Workshop GENET 591



The Interdepartmental Genetics and Genomics (IG) program sponsors a workshop series each fall of 3 to 4 invited outside speakers centered around a specific topic. The topic may either be on recent "hot" genetics research, topics that bring speakers that support present research at Iowa State or on areas of genetics that are not a research focus at Iowa State University. Having speakers present research on topics that are not focused on at Iowa State provides graduate students with greater breath of instruction and opportunity.

The IG Workshop is also a graduate class at Iowa State (GENET 591). ISU Genetics faculty present papers to members of the class that are selected by the invited speaker. These papers either represent the speaker's research or present background on the speaker's forthcoming presentation. The speaker will also interact with a small group of students enrolled in the workshop class. This talk may be on the workshop topic or any subject that the speaker deems of interest. The Interdepartmental Genetis program provides refreshments during the small group presentation to the speaker and the students.

Fall 2018 IG2 Workshop:  Epigenetics and Epitranscriptomics: How do DNA and RNA modifications affect gene expression, development, and disease?

Tuesdays 4:10 - 5:00 pm
1414 Molecular Biology Building

October 2:  Robert Philibert, M.D., Ph.D. , Psychiatric Genetics Lab/Neuroscience/Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa. (ISU faculty host is Elizabeth McNeill).

October 9:  Guanjing Hu, Ecology and Evolutionary Organismal Biology, Iowa State University

October 16:

October 23:  Hong Qiao, Molecular Biosciences, University of Texas at Austin. (ISU faculty host is Yanhai Yin).

October 30:  Kate Meyer, Dept of Biochemistry, Duke University School of Medicine (ISU faculty host is W. Allen Miller), "Gene Expression Regulation by m6A Binding Proteins"



Fall 2017 IG2 workshop: "The 4D Nucleus: How is Gene Expression Modulated by Intra-Nuclear Location, Genomics Location, Controlling Elements, and Time"
Syllabus for Fall 2017, Workshop 2017
Major Sponsor of the 2017 Workshop: Office of Biotechnology, Iowa State University Fall 2017 GENET 591 Syllabus (.pdf)

Fall 2016 IG2 Workshop: Bioethics; and The Future of Genetics and Genomics

Fall 2015 IG Workshop: Small Regulatory RNAs

Fall 2014 IG Workshop: Synthetic Biology

Fall 2013 IG Workshop: "Population Genetics and Predictive Biology"

Fall 2012 IG Workshop: "Epigenetics: More than Just DNA"

Spring 2012 IG Workshop: "20th Anniversary: Pathways to Success"

2011 NextGen Sequencing

2010 Emerging Model Systems

2009 Microbial Metagenomics

2008 Developmental Genetics

2007 Genetic Mysteries: How do we distinguish new discovery from bad science?

2006 Genetics of Disease Spring workshop

 2004 Genomic Tools and Analysis

Place: 1414 Molecular Biology
Time: 4:10 p.m.
Blake Meyers
Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Delaware Biotechnology Institute, Newark, Delaware
"Massively-parallel signature sequencing (MPSS) for transcriptional and genomic analyses."
Host: Gustavo MacIntosh

Date: NOTE: Wednesday, April 21
Place: NOTE: 1010 LeBaron Hall
Time: NOTE: 2:10 p.m.
Lincoln Stein
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
"The GMOD Suite of Genome Database Tools"
Host: Patrick Schnable

Date: Thursday, April 29
Place: 1414 Molecular Biology
Time: NOTE: 3:10 p.m.
Brad Barbazuk
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
"Getting to the good stuff"... an investigation of gene recovery and biases observed in two reduced representation sequencing techniques when applied to the genome of Zea mays."
Host: Patrick Schnable

Sponsors of the IG/BCB Spring Workshop: Interdepartmental Genetics; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Miller Graduate Funds; Plant Science Institute; ISU Center for Integrated Animal Genomics; The Center for Plant Genomics; Department of Entomology; and the Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Department.


New Directions in Evolutionary Genetics
Spring 2003

Place: 1414 Molecular Biology
Time: 4:10 p.m.

Tony Dean, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
University of Minnesota
Tuesday March 25
Working Title: Experimental Evolution

Jeff Palmer, Department of Biology
Indiana University
Tuesday, April 1
Working Title: Evolution of Mitochondrial Genome

Doug Schemske, Department of Plant Biology
Michigan State University
Tuesday, April 8
Wednesday, April 9
Working title: Application of QTLS to Evolutionary Problems

Carlos Machado, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona
Tuesday, April 15
Working title: Molecular Population Genetics & Speciation

Jerry Wilkinson, Department of Biology
University of Maryland
Tuesday, April 22
Wednesday, April 23 Working title: Genotype-Phenotype Mapping

Sponsors of the IG/BCB Spring Workshop: Interdepartmental Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Interdepartmental program, Miller Graduate Funds, Plant Science Institute, ISU Center for Integrated Animal Genomics, Department of Zoology and Genetics



Genetics of Behavior
Spring 2002

  • Dept of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, California
    "Regulatory Genes Governing Complex Behavior: Reasoning from Drosophila"
    Tuesday, April 2, 4:10 p.m. in the 1414 Molecular Biology
  • Tuesday, April 9, 4:10 p.m. in 1414 Molecular BiologyAlison Goate, Associate Professor of Genetics in Psychiatry
    Department of Psychiatry, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
    "Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias"
    Thursday, April 11, 4:10 p.m. in 2245 Coover HallGene E. Robinson, Professor
    Entomology, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign
    "Sociogenomics and Division of Labor in Honey Bee Colonies"
    Monday, April 15, 4:10 p.m. in 1414 Molecular BiologyRichard M. Amasino, Professor
    Biochemistry, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Memories of Winter: Vernalization and the Competence to Flower. "
    Tuesday, April 16, 4:10 p.m. in 1414 Molecular Biology


    Interdepartmental Genetics Spring 2001 Workshop

    Sponsored by Interdepartmental Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, the USDA Pig Genome Coordination Effort, NSF IGERT Fellowships in Computational Molecular Biology, USDA National Needs Fellowships in Plant Biotechnology, USDA National Needs Fellowships in Animal Biotechnology, Center for Plant Genomics, L. H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics and MILLER Funds.

    Rob Edwards
    Department of Molecular Sciences
    University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
    TUESDAY April 10, 4:10 p.m., 1414 Molecular Biology

    Timothy J. Griffin, Ph.D.
    Institute for Systems Biology
    Tuesday, April 17, 4:10 p.m., 1414 Molecular Biology

    Art Delcher
    Computer Scientist, Informatics Research
    Celera Genomics
    Thursday, April 19, 4:10 p.m. 1414 Molecular Biology

    Vivak Kapur
    Vet Pathobiology
    University of Minnesota
    Tuesday, April 24, 4:10 p.m. 1414 Molecular Biology

    Gunnar von Heijne, Editor Journal of Molecular Biology
    Dept of Biochemistry
    Stockholm University, SWEDEN
    Monday, April 30, 4:10 p.m. 1414 Molecular Biology



    The Science and Controversy of Agricultural GMOs

    Interdepartmentals Genetics Spring 2000 Workshop
    March 3-4, 2000

    March 3 - Friday Afternoon

    1:00 The Scope of the GMO Controversy

  • Eileen Kennedy, Deputy Undersecretary of Research, Education and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C.
  • David W. F.Shannon, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, United Kingdom
  • 3:20 Science of GMOs
  • Steven P. Briggs, Presdient and CEO, Novartis Agricultural Discovery Institute, San Diego, CA
  • James D. Murray, Professor, Department of Animal Science, University of California at Davis.
  • March 4 - Saturday

    9:00 The Risks, Ethics and Regulation of GMOs.

  • Paul B. Thompson, Joyce & Edward E. Brewer Distinguished Professor, Department of Philosophy, Purdue University
  • Lester M. Crawford, Director, Center for Food and Nutriton Policy and the CERRES Forum, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
  • 11:00 Case Studies in Risks: Bt Corn Research at ISU
  • Laura Hansen, Graduate Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University
  • Gary Munkvold, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Iowa State University
  • 1:00 Impacts of GMOs on the Market place
  • Giancarlo Moschini, Professor, Department of Economics, Iowa State University
  • Mark Ritchie, President, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN
  • 3:00 Impacts of GMOs on the Food and Feed Industries
  • Susan Harlander, Vice President, Biotechnology Development and Agricultural Research, Pillsbury Technology Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Greg Dana, Director, Feed Product Research and Development, Optimum Quality Grains, Des Moines, Iowa


  • Cellular Mechanisms of Disease Defense

    Interdepartmental Genetics Spring 1999 Workshop
    March 30 - April 28, 1999

    Paul Friesen
    Institute for Molecular Virology
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Tuesday, March 30
    "Regulation of Apoptosis: Lessons from the Baculoviruses"
    1414 Molecular Biology, 4:10 p.m.
    Student Seminar: March 31, Noon, 3140 Agronomy
    "If Viruses Could Talk"

    Chella David
    Department of Immunology
    Mayo Clinic and Medical School
    Tuesday April 6
    "Immunogenetics of Experimental Arthritis"
    1414 Molecular Biology, 4:10 p.m.
    Faculty Host: Susan Lamont, Animal Science
    Student Seminar: April 7, Noon, 3140 Agronomy
    "Autoimmune Diseases - MHC/Antigen/T Cell"

    Jeff Dangl
    Department of Biology
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Thursday April 15
    "Molecular control of plant-pathogen interactions: It takes two to tango"
    1414 Molecular Biology, 4:10 p.m.
    Co-sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology
    The Department of Plant Pathology
    Signal Transduction Training Group (STTG)
    Faculty Host: Thomas Baum
    Student Seminar: April 16, Noon, 3140 Agronomy
    "How do disease resistance genes work?
    What are pathogen avirulence genes good for?"

    Pam Ronald
    Department of Plant Pathology
    University of California, Davis
    Tuesday April 20
    "Disease Resistance in Rice"
    1414 Molecular Biology, 4:10 p.m.,
    Co-sponsored by the Department of Plant Pathology
    Faculty Host: Roger Wise
    Student Seminar: April 21, Noon, 3140 Agronomy
    "A genetic resources recognition fund."

    Jean Greenberg
    Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
    University of Chicago
    Tuesday, April 27
    "Life and Death in Plants:
    New Connections Revealed Through the Study of
    Arabidopsis Accelerated Cell Death Mutants."
    1414 Molecular Biology, 4:10 p.m.,
    Co-sponsored by the Department of Plant Pathology
    Faculty Host: Steve Rodermel
    Student Seminar: April 28, Noon, 3140 Agronomy
    "Virulence Mechanisms and Engineering Artificial Resistance in Plants."

    Co-sponsored by the MILLER FUND through the ISU Graduate College.


    Interdepartmental Genetics Workshop
    Advances and Challenges in Computation Biology
    Iowa State University
    April 14-30, 1998
    1414 Molecular Biology Building

    Lee Hood, University of Washington
    Keynote address: "Genomics and Post-Genomic Analyses: Today & Tomorrow"
    Tuesday, April 14, 1998, 5:10 p.m.

    Dagmar Ringe, Brandeis University
    "Sequence to Structure to Drug Design: Where Are We Today?"
    Thursday, April 16, 1998, 4:10 p.m.

    Benjamin Bowen, Pioneer Hi-Bred, International
    "Impact of Genomics on the Seed Industry"
    Tuesday, April 21, 1998, 4:10 p.m.

    Mark Gerstein, Yale University
    "Analysis of Sequences & Structures on a Large-scale: Surveys of a Finite Parts List"
    Thursday, April 23, 1998, 4:10 p.m.

    Junhyong Kim, Yale University
    "Evolutionary Approaches to Bioinformatics Analysis"
    Tuesday, April 28, 1998, 4:10 p.m.

    Stuart Kauffman, Santa Fe Institute
    "Are Eukaryotic Cells Near 'The Edge of Chaos'?"
    Thursday, April 30, 1998, 4:10 p.m.




    Interdepartmental Genetics Workshop
    Chromatin Structure, Transcription and Gene Silencing
    Iowa State University
    March 25 through April 22, 1997
    1414 Molecular Biology Building
    Interdepartmental Genetics Workshop

    Lorraine Pillus, University of Colorado-Boulder "Silencing genes, silencing chromosomes: mechanisms of chromatin-mediated repression learned from yeast." March 25, 1997, 4:10 p.m.

    Carl Wu, National Institutes of Health "Remodeling chromatin for transcription" April 1, 1997, 4:10 p.m.

    Huntington Willard, Case Western Reserve "Epigenetic regulation of X-linked gene expression in mammals" April 3, 1997, 4:10 p.m.

    Eric Richards, Washington University "Genetic Dissection of DNA methylation in Arabidopsis" April 15, 1997, 4:10 p.m.

    Pamela Geyer, University of Iowa "Effects of a retrotransposon on Drosophila gene expression: insights into chromatin insulators and transvection" April 22, 1998, 4:10 p.m.




    The Genomic Revolution, Applications and Implications
    Iowa State University
    April 4-25, 1996
    1414 Molecular Biology Building
    Interdepartmental Genetics Workshop

    Val Sheffield, Department of Pediatric Genetics, University of Iowa
    "The human genome project: Application to identification of genes causing human genetic disease"
    April 4, 1996, 4:10 p.m.

    James Womack, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University
    "The bovine gene map and comparative genomics"
    April 9, 1996, 4:10 p.m.

    Michael Lichten, Laboratory of Biochemistry, National Cancer Institute
    "Determinants of the chromosomal position of meiotic recombination in yeast"
    April 18, 1996, 4:10 p.m.

    Lief Andersson, Dept. of Animal Breeding & Genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Science.
    "Mapping monogenic and polygenetic trait loci in a cross between the European wild pig and domestic pigs"
    April 23, 1996

    Jeff Bennetzen, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University
    "Parallel Studies of Grass Genome Structure, Function and Evolution: What's There and What is it Doing?"
    April 25, 1996




    What's New in the Genetics of Virus-Host Interactions?
    Iowa State University
    April 6 to April 21, 1995
    1414 Molecular Biology Building
    Interdepartmental Genetics Workshop

    Alan Frankel, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California-San Francisco
    "HIV Gene Expression"
    Thursday, April 6, 4:10 p.m.

    Cecilia Cheng-Mayer, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, New York
    "HIV Variation: Consequences for Viral Pathogenesis"
    Monday, April 10, 4:10 p.m.

    Barbara Baker, USDA Plant Gene Expression Center, California
    "The First-Cloned Plant Virus Resistance Gene N; Possible Role in Signal Transduction pathway Involved in Plant Defense"
    Thursday, April 13, 4:10 p.m.

    Richard Allison, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Michigan State
    "RNA Recombination Between Viral RNA Transgenic Plant Transcripts: Can Genetically Engineered Plants Contribute to Plant Virus Evolution?
    Tuesday, April 18, 4:10 p.m.

    Reed Wickner, MD, National Institutes of Health
    "Biochemical Functions of Host Genes Required for Virus Replication in Yeast"
    Friday, April 21, 4:10 p.m.




    Molecular Evolution Revolution
    Iowa State University
    April 7 to April 21, 1994
    1414 Molecular Biology Building
    Interdepartmental Genetics Workshop

    Jeffrey Palmer, Indiana University
    "The Recent Origin and Episodic Evolution of Nuclear Pre-mRNA Introns"
    Thursday, April 7, 1995, 4:10 p.m.

    Jeffrey Palmer, Indiana University
    "Migration of Organelle Genes to the Nucleus: Why Do Chloroplasts and Mitochondria Still Have Genomes?"
    Friday, April 8, 4:10 p.m.

    Charles Aquadro, Cornell University
    "Why is the Genome Variable? Insights from Drosophila"
    Monday, April 11, 4:10 p.m.

    David Hillis, University of Texas "To Tree the Truth: Simulated Phylogenies and Experimental Evolution" Thursday, April 14, 4:10 p.m.

    David Hillis, University of Texas
    "Why Molecular Clocks Don't Keep Time"
    Friday, April 15, 4:10 p.m.

    Margaret Kidwell, University of Arizona
    "Evolution of the P Family of Transposable Elements in Drosophila"
    Tuesday, April 19, 4:10 p.m.

    Andrew Ellington, Indiana University
    "Experimentally Testing Theories of an Ancient RNA World"
    Thursday, April 21, 4:10 p.m.




    Genes in Development
    Iowa State University
    March 31 through April 14, 1993
    1414 Molecular Biology Building
    Interdepartmental Genetics Workshop

    Janet Rossant, Toronto
    "Cellular and Genetic analysis of Early Mouse Development"
    Wednesday, March 31, 4:10 p.m.

    Ian Sussex, University of California--Berkeley
    "Gene Expression in Root Initiation"
    Friday, April 2, 3:10 p.m.

    Cynthia Kenyon, University of California-San Francisco
    "Pattern Formation and Cell Migration in the Nematode C. elegans"
    Tuesday, April 6, 4:10 p.m.

    William McGinnis, Yale University
    "Conserved Functional Specificities in Homeotic Protein of Flies and Mammals"
    Wednesday, April 7, 4:10 p.m.

    Michael Freeling, University of California-Berkeley
    "Development of the Maize Leaf"
    Monday, April 12, 4:10 p.m.

    Edoardo Boncinelli, Milan, Italy
    "Homeogenes in the Developing Central Nervous System"
    Wednesday, April 14, 4:10 p.m.


    What's New in Human Molecular Genetics
    Iowa State University
    February 17-March 3, 1992
    1414 Molecular Biology Building
    Interdepartmental Genetics Workshop

    Bill Rhead, Division of Medical Genetics, University of Iowa
    "Micro and Macro Horizons in Human Genetics Reverse Genetics, Gene Therapy, Mitochondrial Genome Disorders"
    Monday, February 17, 4:10 p.m.

    Douglas Wallace, Center for Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
    "Mitochondrial Genes of Women: Genetics, Evolution, Disease"
    Tuesday, February 18, 4:10 p.m.

    David Nelson, Institute for Molecular Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
    "The Fragile X Mutation: A DNA Sequence that Challenges Mendel"
    Thursday, February 20, 4:10 p.m.

    Fred Ledley, Department of Cell Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
    "Somatic Gene Therapy: Application of Cellular and Molecular Biology"
    Tuesday, February 25, 4:10 p.m.

    Ray White, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    "Molecular Genetics of the Familiar Polyposis Gene"
    Thursday, February 27, 4:10 p.m.

    Jeff Murray, Division of Medical Genetics, University of Iowa
    "Molecular approaches to Human Gene Mapping"
    Tuesday, March 3, 4:10 p.m.

    5:00 Panel Debate