Scientific Program

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Wednesday November 27th

9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome address
09:45 – 10:45 Opening Session:
Dan Graur. “How to Assemble a Human Genome? Mix generous amounts of Junk DNA and Indifferent DNA, add a Dollop of Garbage DNA and a Sprinkling of Functional DNA (Lazarus DNA optional)”
10:45 – 11:30 Session I. Evolutionary Systems Biology
Chairs: Susana Manrubia & Juli Peretó.
Guest Speaker: Ricard Solé.“The major transitions: a Synthetic life Perspective”
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break and Poster Placement (from Aguirre to Manrubia)
12:00 – 12:20 “toyLIFE: a toy Universe for gaining insight into evolution”. Pablo Catalan
12:20 – 12:40 “Synteny in Bacteria: A Universal Law Shaped by Positive Selection”. Ivan Junier
12:40 – 13:00 “A heuristic model on the role of plasticity in adaptive evolution”. Ivan Gomez-Mestre
13:00 – 13:20 “Evolutionary study of metabolic pathways from a topological and functional network perspective”. Ludovica Montanucci
13:20 – 13:40 “Neutral evolution and phenotypic entrapment”. Jose A Cuesta
13:40 – 15:40 Lunch and Poster Session I (from Aguirre to Manrubia)
15:40 – 16:25 Session II. Evolutionary Medicine.
Chairs: Álvaro Daschner & María José Trujillo Tiebas.
Guest Speaker. Randolph Nesse. “The Smoke Detector Principle and Medical Decision Making”
16:25 – 16:45 “Craniosynostosis and The Evolution Of The Human Skull”. Diego Rasskin-Gutman
16:45 – 17:05 “Anisakis simplex hemoglobin, evolution and allergy”. Juan González-Fernández
17:05 – 17:25 “The role of social niche specialization in the evolution of cognitive syndromes”. Pau Carazo
17:25 – 17:45 “A genome wide exploration of the pleiotropic theory of senescence. Are human disease and senescence the result of natural selection?” Juan Antonio Rodriguez
17:45 – 18:05 “Out-of-Africa migration and Neolithic coexpansion of Mycobacterium tuberculosis with modern humans”. Iñaki Comas.
18:05 – 18:25 “Genome-wide analysis of wild-type Epstein-Barr virus genomes derived from healthy individuals of the 1000 Genomes Project”. Gabriel Santpere.



Thursday November 28th

09:30 – 10:15 Session III. Population Genetics and Genomics
Chairs: Francesc Calafell & Julio Rozas.
Guest Speaker. Juliette de Meaux. “Cis-regulatory divergence in the Arabidopsis genus”
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break and Poster Placement (from Martinez to Ylla)
10:45 – 11:05 “Estimating inbreeding coefficients from NGS data: impact on genotype calling and allele frequency estimation”. Filipe Garrett Vieira.
11:05 – 11:25 “Population genomics and epidemiology of Legionella pneumophila outbreaks”. Fernando Gonzalez-Candelas.
 11:25 – 11:45 “Evolution of the Upstream Gene Regions: Evidence for Positive Selection in the Major Chemosensory Families”. Pablo Librado.
 11:45 – 12:05 “Detection of evidences of selection in human polymorphic inversions”. David Castellano.
 12:05 – 12:25 “Whole-exome sequencing reveals a rapid change in the frequency of rare functional variants in a founding population of humans”. Ferran Casals.
 12:25 – 12:45 “Great ape genetic diversity and population history”. Javier Prado-Martinez.
12:45 – 14:00 Special event. 3D Film: Selección Natural (Natural Selection).
Charles Darwin trip on board of the HMS Beagle.
14:00 – 16:30 Lunch and Poster Session II (from Martinez to Ylla)
14:30 – 16:30 SESBE Assembly (simultaneous with lunch) Only SESBE members.
16:30 – 17:15 Session IV. Functional Evolution.
Chairs: María Dolors Piulachs, Xavier Franch & Pedro Martinez.
Guest Speaker. Michael Akam. “Conservation and divergence in arthropod developmental mechanisms: Insights from a centipede”
17:15 – 17:35 “Regulated aggregative multicellularity in a close unicellular relative of Metazoa”. Arnau Sebé-Pedrós.
 17:35 – 17:55 “Evo-devo contributions for understanding the forebrain”. Loreta Medina.
 17:55 – 18:15 “The evolution of androdioecism in Prockia krusei: evidences of the flower’s development and structure”. César Antonio Abarca-García.
 18:15 – 18:35 “De novo sequencing and comparison of the inferred central nervous system transcriptomes of the solitary and gregarious Schistocerca gregaria”. Rubén Martín-Blázquez.
 18:35 – 18:55 “On the emergence of novel functions in microbes: unearthing the evolutionary trajectories of innovative destabilizing mutations”. Mario Fares.
 18:55 – 19:15 “DNA Uptake Sequences, Uptake Signal Sequences, DNA Uptake Enhancing Sequences, what are they anyway?”. Mohammed Bakkali.
21:00 – 23:00 Meeting Dinner. Restaurant of Catalonia’s History Museum (only for pre-registered attendees).



Friday November 29th

09:30 – 10:15 Session V. Phylogeny and Systematics.
Chairs: Toni Gabaldón & José Castresana.
Guest Speaker. Martin Embley. “Disentangling the origins of eukaryotic cells: genes, trees and organelles”
10:15 – 10:35 “Life-history evolution and mitogenomic phylogeny of caecilian amphibians”. Diego San Mauro.
 10:35 – 10:55 “Striking functional and molecular differences among endosymbiotic lineages from five mealybug species”. Sergio López Madrigal.
 10:55 – 11:30 Coffee Break.
 11:30 – 12:00 Presentation of SESBE’s Book “La Evolución Biológica: una reconstrucción darwinista”. (Sintesis 2013). By Antonio Fontdevila and Lluís Serra.
 12:00 – 12:20 “Cryptic diversity and evolution of Australian Pseudotetracha tiger beetles”. Alejandro López.
 12:20 – 12:40 “The freshwater planarian Dugesia: A long history for a genus, from Gondwana to the present”. Eduard Solà.
 12:40 – 13:00 “Transcription factor evolution and the origins of multicellularity in eukaryotic lineages”. Alex de Mendoza.
 13:00 – 13:20 “Key innovations and island colonization as engines of evolutionary diversification: a comparative test with the Australasian diplodactyloid geckos”. Joan Garcia-Porta.
 13:20 – 13:30 Final Words and adjournment.


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