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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


Sam Crossman & Blair W. Benham-Pyle

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for fellow graduate students and post-docs, providing a friendly and collegial environment for the discussion of unpublished work.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.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Developmental Biology" 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: 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 (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, University of California, San Francisco, 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 pmAnnabelle Suisse (Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center, USA)
"Armadillo Disarmed: The Calcium Pump dSERCA Promotes Canonical Wingless Signalling"
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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