Mobile DNA in Mammalian Genomes

Conference Summary

This SRC is focused on the dynamic nature of mobile DNAs in mammalian genomes and their phenotypic impacts. Topics will encompass mechanistic and evolutionary aspects of diverse types of retrotransposons, including LINE-1 and endogenous retroviruses, as well as DNA transposons and related human genes. Attendees will also explore interactions between these sequences and the epigenome and endogenous machinery of DNA repair and rearrangement. These elements comprise are a major portion of our DNA, and are significant contributors to genomic diversity in the form of structural variation. While the germ line is a well-known site of activity of mobile genetic elements, there is increasing evidence for expression and mobility in somatic cells and in human diseases, particularly cancers. This makes it an exciting time for the field. Moreover, new insights are being gained into roles of mobile elements in shaping gene regulatory networks in normal cells. Finally, harnessing mobile genetics elements as tools for forward genetic screens or gene delivery has provided new capabilities to change the genome. This is a long standing meeting, certain to be thought provoking, animated, and collegial all at once.

Program Agenda

Important Deadlines:  Early Bird Extended To: May 12, 2017    
                                      Last Day to Register: May 18, 2017


  • Career Development Workshop for early career scientists
  • Meet the Expert sessions
  • Short talks selected from submitted abstracts

Keynote Speakers

More information coming soon!

Conference Organizers

Geoff Faulkner
University of Queensland

Cedric Feschotte
University of Utah School of Medicine

David Ray
Texas Tech University

Jose Garcia-Perez
Genyo- University of Granada

Kathleen Burns
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Conference Staff

Robin Crawford, CMP, Conference Manager

Pippa O'Shea, Conference Assistant

Contact us:
Email: src@faseb.org
Phone: 1.301.634.7010

Date & Location

Date: June 18-23, 2017
Mountain Mall, Mammoth Room

50 Big Sky Resort Road
Big Sky, MT

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

The closest airport to the Big Sky area is the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). The lodge is approximately one hour from the airport. Please visit the BZN site for more information.

Shuttle Service and car rentals are available. Please use the link below for Transportation & Lodging information:

Official Conference Lodging

Big Sky Resort
Huntley Lodge
50 Big Sky Resort Road
Big Sky, MT 

Guest rooms are reserved for attendees at the Huntley Lodge. All rooms have a private bath, free WiFi, high definition TV, coffee maker, refrigerator, and seating area. Rooms do not include air conditioning. Onsite amenities include a spa, fitness center, tennis courts and outdoor pool.

If you request a single or a double occupancy room, the registration fee covers 5 nights of lodging (Sunday through Thursday night, checkout Friday morning). A credit card will be required upon check-in for incidental expenses (i.e. in-room movies, room service, etc.).

If you plan to arrive early or stay beyond the conference dates, you must make your own reservations for the extra nights you require. You are responsible for payment upon check-out.

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