Symposium on "Gene Regulation in Evolution:From Molecular to Extended Phenotypes"

15 March 2018

The JGU/ IMB symposium „Gene Regulation in Evolution“ presents a series of international renowned speakers that address the question which gene regulatory mechanisms are responsible for evolutionary change and what is the epigenetic basis for phenotypic evolution. The topics range from regulatory variation leading to differences in disease susceptibility in humans to epigenetic changes associated with behavior in insects, and include a number of other spectacular and new insights into the so far only partially explored role that gene regulation plays in evolutionary processes. It is quite possible that, in the near future, the study of gene regulation in evolution will lead to a paradigmatic shift in evolutionary biology. At the same time, evolutionary inference will help to better understand cell biological processes at the molecular level.

Therefore, this symposium offers the unique opportunity to listen to speakers on this extremely up-to-date and novel topic in one place and to enter into a scientific exchange with them. The event is aimed at all interested scientists and students from both fields, molecular biology/medicine and evolutionary biology.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Irene Gallego Romero, The University of Melbourne, AUS
  • Yoav Gilad, University of Chicago, USA
  • Laurent Keller, Université de Lausanne, AU
  • Ludovic Orlando, University of Toulouse, FR
  • John Parsch, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, DE
  • Patricia Wittkopp, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA


  • Joachim Burger, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, DE
  • Falk Butter, Insitute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Mainz, DE
  • Susanne Foitzik, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, DE
  • Thomas Hankeln, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, DE
  • Martin Kaltenpoth, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, DE
  • René Ketting, Institute of Molecular Biology, Mainz, DE

For further informatin about the Faculty of Biology at Johannes Gutenberg University please see here.


Please find the preliminary schedule here.


Please register here!


The Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) can be reached easily by cartrain and bus or plane (Frankfurt Airport). See more details here.


Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)
Ackermannweg 4
55128 Mainz