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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 Site Information


Rachel S. Plumb & Naama Aviram

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 17, 2017. 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.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by April 15, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

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.

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 April 15, 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 "Molecular Membrane Biology" 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

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 (National Institutes of Health, 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 pmFrancesca Bottanelli (Yale University, USA)
"A Novel Physiological Role for ARF1 in the Formation of Bi-Directional Tubules from the Golgi"
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 Maria-Jesus Olarte (Harvard University, 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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