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Mitochondria and Chloroplasts (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Endosymbiotic Organelles: Biogenesis, Homeostasis and Integration


June 18-19, 2016


Mount Snow
West Dover, VT


Elden E. Rowland & Katja Hansen

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Mitochondria and Chloroplasts 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.

Organelle research spans all corners of Eukaryotic life and many processes are shared between mitochondria and plastids, in part because of their evolutionary origins. This GRS will include seminars on organelle biogenesis, homeostasis, dynamics and signaling. These discussions will help us understand how these organelles are integrated in the complex system of Eukaryotic cells.

Related Meeting

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


Final 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 pmOrganelle Biogenesis and Homeostasis
Discussion Leader: Lidia Wrobel (International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmPiotr Chroscicki (International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland)
"Localized Synthesis of Proteins at the Surface of Mitochondria"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pmDiscussion
4:05 pm - 4:20 pmAnthony Rampello (Stony Brook University, USA)
"Degradation of a Mitochondrial Small Tim Translocase by the i-AAA Protease Is Mediated Through an N-Terminal Recognition Signal"
4:20 pm - 4:25 pmDiscussion
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmGeneral Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmOrganelle Biogenesis and Homeostasis (continued) / Signaling to and from Organelles
Discussion Leaders: Moritz Niemann (University of Bern, Switzerland) and Juan Camilo Moreno Beltran (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmLauri Nikkanen (University of Turku, Finland)
"Regulation of Chloroplast Biogenesis, Photosynthesis and Metabolism by the Plastidial Thioredoxin Network"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmSriram Garg (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany)
"Role of Charge in Organelle Protein Targeting Evolution"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmMichal Eisenberg-Bord (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
"Lam6 Regulates the Extent of Contacts Between Organelles"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmGuo-Zhang Wu (Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany)
"GUN1, the Central Hub of Retrograde Signaling, Enables Protein Import to Maintain Protein Homeostasis of Chloroplast Under Stress"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmLidia Wrobel (International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland)
"Traffic Jam at the Mitochondrial Gate"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmMary Couvillion (Harvard Medical School, USA)
"Synchronized Translation Across Cellular Compartments During Yeast Mitochondrial Biogenesis"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amOrganelle Damage, Repair and Degradation / Organellar Transcription, Translation and Evolution
Discussion Leaders: Elden Rowland (Cornell University, USA) and Inge Kuehl (Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:15 amJun Liu (Michigan State University, USA)
"A Chloroplast Thylakoid Lumen Protein Maintains Photosystem II Function Under Changing Light Conditions"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amNazmul Bhuiyan (Cornell University, USA)
"Plastoglobule Localized Metalloprotease PGM48 Is a Positive Regulator of Senescence in Arabidopsis Leaves"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amBernard Gutmann (ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, University of Western Australia, Australia)
"A Fresh Eye on the Evolution of PPR Proteins in Plants"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amMaria Miranda (Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany)
"Impact on Mitochondrial Function by Increased Levels of Mitochondrial RNA Polymerase"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amXiaowen Shi (Cornell University, USA)
"Members of the ORRM Family Affect Organellar RNA Editing and Impact Plant Development"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amMoritz Niemann (University of Bern, Switzerland)
"tRNA Import Across the Mitochondrial Outer Membrane of African Trypanosomes Requires the ATOM Complex"
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: Career Discussion
Discussion Leader: Katja Hansen (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Career Planning in Academics and Work Life Balance"
  • Agnieszka Chacinska (International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland)
  • Johannes Herrmann (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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