Studies of admixed populations and the admixture process touch on topics central to evolutionary and molecular biology, including the dynamics of gene flow and hybridization, population expansions, and adaptation. Admixed populations have been leveraged to detect disease and phenotypic associations, elucidate mechanisms and timescales of speciation, and infer regions under selection. Acting as a natural experiment, admixed populations provide insight into unique adaptations of their parental populations, and evolutionary processes in related populations more generally. Admixture is also intimately linked with the recombination process, which shuffles segments of different ancestry, and is proven to vary in rate and location based on ancestry.

The primary goal of this satellite meeting is to emphasize the common theoretical and empirical underpinnings of the study of admixed human populations with the study of hybridization in other animals and even plants, opening up methods and study design from a specific organism to a wider audience.  We hope to bridge theoretical and data-driven approaches, starting a discussion on the suitability of methods to various systems and open questions that may be better resolved using an interdisciplinary approach, as well as considering ethical concerns associated with these studies.

Program Sessions

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1. Admixture as a Dynamic Process

2. Novel Methods to Untangle Admixture Histories

3. Empirical Studies of Population History

4. Admixture as a Mechanism For and Against Speciation

5. Admixture & Selection: Phenotypic and Medical Implications

6. Panel: Ethical considerations and sampling schemes

Confirmed Speakers

Speaker Institution
Dr. Josh Akey University of Washington
Maria Nieves-Colon Arizona State University
Dr. Simon Gravel McGill University
Dr. Alisa Sedghifar Princeton University
Dr. Torsten Gunther Uppsala University
Dr. Bridgett von Holdt Princeton University
Dr. Laurent Frantz University of Oxford
Dr. Katerina Guschanski Uppsala University
Dr. Chris Gignoux Stanford University
Dr. Esteban Parra University of Toronto
Panel Member Institution
Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan NCBS
Dr. Deborah Bolnick UT Austin
Dr. Andrés Moreno-Estrada LANGEBIO, MX

Local Arrangements

To ensure the best rates, we have contracted with two hotels:

Spring Hill Suites San Antonio Seaworld/Lackland has 1 king bed rooms for $79/night (check in 5/17, check out 5/20 or 5/21). To make your reservation, please call 1-210-520-6655. And specify that you are with the Texas Biomedical group AS WELL AS your check in dates. ​Rates cannot be guaranteed after April 1.

Holiday Inn San Antonio NW SeaWorld​ has two queen bed rooms for $99/night (check in 5/17, check out 5/20). You can register by calling them at 1-877-834-3613 (use code TBC) or at this link. Rates cannot be guaranteed after April 15.

Both will offer free breakfasts and shuttles will be available to and from the conference for both.

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This meeting co-sponsored by SMBEand the American Association of Anthropological Genetics