The Futures of Insect Genomics: A Grand Challenge of Entomology

November 16-19, 2014


Angela E. Douglas, Kristin Michel and David O’Brochta

This is a Entomological Society of America Program Symposium  (November 2014, Portland, OR) that will map out recent advances in insect biology made possible by genomics and insect genetic technologies, and simultaneously offers insights into future opportunities, including those beyond our current horizon. Eight invited speakers will share their research on the insect genomic biology in the fields of phylogenomics and functional genomics in the areas of evo-devo, biological aging, circadian biology and chemosensation.


20/20 vision and insect genomics
Rob Desalle, Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, website

Are conserved elements a universal source of genomic information in insects?
Brian Faircloth, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, website

Genomic/genetic applications in monarch butterflies
Steven Reppert, Department of Neurobiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, website

Harnessing multiple Anopheles genomes to explore the full complement of functional genomic elements in disease-vector mosquitoes
Robert Waterhouse, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, website

How insect genomics can accelerate research in evolutionary developmental biology
Cassandra Extavour, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, website

Population genomics reveals rapid seasonal adaptation in Drosophila
Dmitri Petrov, Department of Biology, Stanford University, website

Genome-wide associations with phenotype to identify functional determinants of insect microbe interactions
John Chaston, Department of Entomology, Cornell University, website

Decoding mosquito chemosensation using genome editing
Conor McMeniman , Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, Rockefeller University, website



    1. Sorry for the incomplete information. I’ve updated that post. Entomological Society of America’s Annual Meeting, November 16-19, 2014. This will be a Platform Symposium and it will be held on Sunday Nov 16.

      Dave O’B

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