GEP Events

GEP Research Seminar Series

Dr. Chris Ellison (Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Rutgers University) will be presenting a research talk to GEP Members titled “The role of 3D genome organization and transposon silencing in the regulation of gene expression in Drosophila.”

  • SUMMARY: Mutations that alter gene expression play an important role both in the evolution of novel phenotypes as well as in disease states. While it is well-known that mutations in cis-regulatory sequences are frequently associated with altered gene expression patterns, the relationship between changes in 3D genome architecture and changes in gene expression is less clear. My lab uses a comparative genomics approach to study conservation and divergence in 3D genome organization and gene expression across ~25 million years of evolution in Drosophila. We are also working to understand the complex evolutionary dynamics between transposable elements (TEs) and their host genomes, with a focus on how small RNA pathways influence the expression of both host genes and TEs. In this seminar, I will describe our work suggesting that there are various functional subtypes of Topologically Associating Domains (TADs) which follow different evolutionary trajectories and share two examples of intragenomic conflict between transposons and the small RNA pathways that target them for silencing.
  • WHO: All GEP Members are welcome!
  • WHERE: Virtual via Zoom
  • WHEN: Thursday, October 14, 2021  |  2 – 3p (CDT)
  • HOW: Join the Trello card if you plan to attend.

December 2021 New Member Training

New Member Training will help faculty integrate GEP curriculum materials into existing courses and engage their students in scientific research through Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) centered in genomics. 
  • WHO: Especially welcome faculty from Community Colleges, MSIs, & PUIs teaching courses in genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, evolution, or introductory biology
  • WHAT: Those who complete the training become members of our partnership and thus are expected to implement GEP materials in one of their classes
  • WHERE: Virtual via Zoom
  • WHEN: December 6 – 17, 2021  |  2 – 3:30p (CST)

Trainees will meet for ~1.5 hours each weekday during the two-week period.

  • HOW: Synchronous

Please note that we strongly encourage trainees to complete the Understanding Eukaryotic Genes modules prior to attending the training. These modules will allow trainees to start to learn the tools GEP uses for gene annotation. An overview and timeline for implementing these modules is available on CourseSource.

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