Symposium 1: Pushing the Limits: Visualization of Hidden Biological Processes

Chair: Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
Sunday, December 13, 8:00 am

Supported by Biology of the Cell, Wiley

In vivo imaging of cellular dynamics from the nanoscale to the macroscale.
Eric Betzig, Janelia Farm Research Campus/HHMI

Illuminating biology at the nanoscale with single-molecule and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy.
Xiaowei Zhuang, Harvard University/HHMI

The story of single molecules, from early spectroscopy in solids, to super-resolution microscopy, to 3D dynamics of biomolecules in cells.
W.E. Moerner, Stanford University

Symposium 2: Wisdom of Crowds: Collective Decision-Making by Cells and Organisms

Chair: Alpha Yap
Sunday, December 13, 9:45 am

Supported by Sanofi

Heinz Hermann* endowed Symposium

Collective cell migration: the power of many.
Roberto Mayor, University College London, United Kingdom

The ecology of collective behavior.
Deborah M. Gordon, Stanford University

Symposium 3: Embraces across the Species Barrier: Complex Cell Interactions

Chair: Kerry Bloom
Monday, December 14, 8:00 am

Supported by The American Association of Anatomists and The Anatomical Record

Wolbachia, Microtubules and Big Sur.
William Sullivan, University of California, Santa Cruz

Interactions across biological scales within the cheese rind ecosystem.
Rachel Dutton, University of California, San Diego

Bacteriophage Adherence to Mucus (BAM) Immunity: How Phage and the Microbiome form Innate and Acquired Immune Systems on Mucosal Surfaces.
Forest Rohwer, San Diego State University

Symposium 4: Like Oil and Water: New Principles Governing Cell Organization

Chair: David Drubin
Monday, December 14, 9:45 am

Physical Mechanisms of Cell Organization on Micron Length Scales. Michael Rosen, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Phase separation in cytoplasm: Implications for polarity and neurodegeneration.
Tony Hyman, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany

Symposium 5: Bending Nature to Our Purposes: Engineering of Cells and Tissues

Chair: Julie Theriot
Tuesday, December 15, 8:00 am

Supported by SGI-DNA, A Synthetic Genomics, Inc. Company

CRISPR-Cas Genome Surveillance: From Basic Biology to Transformative Technology.
Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley/HHMI

Giving New Life to Materials for Energy, the Environment and Medicine.
Angela Belcher
, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hydrogels as synthetic extracellular matrices: from tissue engineering to 4-D cell biology.
Kristi Anseth, University of Colorado, Boulder/HHMI

Symposium 6: Going the Distance: Determining Size and Spacing of Biological Structures

Chair: Shirley Tilghman
Tuesday, December 15, 9:45 am

Mechanisms of mitosis and size control in Xenopus.
Rebecca Heald, University of California, Berkeley

Turing pattern formation without diffusion.
Shigeru Kondo, Osaka University Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Japan

Symposium 7: Beyond the Five Senses: Detection of Magnetic and Electric Fields

Chair: Angelika Amon
Wednesday, December 16, 11:15 am

Cell Biology of Magnetic Particle Formation in Magnetotactic Bacteria.
Arash Komeili, University of California, Berkeley

Individual and collective cell polarization and migration in electric field.
Alex Mogilner, New York University

* Heinz Hermann was Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut. A symposium in his honor was endowed at the ASCB in 1990. A founder of the ASCB, Professor Herrmann was well known for his pioneering approach to research in developmental biology, which has led to over 100 publications. He also wrote two books—Cell Biology andFrom Biology to Sociopolitics.

Minisymposia Topics and Co-Chairs

Click here to view the list of Minisymposia by day.

There are a total of 8 scientific Minisymposia “umbrella” topics for the 2015 meeting, and 1 Education Minisymposium topic.

Concurrent Minsymposia sessions will be presented on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 pm to 6:25 pm, and on Wednesday morning from 8:30 am to 10:55 am. Click here for a full list of which sessions will be on each day.

Please view the list of co-chairs for each topic below.

Applications of Cell Biology in the Real World

Co-chairs:
Lisa Belmont,
Genentech, Inc.
Craig Blackstone,
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/NIH

Cell Biology of Genetic Information

Co-chairs:
Abby Dernburg, University of California, Berkeley/HHMI
Sarah C. R. “Sally” Elgin, Washington University in St. Louis
Sui Huang, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Steven Kosak, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
G.V. Shivashankar, National University of Singapore
Karsten Weis, University of California, Berkeley and ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Cell Cycle, Cell Division, and Cell Death

Co-chairs:
Daniela Cimini, Virginia Tech
Mary Dasso, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH
Michael Glotzer, University of Chicago
David Morgan, University of California, San Francisco
Jody Rosenblatt, University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Xiaodong Wang, National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China

Cytoskeleton, Motility, and Cell Mechanics

Co-chairs:William Brieher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Zev Bryant, Stanford University
Guilaume Charras, University College London, UK
Makoto Miyata, Osaka City University, Japan
Samara Reck-Peterson, University of California, San Diego
Trina Schroer, Johns Hopkins University

Membrane Organization, Dynamics, Traffic, and Regulation

Co-chairs:
Tamas Balla, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH
Karen Davies
, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt. Germany
Marko Kaksonen, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg
Adam Linstedt, Carnegie Melon University
Satyajit “Jitu” Mayor, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India
Xiaochen Wang, National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China

Supported by Traffic, Wiley

Multicellular Interactions, Tissues, and Development

Co-chairs:
Iswar
HariharanUniversity of California, Berkeley
Carl-Philipp Heisenberg, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)
Sean Megason, Harvard Medical School
Carien Niessen, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Celeste Nelson, Princeton University
Alissa Weaver, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Organelles and Spatial Organization of the Cell

Co-chairs:
Martin Jonikas,
Carnegie Institute for Science and Stanford School of Medicine
Kathryn Lilley,
University of Cambridge, UK
Susanne Rafelski, University of California, Irvine and the Allen Institute for Cell Science, Seattle
Alice Ting
, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alexander Van Der Bliek, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Xinnan Wang, Stanford University School of Medicine

Signaling and Differentiation

Co-chairs:
Naama Barkai, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Markus Covert, Stanford University
Jennifer Nemhauser, University of Washington
Dana Pe’er, Columbia University
David M. Sabatini
, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Peter Yingxiao Wang, University of California, San Diego

Supported by BioMed Central

Education Minisymposium: Teaching How to Teach and Learn

Co-chairs:
Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier, Worcester State University
Tony Koleske, Yale University

Supported by CBE-Life Sciences Education (LSE) -an ASCB Journal

Microsymposia Topics and Moderators

There are a total of 8 scientific Microsymposia “umbrella” topics for the 2015 meeting. Each scientific topic will have at least 1 or 2 Microsymposia sessions.

Two concurrent Microsymposia will be presented on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday afternoon in the ASCB Learning Center from 12:00 pm-1:10 pm, 1:25 pm-2:35 pm, and 2:50 pm-4:00 pm.

Click here for a full list Microsymposia scheduled by day.

Please view the list of moderators for each topic below.

Applications of Cell Biology in the Real World

Moderators:
Anupam Das,
Albany Medical College
Paul Mungai,
U.S. Department of State
Jessica Polka, Harvard Medical School

Cell Biology of Genetic Information

Moderators:
Abby Buchwalter, Salk Institute
Melissa Pamula, Rockefeller University

Cell Cycle, Cell Division, and Cell Death

Moderators:
Chris Maxwell, University of British Columbia, Canada
Melissa Pamula, Rockefeller University
Leocadia Paliulis, Bucknell University
Pat Wadsworth, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Cytoskeleton, Motility, and Cell Mechanics

Moderators:
Pinar Gurel, Dartmouth College

Alyssa Lesko, University of Notre Dame

Bruno Rocha-Azevedo, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cristian Suarez, University of Chicago

Scott WilkinsonEmory University

Membrane Organization, Dynamics, Traffic, and Regulation

Moderators:

Brooke Gardner, University of California, Berkeley

Theodore Ho, University of California, San Francisco

Kelly Jones-Jamtgaard, University of Kansas Medical Center

Courtney Schroeder, University of California, San Francisco

Multicellular Interactions, Tissues, and Development

Moderators:

Alana GrayLouisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport

Gary McDowell, Tufts University

Swaran Nandini, University of Central Florida

Organelles and Spatial Organization of the Cell

Moderators:

Paulo Caceres, Wayne State University

Anupam
Das, Albany Medical College

Gary McDowell, Tufts University

Dennis Zimmerman, University of Chicago

Signaling and Differentiation

Moderators:

Paulo CaceresWayne State University

R. Ileng Kumaran,
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Paul Mungai, U.S. Department of State

Hashem Dbouk, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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