The Ninth Bay Area Population Genomics meeting was held at UC Berkeley on Saturday October 5, 2013


  1. The schedule for the meeting can be found here: 

    This includes links to online information for each of the oral presenters. 
  2. The conference kicked off with a Keynote lecture by Hideki Innan: 

    Keynote Lecture: Hideki Innan

    Population genetics in duplicated regions: From theory to application

    Regular population genetic theory does not work in duplicated regions when they undergo frequent exchanges of DNA sequences by gene conversion. I here introduce very basic theory to handle gene conversion, from diffusion theory under a simple two-locus two-allele model to the coalescent theory. Under neutrality, theory tells that gene conversion increases the level of polymorphism in each of duplicates, while the divergence between duplicates is reduced. I will show that theory is useful to estimate the rate of gene conversion from SNP data assuming neutrality. Then, models with various modes of selection are considered. The expected pattern of SNPs is heavily affected by the mode and intensity of selection. I will introduce several selection models and discuss how selection can be detected from the pattern of SNPs.

  3. After they keynote speaker, and a lively discussion following the lecture, we had a coffee break, then got back to science with a series of presentations from current graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

    11:00 - Beatriz Vicoso: Transitions in Dipteran sex chromosomes
    11:15 - Itai Sharon: Microbial species and strain variation during infant gut colonization
    11:30 - Judith Zaugg: Extensive variation in chromatin states across human individuals
    11:45 - Miklos Racz: Can one hear the shape of a population history?