Organizing Advisory Committee
- Dr. George Weinstock, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas;
- Dr. Cheryl Kerfeld, DOE Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, CA;
- Dr. Elisabeth Raleigh, New England BioLabs, Beverly, Massachusetts;
- Dr. Jizhong Zhou, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma;
- Dr. Fredrick Blattner, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin;
- Dr. Ashlee Earl, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
This conference is part of a yearly meeting initiated in 1991 to bring together genome sequencers, bioinformatics specialists, 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 2008 meeting will have a major focus on microbial communities, microbial biodiversity, pathogens, bioenergentics, and modeling pathways. 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 16th 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 bioenergentics adds special significance to this meeting. This meeting is designed to have a mix of invited presentations and poster sessions. The meeting will have approximately 150 participants.