Come join us on June 29, 2018 at Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley for a QB3 & MCB-sponsored, one-day Bioscience Symposium "Endless forms: applying novel techniques in non-model organisms," featuring keynote speaker Stacey D. Smith, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, University of Colorado Bolder. 

We hope to bring together a local community of early-career & interdisciplinary scientists, leveraging non-model systems to ask unique questions in genomics, developmental, evolutionary biology & ecology, and beyond.

We will be accepting abstracts for 10-minute talks and posters in the three main content topics: 


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Genomics & Genome Editing





Evolution & ecology


Endless forms: applying novel techniques in non-model organisms



Model organisms such as Drosophila melanogaster, Mus musculus, and Arabidopsis thaliana have allowed researchers to make great strides in advancing our understanding in a range of fields, including genomics, development, and evolutionary biology. However, classic model organisms are not suitable to address many aspects of biology, and advancements in molecular tools are now allowing researchers to expand their work into “non-model” systems. The topic of this meeting focuses on the novel research being conducted on non-model organisms at UC Berkeley. Many new tools such as RNA sequencing, chromatin accessibility, and CRISPR are being used by labs across campus, yet common problems likely arise independently when dealing with non-model systems. Therefore, this meeting will promote cross-disciplinary interaction by bringing together researchers of different backgrounds.

While all members of the scientific sciences community are encouraged to attend, the intended audience will be graduate students and postdocs working on non-model systemsThe meeting will promote cross-disciplinary interactions by bringing together different departments and communities that likely have much to learn from the experience of others working on non-model organisms, such as technical challenges and experimental design. 

When: 9:30AM-5:00PM, Friday June 29, 2018

Where: Stanley Hall, Rm 106

Abstract Deadline: Friday, June16, 2018, 11:59PT (extended deadline)


'Endless forms' collage by Ana Lyons, using images courtesy of Wikicommons and the bookcollectionbiodiversity project. Photographs of UC Berkeley by Ana Lyons. Other photographs throughout were obtained through Creative Commons licenses.