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Epigenetics (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Mechanisms of Epigenetic Inheritance Through Taxa


July 29-30, 2017


Holderness School
Holderness, NH Site Information


Michael A. Christopher & Amir H. Moarefi

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 1, 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 29, 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 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.

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 29, 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 "Epigenetics" 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: Epigenetic Mechanisms
Discussion Leader: Meaghan Jones (University of British Columbia, Canada)
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 Leader: Carolina Galan (University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Careers for Young Scientists"
  • Jacqueline Chretien (Research Square, USA)
  • Mary Gehring (Whitehead Institute, USA)
  • Keith Micoli (NYU Langone Medical Center, USA)
  • Robert Rollins (Columbia University, USA)
  • Matthew Murphy (ClearView Healthcare Partners, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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