The CGR is a Chilean Center of Excellence funded by the FONDAP program of CONICYT. Our aim is to carry out leading research on genomes and evolution of molecular mechanisms of gene expression.



Av Blanco Encalada 2085.

Santiago, Chile




Exploring Genomic Landscapes: An EMBO Workshop in the Atacama Desert.


This EMBO workshop is intended to expose Latin American scientists to cutting edge work done by colleagues around the world in the area of genomics and gene expression regulation. To provide a wide diversity of models and mechanisms, we have selected speakers working on animal, plant and microbial systems and have strived to balance this diversity in the sessions. We provide ample time for discussion of speakers with young investigators at poster sessions and during our field activity. For the latter event, we will travel to a site in the Atacama Desert where scientists of the CGR are carrying out a 10-year long project aimed at characterizing the genomes of desert plants, animals and soil microorganisms.


Shawn Burgess. NHGRI, Bethesda, USA

Víctor Corces. HHMI, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Beatriz Diez. Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Cristina Dorador, Universidad de Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile

Antonio Giraldez. Yale University, New Haven, USA

Maite Huarte. CIMA, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

Manuel Irimia. CGR, Barcelona, Spain

Ryan Lister. University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Tomas Marques-Bonet. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Jason Podrabsky. Portland State University, Portland, USA

Patricia Saragüeta. IBYME, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arnau Sebé-Pedrós. CGR, Barcelona, Spain

Marcela Sjöberg. P Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Joachim Wittbrodt. Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Preliminary Program:

January 10.

12:00-14:30. Registration.

14:30-15:00 Introductory Remarks by Miguel Allende and José Luis Gómez-Skarmeta

15:00-16:00 Inaugural conference. Victor Corces: Insulators and Chromatin organization

16:00-17:30 Session I

          The CGR Atacama Desert Projects

          The Chilean 1000 Genomes Project within the framework of the Earth Biogenome Project

17:30-18:00 Coffee Break

18:00-19:30 Session II.

          Jason Podrabsky: Nuclear receptors and metabolic dormancy: potential mediators of embryonic-maternal conflict in developmental programming

          Shawn Burgess: Evolution of genome structure in teleosts

          Cristina Dorador: Metagenomics of the high altitude salt pans

19:30 Welcome mixer and Dinner

January 11.

9:00-10:30 Session III.

          Maite Huarte: Role of long non-coding RNAs in disease

          Manuel Irimia: Evolution of novel transcript variants in vertebrates

          Marcela Sjoberg: Role of demethylating enzymes in cell differentiation

10:30-12:30 Poster Session (Coffee Break).

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-18:00 Field trip to CGR experimental station (social-scientific event)

18:30-19:30 Conference. Ryan Lister: Editing the epigenome in plants and animals

19:30 Dinner

January 12.

9:00-11:00 Session IV.

     Beatriz Diez: Metagenomics of marine systems

     Tomás Marques-Bonet: Primate genome evolution

     Antonio Giraldez: Post-transcriptional control during early embryogenesis

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Session V.

          Patricia Saragüeta: The jaguar genome: a model for genomic analysis of South

American species

          Arnau Sebé-Pedrós: Features of gene regulation in early metazoans


13:00 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Closing conference. Joachim Wittbrodt: Addressing complex phenotypes through quantitative genetics and genomics.

16:00. Final comments and departure.