Manchester Molecular and Genome Evolution (MaGE)

The programme is out for this year’s Manchester Molecular and Genome Evolution (MaGE) meeting on Friday 16th May (see below). MaGE is free to attend, but places are limited so please register soon at We are accepting titles for posters if you wish to present your work. All student talks and posters will also be considered for a prize, presented at the drinks reception following the symposium. If you have any questions about the symposium, then please contact Douda Bensasson (douda.bensasson[at] or Casey Bergman (casey.bergman[at]

Molecular and Genome Evolution Symposium 2014
Friday 16th May, Michael Smith Lecture Theatre
University of Manchester

09:00 Registration in the foyer of the Michael Smith Building (Refreshments available from cafeteria in Smith Lounge)

Session 1: Regulatory Evolution
09:30 Introduction and welcome
09:35 Juliette de Meaux (Münster) Cis-regulatory divergence between Arabidopsis species
10:25 Shan Quah * (Oxford) The early emergence of novel microRNAs in lepidopteran evolution

10:45 – 11:15: Coffee (Smith Lounge)

Session 2: Parasite Evolution
11:15 Emily Davies * (Liverpool) Long-term coevolution of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and temperate bacteriophages in artificial sputum
11:35 Amir Szitenberg (Hull) The evolution of tyrosine-recombinase elements in Nematoda
11:55 Ravinder Kanda (Oxford) A modelling approach to understanding endogenous retroviral dynamics

12:15 – 13:15: Lunch (Smith Lounge)
13:15 – 14:00: Poster Session (Smith Lounge)

Session 3: Speciation and Adaptation
14:00 Chris Jiggins (Cambridge) Hybrid routes to an evolutionary novelty in a butterfly wing pattern
14:50 Chris Clarkson * (Liverpool) Adaptive introgression eliminates a major genomic island of divergence but not reproductive isolation between Anopheles gambiae sibling species

15:10 – 15:40: Coffee (Smith Lounge)
Session 4: Molecular Evolution
15:40 Toni Gossman (Sheffield) Highly variable recombinational landscape modulates efficacy of natural selection in birds
16:00 Ceferino Gonzalez * (Manchester) Geometric morphometrics: a useful tool to study protein evolution.
16:20 Louise Johnson (Reading) Hotwiring the flagellum: Rapid, repeatable rewiring of a gene regulatory network in Pseudomonas fluorescens

16:40 – 18:30: Drinks reception and student talk/poster prizes (Smith Lounge)

* PhD student talks

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