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Distinguished Lecture Series - Prof. Axel Meyer

Start Date: April 11, 2016
End Date: April 11, 2016

​​SPEAKER: Prof. Axel Meyer
INSTITUTE: Universität Konstanz, Germany​​
TITLE: Quo vadis genomics? From molecular natural history to comparative genomics​
DATE: Monday April 11, 2​016
TIME: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.​
LOCATION: Lecture Hall Level 0 · between Ibn Al-Haytham & Ibn Sina (Buildings 2 & 3)​​

Genomics research is still in a rather descriptive phase of science.  We are lacking a theory of the genome. To advance in this endeavor, I will address a number of largely unsolved questions that relate to what is known about the patterns and processes of the evolution of genomes of vertebrates.  What is the role of gene and genome duplications in shaping genomes?  How do the parts of the genome interact and how does regulation evolve? How much real “junk” is in the genome and how is “function” defined? How close are we to closing the genotype-phenotype gap? If phenotypes and adaptations evolved more than once how is this reflected in the genome?  As examples, I will present comparative genomic work from several lineages of fishes including the lamprey, gar, coelacanth, and cichlids.​

Light lunch will be served after the lecture.