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Find Your Scientific Home at ASCB|EMBO 2019!

December 7-11, 2019 | Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The 2019 joint meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) will focus on cell biology as the fundamental basis of biology, and will offer sessions on emerging topics such as nontraditional model organisms, and the use of computational modeling and biophysics to “Build the Cell from the Ground Up.”

Now Accepting Abstracts

The ASCB and EMBO invite the submission of abstracts that report new scientific research developments in the areas of cell biology. Abstracts are welcome from scientists and students in all sectors, including academia, industry, government, and education.

2019 Keynote Lecture

Bruce Stillman

President and Chief Executive Officer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Bruce Stillman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. His research focuses on how chromosomes are duplicated in cells, a process that ensures accurate inheritance of genetic material from one generation to the next.

Program Co-Chairs


Sue Jaspersen

Associate Investigator

Stowers Institute for Medical Research


Elly Tanaka

Senior Scientist

Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP)

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2019 Doorstep Meeting

Cancer: From genome instability to therapy

December 7, 2019-Interactive One Day Workshop with top speakers in their field, poster presentations, and roundtable lunch discussions

2019 Symposia

Beyond Figure 7: Integrating modeling and experiment in cell biology

Sunday. December 8, 8:00 am


Margaret Gardel

University of Chicago


Iva Tolic

Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia


Petra Schwille

Max-Plank Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

Attack of the Killer Bugs: The cell biology of infectious disease

Sunday. December 8, 9:45 am


Sebastian Lourido

Whitehead Institute and MIT


Emily R. Troemel

University of California, San Diego

Decisions, Decisions: How cells choose their fates

Sunday. December 8, 9:45 am


Alex Schier

Harvard University

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Andrea H. Brand

The Gurdon Institute, UK

21st Century Machinery: The structure, function, and evolution of protein machines

Monday, December 9, 8:00 am


Andrea Musacchio

Max-Plank Institute of Molecular Physiology, Germany

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Pierre Gönczy

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland


Tatsuya Hirano

Chromosome Dynamics Laboratory, RIKEN, Japan

What Blueprints Tell Us: How genomics informs cell biology

Monday, December 9, 9:45 am


Harmit S. Malik

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/HHMI


Brenda Andrews

University of Toronto, Canada

Getting from Here to There: Individual and collective cell migrations

Tuesday, December 10, 8:00 am


Ana Maria Lennon-Duménil

Institut Curie, France


Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez

University of Toronto, Canada


Carl-Philipp Heisenberg

Institute of Science and Technology, Austria

Google Maps of the Cell: Controlling intracellular traffic flow and direction

Tuesday, December 10, 9:45 am


Daniel Colón-Ramos

Yale University


Elina Ikonen

University of Helsinki, Finland

D'Arcy Thompson at 100: Controlling Cell Shape and Function

Wednesday, December 11, 11:20 am


Ethan Garner

Harvard University

Jennifer Zallen, PhD, Head of the Morphogenesis and Polarity Laboratory in the Sloan-Kettering Institute (SKI)

Jennifer Zallen

Sloan-Kettering Institute/HHMI

2019 Biotech Mini-Course

Friday December 6, 2019

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) will offer a one-day course for graduate students and postdocs on Friday, December 6, 2019, the day before the ASCB/EMBO Meeting. The course will help basic scientists become more competitive for jobs in biotech, pharma, and industry. The course will be held in Washington, DC.





Worthington Biochemical Corporation

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It’s the ‘big meeting’ I find most worthwhile - indeed, indispensable, - for networking, career development, and the most exciting science anywhere.

Abby Dernburg. University of California, Berkeley

Last year was my first time attending the ASCB|EMBO meeting and I learned so much! The diversity of topics and types of questions being asked were incredible, and provided me with new perspectives on my own research.

Anne d'Aquino, Northwestern University

The ASCB|EMBO meeting is the only one where you can hear outstanding science that covers the entire range of cell biology, plus have the opportunity to see new products and instruments and meet journal editorial staff and NIH Program Officials.

George Witman, University of Massachusetts Medical School

The ASCB|EMBO Meeting brings together the best scientists with the latest developments. It is a unique opportunity to see the freshest trends in cell biology, learn the new developments, make friends and have fun.

Leonardo Almeida-Souza, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

Amazing meeting. It's THE meeting of the year to not miss. Great science, all fields of research are represented including very last discoveries on all model systems. The strong attendance by researchers from all over the world is a unique opportunity to make new contacts and collaborations. Hoping to attend the 2019 ASCB-EMBO meeting!!!

Chantal Roubinet, University College London, London (UCL)

The ASCB|EMBO meeting is great because there are so many opportunities to network with people in the field, learn about the latest groundbreaking research, and develop a new set of skills.

Cameron MacQuarrie, State University of New York Upstate Medical University

This meeting is a wonderful opportunity to learn, to network, and to grow professionally. I feel both inspired to pursue new lines of investigation and more knowledgeable of the tools to do so. Had I only known about this meeting a few years back, what a game changer it would have been. I will definitely return and will encourage my trainees to attend.

Ekaterina Heldwein, Tufts University School of Medicine

The annual ASCB meeting serves for me as a crash-course in cell biology. Over the years, I have also realized that several topics that were first introduced and discussed at this meeting have gone on to become the latest trends in science.

Noopur Vilas Khobrekar, Columbia University

The ASCB is The best platform to communicate one's science and receive feedback, as well as to keep abreast of the great science carried out all over the world. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet with greats in the different fields and to network. A truly inspiring meeting that brings together the best science from around the globe.

Sabrya Carim, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine