Past Speakers

2018 Speakers

Peter Palese, Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker Peter Palese, Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Mount Sinai
    “Towards a Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine”
  • Svetlana Folimonova, University of Florida
    “Viral selfishness: understanding superinfection exclusion by an RNA virus”
  • Valery Grdzelishvili, The University of North Carolina
    “Host factors determining permissiveness of pancreatic cancer cells to oncolytic vesicular stomatitis virus”
  • Stephanie Karst, University of Florida
    “The Influence of the Intestinal Microbiota on Norovirus Pathogenesis”
  • Aldon Lusis, University of California Los Angeles
    “Gene-by-sex interactions in mitochondrial functions and cardio-metabolic traits”
  • Lauren McIntyre, University of Florida
    “Sex specific regulation of gene expression in D. melanogaster and D. simulans”
  • Eduardo Vallejos, University of Florida
    “Development of Dynamic Gene-Based Models to Predict Plant Phenotypes Under Varying Environments”
  • Eileen Dolan, The University of Chicago
    “Personalizing Cancer Survivorship: Is there a Role for Genomics?”
  • Ana I. Caño-Delgado, Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) CSICIRTA-UAB-UB, Barcelona 08193, Spain
    “Evolutionary origin of steroid signalling in plants”
  • Fred Gmitter, University of Florida
    “Seeing Through the Mists of Time: Genome Sequencing Reveals the Origins and Evolutionary Pathways of Contemporary Citrus Fruits”
  • Charlie Baer, University of Florida
    “Mutation as a lens on natural selection in C. elegans“
  • Brant Faircloth, Louisiana State University
    “Enriching Our Way Towards An Understanding Vertebrate Regulatory Region Evolution”

2017 Speakers

Adrian Krainer, Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker Adrian R. Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
    “Nusinersen(SpinrazaTM): The First FDA-Approved Treatment for SMA”
  • Stephen S. Rich, University of Virginia
    “A Multi-ethnic, Multi-omics Approach to Cardiovascular Disease”
  • Zachary B. Lippman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
    “The Miracle of Genome Editing in Plants has Arrived. Now What?”
  • Julie A. Johnson, University of Florida
    “Advancing patient care through genetically-guided drug therapy: The UF Health Personalized Medicine Program”
  • Steven P. Briggs, University of California San Diego
    “Definition of the expressome by DNA methylation patterns”
  • Nancy D. Denslow, University of Florida
    “Proteogenomics – Proteomics responses to sex hormones in a non-model species”
  • Laura P.W. Ranum, University of Florida
    “Repeat associated non-ATG translation: new starts and directions in neurodegenerative disease”
  • Karin D. Rodland, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory USA
    “Proteogenomic Analysis of Ovarian Cancer in the Context of Clinical Outcome”
  • Colleen J. Doherty, North Carolina State University
    “Plants in the Fourth Dimension: The Interaction Between Time and Temperature Responses”
  • Derek Cummings, University of Florida
    “Deep sequencing of influenza viruses reveals infections with multiple distinct lineages”
  • Brent C. Christner, University of Florida
    “The Earth’s Cryoecosphere and Search for Life on Ocean Worlds”
  • Andrew Whitehead, University of California, Davis
    “Evolution in the Anthropocene – the Genetic Basis of Rapid and Repeated Adaptation to Environmental Pollution in Fish from Urban Estuaries”

2016 Speakers

  • Dana Carroll, University of Utah
    “Genome Editing with Programmable Nucleases”
  • Nian Wang, University of Florida
    “Genome Editing in Citrus for Disease-Resistant Varieties”
  • Edgar Rodriguez, University of Florida
    “AAV-Based Genome Targeting: New Approaches to the Study of CNS Function and Therapy”
  • Eric Alm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    “Ecology of the Human Microbiome in Health and Disease”
  • Christian Jobin, University of Florida
    “Microbial Genomics Illuminates Mechanisms Leading to Carcinogenesis”
  • Jiri Hulcr, University of Florida
    “The Ambrosia Symbiosis: Fungi, Insects, Trees and People”
  • Rytas Vilgalys, Duke University
    “Plant-Fungal Interactions: Communication and Coevolution Between Forest Trees and Their Symbiotic Fungi”
  • Jef Boeke, New York University
    “How to Synthesize a Genome”
  • Yousong Ding, University of Florida
    “Developing Bio-Systems to Produce Fine Chemicals”
  • Steve Benner, The Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution
    “Lessons and Applications of Synthetic Genetic Systems”
  • June Medford, Colorado State University
    “Predictable and Controllable Genetic Circuits in Plants with Synthetic Biology”

2015 Speakers

Ian Baldwin, Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker Ian Baldwin, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
    “Microbes Play a Central Role in a Plant’s Solutions to Ecological Problems”
  • Fatma Kaplan, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Chemical Signaling in Nematodes and Practical Applications”
  • Hendrick Luesch, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Functional Genomic and Chemical-Genetic Screening Platforms for Drug and Target Discovery”
  • Rolf Renne, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Long and Short Non-Coding RNAs in Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus Biology”
  • Suming Huang, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “The Role of lincRNA in Early Embryonic Development and Leukemogenesis”
  • Maury Swanson, M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Unstable Genomes and RNA-Medicated Disease”
  • Dan Graur, Ph.D., University of Houston
    “The Human Genome: The Imperfection of Evolution and the Evolution of Imperfection”
  • Ehab Abouheif, M.S., Ph.D., McGill University
    “What Supersoldier Ants Teach Us About Development and Evolution”
  • Dan Hahn, Ph.D., University of Florida,
    “Constraints, Independence and Evolution of Thermal Plasticity: Probing the Genetic and Cellular Architecture of Thermal Responses”
  • Anna-Lisa Paul, M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Adjusting to a Novel Environment – Plant Remodeling in Spaceflight”
  • Ian Ehrenreich, Ph.D., University of Southern California,
    “Complex Genetic Interactions Determine a Trait’s Environmental Robustness”

2014 Speakers

Roger N. Beachy, Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker Roger N. Beachy, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
    “Increasing the Odds that Science and Technology will Impact Food and Nutrition Security”
  • Thomas Mitchell-Olds, Ph.D., Duke University
    “Dissecting Constraints on Complex Trait Expression across Environments”
  • William Petri, Ph.D., University of Virginia
    “The Genetics Malnutrition and its Impact on Child Development and Vaccination”
  • Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D., National Genome Research Institute
    “Genetics of Complex Traits in the Domestic Dog”
  • Samantha Brooks, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Galloping into the Future: Genomics in Equine Research”
  • Eve Wurtele, Ph.D., Iowa State University
    “Orphan Genes of Plants”
  • Brad Barbazuk, Ph.D., University of Florida,
    “The Amborella Genome Sequence: A Reference for the Evolution of Flowering Plants”
  • Cameron Currie, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
    “Ants, Agriculture and Antibiotics”
  • Graciela Lorca, Ph.D., University of Florida,
    “Lactobacillus Johnsonii N6.2-Mediated Mechanism in Mitigation of Type 1 Diabetes Onset”
  • Joerg Graf, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
    “Metagenomic and Metatranscriptomic Analysis of the Medicinal Leech Gut Microbiota”
  • Gary Wang, M.D., Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Alterations in Gut Microbiome in Clostridium Difficile Infection “

2013 Speakers

William E. Evans, Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker William E. Evans, Pharm.D., St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    “Genomic Medicine: Using Genome Variation to Individualize Cancer Treatment”
  • Alfred S. Lewin, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Gene Therapy for Autosomal Dominant Retinitis Pigmentosa”
  • Gary F. Peter, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Conifer Terpenes: Manipulating an Ancient Plant Defense Pathway for Production of Renewable Chemicals”
  • Michael Lynch, Ph.D., Indiana University
    “Mutation, Drift, and the Origin of Subcellular Features”
  • Michael M. Miyamoto, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Scrombroid Fishes Provide Novel Insights into the Trait/Rate Associations of Molecular Evolution”
  • Günter P. Wagner, Ph.D., Yale University
    “Genetics and Genomics of Cell Type Evolution: The Human Decidual Cell”
  • Stuart F. McDaniel, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “The Genetics of Sterility in Populations of Certodon Purpureus”
  • Gerard Karsenty, M.D., Ph.D., Columbia University
    “The Contribution of Bone to Whole Organism Physiology”
  • Arthur S. Edison, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “New Approaches in Metabolomics”
  • Clint Chapple, Ph.D., Purdue University
    “Genetic Analysis of Phenylpropanoid Metabolism in Arabidopsis”
  • Sixue Chen, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Functional Genomics Plant Glucosinolate Metabolic Networks”

2012 Speakers

David Baltimore, Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker David Baltimore, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
    “AAV to the rescue”
  • Nick Muzyczka, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Gene therapy, 1974-2012: Are we there yet?”
  • Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Tackling AAV gene delivery challenges with structural virology”
  • Terry Flotte, M.D., University of Massachusetts
    “Developing gene therapy for genetic emphysema: From idea to phase 2 clinical trials”
  • Jude Samulski, University of North Carolina
    “Hairpins to helper virus and the impact on AAV vectors”
  • Michael Linden, Ph.D., King’s College London
    “Site-specific integration by AAV: Back to the future”
  • Michael Skinner, Ph.D., Washington State University
    “Environmentally induced epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of reproductive”
  • James Resnick, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Imprinting mechanisms underlying Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes”
  • Karen McGinnis, Ph.D., Florida State University
    “Epigenetic gene regulation and phenotype in maize”
  • Connie Mulligan, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Epigenetic alterations and stress among new mothers and infants in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo”
  • Steve Strauss, Ph.D., Oregon State University
    “Transgenic forests: A funny thing happened on the way to the revolution”
  • Curt Hannah, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase: From bacterial selection to yield in the field”
  • Harry Klee, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “The chemistry and genetics of tomato flavor”

2011 Speakers

Carol Greider, Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker Carol Greider, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
    “Telomeres in cancer and stem cell failure”
  • Neal Fan-Nan Lue, M.D., Ph.D., Cornell University
    “The mechanisms and evolution of the telomere and telomerase complexes in budding yeast”
  • Malcolm Maden, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Will extending amphibian limbs lead to extending mammalian life?”
  • David Goldstein, Ph.D., Duke University
    “Sequencing and the genetics of disease”
  • Mark Brantly, M.D., University of Florida,
    “The molecular basis of alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency”
  • Reginald Frye, Pharm.D., Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Pharmacogenomic biomarkers and personalized medicine: focus on cytochrome P450 enzymes”
  • Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., University of Florida
    “Translating genetics research to improve patient care”
  • Andrew Bent, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
    “The molecular back-and-forth of co-adapted plant/bacteriai pathogen interactions”
  • Erica Goss, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Plant-pathogen coevolution gone awry: pathogen emergence in the age of globalization”
  • Jeff Jones, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “A possible strategy for citrus canker control using a bacterial-derived transgene that triggers programmed cell death”

2010 Speakers

Tom Caskey, Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker Tom Caskey, M.D., F.A.C.P., University of Texas
    “Schizophrenia gene discovery by complete genome sequencing of families”
  • Folker Meyer, Ph.D., Argonne National Laboratory
    “Reversing the paradigm – the complete genome sequence for Candidatus Sulfuricurvum sp. derived from a complex short-read metagenome enables characterization of this novel proteobacterium”
  • Eric Triplett, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Defining the autoimmune microbiome for type 1 diabetes”
  • Marshall Bloom, M.D., National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    “Pathogenesis of tick-born flavivirus infections: probing the pathogen-vector-host interface”
  • Jorge Giron, Ph.D., University of Florida,
    “Hide-n-sick strategies of a human pathogen to colonize animal and plant cells”
  • David Rasko, Ph.D., University of Maryland
    “Genomic and transcriptomic characterization of E. coli/Sigella: novel insights into established pathogens”
  • Marco Salemi, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “On the temporal structure of longitudinal sample genealogies: from fast-evolving viruses to ancient DNA”
  • Christine D. Chase, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Cytoplasmic male sterility: window to mitochondrial-nuclear interactions in plants”
  • Richard Amasino, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
    “Vernalization: an environmentally induced epigenetic switch for flowering”
  • Bernard Hauser, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Reactive oxygen scavengers regulate reproductive traits in Arabidopsis”
  • Donald McCarty, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Structure and evolution of the B3 transcription factor network controlling the transition between the seed and vegetative phases of the plant life cycle”

2009 Speakers

Leroy Hood, Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D., Institute for Systems Biology
    “Systems biology and systems medicine: Catalyzing a transformation from reactive to proactive medicine”
  • Terry Van Dyke, Ph.D., University of NorthCarolina, Chapel Hill
    “Mechanistic discovery in murine cancer models: From basic discovery to clinical translation”
  • Martin Cohn, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Molecular Development of the external genitalia”
  • Rolf Renne, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “KSHV-encoded miRNAs and their role in viral biology”
  • Michael Levine, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
    “Transcriptional precision in the Drosophila embryo”
  • Lei Zhou, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Epigenetic regulation controls cellular sensitivity to stress induced apoptosis”
  • Anna Di Rienzo, Ph.D., University of Chicago
    “Adaptations to local environments in humans”
  • David L. Reed, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Of lice and men: The inference of human evolutionary history from the perspective of its host-specific parasites”
  • Pamela S. Soltis, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Whole-genome duplication in plant evolution: Case studies of ancient events and recent speciation”
  • W. Brad Barabazuk, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “A conserved alternative splicing event in plants reveals an ancient exonization of 5sRNA”
  • John Doebley, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
    “Evolution under domestication: Examples from maize and other crops”
  • Karen E. Koch, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Maize domestication: Metabolic adaptations in grain evolution”

2008 Speakers

Francis S. Collins, Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., National Institutes of Health,
    “Genetics, medicine, and society”
  • John M. Coffin, Ph.D., Tufts University,
    “Co-evolution of retroviruses and their hosts”
  • William W. Hauswirth, Ph.D., University of Florida,
    “Gene therapy restores light sensitivity to leber congenital amaurosis patients”
  • Trudy F.C. Mackay, Ph.D., North Carolina State University,
    “The genetic architecture of quantitative traits: lessons from Drosophila”
  • Charles F. Baer, Ph.D., University of Florida,
    “The effects of spontaneous mutations on phenotypic canalization in Caenorhabditis”
  • Lauren M. McIntyre, Ph.D., University of Florida,
    “Modeling allele-specific expression”
  • David Lipman, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health,
    “Unexpected universals of protein evolution”
  • Joseph R. Ecker, Ph.D., Salk Institute for Biological Studies,
    “Sequencing 1,001 Arabidopsis genomes for functional and evolutionary studies”
  • A. Mark Settles, Ph.D., University of Florida,
    “Humans are evolving rapidly and the rate is accelerating”
  • Kevin M. Folta, Ph.D., University of Florida,
    “Structural and functional genomics of strawberry: a gateway to the Rosaceae”

2007 Speakers

Brian Harfe, Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker Brian Harfe, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Patterning a vertebrate embryo”
  • Michael Snyder, Ph.D., Yale Univeresity
    “Analyze this and that: Genomes and proteomes”
  • Martin Cohn, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Molecular Development of the external genitalia”
  • Vicki Rosen, Ph.D., Harvard University
    “BMPs link skeletal development and bone regeneration”
  • Elizabeth Kellogg, Ph.D., University of Missouri–St.Louis
    “Genes and morphology in diversification of the cereals and their relatives”
  • Matias Kirst, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Evolution of gene expression in flowering plants”
  • David Oppenheimer, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Novel regulators of actin organization in land plants”
  • Thomas G. Whitham, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
    “The genetic components of community structure and ecosystem processes, and their conservation implications”
  • Henry Harpending, M.D., Ph.D., University of Utah
    “Humans are evolving rapidly and the rate is accelerating”
  • Connie Mulligan, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Reconstructing human migrations: Projects from the Americas and from Africa”
  • Marta Wayne, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Genetical genomics and the X chromosome”

2006 Speakers

Jeffrey D. Palmer, Keynote Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker Jeffrey D. Palmer, Ph.D, Indiana University
    “Plant mitochondrial genomes: unexpected bounties of lateral gene transfer”
  • Thomas J. Kelly, M.D., Ph.D., Sloan-Kettering Institute
    “DNA replication and cell cycle checkpoints”
  • Steven A. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., University of Rochester
    “Isolation, induction and use of stem and progenitor cells of the adult brain”
  • Dennis A. Steindler, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Embryonic, adult and cancer stem cells in vitro and in vivo”
  • John M. Davis, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Genetic analysis of adaptive traits in forest trees”
  • Michael S. Waterman, Ph.D., University of Southern California
    “Whole genome optical mapping”
  • Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., University of Florida
  • Gerald F. Joyce, M.D., Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute
    “Genetics in vitro: synthesizing the RNA world”
  • Douglas E. Soltis, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Darwin’s abominable mystery: developmental genetic/genomic insights into angiosperm evolution”
  • Sean M. Sullivan, Ph.D., University of Florida
    “Development of tumor vasculature targeted nanoplexes for treatment of malignant brain cancer”