Program & Participants


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Students and faculty presenting their work at the previous Midwest Popgen Conferences.

   2017 Midwest PopGen Meeting Schedule

Location: All session talks will be held in the Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building Room (atrium and Room 1415), 567 Wilson Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824 (map)



Friday, August 4th, 2017

12:00-1:00      REGISTRATION 

1:00-2:30 SESSION 1 [three 30 min talks]
Fine-scale Population Structure in Humans
Benjamin Peter, University of Chicago

Simulating the Evolutionary History of a High Arctic Caribou Subspecies to Understand Contemporary Genetic Structure
Rebekah Horn, Trent University

Taking Isolation-by-distance into the Temporal Dimension
Madeline Peters, University of Toronto


3:30-5:00 LIGHTNING SESSION 2 [six 15 min talks]
Nuclear and Mitochondrial Population Structure Inferred from Genomic SNP Variation in the Red Flour Beetle, Tribolium castaneum
Mark Juers* and Michael Wade, Indiana University

Hydrologic and Geologic History of the Ozark Plateau Drive Phylogenomic Patterns in a Cave-obligate Salamander
John Phillips, Michigan State University

Testing Vectors to Explain How Round Goby Colonized Inland Lakes and Rivers Using Genomic Data
Nick Sard, Michigan State University

Using Linkage Disequilibrium to Investigate Genome-wide Recombination Rate Variation and Leaky Organelle Inheritance in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Ahmed Hasan, University of Toronto

Human Germline Mutation Hotspots are Characterized by a Transversion-rich Mutation Signature
Jedediah Carlson, University of Michigan

A Comparative Study of Endoderm Differentiation in Humans and Chimpanzees
Lauren Blake, University of Chicago

5:00-6:00 BREAK [and walk to BBQ]

BBQ Dinner at Gideon Bradburd’s House (6:00 – 10:00)

(867 Audubon Road, East Lansing, MI 48823)

Saturday, August 5th, 2017
9:00-10:00 SESSION 3 – Quantitative Traits [30 min talks]
A general neutral model for quantitative trait distributions from a coalescent perspective
Evan Koch, University of Chicago

Genetic complexity in wing shape divergence between Drosophila simulans and D. sechellia
Jennifer Lachowiec, University of Michigan

10:00-10:30 BREAK

10:30-11:00 LIGHTNING SESSION 4 [two 15 min talks]
The Genomic Composition of Asian Rice Revealed by 3,400 Rice Genomes
Shujun Ou, Michigan State University
Evolution of an evolvability locus in Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Abigail Shockey, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dynamics of Adaptation and Genome Evolution in a Long-Term Experiment
Richard E. Lenski, Michigan State University


1:00-2:00 SESSION 5 [two 30 min talks]
Weed evolution: Genetic differentiation among wild, weedy, and crop radishes
Amanda Charbonneau, Michigan State University

The contribution of new mutations to gene expression variation in S. cerevisiae
Andrea Hodgins-Davis, University of Michigan

2:00-2:30 BREAK
3:30-4:00 SESSION 6 [one 30 min talk]
The gut microbiome induces species-specific gene regulation across primates
Francesca Luca, Wayne State University



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