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rEvolution: Transcending the Past Symposium - March 2012

March 12, 2012 9:00 AM to March 13, 2012 5:30 PM
Clark Center Auditorium
James H. Clark Center 318 Campus Drive West, Stanford, CA 94305
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In-Kind Collaborations

Three quarters of a century since the "Modern Synthesis" and twice as long since Darwin and Mendel, evolution is still predominantly a historical discipline. Although the essence of evolution is dynamical and founded in an interplay between molecular and population level processes, this aspect has been hardest to study. Recent breakthroughs in DNA sequencing together with experimental and computational advances, are enabling evolution to be followed and manipulated as it occurs. This has sown the seeds for a revolution in the understanding of evolution.

EVENT AGENDA:

MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

Registration

Daniel Fisher, Stanford

Welcome and introduction

Richard Lenski, Michigan State University

Repeatability, Contingency, and Novelty: Findings from Two Evolution Experiments

Coffee break

Martin Ackermann, ETH Zurich

An Evolutionary Perspective on Bacterial Individuality

Lunch at Nexus

Marcus Feldman, Stanford

Introductory comments on evolution at Stanford

Scott Boyd, Stanford

Lymphocyte Responses to Vaccination and Infection

Karla Kirkegaard, Stanford

Suppressing Diversity and Restricting Spread in RNA Viruses

Coffee break

Carlo Maley, UCSF

Recent Surprises in the Evolutionary Dynamics of Neoplastic Progression to Cancer

General discussion

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

Stephen Quake, Stanford

Introductory comments on technological developments

Michael Desai, Harvard

The SABRmetric Approach to Experimental Evolution

Coffee break

Jerome Bibette, ESPCI, Paris

Bacterial Phenotypic Diversity Probed by Inoculum Miniaturization in Millifluidic Systems

Lunch at Nexus

Talks by Stanford postdocs:

Russell Monds

Synergy Between Experimental Evolution and Cell Biology: New Insight into Mechanisms of Morphogenesis

Benjamin Callahan

The Role of Niche Construction in the Evolution of Microbial Communities

Paul J. McMurdie II

Evolution of Dehalococcoides, an Unusual Microbe

Alan Bergland

Genomic Evidence for Natural Selection and Adaptation on Seasonal Time Scales in Drosophila Melanogaster

Coffee break

Christopher Vollmers

Improving Accuracy and Throughput of Antibody Repertoire Sequencing

Dan Kvitek

Using Whole-Population Sequencing to Investigate the Evolutionary Dynamics of Parallel Adaptation

Sasha Levy

Lineage Tracking in Yeast by Sequencing of Random Barcodes

General discussion