Darwin Keynote

Double Helix Day

Double Helix day is in recognition of the discovery of the shape of DNA. It honors James Watson, Francis Crick, Rosalind Franklin, and Maurice Wilkins. This discovery has lead scientists in a quest to identify and understand an organism’s genome.

Tuesday 12 April 2011
Seminar begins at 4pm in S012
(cookies at 3:30)

Gaining biological insight from sequenced genomes.
Dr. Wes Warren
Assistant Director, Genomics
The Genome Center
Washington University at St. Louis.

Dr. Warren's research interests focus on the use of whole genome analysis methods to dissect the underlying molecular signatures linked to biological observations in various species of vertebrates. Dr. Warren's research involves the use of whole genome comparative methods to examine gene loss and gain events as a means to better understand human biology. The identification of these gene aberrations in evolutionary time promises to engender new thoughts on the molecular workings of observed phenotypes. Dr. Warren plays a lead role in the analysis of the chicken, platypus and zebra finch genomes and is an integral team member in the analysis of the macaque, orangutan, tarsier and marmoset genomes. In addition to these whole genome analysis projects, he co-leads a consortium tasked with the sequencing and characterization of the Y chromosomes of several mammals and the bird Z and W chromosomes.

To learn more about Dr. Warren's research visit his Laboratory at

Past Speakers

2010, Dr. Oliver A. Ryder

2009, Dr. John Avise

2008, Dr. Teri Lear

2007, Dr. Ripan Malhi

2006, Dr. Loren Rieseberg