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All symposium sessions will take place at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 South Lincoln Avenue in Urbana.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Registration opens for Pre-symposium Workshop registrants
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-symposium Workshop
Additional registration required

Monica Poelchau
NAL/USDA Maryland

Chris Childers
NAL/USDA Maryland

Robert Waterhouse
University of Lausanne

5:00 PM Registration opens and Reception
7:00 PM Welcome
May Berenbaum
University of Illinois

Plenary lecture
Michael Lynch
Arizona State University
“The 5000 Daphnia Genome Project”


Friday, June 8, 2018

7:30 AM Coffee/Tea
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Poster set-up for odd-numbered posters
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM i5k Session
Session Chair - Adam Dolezal

Thomas Mathers
John Innes Centre
“Comparative analysis of 21 aphid genomes to gain insights into the evolution of grass feeding and extreme host range expansion”

Julian Gutekunst
German Cancer Research Center
“Clonal genome evolution and rapid invasive spread of the marbled crayfish”

Surya Saha
Boyce Thompson Institute
“Insights into genome organization and non-coding genes of Diaphorina citri, the vector of citrusgreening disease”

Stephen Richards
Baylor College of Medicine

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Microbiome Session
Session Chair - Katy Heath

Bryony Bonning
University of Florida
“The insect virome”

William Landesman
Green Mountain College
“Drivers of variation in bacterial community composition among Ixodes scapularis nymphs in the northeastern U.S.”

Emily Jennings
University of Cincinnati
“Viviparous reproduction delays microbiome acquisition in a live-bearing cockroach, Diploptera punctate

Seth Bordenstein
Vanderbilt University
“Phage genes alter gametes and kill males in drosophila”

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch on your own
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Poster Session for odd-numbered posters
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Vector Biology Session
Session Chair - Brian Allan

Mara Lawniczak
Sanger Institute
“The malariagen vector observatory: present, past, and future”

Heather Eggleston
Texas A&M University
“Identifying heme importers & exporters through rna seq analysis in Aedes aegypti

Robert Waterhouse
University of Lausanne
“Curation is key: Quantifying the impact of manual gene annotation improvements”

Michel Slotman
Texas A&M University
“The genetics of human host preference in the Anopheles gambiae complex”

5:00 PM Remove odd-numbered posters
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Optional Campus Tours
Additional registration required
7:00 PM Optional Dinner and Talk
Additional registration required

May Berenbaum
University of Illinois


Saturday, June 9, 2018

7:30 AM Coffee/Tea
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Poster set-up for even-numbered posters
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Social Insects Session
Session Chair - Andrew Suarez

Matt Webster
Uppsala University
“A hybrid de novo genome assembly of the honey bee, Apis mellifera, with chromosome-length scaffolds”

Beryl Jones
University of Illinois
“Reproductive worker honey bees: A glimpse of ancestral sociality?”

Sarai Stuart
University of Illinois
“Brain transcriptomic changes associated with colony defense in the stingless bee, Tetragonisca angustula

Hua Yan
New York University
“Generating genetic tools in ants to study social behavior and neural development”

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Comparative Genomics Session
Session Chair - Sydney Cameron

Heather Hines
Pennsylvania State University
“How the bumble bees got their stripes: understanding mimicry in bumble bees using a comparative genomic approach”

Kamil Jaron
University of Lausanne
“Genome wide consequences of asexuality in Timema stick insects”

Sarah Lower
Cornell University
“Firefly genomes illuminate parallel origins of bioluminescence in beetles”

Kevin Johnson
Illinois Natural History SurveyJohnson
"Phylogenomics of the hemipteroid insects"

12:30 AM - 2:00 PM Lunch on your own
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Poster Session for even-numbered posters
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Population Genomics Session
Session Chair - Alexander Lipka

Richard Clark
University of Utah
"Learning from long haplotypes: Selection and genetic diversity in an extreme generalist herbivore"

Andrew Mongue
University of Kansas
“Sperm competition drives molecular evolution in Lepidopteran sperm”

Scott Geib
“Utilizing comparative genomic resources coupled with rapid, low cost targeted resequencing to develop robust diagnostic tools to characterize pest tephritid fruit fly invasion pathways”

Marcus R. Kronforst
University of Chicago
“Characterizing the link between mimicry and mate choice in heliconius butterflies”

5:00 PM Closing Remarks
5:15 PM Remove even-numbered posters