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Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology
Gordon Research Conference

Harnessing Diversity to Understand Molecular Mechanisms, Pathogenicity, and Fungal Factories

Dates

June 17-22, 2018

Location

Holderness School
Holderness, NH Site Information

Organizers

Chairs:
Antonis Rokas & Alistair J.P. Brown

Vice Chairs:
Jason E. Stajich & Alexandra C. Brand

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 20, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology will focus on the incredible diversity of fungal form and lifestyle. Fungal diversity presents rich opportunities to discover and characterize divergent mechanistic solutions to evolutionary pressures and environmental challenges, advancing our understanding of biology as a whole. Exploitation of fungal diversity also harbors tremendous promise for therapeutic and commercial purposes. But fungal diversity also presents challenges, most notably in understanding the means by which evolutionarily diverse fungal pathogens infect, exploit, and kill human, animal, and plant hosts. The conference will bring together researchers across the globe and spanning career stages to present and discuss the latest exciting findings on fungal diversity, evolution, sex, development, growth and pathogenicity. We will explore environmental sensing, signaling, morphology and molecular motors, as well as the synthetic design and commercial exploitation of fungal systems. Morning and evening sessions will be interspersed with poster sessions and unstructured time to maximize informal interactions and the exchange of ideas. The Holderness School sits in a tranquil and intimate New England setting that fosters a highly interactive conference. Our highly interactive fungal community, combined with our (first ever!) Gordon Research Seminar, makes this a fantastic forum for young scientists to interact with established group leaders.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

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Carl Zeiss, Inc.
Société Française de Phytopathologie (SFP)

Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Dimensions of Fungal Diversity
  • Morphology, Movement and Motors
  • Sex and Development
  • Sensing and Signalling in Dynamic Environments
  • Designing and Exploiting Fungal Systems
  • Fungal Evolution – Mode, Tempo and Impact
  • Late-Breaking Topics
  • Mechanistic Diversity Underlying Human Pathogenesis
  • Mechanistic Diversity Underlying Plant Pathogenesis
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