Inland Northwest Genomics Research Symposium


Who should attend:

The Inland Northwest Genomics Research Symposium (INWGRS) provides a unique learning opportunity for engaged scientists and those interested in becoming familiar with trends, applied techniques and best practices in the fields of genomics and other high throughput technologies. Attendees will learn and connect with local researchers and nationally renowned experts. 

Keynote address 

Dr. Megan Dennis, University of California, Davis

Genes falling within complex regions of the human genome represent potential drivers of novel phenotypic traits and diseases. An overarching theme of Dr. Dennis’ research has been to investigate previously overlooked regions impervious to standard genetic analyses. Early in her career, she focused on difficult-to-assess noncoding regulatory variants affecting genes in dyslexia, central nervous system hypomyelination, and immune-related conditions. As a graduate student at the University of Oxford (with Prof. Tony Monaco) and in NHGRI at the NIH (with Dr. Eric Green), she identified the first functional variant associated with dyslexia, leading to reduced expressionof KIAA0319, a gene important for neuronal migration in the cortex. As a postdoc, she characterized CNVs and their role in human neurological diseases and evolution at the University of Washington with Dr. Evan Eichler. During this time, Dr. Dennis helped to develop a novel strategy to sequence highly identical duplicated regions in BAC clones from a haploid human hydatidiform mole library and showed that a version of SRGAP2 duplicated during a time in human evolution corresponding to drastic phenotypic changes in our hominin ancestors. Continuing on this trajectory, in 2015 Dr. Dennis started her lab, as an Assistant Professor at UC Davis, with a research program that leverages cutting-edge genomic technologies with classical molecular and cellular biology techniques to characterize genes falling in complex genomic regions important in neurological traits and diseases. She is the recipient of a number of awards including the NIH-Oxford Health Science Scholarship to fund her graduate education, the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award through NICHD, the NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award from NINDS, and a 2016 Sloan early-career investigator research fellowship.

Poster Session

The 2016 INWGRS poster session is open to all symposium attendees. Students, staff and faculty are all encouraged to participate. 

The deadline is Thursday, May 12, 2016. Register your poster when you register yourself for the symposium.


8:00 – 8:50 Continental Breakfast/ Registration

8:50 – 9:00 Welcome Remarks with Dr. Larry Forney

9:00 – 10:45 Session One 

9:00 - 10:45 Emerging Technologies

10:45 – 12:30 Poster Session and Lunch

11:45 Lunch served

12:30 – 1:30 Keynote Address: Dr. Megan Dennis  – University of California Davis School of Medicine

1:45 – 3:05 Session Two

1:45 – 2:25 Dr. Ylva Lekberg – University of Montana

2:25 – 3:05 Dr. Phil Bregitzer – USDARS, Aberdeen ID

3:05 – 3:20 Break

3:20 – 4:40 Session Three

3:20 – 4:00 Dr. Christine Parent – University of Idaho

4:00 – 4:40 Dr. Michael Varnum – Washington State University

4:40 – 5:00 Closing Remarks with Dr. Jack Sullivan



For overnight accommodations, a guest room block has been reserved at the Best Western Plus University Inn.A daily hot breakfast buffet is complimentary, and each guest over 21 receives a complimentary beverage (coupon offered Sunday-Thursday). Complimentary wireless internet service and shuttle service to the local airport and Universities are also offered. For additional information, please visit

For reservations, please call (208) 882-0550 or (800) 325-8765 and mention the Inland NW Genomics Research Symposium. You may also make your reservation at

A guest room block and special group rates are being held until April 19, 2016. The group name must be mentioned to receive the special rate. Please make reservations directly with the hotel as the travel websites and Best Western International online reservations will not have information regarding our group rate.

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This event is supported by funds from the National Institute Of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P30 GM103324