New York University’s Center for Comparative Functional Genomics will host a day-long symposium, “Genomes to Systems,” on Fri., May 4, 9:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at NYU’s Jurow Lecture Hall (Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, First Floor). This NYU Genomics symposium, now in its sixth year, will center on work using systems approaches to understand genome function.

This year’s keynote speakers are Nobel Laureate Eric Wieschaus (Medicine, 1995), a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University who studies the embryonic development of Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies), and Joseph Ecker, a member of the National Academy of Science and professor of the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute. Ecker served as principal investigator in the multi-national project that sequenced the genome of Arabidopsis thaliana.

Faculty at NYU’s Center for Comparative Functional Genomics are combining genomic and bioinformatics approaches with developmental genetics and evolution to understand how changes in genomes give rise to the diversity of regulatory networks in animals and plants and will present their work. Additional presentations will be given by faculty from NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU’s Department of Physics, NYU’s School of Medicine, and Columbia and Princeton universities.

For a complete schedule of sessions, go to:

  • What: “Genomes to Systems”
  • When: Fri., May 4, 9:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Where: NYU’s Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center (100 Washington Square East)

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