The Mobile DNA Conference: Evolution, Diversity, and Impact

June 5–9, 2022
Malahide, Ireland



June 5-9, 2022

The first organized meeting that explicitly focused on mobile DNA and its impact on genomes took place in 1994. At the 2022 FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) we will celebrate the notable progress in understanding transposon biology and evolution, their contribution to human diseases and normal physiological processes as well as in their wide-spread use as tools for basic science research and clinical applications. 

The conference will bring together researchers investigating all aspects of transposable element biology in any organism, ranging from the role transposons play in structural  and functional genomics to their causative impact on and therapeutic application to human diseases. Due to the multidisciplinary nature and relevance of our field we also welcome participation of researches interested in aging, cancer, DNA repair, epigenetics, bioinformatics, neurobiology, immunology, evolutionary biology, and developmental biology.

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Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: Extended until May 2, 2022 11:59PM ET
Early Registration Deadline: May 5, 2022
Housing Deadline: May 15, 2022
Cancellation Deadline: May 15, 2022
Registration Closing Deadline: June 1, 2022


The main themes of this conference are: 1) 25th anniversary of Sleeping Beauty resurrection and its use for advancing basic science and clinical research; 2) advances in development of wet bench and bioinformatics tools for transposon discovery and annotation across a broad spectrum of organisms; 3) molecular mechanisms of mobilization and its impact on the host with a specific emphasis on aging and age-associated diseases such cancer and neurodegeneration.  

Conference sessions will explore the latest findings and promote discussions on:

  • Mobile DNA and Human Disease
  • Transposons and Aging
  • Sleeping Beauty – 25 years of discovery
  • Mobile DNA, Epigenetics, and Gene Regulation
  • Mechanisms of Mobilization
  • Comparative Genomics of Transposable Elements
  • Computational tool Use and Development 
  • Population Genomics of Mobile DNA

The conference will feature nine oral sessions, two poster sessions, two career-development workshops, and a “Meet the Experts” session. The Meet-The-Experts Session will be an informal interaction between participants and selected experts representing research themes featured at the conference. 

View the preliminary agenda.

Keynote Lecture

Zoltan Ivics, PhD, Paul Ehrlich Institute



Victoria P. Belancio, PhD

Associate Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

David A. Largaespada, PhD

Professor, Associate Director for Basic Research, Masonic Cancer Center; and Director of the Center for Genome Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Molly Gale Hammell, PhD

Associate Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY

Josefa González, PhD

CSIC Tenured Scientist, Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), Barcelona, Spain

Steven N. Austad, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, Director, Nathan Shock Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Registration Fees

Early registration is available until May 5, 2022
$1199 + VAT
Students: $1049 + VAT
Invited Speakers: $1199 + VAT

Regular registration fees start on May 6, 2022
$1349 + VAT
Students: $1199 + VAT
Invited Speakers: $1199 + VAT

Reimbursement allocations are up to the organizers of each conference and depend on external funding availability, and therefore are not guaranteed. If you would like to be considered for partial reimbursement, please complete this form. If you are selected to receive any reimbursements for your registration and/or travel, you will be contacted via email with further instructions. Please note that this process will take several weeks after the conference occurs. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this process.

Travel and Lodging

Grand Hotel, Malahide Ireland  - Grove Rd, Malahide, Co., Dublin, K36 XT65, Ireland

Single Occupancy – 125.00 € per night or Shared Occupancy 165.00 € per night (incl. taxes/fees). The discounted rates are available through May 15, 2022 only. To book pre/post meeting dates, please book via the reservation link first then email to request the additional pre/post dates to be added your reservation. 

The registration fee does not include lodging. Please book your lodging through either option below: 
Online or by phone at: 00353 845 0000 (Mention “2022 FASEB Conference” for the discounted rate). 

Lodging reservations should only be made using the options above. Any solicitation by third-party lodging companies is not endorsed by FASEB. 

Dublin International Airport (DUB) (6 miles / 10 km from hotel)

Great rates: Enjoy specially negotiated rates which may also be honored for extended stays based on availability. 
Be in the center of activity: Enjoy quick and easy access to all conference functions and networking opportunities.
Additional protection: FASEB may be able to assist you with any issues that arise with the hotel.

The airport provides information on ground transportation options here. The average cost of a taxi from this airport to the conference location is approximately €15-€30.


Travel Award Information

The organizing committee will grant at least 33 travel awards ($600 each) that will be applied toward conference registration fees. These awards have been established to offset the cost of conference registration to support the participation of students, postdoctoral trainees, and junior faculty in the Mobile DNA: Evolution, Diversity, and Impact meeting. Those who wish to be considered for a Travel Award must submit an application and abstract by April 25th. Award winners must participate in the entire conference and present a poster. All other things being equal, preference will be given to minority applicants, graduate students, and applicants presenting age-related research. Download information on instructions here.

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Funding for this conference was made possible, in part by 1R13 AG074557-01 from the National Institute on Aging. ‘The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.