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Chromosome Dynamics
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The Chromosome Dynamics Gordon Conference evolved from a meeting that was narrowly focused on bacterial plasmid replication and segregation. As the scientific understanding of larger bacterial chromosomes and eukaryotic chromosomes blossomed, the Bacterial Plasmid GRC expanded its focus to bring new topics into the program. Today the semi-annual Chromosome Dynamics GRC attracts participants engaged in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems.

Unlike many excellent specialty meetings where experts in eukaryotic or prokaryotic DNA replication, recombination, or transcription delve in to the intricacies of their special realm, the Chromosome Dynamics GRC takes a different tack. It includes interested participants with very different specialties and methodologies who share the common goal of understanding chromosome dynamic and the mechanisms that organize large DNA molecules. This is critical because homologous and site-specific recombination, transposition target selection, adaptive mutation, gene transcription/silencing, gene order on chromosomes, and genome segregation are all phenomena that depend on accurate models of chromosome dynamics.

Breakout work on chromosomes from viruses to man has been announced at past meetings. Highlights included: new biochemistry and cell biology of condensins and cohesins, new roles for telomeres in replication and repair, single-molecule studies of chromatin remodeling proteins, mechanisms of triplet repeat expansions in diseases like Huntington’s Chorea and fragile X syndrome, and new roles for RNA in controlling epigenetic gene regulation and centromere function.

Note: The "Extrachromosomal Elements" conference split in two after the 1991 meeting. The new conference, "Mitochondria & Chloroplasts", was first held in 1992 and is scheduled on even years. "Extrachromosomal Elements" changed its name to "Plasmid & Chromosome Dynamics" and is held on odd years.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Chromosome Dynamics" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Chromosome Dynamics
The Cellular, Molecular and Physical Biology of Chromosomes
May 21-26 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Rebecca Heald
2015 Chromosome Dynamics
From Nucleotides to Genomes: Chromosome Biology in the Three Domains of Life
Jun 28 - Jul 3 Waterville Valley David Z. Rudner
2013 Chromosome Dynamics May 26-31 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Frank Uhlmann
2011 Chromosome Dynamics Jul 10-15 Mount Snow Susan T. Lovett
2009 Chromosome Dynamics May 24-29 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Julie P. Cooper
2007 Chromosome Dynamics Aug 12-17 University of New England N. Patrick Higgins
2005 Chromosome Dynamics Jul 31 - Aug 5 Colby-Sawyer College Abby Dernburg
2003 Plasmid & Chromosome Dynamics Aug 17-22 Tilton School Alan Grossman
2001 Plasmid & Chromosome Dynamics Jul 22-27 Colby-Sawyer College Gary H. Karpen
1999 Plasmid & Chromosome Dynamics Aug 1-6 Colby-Sawyer College Dhruba K. Chattoraj
1997 Plasmid & Chromosome Dynamics Jul 13-18 Plymouth State College Virginia A. Zakian
1995 Plasmid & Chromosome Dynamics Jul 2-7 Plymouth State College Donald R. Helinski
1993 Extrachromosomal Elements
Plasmid & Chromosome Dynamics
Jul 4-9 Plymouth State College James Broach
1991 Extrachromosomal Elements Jul 1-5 Plymouth State College Deepak Bastia
1990 Extrachromosomal Elements
Mitochondrial and Chloroplast Biogenesis
Jun 17-22 Plymouth State College Richard B. Hallick
1989 Extrachromosomal Elements Jun 26-30 Colby-Sawyer College Barry Polisky
1988 Extrachromosomal Elements
Mitochondrial and Chloroplast Biogenesis
Jul 4-8 Proctor Academy Nancy C. Martin
1986 Extrachromosomal Elements Jul 14-18 Colby-Sawyer College Robert H. Rownd
1984 Extrachromosomal Elements Aug 6-10 Colby-Sawyer College David A. Clayton
1983 Extrachromosomal Elements Jul 4-8 Tilton School Richard P. Novick
1981 Extrachromosomal Elements Jul 6-10 Tilton School Nicholas W. Gillham
1980 Extrachromosomal Elements Jun 16-20 Plymouth State College Julian Davies
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