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EMBO Workshop: The Mobile Genome: Genetic and Physiological Impacts of Transposable Elements

August 29, 2021 to September 1, 2021


The Mobile Genome
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EMBL is committed to sharing research advances and sustaining scientific interaction throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We are delighted to announce that this conference is going virtual and invite you to join us online.

Conference Overview

This conference is assembling world-leading experts from diverse fields including genomics, epigenetics, structural biology, developmental biology, immunology, cancer biology and neurobiology, to discuss the broad impacts of TEs on organismal biology.

This conference provides a venue for cross-disciplinary discussions, with the goal of catalysing inter-disciplinary collaborations to address emerging questions in these scientific fields.

Although often disparaged as “junk” DNA, it is now undeniable that transposable element (TE) activity has significantly shaped the structure and function of all genomes, ranging from bacteria to humans. TEs are major drivers of genetic diversity and contribute to human disease. Remarkably, recent research has shown that TE-derived sequences also can be co-opted by the host to play important roles in gene expression, early development, immunity, neuronal diversification, and, perhaps, aging.

Session Topics

  • Genomics and evolution
  • Transposon regulation
  • Transposition mechanisms
  • Physiological impacts


    Orsolya Barabas, University of Geneva, Switzerland
    Julius F. Brennecke, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA), Austria
    Jose L. Garcia-Perez, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM), UK
    John V. Moran, University of Michigan Medical School, USA

    All our virtual courses provide hands on training and live interaction with word leading experts. We also provide a number of fee waivers (further information is available on Practical Information).

    AUG 2: Registration Deadline Register now




August 29, 2021
September 1, 2021
Event Category:


Virtual Event


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