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, 2019.

12:00-14:30. Registration and Lunch.

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

15:00-16:00 Inaugural conference. Victor Corces: Mechanisms of transgenerational inheritance of obesity epiphenotypes

16:00-17:30 Session I

          The CGR Atacama Desert and the Chilean 1000 Genomes Projects (Allende, González, Orellana)

17:30-18:00 Coffee Break. Poster viewing.

18:00-19:30 Session II.

          Maite Huarte: Functional long noncoding RNAs in the regulation of the cancer genome

          Shawn Burgess: De Novo assembly of the goldfish (Carassius auratus) genome and the evolution of genes after whole genome duplication

          Cristina Dorador: 15 years of study of the microbial ecology of high-altitude saline wetlands: diversity and unique adaptations to polyextreme conditions

19:30 Welcome mixer and Dinner

January 11, 2019.

9:00-10:30 Session III.

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

          Marcela Sjoberg: DNA demethylation and hydroxymethylation converge at cell-specific regulatory regions in the adaptive immune system

          Tomás Marques-Bonet: Evolution of gene regulation in the human and non-human lineages

10:30-11:30 Coffee Break. Poster viewing.

11:30-12:30  Conference. Ryan Lister: Dissecting plant development at single cell resolution

12:30-19:00 Field trip to CGR experimental site and Geysers del Tatio (social-scientific event). Bag lunch.

19:30 Dinner

January 12, 2019.

9:00-11:00 Session IV.

     Beatriz Diez: Microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of hot springs and marine polar environments

        Manuel Irimia: Amphioxus functional genomics and the origins of vertebrate gene regulation

     Antonio Giraldez: Histone acetylation provides a timer to zygotic genome activation

11:00-12:00 Coffee break. Poster viewing.

12:00-13:00 Session V.

          Patricia Saragüeta: The jaguar (Panthera onca) genome: a model for genomic analysis of South American species

          Arnau Sebé-Pedrós: Evolution of metazoan genome regulation, from molecular components to epigenomic landscapes

13:00 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Closing conference. Joachim Wittbrodt: Genetics of Individuality

16:00. Final comments and departure.

Downlad the abstract booklet and program (PDF)