NMBIST 2012- New Mexico BioInformatics, Science and Technology Symposium

March 22-23, 2012 at the Inn & Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico


2012 NMBIST Program (PDF Document)
Call for Poster Abstracts
Sequencing Center Tour
Venu and accomodations

Registration link is at the bottom of this page.

On behalf of the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (NM-INBRE), we invite you to the 2012 New Mexico BioInformatics, Science and Technology (NMBIST) Symposium focusing on these areas in the study of Functional Genomics.

Now in its eighth year, NMBIST is a premier educational event for the southwest region featuring internationally renowned speakers. Each year has seen steady growth in participation, particularly among principal investigators, students and professionals.  Approximately 150 registered attendees are anticipated this year. We look forward to seeing you there!



        Speakers include


Matthew Fields Ph.D., Montana State University, Bozeman

Temporal Transcriptomic Analysis During Bio-Oil Accumulation in Phaeodactylum tricornutum

Sridhar Hannenhalli Ph. D., University of Maryland, College Park

Computational analysis of transcriptional regulation-- learning from ambiguities

Monica J. Justice Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston 

Off to a bad start: Oncogenes that perturb hematopoietic lineage commitment initiate leukemia in the mouse

Carmen Sapienza Ph.D., Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia

Genomic and Epigenomic Bumps on the Road to Personalized Medicine

Dong Xu Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia

Large-scale prediction and analyses of protein post-translational modification sites

Brian Bothner Ph.D., Montana State University, Bozeman

Connecting “Omics” Technologies with Biology Using Chemistry

Qingshun Quinn Li Ph.D., Miami University, Oxford, OH

Transcriptome Diversity and Function Regulated by Alternative and Antisense Polyadenylation

Michele Nishiguchi Ph.D., New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

From saltwater to genes and back again: How beneficial bacteria can help decipher the evolutionary mechanisms that drive symbiosis 

Brenda Andrews Ph.D., University of Toronto, Canada

Exploring biological pathways and networks using yeast functional genomics


Student Speaker Award Winners


Christie Buchovecky, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX.

Suppressor screen implicates the cholesterol of biosynthesis pathway in the pathogensis of Rett Syndrome in the mouse 

 David Price, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

Small Mosquitoes and Big Implications

Landry E. Nfonsam, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

A Genome-wide Screen for Novel Drosophila melanogaster Eye Targets Identified the Neprilysin Family Protein CG4721 and Mhc II as Essential in Drosophila Eye Development

Ali Berens, Iowa State University, Ames

Development of Next Generation Sequencing Resources to Study Behavior in Social Wasps

Monique Garcia, New Mexico Tech, Socorro

The Role of Diet in the Regulation of the Nuclear Hormone Receptor Gene NR4A2 in Rats Exhibiting Metabolic Dysfunction




CLOSED for inclusion in program: You can bring a poster with you if you want to present at poster session Thursday evening March 22.

Call for poster abstracts (250 words max) Closing date is midnight February 29, 2012 (submit as part of electronic registration - abstract upload link: upload abstract ).

Students submitting posters attend NMBIST-2012 FREE!! 
To encourage participation by undergraduate and graduate students, work from any area of bioinformatics, science or technology is acceptable. Those related to the symposium theme are especially encouraged.  

Poster presentations are Thursday evening, March 22, 2012.  Poster Size 3' wide x 4' high.

Student speaking slots for one or two student speakers is an integral part of the symposium.To be considered for this opportunity, be sure to select yes I would like to be considered for a speaking slot on the abstract upload form.  These abstracts will be independently judged and 3 to 4 winners will be selected to give a presentation of their work!




Symposium scholarships are available to students attending smaller colleges Dine College Shiprock, University of New Mexico Gallup, San Juan College Farmington, and Northern New Mexico College. For more information, contact the Event Coordinator, Lisana Chávez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   Please apply by February 29, 2012.




NMBIST 2012 Agenda




NCGR Sequencing Center Tour (After conference Friday, March 23)

We will depart via bus from the Inn at Loretto hotel between 4:30 and 5:00pm.
The tour will take 1 - 1.5 hours including travel time to and from hotel. Please RSVP with Lisana Chávez This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Venue and accommodations

A block of rooms at the Inn & Spa at Loretto have been reserved at the special rate of $110.00 per night. Reservations must be made by February 26, 2012 to receive the special rate.

Additional daily service fee of $12.00 will be added. This fee includes: housekeeping gratuities, high-speed wireless internet access, access to fitness center and pool, and local and toll free telephone calls.

Valet Parking at the hotel is $9.00 per day for overnight guests and $6.00 per day for day parking only.

Specify Code NMBIST when registering at either hotel.

Inn & Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe
211 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Reservations Toll Free 866-582-1646
Online registration directions
Reserve by 26 February to receive Inn &Spa at Loretto's discounted price.

Additional accommodations (just across the street from the Loretto) are available at:
Garrett's Desert Inn

311 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 982-1851

Rooms reserved are double queens
Rate: $69 + tax/night

Reserve before March 10 to receive Garrett's Desert Inn discounted price.