Prof McInerney to speak at the SMBE Satellite Meeting on Microbial Evolution

Prof. McInerney is a joint-organiser and one of the speakers at SMBEME, the satellite meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Sunday, 27th April, Zoological Museum Kiel

16:00 – 18:30 Registration

18:30 – 21:00 Opening session

Moderator: Tal Dagan

18:30 – 18:45 Greetings
Vice President Prof. Dr. Birgit Friedl, Christian-Albrechts University Kiel

18:45 – 19:30 Adaptive evolution of phytoplankton in a changing ocean
Thorsten Reusch, GEOMAR, Germany

19:30 – 21:30 Reception

Monday, 28th April, Center for Molecular Biosciences

08:30 – 12:30 Morning Session

Moderator: James McInerney

08:30 – 09:00 Microbial evolution, a realm of genome networks
Bill Martin, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany

09:00 – 09:30 Inter-domain gene transfer in the evolution of archaea
Purificación Garcia-Lopez, Paris-Sud University, France

09:30 – 10:00 Recombination with short DNA fragments within and between genomes
Karre Nielsen, University of Tromsø, Norway

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:00 Inferring Large-Scale Patterns in Complex Networks
Aaron Clauset, University of Colorado ,USA

11:00 – 11:30 Detecting communities in networks
Santo Fortunato, Aalto University, Finland

11:30 – 12:00 Robustness and Reproducibility of OTU construction from 16S sequence data – a comparative assessment.
Christian von Mering, University of Zürich, Switzerland

12:00 – 12:30 Antigenic diversity in P. falciparum: implications for malaria control
Yael Artzy-Randrup, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break, Mensa

14:00 – 17:20 Afternoon Session

Moderator: Eric Bapteste

14:00 – 14:30 Contribution of mobile genetic elements to the adaptability of bacteria to various pollutants in agro-ecosystems
Kornelia Smalla, Julius Kühn-Institute Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Germany

14:30 – 15:00 Phylogenomic networks reveal trends and barriers to lateral gene transfer
Tal Dagan, Christian-Albrechts University Kiel, Germany

15:00 – 15:20 The bovine plasmidome, a genetic hub for microbial genetic communication
Aya Brown-Kav, ARO/Tel Aviv University, Israel

15:20 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:20 Understanding microbial gene content diversity through the lens of social and ecological interactions
Otto Cordero, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

16:20 – 16:40 The fractured bacterium: how horizontal gene transfer and a selective environment can divide genomes
Rene Niehus, University of Oxford, England

16:40 – 17:00 Modular recombination in bacteriophages
Krister Swenson, Institute of Computational Biology Montpellier, France

17:00 – 17:20 A Deterministic Model of in vitro Bacterial Interactions
Xiangyi Li, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany

17:20 – 18:30 Tour to the Botanical Garden

18:30 Poster session

Tuesday, 29th April

08:30 – 12:30 Morning Session
Moderator: Yael Artzy-Randrup

08:30 – 09:00 Massive experiments in horizontal gene transfer expose novel toxin-antitoxin systems in bacteria
Rotem Sorek, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

09:00 – 09:30 Rapidly evolving multidrug resistance plasmids: the main threat in a ‘post-antibiotic era’
Eva Top, University of Idaho, USA

09:30 – 10:00 Small RNAs for regulation and defence in Methanosarcina mazei
Ruth Schmitz-Streit, Christian-Albrechts University Kiel, Germany

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:00 Exploring archaeal gene and genome modularity with bipartite networks
Philippe Lopez, Pierre and Marie Curie University, France

11:00 – 11:30 Microbial gene sharing networks: when evolution meets ecology
Marco Fondi, University of Florence, Italy

11:30 – 12:00 Extracting tag hierarchies
Gergely Palla, Eötvös University, Hungary

12:00 – 12:30 An algorithm for domain prediction and preliminary results with genomes from the three domains of life
Laurent Viennot, Paris Diderot University, France

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break, Mensa


14:00 – 17:20 Afternoon Session
Moderator: Bill Martin

14:00 – 14:30 Gene Similarity Networks: seeing what phylogenetic trees can’t
James McInerney, National University of Ireland, Ireland

14:30 – 15:00 Rapid evolutionary dynamics of prokaryotic genomes and the dominance of horizontal gene transfer
Eugene Koonin, National Center for Biotechnology, USA

15:00 – 15:20 Inference of Genome-wide Evolutionary Networks for Influenza A Viruses
Thorsten Klingen, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany

15:20 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:20 The symbionts of deep-sea hydrothermal vent mussels have acquired an arsenal of toxin-related genes which they’ve tamed to use in interactions with their hosts
Jillian Petersen, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany

16:20 – 16:40 Experimental determination of the selective barriers to horizontal gene transfer
Hande Acar, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria

16:40 – 17:00 Horizontal Gene Transfer Can Rescue Prokaryotes from Muller’s Ratchet: Benefit of DNA from Dead Cells and Population Subdivision
Nobuto Takeuchi, University of Tokyo, Japan

17:00 – 17:20 The role of horizontal gene transfer in Penicilium fungi adaptation
Antoine Branca, Paris-Sud University, France

18:30 – 21:30 Conference Dinner, steamship Freya

Wednesday, 30th April

08:30 – 12:30 Morning Session

Moderator: Philippe Lopez

08:30 – 09:00 Microbial gene flow and selection on human time scales
Jessie Shapiro, University of Montreal, Canada

09:00 – 09:30 Alignment-free population genomics for bacteria
Jukka Corrander, University of Helsinki, Finland

09:30 – 10:00 Genomics of rapid adaptation of Bacillus thuringiensis to its nematode host
Hinrich Schulenburg, Christian-Albrechts University Kiel, Germany

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:00 Insights into the bovine rumen microbiome
Itzhak Mizrahi, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel

11:00 – 11:30 Revealing the Mobilome – the hidden gene pool in natural environments
Søren Sørensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

11:30 – 12:00 The intersection between natural selection and microbial ecology in a hologenome: lessons from the blood group-related gene B4galnt2 in house mice
John Baines, Christian-Albrechts University Kiel, Germany

12:00 – 12:30 Sequence similarity networks: a great (underestimated) swissknife for evolutionary studies
Eric Bapteste, Pierre and Marie Curie University, France

12:30 – 12:40 Poster prize presentation

12:40 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30 Collaborative drafting of a “Evolutionary Networks 2014” perspective for
Genome Biology and Evolution

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break and Farewell