Joseph Felsenstein is Professor in the Departments of Genome Sciences and Biology and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is best known for his work on phylogenetic inference, and is the author of Inferring Phylogenies, and principal author and distributor of the package of phylogenetic inference programs called PHYLIP, and is currently serving as the President of the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution.

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James McInerney is the principle investigator of the Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution Laboratories at NUI Maynooth. He was one of the founding directors of the Irish Centre for High End Computing, an Associate Editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution, Biology Direct, and Journal of Experimental Zoology, and is currently serving as the Secretary for the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

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Juliette de Meaux is interested in the molecular basis of Darwinian adaptation in natural plant systems. Her works combines the approaches of population, quantitative and molecular genetics to dissect the underpinning of adaptive changes. She completed her PhD at AgroParisTech, under the supervision of Prof. Claire Neema and studied the molecular basis of host-pathogen coevolution in natural populations of common bean. She then spent her Postdoc time in the lab of Prof. Tom Mitchell-Olds at the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology in Jena and worked on the evolution of cis-regulatory DNA. Since 2005, she runs her own lab, first at the Max Planck Institute of Plant Breeding in Cologne and then at the University of Münster. In January 2015, she relocated her lab at the University of Cologne. She is currently serving as the Treasurer for the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

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SMBE 2017

On behalf of the organising committee it is our pleasure to invite you to attend SMBE 2017 - the annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. SMBE 2017 will be held from the 2nd-6th of July at the JW Marriott in Austin, TX, USA. The meeting - including plenary talks, symposia presentations, the Walter Fitch symposium, and poster sessions - will showcase the latest research in genomics, population genetics, and molecular biology and evolution. Social activities will include an opening reception, mixers with each poster session, and a conference dinner. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Austin this summer!

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SMBE 2017 Abstract Submission Deadline Approaching

We are delighted to announce that the abstract system for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution 2017 is open! We are accepting abstracts for talks and posters via the official SMBE 2017 website HEREThe submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2017. Please be aware that registration is not required for abstract submission.

SMBE awards numerous awards for students and postdocs who attend the conference. See the SMBE 2017 meeting awards page HERE or the society awards page HERE for details. All award applications are submitted through the abstract submission system. 

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  • Friday, January 13, 2017
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2017 SMBE Meeting - Call for Symposia

We’re delighted to announce that the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution is now accepting proposals for symposium topics for the 2017 Annual Meeting, taking place in Austin, Texas, USA, from July 2nd – 6th, 2017. Selection of proposals will be aimed at spanning the range of interests of SMBE members, including exciting new scientific developments, and representing the geographic and gender diversity of members.

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SMBE 2016 Election Results

The 2016 SMBE election results are in and and we have four outstanding new officers who will begin their terms in January, 2017.

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Results of the Fall 2015 SMBE Membership Survey

Results of the Fall 2015 SMBE Membership Survey

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MBE & GBE Best Graduate Student Papers Announcement

Congratulations to the winners of the Best Graduate Student Paper in MBE and Best Graduate Student Paper in GBE for the year 2015! The winners will be given a certificate, a prize of $2,000 and a travel award to the 2016 annual meeting.

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SMBE 2016 Awards Announcement

Congratulations to the inaugural winners of the SMBE Allan Wilson Award, SMBE Mid-Career Award for Research, SMBE Community Service Award and the SMBE Lifetime Contribution Award!

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