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Schedule: Schedule

Coming Soon: link to Virtual Posters

MONDAY, 20 JUNE 2022

17:30 - 19:15 DINNER (MDCL 1101, South-East Corner)

16:00 - 20:00 REGISTRATION (MDCL 1101, South-East Corner)

19:15 WELCOME (MDCL 1102)
            Bhagwati Gupta, McMaster University, Canada
            Te-Wen Lo, Ithaca College, USA
            Annalise Paaby, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
            Christian Braendle, CNRS, France

19:30 - 21:00 SOCIAL (MDCL 1101, South-East Corner)


07:30 - 09:00 BREAKFAST (MDCL 1101, South-East Corner)


09:15 - 11:30 TALKS - SESSION 1 (MDCL 1102) (*indicates virtual)

09:15       Deconstructing Male Fertility: Characterizing Fitness and the Functional Role of                  the NSPF Gene Family during Fertilization

                Katja R. Kasimatis, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

09:27       Programmed DNA elimination in Caenorhabditis

                Lewis Stevens, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK


09:39       Nematode infection of male fig wasps: potential benefits for nematodes and                      consequences for fig-fig wasp communities

                Justin Van Goor, University of Maryland, College Park, USA


09:51*     Long-term imaging reveals behavioral plasticity during C. elegans dauer exit

                Friedrich Preusser, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the                                  Helmholtz Association, Berlin, Germany

10:05 - 10:35 COFFEE BREAK

10:35        Males as agents in controlling brood sex ratio

                 Solomon Sloat, New York University, New York, USA


10:47        Genetic regulation of developmental plasticity in a predatory nematode

                 Shelley Reich, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA


10:59        Evolution of Polarity Establishment: The Long and Short Story

                 Samiksha Kaul, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA


11:11        Gene identification and genome annotation in Caenorhabditis briggsae by                         high throughput 5’ RNA end determination

                 Wouter van den Berg, McMaster University, Canada


11:23        Evolution of condensin-mediated dosage compensation in nematodes

                 Avrami Aharonoff, New York University, New York, USA


11:35        Virtual poster lightning talks (pre-recorded)

11:45 - 13:15 LUNCH (MDCL 1101, South-East Corner)

13:30 - 16:00 TALKS - SESSION 2 (MDCL 1102) (*indicates virtual)

13:30         Updates to the Caenorhabditis Natural Diversity Resource

                  Erik C. Andersen, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA


13:42         Understanding adaptive evolution and cryptic speciation in C. remanei and C.                    latens

                  Daniel Fusca, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada


13:54         Sensitivity of C. elegans to Orsay virus is suppressed by some bacteria and by                    a haao-1 reduction-of-function polymorphism

                  Rubén González, Institut de Biologie de l’École Normale Supérieure, Paris,                          France


14:06         Steinernema nematodes as genetic models of mutualistic and parasitic                                symbiosis

                  Erich M. Schwarz, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA


14:18*       Natural variation in C. elegans genomic defense mechanisms mediated by               .          small RNAs

                 Gaotian Zhang, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA

14:30 - 15:00 COFFEE BREAK

15:00         What is the deal with all these Medea elements?

                  Matt Rockman, New York University, New York, USA


15:12         Mutation, selection, and the prevalence of the C. elegans heat-sensitive                              mortal germline phenotype

                  Sayran Saber, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA


15:24         Genetic variation in the irld gene family affects starvation resistance

                  Ryan Baugh, Duke University, Durham, USA


15:36          In-person poster lightning talks

                   Poster titles and authors can be found here.

                   (Speakers will present based on assigned poster number order.)

16:00 - 18:00 POSTER SESSION 1 (Student Centre CIBC Hall) 

18:00 - 19:30 DINNER (MDCL 1101, South-East Corner)


07:30 - 09:00 BREAKFAST (MDCL 1101, South-East Corner)

09:00 - 11:30 TALKS - SESSION 3 (MDCL 1102) (*indicates virtual)

09:15*     The evolution of developmental genetic biases explains the evolution of                              evolutionary rates

                Joao Picao-Osorio, Institut de Biologie de l’École Normale Supérieure, Paris,                      France


09:27*    The evolution of an RNA-based memory of self in the face of genomic conflict

              Alejandro Burga, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy                  of Sciences, Vienna, Austria


09:39      Single nematode genome assemblies

               Erna King, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK


09:51*    Sex-determination in the male/female species C. nigoni

               Jonathan Harbin, Rowan University SOM, Stratford, USA

10:05 - 10:35 COFFEE BREAK

10:35      Programmed DNA elimination in Oscheius nematodes via precise scission sites                   is characterized by a shared sequence motif

               Pablo Gonzalez de la Rosa, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK


10:47      Extensive natural genetic variation in Caenorhabditis elegans egg-laying                             phenotypes

               Laure Mignerot, Institut de Biologie Valrose, Nice, France


10:59      Widespread changes in gene expression accompany body size evolution in                         nematodes 

               Gavin C. Woodruff, University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA


11:11*     Evolutionary change in TRA-2 regulation of TRA-1 activator in the sperm/oocyte                  decision

               Yongquan Shen, Rowan University SOM, Stratford, USA


11:23*     Dissecting intracellular bacterial infection in nematode hosts

               Tuan Tran, San Diego State University, San Diego, USA

11:45 - 13:15 LUNCH (MDCL 1101, South-East Corner)

13:30 - 16:15 TALKS - SESSION 4 (MDCL 1112) (*indicates virtual)

13:30         Using tetraploids to evaluate Haldane’s rule

                  Ronald E. Ellis, Rowan University SOM, USA


13:42          Natural genetic variation in a multigenerational non-genetic phenomena in C.                     elegans

                   Marie Saglio, Institut de Biologie de l’École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France


13:54          Resistance of mitochondrial DNA to cadmium and aflatoxin B1 damage-                             induced point mutation accumulation C. elegans

                  Tess C. Leuthner, Duke University, Durham, USA


14:06          Conservation of Nematocida microsporidia gene expression and host                                   response in Caenorhabditis nematodes

                   Yin Chen Wan, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada


14:18*         Allele specific expression suggests that genomic distance amplifies gene                            regulatory divergence and its compensation

                    Avery Davis Bell, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

14:30 - 15:00 COFFEE BREAK

15:00           Nigon element evolution and the origin of the XY sex chromosomes of filarial                      nematodes

                    Mark Blaxter, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK


15:12           Fine-mapping a novel maternal-effect lethality locus with CRISPR/Cas9-                                induced meiotic recombination in C. elegans

                    Stefan Zdraljevic, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA


15:24           Out with the old, in with the new: ion channel evolution

                    Cody-Jordan Handy-Hart, McGill University, St-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada


15:36           Direct and indirect estimates of the distribution of fitness effects of mutations                      are not as discordant as they seem at first glance

                    Charles F. Baer, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

16:00 - 18:00 POSTER SESSION 2 (Student Centre Market Place) 

18:00 - 19:30 DINNER (University Club Alumni Memorial Hall)


07:30 - 09:00 BREAKFAST (MDCL 1101, South-East Corner)

09:15 - 11:15 TALKS - SESSION 5 (MDCL 1102) (*indicates virtual)

09:15           Reproductive interference impedes species coexistence in Caenorhabditis                          nematodes with incomplete assortative mating and asymmetric sperm-                                induced harm

                    Rebecca  Schalkowski, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada


09:27            New Species of Halophile Nematodes Recovered from America’s Dead Sea

                     Michael Werner, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

09:39            High-throughput phenotyping of C. elegans wild isolates reveals specific                             resistance and susceptibility traits with distinct microsporidia species

                     Angcy Xiao, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada


09:51*           Quantitative high throughput measurement of selection in an animal system                        via novel library transgenesis

                      Zach Stevenson, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA

10:05 - 10:35 COFFEE BREAK

10:35*           Functional divergence of orthologous temperature-sensitive mutations in C.                        elegans and C. briggsae

                     Satheeja Santhi Velayudhan, Rowan University SOM, Stratford, USA


10:47            The Rhabditid Genome Project; creating chromosome-scale reference                                 genomes for all laboratory-cultured Rhabditida 

                     Manuela R. Kieninger, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK


10:59            Whole-genome surveys of variation and linked selection in                                                     selfing Caenorhabditis species

                     Ryan McKeown, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA




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