Keynote and Symposia


2020 Keynote Lecture

Svante Pääbo

Director, Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Onna-son, Japan

Svante Pääbo is known as one of the founders of paleogenetics. Pääbo and his team developed a technique of isolating and sequencing the DNA of creatures long extinct, using a variety of fragile, ancient source material from Homo sapiens and other human species.

2020 Symposia

Dynamic Intracellular Organization

Tracks: Cellular Dynamics and Physical Cell

HOPEWELL, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: Portrait of Clifford Brangwynne at his Princeton University lab and office on September 14, 2018. (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Cliff Brangwynne

Princeton University


Manuel Théry

French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

Cell Shape, Cell Division, Migration and Death

Tracks: Cellular Dynamics and Cellular Genome


Petra Anne Levin

Washington University


Ann L. Miller

University of Michigan

Information Processing

Tracks: Signaling and Metabolism and Specialized Cell and Evolution


Diane M. Bautista

University of California, Berkeley


Yitzhak Pilpel

Weizmann Institute of Science

The Genome

Tracks: Cellular Genome and Physical Cell


Wendy Bickmore

MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh, UK


Leonid Mirny

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cellular Identity

Tracks: Cellular Dynamics and Signaling and Metabolism


Rong Li

Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore


Anne Spang

University of Basel, Switzerland


Growth, Pattern and Form

Tracks: Communal Cell and Physical Cell


Hiroshi Hamada

Center for Developmental Biology, RIKEN, Japan


Kristy Red-Horse

Stanford University

Cells in Distress and Disease

Tracks: Cells in Distress and Disease and Specialized Cell and Evolution


Peter Friedl

Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Lalita Ramakrishnan

University of Cambridge

How Different Cells Interact: Sex, War, Competition

Tracks: Cells in Distress and Disease and Specialized Cell and Evolution


Max Gutierrez

The Francis Crick Institute, UK


Musa Mhlanga

University of Cape Town, South Africa
Moving to: Radboud University & Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Collective Cell Behavior

Tracks: Communal Cell and Cells in Distress and Disease


Leanne Jones

University of California, Los Angeles

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Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado

Stowers Institute for Medical Research/HHMI

* 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.