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What will you do....?

Joseph R. Ecker ecker at salk.edu
Mon Nov 13 19:21:43 EST 2000

Dear Colleagues,

What will your next grant proposal look like in the post-Arabidopsis
sequencing era?

Post-docs...how will your job prospects/first grant be impacted by
new genomic approaches in plant biology?

Students...what kind of postdoctoral position will you consider in
the post-model genomes era?

We would like to invite you to attend the 2001 Keystone Symposium
"Systems Approach to Plant Biology" in Big Sky Montana to preview how
dramatic changes in the current laboratory landscape will impact
future research in plant biology.

The registration deadline is fast approaching but there are still
openings available for additional conference participants. The
registration/program information can be found here:


Importantly, we have obtained significant financial support for
Students and Post-docs who submit an abstract to the conference.
Scholarship information can be found at:


We hope you decide to join us at what we hope will be a truly
exciting/landmark conference.

Joe Ecker, Salk Institute
Steve Briggs, Novartis Agricultural Discovery Institute

Keystone Symposia:
Systems Approach to Plant Biology (B2)

January 26 - January 31, 2001
Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Montana
Abstract Deadline: extended ...
Early Registration: November 27, 2000

Meeting Overview:

For biologists to fully realize the benefit from the availability of
fully sequenced plant genomes, a dramatic change in the current
laboratory landscape must be facilitated. Current studies of single
genes must transition to large-scale analysis of entire gene
regulatory networks. With the expected further reduction in the cost
of DNA sequencing technologies, comparisons of a few genomes will be
replaced by a broad sampling of plant genetic diversity.
Ultimately, the plant biologist must begin to integrate an array of
new tools that allow for greater resolution of the chemical
complexity of all molecular and cellular interactions - the chemical
biology of plants. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together
scientists from a broad range of disciplines who are interested in
applying a "systems approach" to understand the chemical complexity
of plant form and function. The meeting will emphasize the use of new
analytical tools to aid plant biologists in exploring and integrating
biological systems (genomes, transcripts, proteomics, metabolites,
imaging and bioinformatics) at a global - whole plant - level.


Joseph R. Ecker
Plant Biology Laboratory
Salk Institute Genomic Analysis Laboratory (SIGnAL)
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
10010 N. Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA  92037

Phone: (858) 453-4100 x1752
FAX:   (858) 558-6379
Email: ecker at salk.edu



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