Mobile Genetic Elements Conference 2019


Mobile Genetic Elements Conference 2019

August 29 – 31, 2019, Woods Hole, MA

Abstract Submission Deadlines: August 1 for talk and fellowship consideration; August 12 for poster presentations. Approximately half of the talks will be chosen from submitted abstracts.

Click HERE to register.

Online Registration: Closes August 12th 2019. 


Confirmed Speakers and subject areas: 

Andrew Clark, Cornell University (TEs and satellite repeats)

Michael Chandler, Toulouse/Georgetown University (Bacterial transposons)

Cedric Feschotte, Cornell University (Transposon domestication)

Vera Gorbunova, University of Rochester (L1 retrotransposons and aging)

Molly Hammell, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Transposon genomics)

Damon Lisch, Purdue University (Plant TEs and stress)


Meeting Organizers: 

Irina Arkhipova, Marine Biological Laboratory <>

Cedric FeschotteCornell University <>

William Reznikoff, Marine Biological Laboratory <>

Fernando RodriguezMarine Biological Laboratory <>


Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail directly to the organizers in PDF format, and include title, authors, institutions, and body text. This should be a concise ≤300 word description of the work to be presented by the submitting author (underlined). Please indicate oral/poster preference.

Poster Size – Portrait size max. 32″ x 54″

Talks chosen from abstracts will be 20 minutes, including Q&A
Dear Mobile DNA Researchers,

We are pleased to announce the seventh edition of the biannual Mobile Genetic Elements meeting which will take place from Thursday, August 29 to Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in  Woods Hole, MA. This meeting brings together experimental and computational scientists seeking to narrow the gap between the fast-paced discovery of transposable elements in silico and the limited number of experimental models amenable to functional studies of structural, mechanistic, and regulatory properties of transposable elements and their impact on prokaryotic and eukaryotic hosts. The meeting will start with dinner at 6:00 pm on Thursday and end with lunch at 1:00 pm on Saturday.

The meeting continues the series of biannual regional meetings held since 2007 in Woods Hole and in Cold Spring Harbor, and now broadly covers the northeastern quarter of the continent, although transposon enthusiasts from any state or country are always welcome and have enjoyed attending in the past. Please forward this information to your colleagues or trainees who might be interested in attending.

We especially welcome abstract submissions from young scientists at the graduate, postdoctoral, and early-stage investigator levels. Approximately half of the talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. Financial support towards registration costs will be made available to selected presenters, as well as to members of under-represented minority groups. To qualify for fellowship support, please provide a brief justification to either of the organizers by e-mail upon abstract submission. Funds are limited, so applying early will increase chances for support. Abstracts submitted after August 1 will not be considered for talks.

This year, the open-access journal Genes will sponsor two awards to young scientists (best talk and best poster) and provide a discount for publication of conference papers in a special issue with a submission window between August and December 31, 2019. To participate, you will need to submit an abstract, which will be presented either as a talk or a poster, and prepare either an original research article or a review based on the subject of your presentation. We will ensure that each manuscript undergoes a thorough peer review.

Additionally, plant biologists studying plant TEs and viruses will have the opportunity to submit their contributions to a research topic in the co-sponsoring journal, Frontiers in Plant Sciences, which also supports junior scientists

Click Here for Directions on getting to the MBL

We look forward to seeing you in August!

Irina Arkhipova, Cedric Feschotte, Bill Reznikoff, Fernando Rodriguez, Organizers



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