Sex in the Post-Genome Era

Sex evolved to create genetic diversity within humans and other species. However, some of the consequences
of the evolution of sex are gender and the development of differences between males and females.
How are these differences between the sexes established? Why do males and females think differently?
Why are there differences in their susceptibility to disease?
Many of these differences are encoded
by our genome. This symposium will explore our current understanding of the remarkable differences
and similarities that have evolved between males and females—in humans and in other animals.

Keynote Address

Free and open to the general public!

Thursday, October 20, 2016 · 6:30 pm · Rudder Theater

Reception and book signing immediately following

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Dr. Sarah Richardson

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences with a joint appointment in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University

Author of Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome

Presentations & Trainee Poster Session

Friday, October 21 • 9:45 am to 4:45 pm • MSC 2400 & 2401

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Six travel awards ($1,000 each) will be given to the top three trainee posters in the area of Genetics and Genomics
and to the top three trainee posters in the area of Sex and Gender Studies.

Time Title Presenter
9:45 am Introduction Dr. David W. Threadgill, Texas A&M University
10:00 am To Merge or Not to Merge: Mate Choice and its Role in Adaptive Hybridization Dr. Karin Pfennig, University of North Carolina
10:30 am Mate Choice and its Consequences Dr. Gil Rosenthal, Texas A&M University
11:00 am Evolution of Sex and Gender in Cichlid Fish Dr. Reade Roberts, North Carolina State University
11:30 am Born to be Gendered Dr. Gerianne Alexander, Texas A&M University
12:00 pm Lunch and Trainee Poster Session (Box Lunches Provided)
1:30 pm Sex Differences in the Efficacy of microRNA as Stroke Neuroprotectants Dr. Farida Sohrabji, Texas A&M University
2:00 pm Clunky Males and Integrated Females Dr. Locke Rowe, University of Toronto
2:30 pm The X in Sex: An Evolutionary Perspective Dr. William Murphy, Texas A&M University
3:00 pm DNA Methylation and Dosage Compensation
Dr. Paul Waters, University of New South Wales
3:30 pm Recognition of Poster Presenters Dr. David W. Threadgill, Texas A&M University