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Pearls of wisdom: synergising leadership and expertise in molluscan genomics



Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ


Theo Murphy international scientific meeting organised by Dr Angus Davison and Dr Maurine Neiman.

Cepaea nemoralis. Image credit: Daniel Ramos Gonzalez

Although molluscs are ecologically, economically, and medically important, progress in understanding their biology has been limited by problems associated with genome sequencing and assembly. As technology breakthroughs overcome these challenges, this meeting will bring together experts in molluscan biology and genomics to share best practice in how to use these developments in elucidating the biology of this diverse and ill-understood phylum.

More information on the schedule of talks will be available soon. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place.

Attending this event

This is a residential conference, which allows for greater discussion and networking.

  • Free to attend
  • Advance registration essential
  • Catering and accommodation available to purchase during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team.

Poster session

There will be a poster session at 17:05 on Monday 16 September 2019. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your title, proposed abstract (not more than 200 words and in third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and authors' institutions to the Scientific Programmes team no later than Monday 29 July 2019. Please include the text "Pearls of Wisdom: poster abstract" in the subject heading. Please note that places are limited and are selected at the scientific organisers' discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting.

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Schedule of talks

16 September


Overview of the biological and genome diversity of molluscan life

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09:05-09:35 Unravelling the supergene for colour polymorphism in the grove snail Cepaea nemoralis

Dr Suzanne Saenko, Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, The Netherlands
Professor Menno Schilthuizen, Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, the Netherlands

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09:35-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Evolution of light-sensing proteins informs the multiple origins of eyes in molluscs

Dr Jeanne Serb, Iowa State University, USA

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10:15-10:25 Discussion

10:25-10:55 Coffee

10:55-11:25 Talk title to be confirmed

11:25-11:35 Discussion

11:35-12:05 Cephalopod genomics and the evolution of novelty

Dr Carrie Albertin, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA

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12:05-12:15 Discussion




Technological progress towards highly contiguous molluscan genomes

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13:15-13:45 The Scaly-foot Snail genome and the ancient origins of biomineralised armour

Dr Jin Sun, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

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13:45-13:55 Discussion

13:55-14:25 Long reads and large genomes

Professor Matt Loose, University of Nottingham, UK

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14:25-14:35 Discussion

14:35-15:05 The quagga mussel genome and the evolution of freshwater tolerance

Dr Andrew Calcino, University of Vienna, Austria

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15:05-15:15 Discussion

15:15-15:45 Tea


Challenges in assembling molluscan genomes

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15:45-16:15 Title to be confirmed

16:15-16:25 Discussion

16:25-16:55 Pearl oyster genome and other molluscs genomes

Professor Noriyuki Satoh, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

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16:55-17:05 Discussion

17:05-18:00 Poster session

17 September


Challenges in assembling molluscan genomes

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09:30-09:40 Discussion

09:00-09:30 Reference genome of the freshwater snail Lymnaea stagnalis, a multidisciplinary invertebrate model: overall rationale of the STAGING project

Marie-Agnès Coutellec, INRA, France

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09:40-10:10 Genomes gone wild: a tale of (a)sex and duplicity

Dr Maurine Neiman, University of Iowa, USA
Dr Peter Fields, University of Basel, Switzerland

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10:10-10:20 Discussion

10:20-10:50 Coffee


Problems and applications

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10:50-11:20 Biomphalaria and beyond, gastropod immunogenomics

Professor Coen Adema, University of New Mexico, USA

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11:20-11:30 Discussion

11:30-12:00 Natural selection on immune function

Otto Seppälä, University of Innsbruck, Austria

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12:00-12:10 Discussion

12:10-12:40 The zebra mussel genome project: background, sequencing and analysis strategy, and results to date

Dr Michael McCartney, University of Minnesota, USA

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12:40-12:50 Discussion




Problems and applications

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13:50-14:20 Genomic analysis of the quagga mussel, Dreissena rostriformis bugensis: searching for vulnerabilities

Dr Yale Passamaneck, US Bureau of Reclamation, USA

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14:20-14:30 Discussion

14:30-15:00 Gene editing in the slipper snail, Crepidula

Kimberly Perry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

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15:00-15:10 Discussion

15:10-15:40 Tea

15:40-16:10 Gene duplication in bivalve genomes and implications for adaptation

Professor Ximing Guo, Rutgers University, USA

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16:10-16:20 Discussion

16:20-17:00 Summary of discussions and closing remarks

Pearls of wisdom: synergising leadership and expertise in molluscan genomics

Theo Murphy international scientific meeting organised by Dr Angus Davison and Dr Maurine Neiman.

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ
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