- Jeffrey H. Miller, UCLA
Phone: (310) 825-8460
Fax: (310) 206-3088
Organizing Advisory Committee
Dr. George Weinstock, University of Texas-Houston Health Sciences Center; Dr. Monica Riley, Woods Hole; Dr. Elisabeth Raleigh, New England BioLabs, Beverly, Massachusetts; Dr. Jizhong Zhou, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Dr. Fredrick Blattner, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
This conference is part of a yearly meeting initiated in 1991 to bring together genome sequencers, bioinformatics specialists, and biologists and geneticists, to forge interactions that would result in meaningful functional genomics. The goal of the meeting is to translate the influx of new genome sequencing information into useful biological studies. The Lake Arrowhead 2004 meeting will have a major focus on microbial communities, microbial biodiversity, pathogens and biothreats, evolution and genome organization. It will compliment rather than overlap with the Extremophile conference in Maryland, Sept. 19-23. The field of genomics has reached the point where deriving the sequence of an organism's entire genome is now seen as a beginning rather than an endpoint. The sequence itself is a powerful tool to guide further studies to achieve an understanding of the organism's biology. This understanding requires either a detailed genetic analysis, or more rapid methods for developing functional genomics. Therefore, the 12th meeting will cover micro-organisms for which extensive analyses exist, and those for which new biological and technical strategies are being developed. The focus on pathogenic organisms, biodiversity, and bioremdiation adds special significance to this meeting. This meeting is designed to have a mix of invited presentations and poster sessions. The meeting will have 120-140 participants, and based on the previous conferences at Lake Arrowhead we anticipate that 30% of the attendees will be from biotechnology and related companies.