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Epigenetics (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Mechanisms of Epigenetic Inheritance Through Taxa


July 29-30, 2017


Holderness School
Holderness, NH


Michael A. Christopher & Amir H. Moarefi

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Epigenetics 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 cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is on recent advances in our understanding of epigenetic mechanisms of inheritance. In particular, how diet and metabolism influence these mechanisms. The GRS will also include a keynote address from a prominent scientist in the field, as well as a career panel with panelists from academia and non-academic fields.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Epigenetics" 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: Epigenetic Mechanisms
Discussion Leaders: Meaghan Jones (University of British Columbia, Canada) and David Katz (Emory University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmAnne Ferguson-Smith (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Genomic Imprinting and the Regulation of Epigenetic States"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEpigenetic Mechanisms During Development and Reprogramming
Discussion Leaders: Pamela Geyer (University of Iowa, USA) and Zachary Harvey (Stanford University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmHyuckjoon Kang (Harvard Medical School, USA)
"How Are Transcriptional Choices Made During Early Development?"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmSara Martire (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA)
"Exploring the Role of Histone Variant H3.3 at Regulatory Elements in Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmJuan Manuel Schvartzman (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA)
"Effects and Mechanisms of Oncogenic IDH Mutations on Cellular Differentiation"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmAnita Thambirajah (McGill University / Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Canada)
"Transcriptomic Variations in the Developing Hippocampus Associate with Dynamic Histone Variant H2A.Z Deposition"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amEpigenetics Mechanisms Involved in Gene Regulation
Discussion Leaders: Frederic Berger (Gregor Mendel Institute, Austria) and Nerissa Hearn (Western Sydney University, Australia)
9:00 am - 9:20 amManu Dubin (Bayer CropScience, Belgium)
"Functional Diversification of DNA Methyltransferases in the Hexaploid Bread Wheat Triticum aestivum"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amTeresa Lee (Emory University, USA)
"Longevity and Its Transgenerational Inheritance Is Enabled by H3K9 Methylation"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amLindsay Rizzardi (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA)
"Neuronal Brain Region-Specific DNA Methylation and Chromatin Accessibility Are Associated with Neuropsychiatric Disease Heritability"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amDavid Truong (NYU Langone Medical Center, USA)
"Resetting the Yeast Epigenome with Human Nucleosomes"
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 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Discussion Leaders: Carolina Galan (University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA) and Keith Micoli (NYU Langone Medical Center, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Careers for Young Scientists"
  • Jacqueline Chretien (Research Square, USA)
  • Mary Gehring (Whitehead Institute, USA)
  • Matthew Murphy (ClearView Healthcare Partners, USA)
  • Robert Rollins (Pfizer Oncology, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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