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Developmental Biology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Cellular Basis of Development, Tissue Homeostasis and Repair


June 24-25, 2017


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


Sam Crossman & Blair W. Benham-Pyle

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 27, 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 March 24, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


For the last four decades the Gordon Research Conference on Developmental Biology has brought together outstanding scientists from around the world to discuss recent advances in the field. In 2017, a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will be held alongside the main conference for the first time. The GRS is a 2-day meeting organized by junior researchers for fellow graduate students and post-docs, providing a friendly and collegial environment for the discussion of unpublished work.

Much like the main meeting, the scientific focus of the GRS is broad but particular emphasis will be placed on the cell biology of development and tissue maintenance. This will cover classical areas of interest such as pattern formation, signalling and growth control, with a focus placed on the application of novel techniques and methodologies.

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 March 24, 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 "Developmental 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: Genetic Regulation of Growth and Regeneration
Discussion Leader: Blair Benham-Pyle (Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmIswar Hariharan (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Genetic Regulation of Growth and Regeneration"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmStem Cells and Their Niche
Discussion Leader: Jean-Paul Vincent (The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmSarah Harrison (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Assembly of Embryonic and Extra-Embryonic Stem Cells to Mimic Embryogenesis In Vitro"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmAshley Libby (Gladstone Institutes, UCSF, USA)
"Mosaic Spatiotemporal Patterning of Pluripotent Stem Cells Using an Inducible CRISPR Interference Platform"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmTom Watson (The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom)
"Understanding the Regulatory Logic Controlling the Neural-to-Glial Fate Switch in the Developing Spinal Cord"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmIrina Matos (The Rockefeller University, USA)
"Negative Feedback Loops Surveil Epithelial Homeostasis During Embryonic Skin Development to Preserve the Stem Cell Niche Identity and Tissue Architecture"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMorphogenesis, Gene Regulation and Pattern Formation
Discussion Leader: Dominique Bergmann (Stanford University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amDong-Yuan Chen (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"A Novel Cell Migration Tracking Tool Supports Coupling of Tissue Rotation to Elongation"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amAude Maugarny-Cales (Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, INRA, France)
"The CUP-SHAPED COTYLEDON 2 Transcription Factor Acts as a Quantitative Trigger During Arabidopsis thaliana Leaf Morphogenesis"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amSebastian Streichan (Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Global Morphogenetic Flow Is Accurately Predicted by the Spatial Distribution of Myosin Motors"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amZijun Sun (Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
"Basolateral Protrusion and Apical Contraction Cooperatively Drive Drosophila Germband Extension"
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 pmIntercellular Signaling in Development
Discussion Leader: Sam Crossman (The Francis Crick Insitute, United Kingdom)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmStephanie Ellis (The Rockefeller University, USA)
"Building a Barrier: Survival of the Fittest in the Developing Skin"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:10 pmMatthew Ford (McGill University, Canada)
"A Cre-Inducible Tricistronic Reporter Mouse Allowing the Dual Visualisation of Cilia and Cell Cycle Progression"
2:10 pm - 2:15 pmDiscussion
2:15 pm - 2:25 pmNobuko Inoue (University of Fukui School of Medical Sciences, Japan)
"Sema7A Signaling Mediates Olfactory Imprinting During the Critical Period in Mice"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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