Conference Summary

The first organized meeting to discuss mobile DNA and their impacts on genomes took place in 1994. At this FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC), which marks its 25th anniversary, we will detail current research in the field of mobile element biology.

The conference will bring together researchers studying all aspects of transposable element biology in any taxon, ranging from direct impacts on genome structure to regulatory innovations to the role mobile DNAs play in the realm of human health. 

Themes of this conference include: 1) the discovery and annotation of mobile DNA in the huge number of genome projects now available to researchers; 2) the molecular biology of mobilization and the responses of genomes to their activity; 3) the utility of mobile DNA as tools for genetic modification and as biological markers.

Conference sessions will present the latest research findings and foster engaging discussion on:

  • Comparative genomics of transposable elements
  • Mobile DNA defense and regulation
  • Mobile DNA, epigenetics, and gene regulation
  • Mobilization mechanisms
  • Mobile DNA and the environment
  • Population genomics of mobile DNA

In addition to an opening keynote lecture from Mark Batzer, PhD (Louisiana State University) and Prescott Deininger, PhD (Tulane University), the conference will feature 10 oral sessions, two poster sessions, two career-development workshops, and a “Meet the Experts” session.

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Conference Location

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort
41000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 USA

Conference Organizers

David Ray, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, USA


Victoria Belancio, PhD
Associate Professor, Structural & Cellular Biology, Tulane University School of Medicine, USA

Wenfeng An, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor and inaugural Markl Faculty Scholar, College of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions, South Dakota State University, USA

Stéphane Boissinot, PhD
Professor and Program Head of Biology, New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Richard Cordaux, PhD
Senior Investigator, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

Keynote Speakers

Mark Batzer, PhD
Louisiana State University

Prescott Deininger, PhD
Tulane University