The first Uppsala Transposon Symposium on October 6, 2017, was a success with nearly 50 participants. Lots of exciting talks and discussions showcased the diversity of transposon/virus research in the Uppsala/Stockholm area. Furthermore, 5 of 9 invited speakers were female and 4 of 9 invited speakers were PhD students or junior postdocs. Below is a copy of the schedule.

Stay tuned for the second Uppsala Transposon Symposium, to be held approximately in early October 2018!


Uppsala Transposon Symposium 2017
– a microcosm of genes and parasitic genes –


Friday, October 6, 2017, Lärosal 4, Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), Norbyvägen 18C


  • 12:45                   Venue open
  • 12:55-13:00         Alexander Suh (UU:IEG): Introductory remarks
  • 13:00-13:40         David Adelson (University of Adelaide): L1 evolution across the tree of life: drawing LINEs on trees
  • 13:40-14:00         Diem Nguyen (UU:IOB): Transposable elements and genome defense in Neurospora
  • 14:00-14:40         Patric Jern (UU:IMBIM): Unmasking virus-host associations and evolution from the genomic record
  • 14:40-15:00         Valentina Peona (UU:IEG): A close look at the repeat content of birds-of-paradise genomes
  • 15:00-15:30         Coffee
  • 15:30-16:10         Anne-Marie Dion-Côté (Cornell University/UU): Genetic conflicts between telomeric transposons and their Drosophila hosts
  • 16:10-16:30         Robert Horvath (SU): The interaction between transposable element epigenetics and purifying selection in Capsella grandiflora
  • 16:30-17:10         Claudia Kutter (KI): Transcriptional architecture and regulation of mammalian noncoding RNAs
  • 17:10-17:30         German Martinez (SLU): tRNA-derived small RNAs target transposable element transcripts
  • 17:30-17:45         Claudia Köhler (SLU): The role of pollen-derived small RNAs in establishing hybridization barriers in plants by regulating TE activity after fertilization
  • 17:45-18:15         Panel discussion (with beers): Challenges of transposable element research
  • 18:15                   Pizza and more beers in IEG fika room