Ecology, Evolution and Genomics of C. elegans and Other Nematodes
Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge
Deadlines: Bursary 24 Apr
We are pleased to announce the 5th Ecology, Evolution, and Genomics of C. elegans and other Model Nematodes conference. This meeting will highlight the power of worm systems and genomics to answer a range of ecological and evolutionary questions.
The combination of genomic tools and experimental nematode systems has allowed us to answer mechanistic and evolutionary questions about what makes organisms and systems the way they are. In recent years, we have seen a growing number of successful studies conducting comparative functional genomics and quantitative genetic studies mapping genes to traits (e.g. life-history traits, behaviours, etc). In this meeting, we aim to highlight genomic resources and advances in growing fields such as transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, stress responses, worm-microbe responses, among others. We will review the strengths and challenges of both worms and bacteria as model systems to examine host-microbe interactions and evolution. The programme will also highlight new techniques and high-throughput methods to study biomolecules produced by worms to communicate and/or defend against pathogens and predators.
This conference plays a critical role in promoting interaction and collaboration between evolutionary scientists training in C. elegans tradition and the broader worm community. It is aimed at scientists using Caenorhabditis, Pristionchus and related species, and as well numerous animal- and plant-parasitic nematodes.
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