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November 30 – December 1, 2016

Each year, the UF Genetics Institute hosts the Florida Genetics Symposium. This event attracts genetics and genomics researchers, students and industry from across Florida. Speakers from across the world will present and discuss genetics and genomics topics, organized into three focused sessions. Over 130 students will present their research and findings during two poster presentation sessions. Poster session winners will be awarded certificates and monetary awards.

Cancer & Genetics Research Complex (2033 Mowry Road)

Keynote Address: Emmanuelle Charpentier


Emmanuelle Charpentier serves as director for the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin. Charpentier is perhaps best known for her role in identifying the molecular mechanisms of the bacterial CRISPR-Cas9 immune system, and repurposing it into a tool for genome editing. Through a collaboration with Jennifer Doudna’s lab, Charpentier and her research team demonstrated Cas9 could be used to make cuts in any DNA sequence.

She is this year’s Florida Genetics Symposium keynote speaker, and will give a talk titled, “The Transformative Genome Engineering Technology of CRISPR: Lessons Learned From Bacteria.”







–Abstract submission closes Nov. 18, 2016
–Symposium registration closes Nov. 22, 2016
–Registration is free 

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NOTE: All those interested in attending the Florida Genetics Symposium must register in order to attend. Even if you submit an abstract, you must also complete the registration form to attend the event.


Microbiome Eric Alm Massachusetts Institute of Technology “Ecology of the Human Microbiome in Health and Disease”
Synthetic biology Steve Benner The Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution “Lessons and Applications of Synthetic Genetic Systems”
Synthetic biology Jef Boeke New York University “How to Synthetize a Genome”
Genome editing Dana Carroll University of Utah “Genome Editing with Programmable Nucleases”
Keynote speaker Emmanuelle Charpentier Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology–Berlin “The Transformative Genome Engineering Technology of CRISPR: Lessons Learned from Bacteria”
Synthetic biology Yousong Ding University of Florida “Developing Bio-Systems to Produce Fine Chemicals”
Microbiome Jiri Hulcr University of Florida “The Ambrosia Symbiosis: Fungi, Insects, Trees and People”
Microbiome Christian Jobin University of Florida “Microbial Genomics Illuminates Mechanisms Leading to Carcinogenesis”
Synthetic biology June Medford Colorado State University “Predictable and Controllable Genetic Circuits in Plants with Synthetic Biology”
Microbiome Ryta Vilgalys Duke University “Plant-Fungal Interactions: Communication and Coevolution Between Forest Trees and Their Symbiotic Fungi”
Genome editing Nian Wang University of Florida “Genome Editing in Citrus for Disease–Resistant Varieties”