Cantata Bio (previously Dovetail Genomics) is excited to announce the 4th Genomes of Animals & Plants Virtual Conference (GAP22.2) to be held October 18-20, 2022. The conference is focused on bringing together leading researchers in the field of plant and animal genome biology from around the globe for three days of scientific presentations and discussion.

Interact with leaders in the fields of  conservation, evolution & development, and agricultural biology as they delve into various aspects of genomic science and how new genomic understanding is shaping these important scientific fields. Special emphasis will be given to HOW a genome assembly can be applied in these fields of research to further biological understanding. Cantata Bio will also update attendees on the latest advances in genome assembly technology and informatics, including the new Dovetail haplotype-resolved workflow for true diploid and true polyploid assembly.

Event Highlights

    • 22 scientific talks by leaders in the field
    • 3 days – conservation biology, evolution & development, and agricultural biology
    • Learn how reference genomes are being used to accelerate biological understanding
    • Panel sessions for interactive discussion
    • Dovetail genome assembly technology and bioinformatics updates​
    • Cantata Bio technical updates and announcements


OCTOBER 18, 2022


  • Brad Shaffer, UCLA: “Conserving biodiversity through genomics: The California Conservation Genomics Project”
  • Rhiannon Peery, University of Alberta: “Explaining differential virulence in strains of Cronartium harknessii through comparative genomics”
  • Paul J. Wilson, Trent University: “The Transition from Conservation Genetics to Genomics Through 20-Years of Caribou Research”
  • Kristina Ramstad, University of South Carolina Aiken: “First chromosome-level genome assembly for a stork (Order Ciconiiformes) promotes testing for genes associated with migratory behavior”
  • Hannes Baumann and Lucas Jones, University of Connecticut: “Two distinct population clusters of Northern sand lance (Ammodytes dubius) on the Northwest Atlantic shelf revealed by whole genome sequencing”

OCTOBER 19, 2022


  • Clarisse Palma da Silva, Universidade Estadual de Campinas: “Assembling Neotropical Plants Genomes: Lessons and Challenges”
  • José Carballo, Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida: “A genomic approach to identify the apomictic region in the diplosporous grass Eragrostis curvula
  • Abderrahman Khila, IGFL ENS-CNRS: “Sexual conflict and genome evolution in water striders”
  • Tracy Larson, University of Virginia: “Extreme degeneration and regeneration in the avian brain and the impacts on behavior”
  • Elise Lauterbur, University of Arizona: “Ancient epidemics through the lens of a non-model species, the cave bat”
  • Stephane Boissinot, New York University Abu Dhabi: “Genomic analysis of an endemic radiation of Ethiopian grass frogs (genus Ptychadena): adaptation to high elevation and evolution of color polymorphisms”
  • Tom Lozito, Keck School of Medicine of USC: “Lizard Tail Regeneration As An Instructive Model of Enhanced Healing Capabilities In An Adult Amniote”
  • Joshua Feliciano-Medina, University of Puerto Rico: “Genomic advancements and transposable elements of the sea cucumber Holothuria glaberrima
  • Sven Buerki, Boise State University: “A haploid pseudo-chromosome genome assembly for a keystone species of the imperiled western North American sagebrush steppe: A resource for genome to phenome and conservation research”
  • Susanne P. Pfeifer, Arizona State University: “Population genomics of non-human primates”

OCTOBER 20, 2022


  • Richard Finkers and Camiel de Jong, GenNovation B.V. and Anthura B.V.: “Two to Tango: Why a haploïd reference representation hampers genomics-assisted breeding in Anthurium andreanum
  • Luke Dunning, The University of Sheffield: “Plagiarism in the Poaceae: the role of lateral gene transfer in grass evolution”
  • Tiago Hori, Atlantic Aquafarms: “A blue mussel chromosome-scale assembly and genomic resources for aquaculture, marine ecology and evolution”
  • Orestis Nousias, University of Nebraska – Lincoln: “Comparison of five chromosome-level cacao genomes reveals significant differences in repeat content and disease resistance gene content due to 5000 years of domestication”
  • Kelly Vining, Oregon State University: “Unraveling the Mystery of Black Mitcham Peppermint through Comparative Genomics”


  • Debashish Bhattacharya,  Rutgers University: “Montipora capitata: a model Hawaiian coral for understanding the basis of resilience under climate change”
  • Stephen Treaster, Harvard Medical School: “Genomics of exceptional longevity and its variation in the ocean quahog, Arctica islandica

Schedule of Events