements|
Sandra Duharcourt – Institut Jacques Monod, France
|16:30 – 17:00||PiRNA-mediated TE control in mammals|
Philip Zamore – University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
|17:00 – 17:30||Selected short talk 7|
|17:30 – 17:45||Selected short talk 8|
|17:45 – 18:00||Selected short talk 9|
|18:00 – 18:30||Coffee break and meet the speakers|
|18:30 – 19:00||Small RNA control of TEs and repetitive DNA in flies|
Yukiko Yamashita – MIT, Cambridge, USA
|19:00 – 19:30||Epigenetic mechanisms of TE repression|
Eric Miska – University of Cambridge, UK
|19:30 – 19:45||Selected short talk 10|
|19:45 – 20:00||Selected short talk 11|
|08:15 – 09:00||Workshop|
|09:00 – 13:00||SESSION 3|
|09:00 – 09:30||How phages and mobile chromosomal islands promote bacterial pathogenicity|
Jose Penades – Imperial College London, UK
|09:30 – 10:00||Identification of host factors that either restrict or facilitate LINE-1 retrotransposition|
Tomoichiro Miyoshi – University of Kyoto, Japan
|10:00 – 10:15||Selected short talk 12|
|10:15 – 10:30||Selected short talk 13|
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee break and meet the speakers|
|11:00 – 11:30||Large serine integrases in moving antibiotic resistance, phages, and biotech|
Phoebe Rice – University of Chicago, USA
|11:30 – 12:00||Mechanisms and diversity of CRISPR-guided DNA transposition systems|
Joseph Peters – Cornell University, USA
|12:00 – 12:30||Selected short talk 14|
|12:30 – 12:45||Selected short talk 15|
|12:45 – 13:00||Selected short talk 16|
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch and meet the speakers|
|14:00 – 19:30||SESSION 4|
|14:00 – 14:30||How horizontal transfer of retrotransposons impacts transgenerational memory|
Coleen Murphy – Princeton University, USA
|14:30 – 15:00||Mobile toxin-antidote systems|
Alejandro Burga – IMBA, Austria
|15:00 – 15:15||Selected short talk 17|
|15:15 – 15:30||Selected short talk 18|
|15:30 – 16:00||Coffee break and meet the speakers|
|16:00 – 16:30||The impact of active TEs on aging|
Vera Gorbunova – University of Rochester, USA
|16:30 – 17:30||Panel Discussion on emerging topics in TE biology|
|17:30 – 19:30||Poster session 2|
|19:30 – 21:00||Dinner|
|21:00 – 24:00||Party|
|09:00 – 13:30||SESSION 4|
|09:00 – 09:30||Short talks on enabling technologies, open to the private sector|
|09:30 – 10:00||Metastable TEs in mammals and the environment|
Anne Ferguson Smith – University of Cambridge, UK
|10:00 – 10:15||Building mouse models of human retrotransposon insertions|
Jef Boeke – NYU Grossman School of Medicine, USA
|10:15 – 10:30||Selected short talk 19|
|10:30 – 11:00||Selected short talk 20|
|11:00 – 11:30||Coffee break and meet the speakers|
|11:30 – 12:00||Impact of TEs in brain physiology|
Johan Jacobsen – Lund University, Sweden
|12:00 – 12:15||Selected short talk 21|
|12:15 – 12:30||Selected short talk 22|
|12:30 – 13:30||KEYNOTE LECTURE 2|
Rapid genome diversity generated by a plant TE burst
Susan Wessler – UC Riverside, Riverside, USA
|13:30 – 13:45||Closing remarks|
|13:45 – 14:00||Lunch and meet the speakers|
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Date: 8 - 11 Nov 2023
Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual
Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre
Abstract submission: 16 Aug 2023
Registration (On-site): 27 Sep 2023
Registration (Virtual): 1 Nov 2023
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