New symposium series arranged by CIGENE

Marie Saitou and Guro Sandvik (CIGENE, NMBU) are arranging the Japan-Norway Symposium on Fish Endocrinology and Genomics. The aim of this symposium is to promote collaboration between Norwegian and Japanese research groups within the topics of fish genomics, gene editing, evolutionary genomics, biostatistics, microbiology, neuroendocrinology, sex determination system, stem cell technology, etc. This can be a great opportunity to make new connections with Japanese as well as Norwegian researchers.

For updated information, you may visit the symposium website (link)

Please register your attendance (poster registrations are now closed): Registration form (link)


The meeting is arranged and hosted by Dr. Marie Saitou and Dr. Guro Sandvik.

The poster illustration is created by Olga Paulouskaya and Gareth Gillard, CIGENE.



Monday June 14th. Chair Guro Sandvik, NMBU
Norway Japan Presenter Title
10:00-10:15 17:00-17:15 Marie Saitou and Guro Sandvik Welcome and opening
10:15-10:30 17:15-17:30 Flash talk by poster presenters
10:30-10:50 17:30-17:50 Kristina Stenløkk, NMBU Building the Atlantic salmon pan-genome with long-read sequencing
10:50-11:10 17:50-18:10 Jun Kitano, NIT Genetics of adaptation and speciation in sticklebacks
11:10-11:20 18:10-18:20 Break
11:20-11:40 18:20-18-40 Alex West, UiT Profiling the smolting gill by single nuclei transcriptomics
11:40-12:00 18:40-19:00 Kataaki Okubo, Utokyo How do evolutionarily conserved neural substrates give rise to variation in social behaviors across species?
12:00-12:20 19:00-19:20     Romain Fontaine, NMBU The Japanese medaka as a model to study neuroendocrine system plasticity
12:20-12:30 19:20-19:30 Break
12:30-13:30 19:30-20:30 Poster presentations (
Tuesday June 15th. Chair: Simen R. Sandve, NMBU
9:00-10:00 16:00-17:00 Poster presentation (
10:00-10:20 17:00-17:20 Nicola Barson, NMBU What drives the evolution of salmon’s mobile sex determiner
10:20-10:40 17:20-17:40 Satoshi Ansai, UTohoku Genome editing reveals fitness effects of a gene for sexual dichromatism in Sulawesian fishes
10:40-11:00 17:40-18:00 Christiaan Henkel, NMBU Single-cell sequencing of the medaka pituitary gland
11:00-11:10 18:00-18:10 Break
11:10-11:30 18:10-18:30 Alex Datsomor, NMBU Functional Genetics of LC-HUFA biosynthesis in salmon: Dissecting in vivo functions, functional redundancy, and transcriptional regulation of LC-HUFA biosynthetic enzymes using CRISPR/Cas9
11:30-11:50 18:30-18:50 Kiyoshi Kikuchi, Utokyo Revisiting the steroid theory of sex inducer; Trans-species SNP in a steroidogenic enzyme, Hsd17b1, is the master sex-determining gene in Seriola species.A
11:50-12:00 18:50-19:00 Break
12:00-12:20 19:00-19:20 Morten Limborg, UCPH Odd bacteria in salmon cells
12:20-12:40 19:20-19:40 Goro Yoshizaki, TUMSAT Production of functional eggs and sperm from in vitro-expanded type A spermatogonia in rainbow trout
12:40-13:00 19:40-20:00 Kiyoshi Naruse, NIBB Multi-omics analysis to aiming the new medaka genome annotation
13:00-13:10 20:00-20:10 Sigbjørn Lien, NMBU Poster award and closing
13:10-14:00 20:10-21:00 Simen Sandve et al.  Social gathering  (


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