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Poster Topics

Poster Topics

Poster topics for the meeting are listed below. During abstract submission, you will be asked to select primary (indicated by a number) and secondary (indicated by a letter and number) sub-topics for each abstract. Click here for more information about the Poster format.

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/flagellar 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
  • 10f Post-transcription gene regulation

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 Neuronal degeneration and regeneration
  • 18b Dynamics of proteins and organelles in neurons
  • 18c Synaptic cell biology
  • 18d Neuronal morphogenesis and the cytoskeleton

19 Cell Biology of Microbes and Parasites

  • 19a Prokaryotic cell biology
  • 19b Protists and parasites
  • 19c Fungi
  • 19d Viruses
  • 19e 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

23 Scholarship of Diversity

  • 23a Impact of diversity on research quality and productivity
  • 23b Evidence-based approaches to improve recruitment and retention in the biomedical research workforce
  • 23c Individual and institutional barriers to workforce diversity
  • 23d Scaling and dissemination of strategies for eliminating barriers to career transitions

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