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Look for SGD at the 27th ICYGMB!

August 30, 2015

SGD staff will be attending the 27th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology (ICYGMB), September 6-12, in Levico Terme, Italy. We will be hosting a Workshop, Posters, and an Exhibit Table. We’ll be available during the entire conference to hear your comments or suggestions about SGD and answer your questions.

Follow @yeastgenome and #Yeast2015 on Twitter for the latest research being presented at ICYGMB.

Find these SGD staff members at the conference:

Mike Cherry

Maria Costanzo
Stacia Engel
Stacia Engel
Edith Wong
Edith Wong
Giltae Song
Giltae Song

Workshop: “Getting More out of SGD”

Sunday, September 6, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

We’ll be discussing our curation efforts in capturing yeast-human functional complementation data, the new sequence Variant Viewer, new data in YeastMine, and more. Bring your questions and comments – we love feedback!


In addition to the Workshop, SGD staff will present three posters – please stop by and chat with us.

Poster no. Title Presenter Location Time/Day
PS7-9 Homology curation at SGD: budding yeast as a model for eukaryotic biology Stacia Engel Sala Belvedere 2:30-4 PM, Tuesday and Thursday, 9/8 and 9/10
PS15-24 Inferring Genome Variation Patterns in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using the Eukaryote Pan-Genome Toolset Giltae Song Sala Impero 2:30-4 PM, Monday and Thursday, 9/7 and 9/10
PS15-29 Integrating genome-wide datasets into the Saccharomyces Genome Database Edith Wong Sala Impero 2:30-4 PM, Tuesday and Thursday, 9/8 and 9/10

Exhibit Table

SGD will also have an exhibit table at the conference. Come by to take a spin on our site, learn about various features of the database, and provide us with feedback as to what we can do to improve SGD. You might even receive a prize for a good question or suggestion!

Abstract Deadline Extended for ICYGMB

May 28, 2015

Breaking news: the deadline for submission of abstracts for oral presentations at the 27th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology (ICYGMB) has been extended. Abstracts may be submitted for talks in the plenary sessions or in parallel workshops until June 7th.

Abstracts for poster presentations may be submitted until July 15th. But be sure to register for the conference by June 30th to get the early registration price!

Submit your abstract

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Second Announcement: 27th ICYGMB

May 4, 2015

We at SGD are happy to share this announcement from the organizers of ICYGMB 2015. We’ll keep you up to date on the latest news about the conference and important deadlines. You can also follow announcements on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #yeast2015.

Dear Colleague,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 27th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology (ICYGMB) to be held in Levico Terme, Trento, Italy, from 6th to 12th September 2015.

The goal of the conference is to bring together investigators from around the world to present and discuss research focused on yeasts as model for the understanding of molecular biology and genetic processes, and as a paramount biotechnological microorganism.

On our web site, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the scientific program and the beautiful scenery of this magnificent part of Italy where the Conference venue is located. The science, the surroundings, and, of course, the food will be in the best tradition of Italian professional hospitality.

Help us spread the news by word of mouth and circulate this second announcement.

Good science, food and location are waiting to make this a most memorable yeast Conference. 

Yours sincerely,
Duccio Cavalieri & Andriy Sibirniy (ICYGMB Organisers),
on behalf of the National and International Organizing Committees.

Apply Now for the 2015 Yeast Genetics & Genomics Course

April 21, 2015

This will be the 45th year that the legendary summer Yeast Genetics & Genomics course has been taught at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. (OK, the name didn’t include “Genomics” in the beginning…) The list of people who have taken the course reads like a Who’s Who of yeast research, including Nobel laureates and many of today’s leading scientists. 

The application deadline is May 15th, so don’t miss your chance! Find all the details and application form here.

This course (July 21 – August 10) provides a comprehensive education in all things yeast, from classical genetics through up-to-the-minute genomics. Things you’ll learn include:

  • How to Find and Analyze Yeast Information Using SGD
  • Transformation of Plasmids & Integrating DNAs
  • Looking at Yeast Cells using Light Microscopy and Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Manipulating Mating-Type and Epigenetic Transcriptional Silencing
  • Meiosis & Tetrad Dissection
  • Isolation and Characterization of Mutants
  • Working with Essential Genes
  • Synthetic Genetic Array Analysis
  • Measuring Mutation Rates and Studying Human Genetic Variation in Yeast
  • Detecting Copy Number Variants using Comparative Genomic Hybridization
  • Mutation Detection using Whole Genome Sequencing and Linkage
  • Barcode Sequencing and Comparative Functional Genomics

All these techniques will be summarized in a completely updated course manual, which will be published by CSHL Press.

If you’re going to the Yeast Genetics & Genomics course, start training now for the Plate Race!

Scientists who aren’t part of large, well-known yeast labs are especially encouraged to apply – for example, professors and instructors who want to incorporate yeast into their undergraduate genetics classrooms; scientists who want to transition from mathematical, computational, or engineering disciplines into bench science; and researchers from small labs or institutions where it would otherwise be difficult to learn the fundamentals of yeast genetics and genomics. Significant stipends (in the 30-50% range of total fees) are available to individuals expressing a need for financial support and who are selected into the course.

Besides its scientific content, the fun and camaraderie at the course is also legendary. In between all the hard work there are late-night chats at the bar and swimming at the beach. There’s a fierce competition between students at the various CSHL courses in the Plate Race, which is a relay in which teams have to carry stacks of 40 Petri dishes (used, of course). There’s also a sailboat trip, a microscopy contest, and a mysterious “Dr. Evil” lab!

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