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Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Origins and Applications of Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution


June 10-11, 2017


Stonehill College
Easton, MA Site Information


Jennifer A. Lachowiec & Brittany M. Barreto

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 13, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 10, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


This is the first Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution. This seminar weekend is linked to a relatively new Gordon Research Conference that has received outstanding participation and reviews. Such exceptional interest is evidence that diverse scientists from different fields and countries are eager to discuss molecular mechanisms underlying evolution and how it relates to their subfield. The goal of this GRS is to bring graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and young scientists together to present new data, ideas, and questions regarding molecular mechanisms in evolution. In particular, this GRS will focus on basic investigations of how evolution works, such as mutational biases, and translational studies using evolutionary perspectives, like antibiotic resistance and cancer research. At the GRS we will provide an environment that encourages young scientists to present, debate, and support their newest ideas. Furthermore Gordon Conferences are respected as a place where scientists share their newest and most exciting unpublished data without fear of infringement by competitors; in this atmosphere of growth, young scientists will discuss cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks. Moreover this seminar weekend will include panels on career development. Young scientists will closely interact with career panelists and receive guidance and perspective on career trajectories. In sum, this intimate weekend amongst the future leaders in molecular evolution will foster career-long, interdisciplinary collaborations and, as a result, scientific achievement.

This Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution GRS will bring together scientists of diverse backgrounds. The disciplines that study evolution range from anthropology and the study of human origins to medicine and the battle against drug resistant pests. Not only are these research topics diverse, but the research methodologies are wide ranging. Population geneticists use computer programs and mathematics to study evolution while microbiologists study mutagenesis in vivo at the single cell level. All these studies of molecular mechanisms in evolution have real life implications that have led to a better understanding of cancer, infectious disease, and antibiotic and pesticide resistance. We are confident that this weekend will attract young scientists from fields of mechanistic molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, biophysics, population genetics, evo-devo, medicine, biotechnology, evolutionary biology, ecology, and crop science. Uniting scientists of varied expertise helps them to break from their specific field's paradigms and thus push discovery forward.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 10, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Molecular Mechanisms in Evolution" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by April 10, 2017. Please check back for updates.


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Fostering Creativity and Innovation in Research"

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