3rd Uppsala Transposon Symposium – final schedule

[Edit on September 26: Posted a schedule with a minor update.]

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Uppsala Transposon Symposiumunderstanding population and ecological dynamics within genomes, which will take place on September 27, 2019.



Friessalen, Evolutionary Biology Centre (Norbyvägen 14, ground floor, follow signs). Here is a direct link to the location on Google Maps.



Transposable element (TE) research is currently experiencing a massive growth in interdisciplinarity, as knowledge of TE biology is increasingly appreciated to be necessary for fully understanding results in many areas of biological and biomedical research. The 3rd Uppsala Transposon Symposium aims at bringing together experts across all career stages, with a special focus on giving all participants the chance to present their research in a lightning talk.

Keynote speaker


(pdf version here)

Time Speaker/Activity
08:30-09:00 Registration open
09:00-09:05 Welcome remarks
09:05-10:00 Andrea Betancourt: The P-element invasion in Drosophila simulans
10:00-10:20 Lightning talks I (2 minutes each)
10:20-11:00 Coffee break (coffee/tea provided)
11:00-11:15 Julie Blommaert: Rotifers Of Unusual (genome) Size: rotifer genomes are many things, none of them logical
11:15-11:30 Ursula Oggenfuss: A population-level invasion by transposable elements in a fungal pathogen
11:30-11:45 Jente Ottenburghs: Ecological equilibria in avian genomes: The complex interplay between transposable elements and tRNA genes
11:45-12:00 Lauriane Simon: Differences in centromeres underpin hybrid incompatibility in Capsella
12:00-13:30 Lunch (food available at EBC cafeteria)
13:30-13:45 Marie Jönsson: Activation of neuronal genes via LINE-1 elements upon global DNA demethylation in human neural progenitors
13:45-14:00 Cormac M. Kinsella: Discovery of three virus families infecting major human gut parasites
14:00-14:15 Johan Jakobsson: Activation of endogenous retroviruses in the brain does not cause inflammation
14:15-14:35 Lightning talks II (2 minutes each)
14:35-15:30 Coffee break (coffee/tea provided)
16:10-16:30 Francisco J. Ruiz-Ruano: Diverse evolutionary trajectories in germline-restricted chromosomes of songbirds
16:30-16:45 Peter Refsing Andersen: Hacking gene expression: innovation of core gene expression machineries through intragenomic conflicts
16:45-17:00 Short break
17:00-18:30 Round table discussion on challenges in computational analyses of TEs
18:30-20:30 Dinner (food and drinks provided at buying price)
20:30-23:59 Party

Lightning talks I:

  1. Alexandros Bousios: Gene capture by transposable elements leads to epigenetic conflict
  2. Anastasiya Volakhava: Identification of transposable elements in hematological malignancies
  3. Anna V. Protasio: Parasites within parasites: transposable elements in parasitic flatworms
  4. Cesar Fortes-Lima: Paleogenomic analyses of Homo genus specific NUMTs: insight into hominin evolution
  5. Diem Nguyen: Evolution of transposon landscape and genome defense in Neurospora species
  6. Ivar Westerberg: Shifting centromeres and the implications on genetic differentiation
  7. Jesper Boman: A GUIDE TO FIND MORE TRANSPOSONS IN MODEL ORGANISMS: lessons from zebra finch and blue-capped cordon-bleu
  8. Karl Nyrén: Fishing for Cryptons: an understudied group of transposons
  9. Natalia Savytska: Retrotransposon activity in frontotemporal dementia
  10. Niki Vontzou: Unraveling the horizontal transfer of transposable elements in genomes of the B10K consortium

Lightning talks II:

  1. Omar Warsi: Evolution of a new function by fusion between phage DNA and a bacterial gene
  2. Peter Pruisscher: The role of TEs in bird migration
  3. Raquel Garza: Transposable elements drive human-specific expression of lncRNAs in forebrain development
  4. Rita A. Batista: The MADS-box transcription factor PHERES1 controls imprinting in the endosperm by binding to domesticated transposons
  5. Simon Elsässer: Dynamic heterochromatin at ERVs in mouse embryonic stem cells
  6. Valentina Peona: Unexpectedly long and diverse satellite DNA in songbirds
  7. Violeta Caballero-Lopez: Detection and qPCR-based quantification of transposable elements linked to migratory phenotypes in the willow warbler
  8. Vivien Horvath: Desiccation stress response and the role of TEs in this process in D. melanogaster
  9. Wenbo Xu: Classify unknown repeats in RepeatModeler libraries

Organizing committee