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Motile & Contractile Systems (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Control of Cytoskeletal Dynamics


July 29-30, 2017


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH Site Information


Heidi L.H. Malaby & Jessica L. Henty-Ridilla

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 premiere of the Gordon Research Seminar on Motile and Contractile Systems will provide the opportunity for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and discuss their cutting edge work studying cytoskeletal systems with each other and several highly esteemed mentors in the field. This GRS will also place emphasis on career planning and options with the inclusion of a career panel composed of successful scientists with diverse applications of their degrees.

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 "Motile & Contractile Systems" 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 pmCytoskeletal Structure and Function
Discussion Leader: Sandra Lemke (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmAmy Byrnes (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
"Polarized TOG-Tubulin Binding Specificity Regulates Microtubule Polymerization and Mitotic Spindle Formation"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pmDiscussion
4:05 pm - 4:20 pmGuillaume Duclos (Brandeis Univiersity, USA)
"Instability in an Active Nematic Composed of Microtubules and Kinesin-1 Motors"
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 pmDynamic Cytoskeletal Regulation and Associated Proteins
Discussion Leader: Guillaume Duclos (Brandeis Univiersity, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmMaya Malik Garbi (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"Quantitative Analysis of Actin Network Contraction and Turnover in Cell-Sized Droplets"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmRachel Kadzik (Princeton University, USA)
"XMAP215 Is a Microtubule Nucleation Factor that Functions Synergistically with the γ-Tubulin Ring Complex"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmTorey Arnold (University of Michigan, USA)
"Anillin Regulates Epithelial Cell Mechanics by Structuring the Medial-Apical Actin Network"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmLindsay Case (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA)
"Phase Separation Enhances Arp2/3 Complex-Dependent Actin Polymerization by Increasing the Membrane Dwell Time of N-WASP"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmNida Siddiqui (Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology, University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
"Kinesin Control of Cell Adhesion Structures"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmKriti Sethi (Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
"RHO-1 GEFs RHGF-1 and UNC-73 Promote Actomyosin Contractility in C. elegans Spermatheca"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amCells, Tissues, and Organisms
Discussion Leader: Alison Wirshing (Northeastern University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amBrian Graziano (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Proper Actin Network Architecture Is Essential for Restricting Polarization to a Single Leading Edge in Neutrophils"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amSandra Lemke (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany)
"Measuring Molecular Tension During Myofibril Assembly"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amHannah Yevick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Diverse Supracellular Actomyosin Connectivity Yields Robust Tissue Folding"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amAaron Van Loon (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Contractile Forces Shape the Labyrinthine Surface of Mucosal Epithelial Cells"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amJennifer Landino (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"Actin-Based Recruitment of the Chromosomal Passenger Complex to the Division Site During Cytokinesis"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amAlexander Mietke (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany)
"Emergent Cell and Tissue Shape: Active Matter in Complex and Deforming Geometries"
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: Navigating Scientific Careers Outside of Academia
Discussion Leader: Hannah Yevick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Non-Traditional Career Paths for Graduate Students and Postdocs with a Background in Cytoskeletal Research"
  • Michelle Avery (Summit Therapeutics, USA)
  • Nicole Neuman (Trends in Biochemical Sciences, Cell Press, USA)
  • Denise Zannino (AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, National Science Foundation, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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