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Chromosome Dynamics (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Cellular, Molecular and Physical Biology of Chromosomes


May 20-21, 2017


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Devanshi Jain & Cori K. Cahoon

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was April 22, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Chromosome Dynamics is a unique forum for graduate students and post-docs to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to provide an intimate and collegial atmosphere for young scientists to discuss unpublished work on mechanistic aspects of bacterial, archaeal and eukaryotic genome organization. The meeting will cover a wide range of topics in chromosome biology, including DNA architecture, recombination, replication, repair, segregation and transcription.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by February 20, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Chromosome Dynamics" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Landmark Discoveries in Chromosome Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Cori Cahoon (Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA)
3:15 pm - 3:50 pmDavid Sherratt (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"How One Chromosome Makes Two"
3:50 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmChromosome Organization
Discussion Leader: John Marko (Northwestern University, USA)
5:30 pm - 5:45 pmKati Böhm (Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany)
"Chromosome Organization in Corynebacterium glutamicum"
5:45 pm - 5:55 pmDiscussion
5:55 pm - 6:10 pmJorine Eeftens (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
"Single-Molecule Experiments to Resolve Structural and Mechanical Properties of Condensin"
6:10 pm - 6:20 pmDiscussion
6:20 pm - 6:35 pmJordan Rowley (Emory University, USA)
"Evolutionarily Conserved Principles Predict 3D Chromatin Organization"
6:35 pm - 6:45 pmDiscussion
6:45 pm - 7:00 pmAdam Larson (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Reversible Liquid Droplet Formation by HP1a Suggests Role for Phase Separation in Heterochromatin Function"
7:00 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:25 pmMichal Wlodarski (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Both Genome and Cytosol Dynamics Change in E. coli Challenged with Sublethal Antibiotics"
7:25 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amChromosome Replication and Segregation
Discussion Leader: Rebecca Heald (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amLori Koch (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, USA)
"Kinetochore-Microtubule Attachment Is Not Sufficient to Silence the SAC in Budding Yeast"
9:15 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:40 amSimone Koehler (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Single-Molecule Localization Microscopy Reveals a Dynamic Architecture Within the Synaptonemal Complex in C. elegans Meiosis"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:05 amChristopher Smith (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
"Multi-Directional Force-Dependent Rearrangements Within the Human Kinetochore"
10:05 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:30 amDavid Phizicky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Mechanisms Preventing DNA Replication Between Meiosis I and Meiosis II"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amKata Sarlos (Center for Chromosome Stability, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
"Single-Molecule and Biochemical Reconstitution of Anaphase DNA Bridge Decatenation"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Panel Discussion
Discussion Leader: Devanshi Jain (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"From Mentee to Mentor: Starting and Managing a New Lab"
  • Luke Berchowitz (Columbia University Medical Center, USA)
  • Ines Drinnenberg (Institut Curie, France)
  • Eros Lazzerini Denchi (The Scripps Research Institute, USA)
  • Ofer Rog (University of Utah, USA)
  • Elcin Unal (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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