Poster Topics

Poster topics for the meeting are listed below. During abstract submission, you will be asked to select primary and secondary sub-topics for your abstract.

1 Actin Cytoskeleton

  • 1a Actin and actin-associated proteins
  • 1b Regulation of actin dynamics
  • 1c Higher-order actin-based structures
  • 1d Actin-membrane interactions

2 Microtubule Cytoskeleton

  • 2a Tubulins and associated proteins
  • 2b Microtubule dynamics and its regulation
  • 2c Microtuble nucleation and organization

3 Cilia & Flagella

  • 3a Assembly and disassembly of cilia/flagella
  • 3b Ciliary/fllagellar motility
  • 3c Sensory and signaling functions of cilia
  • 3d Ciliopathies

4 Molecular Motors

  • 4a Myosins
  • 4b Kinesins
  • 4c Dynein
  • 4d Other mechanochemical enzymes

5 Cell Structure, Mechanics, and Motility

  • 5a Cytoskeleton-membrane interactions
  • 5b Intermediate filaments
  • 5c Mechanotransduction
  • 5d Dynamics of focal adhesions and invadosomes
  • 5e Signaling networks governing cell migration
  • 5f Chemotaxis and directed cell migration

6 Cell-Matrix and Cell-Cell Interactions

  • 6a Structure and function of the extracellular matrix
  • 6b Integrins and cell-ECM interactions
  • 6c Cadherins and cell-cell interactions
  • 6d Glycoproteins and metalloproteases
  • 6e Cell-cell junctions
  • 6f Focal adhesions and invadosomes
  • 6g Bioengineering of cell-matrix interactions

7 Membrane Trafficking

  • 7a Vesicle docking and fusion
  • 7b Membrane fission and coat proteins
  • 7c Rab GTPases
  • 7d ER and Golgi transport
  • 7e Post-Golgi trafficking
  • 7f Endocytic trafficking
  • 7g Endosomes, lysosomes, and lysosome-related organelles
  • 7h Extracellular Vesicle Assembly

8 Organelles and Membrane Biology

  • 8a Establishing and maintaining organelle structure
  • 8b Mitochondria, chloroplasts, and peroxisomes
  • 8c Lipids and membrane microdomains
  • 8d Receptors, transporters, and channels

9 Nuclear Structure and Function

  • 9a Nucleocytoplasmic transport
  • 9b The nuclear envelope and nuclear pore complexes
  • 9c Nuclear bodies and dynamics
  • 9d Nuclear lamina and laminopathies

10 Regulation and Organization of the Genome

  • 10a Gene structure and transcription
  • 10b Chromatin and chromosome organization
  • 10c Epigenetics and chromatin remodeling
  • 10d Regulatory and noncoding RNAs
  • 10e RNA localization and transport

11 Cell Division: Mitosis & Meiosis

  • 11a G1, G1-S, and S phase regulation
  • 11b Centrosome assembly and functions
  • 11c Kinetochore assembly and functions
  • 11d Spindle assembly
  • 11e Cytokinesis
  • 11f Chromosome organization

12 Signal Transduction and Signaling Networks

  • 12a Signaling receptors (RTKs and GPCRs)
  • 12b Kinases and phosphatases
  • 12c Signaling from the PM/cytoplasm to the nucleus
  • 12d Rho-family GTPases
  • 12e Post-translational modifications in signaling
  • 12f Signaling scaffolds and microdomains
  • 12g Extracellular Vesicle Signaling

13 Proteostasis, Cell Stress, and Aging

  • 13a Ubiquitin and proteasome function
  • 13b Chaperones, protein folding, and quality control
  • 13c Regulation of aging
  • 13d Autophagy
  • 13e Cell death

14 Cell Polarity

  • 14a Establishment and maintenance of polarity
  • 14b Polarity in development

15 Development and Morphogenesis

  • 15a Germ cells, gametogenesis, and fertilization
  • 15b Embryogenesis
  • 15c Tissue development and morphogenesis
  • 15d Stem cells and pluripotency
  • 15e Cell fate determination

16 Cancer Cell Biology

  • 16a Oncogenes and tumor suppressors
  • 16b Cancer stem cells
  • 16c Tumor invasion and metastasis
  • 16d Tumor microenvironment
  • 16e Cancer therapy

17 Normal and Diseased Organs and Therapeutics

  • 17a Muscle structure, function, and disease
  • 17b Blood cells and vessels
  • 17c Digestive and excretory organs
  • 17d Exocrine and endocrine organs
  • 17e Adipocytes and metabolism
  • 17f Immune system
  • 17g Defining therapeutic targets and new therapeutics

18 Cell Biology of the Neuron

  • 18a Anterograde and retrograde axonal transport
  • 18b Membrane trafficking at the synapse
  • 18c Voltage-gated channels and neurotransmission
  • 18d Neuronal cytoskeleton

19 Cell Biology of Microbes and Parasites

  • 19a Prokaryotic cell biology
  • 19b Protists and parasites
  • 19c Host-pathogen/host-commensal interactions

20 Physical, Chemical & Systems Cell Biology

  • 20a Chemical cell biology
  • 20b Physical approaches to cell biology
  • 20c Systems and synthetic cell biology
  • 20d Computational cell biology/bioinformatics
  • 20e Engineering tissues and organs

21 New Technologies and Frontiers

  • 21a Imaging technologies, single molecule imaging, and super-resolution
  • 21b Proteomics and genomic methods
  • 21c New technologies for cell biology

22 Science Education

  • 22a K-12
  • 22b Primarily undergraduate
  • 22c Graduate and medical school

Minisymposia and Microsymposia Umbrella Topics

Minisymposia and Microsymposia subtopics will be determined in late August after all abstracts are submitted and reviewed.


There are a total of 8 scientific umbrella topics for the 2015 meeting, and 1 education topic. Please review the topics below to find the topic that best fits your research. Click here to view a list of Minisymposium Co-chairs.

Applications of Cell Biology in the Real World
Cell Biology of Genetic Information
Cell Cycle, Cell Division, and Cell Death
Cytoskeleton, Motility, and Cell Mechanics
Membrane Organization, Dynamics, Traffic, and Regulation
Multicellular Interactions, Tissues, and Development
Organelles and Spatial Organization of the Cell
Signaling and Differentiation
Education Minisymposium: Teaching How to Teach and Learn*

Each scientific topic will have at least two Minisymposia (with the exception of the Applications of Cell Biology in the Real World, which will have at least one Minisymposium) and at least one Microsymposium. Each Minisymposium will have 7 to 11 speakers. Each Microsymposium will have 7 speakers.

*The Education Minisymposium will have 7 to 11 speakers and there will be no microsymposium session. Please note: Citations of education studies or presentation of education data is an expectation of abstracts submitted to the Education Minisymposium.