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Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Consequences and Evolution of Genomic Variation


February 21-22, 2015


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy


Julia Steinberg

Associate Chair:
Frank W. Albert

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Quantitative Genetics & Genomics is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is on computational and experimental methods to study the evolution of genomic variation, the functional roles of different types of variants, the genomic architecture of complex traits, and how this information can be used for genetic improvement of agricultural species and for human medicine. The meeting will provide the opportunity for young investigators in human, animal, plant and model organism genetics and genomics to interact with each other and with current leaders in these fields, discussing a wide range of topics such as how to integrate functional genomics data, apply next-generation sequencing technologies and identify gene-gene interactions.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Quantitative Genetics and Genomics" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Genomic Perspectives on Complex Traits
Discussion Leader: Michel Georges (University of Liege, Belgium)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmKeynote: Peter Visscher (The University of Queensland, Australia)
"Quantitative Genetics of Complex Traits in Human Populations"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmDissection and Prediction of Genetic Traits in Plants and Animals
Discussion Leaders: Christine Baes (Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland) and James Holland (USDA-ARS and North Carolina State University, USA)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmGregor Gorjanc (The Roslin Institute, United Kingdom)
"Hierarchical Quantitative Genetic Model Using Genomic and Pedigree Information in Animal and Plant Breeding"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmMelanie Hayr (Iowa State University, USA)
"Evaluating the Effects of QTN for Milk Fat Yield and Their Impact on Accuracy and Bias of Genomic Prediction in New Zealand Dairy Cows"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmKathryn Kemper (University of Melbourne, Australia)
"Identification of QTL Underlying Complex Traits Using Intermediate Phenotypes"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmZheya Sheng (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
"On the Genetics of Long-Term Artificial Single-Trait Selection: Exploring the Contribution of Selective Sweeps to Selection-Response"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amInsights into the Architecture of Complex Human Traits
Discussion Leader: Georgios Athanasiadis (Aarhus University, Denmark)
9:00 am - 9:20 amVineeta Agarwala (Broad Institute, USA)
"A Quantitative Population Genetic Framework to Constrain the Range of Genetic Architectures Underlying Complex Human Traits"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amFelix Key (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany)
"Using Ancient Genomes to Dissect Modern Human Population Differentiation"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amMashaal Sohail (Harvard University, USA)
"Synergistic Epistasis in the Human Genome"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amYogasudha Veturi (University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA)
"Genetic Analysis of Data from Structured Populations"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmInnovative Methods Applied to Model Organisms
Discussion Leader: Joshua Bloom (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmAmelie Baud (EMBL - EBI, United Kingdom)
"Investigating the Genetic Basis of Social Effects on Phenotypes of Biomedical Relevance and Intermediate Molecular Traits in Laboratory Mice – A Pilot Study on Indirect Genetic Effects"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmChristina Zakas (New York University, USA)
"Dimorphic Development in the Polychaete Streblospio benedicti: Finding the Genetic Architecture of Life-History Traits"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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