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Molecular Membrane Biology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

New Frontiers in Protein Translocation, Membrane Trafficking, and Organelle Biogenesis


July 15-16, 2017


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH


Rachel S. Plumb & Naama Aviram

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Molecular Membrane Biology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and innovative ideas. The GRS provides a great opportunity for young scientists to build collaborations and informal networks prior to the arrival of senior investigators at the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) in Molecular Membrane Biology.

The focus of this meeting is to discuss outstanding discoveries in protein targeting and trafficking, organelle remodeling and dynamics, lipid biology, and membrane identity. The meeting will feature a keynote lecture by Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, whose lab employs cutting edge fluorescence-based technologies to study these topics. A mentorship component will also be included in the GRS program and will deal with the less discussed aspects of scientific life that many young scientists must face, such as work-life balance, scientific soft skills and more.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Molecular Membrane Biology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Uncovering the Organelle Interactome
Discussion Leaders: Rachel Plumb (Yale University, USA) and Naama Aviram (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmJennifer Lippincott-Schwartz (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA)
"Uncovering the Organelle Interactome: Dynamic Imaging of Multiple Organelles"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMolecular Membranes in Organelle Biology
Discussion Leaders: David Gershlick (National Institutes of Health, USA) and Anne Spang (Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmMaria-Jesus Olarte (Harvard University, USA)
"Protein Targeting from the Endoplasmic Reticulum to Lipid Droplets"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmYury Bykov (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany)
"The Structure of the COPI Coat Determined Within the Cell"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmSubhrajit Banerjee (State University of New York Upstate Medical University, USA)
"Phosphoinositide 'Zip Codes' Govern Localization and Activity of Vacuolar H+ ATPases Through Direct Interactions"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmFred Mast (Center for Infectious Disease Research, USA)
"Systems Cell Biology Approaches Illuminate a Role for ESCRT-III in Peroxisome Biogenesis"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMitochondrial Fission / Mentorship Component: Staying Sane in Academia
Discussion Leaders: Ayelen Gonzalez Montoro (University of Osnabrueck, Germany) and Johannes Schoeneberg (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amQian Feng-Jurgeit (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"Mechanical Force Induces Mitochondrial Fission via the Canonical Fission Machinery"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amRaghav Kalia (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Cryo-EM Studies of Drp1-MiD49 Interactions in the Mitochondrial Fission Pathway"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:50 amMaya Schuldiner (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
"Staying Sane in Academia"
10:50 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 pmProtein Targeting and Quality Control
Discussion Leaders: Ofir Klein (Tel Aviv University, Israel) and Brooke Gardner (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmElizabeth Costa (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Proximity-Specific Ribosome Profiling Reveals Efficient Co-Translational ER Targeting in the Absence of SRP"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmMatthew Wohlever (University of Chicago, USA)
"Msp1 Is a Membrane Protein Dislocase for Tail-Anchored Proteins"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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