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Venter, Somerville and Church highlight DOE/JGI genomics of energy and environment meeting

Keynote addresses by genomics pioneers J. Craig Venter, Energy Bioscience Institute's Chris Somerville and Harvard's George Church will highlight the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) annual Genomics of Energy and Environment User Meeting March 25-27, 2009 in Walnut Creek, Calif.

This year's meeting will emphasize the genomics of renewable energy strategies, biomass conversion to biofuels, environmental gene discovery, and engineering of fuel-producing organisms. The meeting will feature presentations by leading scientists advancing these topics as well as bioinformatics workshops and sessions on improving biomass, its degradation, and biofuels; genome evolution and adaptation; new sequencing technologies; functional genomics; and synthetic biology.

Other confirmed speakers and topics include:

  • Gary Andersen, LBNL, Phylochip Analysis of Microbial Diversity
  • Ginger Armbrust, University of Washington, Diatom Comparative Genomics
  • Jamie Cate, Energy Biosciences Institute, Cellulosome Engineering
  • Cameron Currie, University of Wisconsin, Evolution of Ancient Agriculture in Ants
  • Ashlee Earl, Harvard University, Bacillus subtilus Diversity
  • Jeff Dangl, U. North Carolina, Plant Genomics Roadmap
  • Joe Ecker, Salk Institute, Arabidopsis Epigenetics
  • Jonathan Eisen, UC Davis, Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea
  • James Galagan, Broad Institute, Microbial Genomics and Systems Biology
  • Mike Mendez, Sapphire Fuels, Algal Sequencing
  • Jeffrey Miller, UCLA, Diversity Generating Retroelements
  • Matteo Pellegrini, UCLA, Chlamydomonas transcriptomics
  • Pavel Pevzner, UCSD, Short Read Assembly
  • Peg Riley, University of Massachusetts, Microbial Genome Evolution
  • Lucy Shapiro, Stanford University, Systems Biology in Caluobacter
  • Dick Smith, PNNL, A Next Generation High Throughput Proteomics Platform
  • Steve Turner, Pacific Biosystems, Applying Single Molecule Real Time DNA Sequencing
  • John Willis, Duke University, Mimulus guttatus
  • Rod Wing, University of Arizona, To REFSEQ or RESEQ Oryza That is the Question

Registration is still open and can be accessed online:

For members of the media interested in attending the meeting, please contact David Gilbert:


Contact: David Gilbert
DOE/Joint Genome Institute

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