Come join us on June 29, 2018 at Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley for a QB3 sponsored, one-day Bioscience Symposium "Endless forms: applying novel techniques in non-model organisms."

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

Symposium summary:

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 biological sciences community are encouraged to attend, the intended audience will be graduate students and postdocs working on non-model systems. The 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. 

Images provided by Wikicommons and the bookcollectionbiodiversity project. 'Endless forms" collage by Ana Lyons.