Keynote and Symposia

Xiaowei Zhuang researches to understand the mechanisms of cellular function and their dysfunction in disease which requires a detailed picture of the molecular interactions in cells in the Naito Lab. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

2021 Keynote Lecture

Monday, December 6, 10:00 am EST

Xiaowei Zhuang

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
David B. Arnold Jr. Professor of Science, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Professor of Physics, Harvard University

Xiaowei Zhuang develops advanced imaging methods, such as the super-resolution imaging method known as stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM) and the single-cell transcriptome imaging method known as multiplexed error-robust fluorescence in situ hybridization (MERFISH), to reveal the molecular mechanisms of cellular function. Over a distinguished career, Zhuang has fashioned ingenious methods of imaging to observe the fretwork and interplay of molecules in cells.

2021 Symposia

Intra- and Intercellular Communication

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 10:00 am EST

Tracks: Cellular Dynamics and Specialized Cell and Evolution


Chenghua Gu

Harvard Medical School


Maya Schuldiner

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

The Nucleus

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 10:00 am EST

Track: Cellular Genome


Tracy Johnson

University of California, Los Angeles



Jennifer Phillips-Cremins

University of Pennsylvania

Biomolecular Condensates

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 10:00 am EST

Tracks: Cellular Dynamics and Physical Cell


Simon Alberti

Technische Universität Dresden, Germany


Amy Gladfelter

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Signaling and Metabolism

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 10:00 am EST

Track: Signaling and Metabolism

Brady Donita

Donita Brady

University of Pennsylvania


Bao-Liang Song

Wuhan University, China

Cell and Tissue Mechanics

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 10:00 am EST

Track: Physical Cell


Enrique De La Cruz

Yale University


Sara A. Wickstrom

University of Helsinki, Finland


Imaging Across Scales

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 10:00 am EST

Tracks: Cellular Dynamics and Signaling and Metabolism


Jan Ellenberg

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany

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David Van Valen

California Institute of Technology

Disease and Aging

Friday, December 10, 2021, 10:00 am EST

Tracks: Cells in Distress and Disease and Signaling and Metabolism


Vishva M. Dixit

Genentech, Inc.


Noburo Mizushima

The University of Tokyo, Japan

Modeling Organogenesis

Friday, December 10, 2021, 10:00 am EST

Track: Communal Cell


Madeline Lancaster

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

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Prisca Liberali

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), Basel, Switzerland

* Heinz Herrmann Symposium. Heinz Herrmann 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 and From Biology to Sociopolitics.