We are in room G63 (back of ground floor) (https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=51.497730,-0.176374), which you may remember from the BioNode talk some months back.
After the talk, we will probably adjourn to the upstairs of the Hoop & Toy (https://goo.gl/maps/jXgbu6bBHH22) (34 Thurloe Place, near Sth Ken tube).
18:30 – Arrival and Catch-ups
19:00 - Social chromosomes in fire ants & tools for overcoming genomics challenges - by Yannick Wurm from QMUL
Abstract: Extensive theoretical work has explained how and why complex societies evolve. However, only little is known about the genes and molecular mechanisms responsible for social behavior. Thanks to cheap sequencing, we recently discovered that a pair of "social chromosomes" determine whether a colony of fire ants accepts only one or up to hundreds of queens. I will present our ongoing work and current understanding of this system works and came to be.
Subsequently, I will give an overview of how similar approaches are helping my lab to understand challenges facing pollinators.
Finally, after summarising the data-hanlding challenges the genome bioinformatics community faces, I will give a brief overview of some of the tools & approaches that my lab have developed to help us get things done better, faster and more reproducibly.
19:35 - Group Discussion (Opportunity to discuss any bioinformatic challenges you are facing with the group)
19:45 – Wrap up
19:50 – Social drink in nearby pub