Columbia University in the City of New York

May 17, 2024

New York Area Population Genetics Meeting | NYAPG24

Genetic Diversity in Corn

Catalyzing discussion in research in evolutionary genetics

May 17th, at the Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor lecture hall)

Join us on Friday, May 17, 2024 for an all-day conference hosted at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute showcasing research in evolutionary genetics.

Alongside formal presentations, the conference will encourage ample interactions among faculty, students and postdocs through informal discussions and poster presentations. The full agenda will be made available soon.


Lindy McBride 
Associate Professor 
Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior and Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Princeton University
Cedric Feschotte
Barbara McClintock Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics
Department Leader of Diversity and Inclusion, Molecular Biology and Genetics
Cornell University



8:30–9:25 Registration and breakfast

9:25–9:30 Opening remarks

Session 1 Chair: Andrés Bendesky

9:30–9:50 AM          

UnJin Lee

Comparative scRNA-Seq analysis of Drosophila spermatogenesis reveals critical role of genome organization in de novo transcript origination

9:50–10:10 AM

Ana Pinharanda

Recombination in the melanogaster species complex

10:10–10:30 AM

Natanael Spisak

Disentangling sources of clock-like mutations

10:30–11:00 Coffee break

Session 2 Chair: Hakhamanesh Mostafavi

11:00–11:30 AM

Invited Talk 1: Lindy McBride

Population genomic data reveal an ancient origin for an urban, underground mosquito

11:30–11:50 AM

Tuc Nguyen

Systematic discovery of mitonuclear interactions in Caenorhabditis elegans

11:50 AM–12:10 PM

Cara Brand

Intra-genomic coevolution between a DNA satellite and Topoisomerase II triggers an inter-species incompatibility

12:10–12:30 Poster blitz

12:30–2:00 Lunch and poster session

Session 3 Chair: Li Zhao

2:00–2:20 PM

Daniel Hooper

Selective sweeps on distinct carotenoid processing genes underlie the divergence in bill color in the long-tailed finch (Poephila acuticauda)

2:20–2:40 PM

Jennifer Merritt

The genetic causes and behavioral consequences of glucocorticoid evolution in monogamous mice

2:40–3:00 PM

Mengyi Sun

A fitness distribution law for amino-acid replacements

3:00–3:30 PM

Invited Talk 2: Cedric Feschotte

Transposon Addiction: genomes under the influence 

3:30–4:00 Coffee break

Session 4 Chair: David Knowles

4:00–4:20 PM

Laura Colbran

Global patterns of Holocene natural selection

4:20–4:40 PM

Paul O’Reilly

Striking Departures from Polygenicity in the Tails of Complex Traits

4:40–5:00 PM

Stephen Rong

Interrogating the evolutionary conservation-regulatory function relationship across all human promoters using machine-learning variant effect predictions

5:00–5:20 PM

Julie Chuong

DNA replication errors are a major source of adaptive gene amplification

5:20 Closing Remarks: TJ Singh

5:30–7:00 Reception




Registration and the waitlist are now at capacity. Registration is free, but required to attend the conference. Only confirmed registrants will be admitted to the conference. 

The Conference will take place at the Zuckerman Institute, located at the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, 3227 Broadway, NY 10027. The Zuckerman Institute is fully accessible, with accessible entrances located at the main entrance, 3227 Broadway and south entrance, 609 W 129th Street. Conference attendees will have access to a personal lactation space (Mamava pod), located on the 8th Floor. This Mamava pod is self-contained with comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet and a door that can be locked for privacy. Conference attendees will have access to a communal meditation/quiet room for use throughout the day. The auditorium supports assisted listening devices, and assisted listening devices are available upon request. The virtual component will be enabled for closed captioning. 

If you have specific accessibility requirements or needs, please contact [email protected] or Columbia’s Office of Disability Services, 212-854-2388 and [email protected].

Accommodations and Visitor Information
The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute is located at Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus. Download a campus map here, and learn more about our campus neighbors. Columbia University has negotiated discounted rates with select vendors, which offer competitive pricing and value-added amenities. To book a car or hotel reservation new users must create an account to access the Visitors Online Booking Tool. Registered users may sign in to the Visitors Online Booking Tool to book Columbia negotiated rates or to change/cancel an existing reservation. Full details, including airport information, directions to campus, and parking information, can be found here.


Local Restaurant & Dining Information

Columbia University supports locally owned restaurants, stores, and other businesses that provide jobs and economic stimulus in the neighborhoods where they're based.

Dining in West Harlem

Dining in Morningside Heights

A full list offsite dining options can be found here: Dine Local Directory, or search OpenTable here.


NYAPG24 will be hosted at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University, in collaboration with: 

Mount Sinai Institute for Genomic Health 

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 

Rockefeller University 

New York Genome Center 

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