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2018 Cell Dynamics Symposium


The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University hosted its second Cell Dynamics Symposium on May 24th and 25th, 2018 on the Vanderbilt  Campus. The session was held in 103  Wilson Hall with the lunch / roundtable sessions and the poster session in Kissam Center.

Invited Speakers

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(L-R) Eric Wieschaus, Kevin Eggan, Wendell Lim, Jodi Nunnari, Jody Rosenblatt

Eric Wieschaus, Ph.D. Princeton University (Keynote)
Kevin Eggan, Ph.D. Harvard University, sponsored by Vanderbilt Center for Stem Cell Biology
Wendell Lim, Ph.D., University of California-San Francisco, co-sponsored by the Quantitative Systems Biology Center
Jodi Nunnari, Ph.D., University of California-Davis
Jody Rosenblatt, Ph.D. University of Utah

Vanderbilt has a vibrant scientific community with a large number of investigators working on various aspects of cell dynamics, and we expect the symposium will attract interest from across the entire campus. Invitations will extend to attendees from other institutions in the region.

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Day 1 – L to R: Kevin Eggan, Erica Tross, Megan Rasmussen, Eric Weischaus, Natalia Ortolano and Cherie Schurrah

Poster Session Instructions

  • Poster size: maximum 48” X 48”
  • Set up time is during lunch on Friday 12-1 pm
  • Take down time is after the poster session on Friday 2:30 pm
  • Space to store posters in Wilson Hall Lobby will be afforded during the talk sessions

Agenda: 2018 Symposium on Cell Dynamics

Thursday, May 24th   103 Wilson Hall and Wilson Hall Lobby

3:30 – 3:55 pm       Badge Pick-Up – Wilson Hall Lobby

4:00 pm                  Welcome: Ian Macara – 103 Wilson Hall

4:15 pm                 “Mechanical Tension, Morphogenetic Movements and Epithelial
Mesenchymal Transitions in Drosophila”  Eric Wieschaus, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Princeton University
(introduced by Chris Wright)

5:00 pm                  Reception in Wilson Hall Lobby

6:30 pm                  Post Doc and Graduate Student Award Winners Dinner with Speakers

Friday, May 25th   103 Wilson Hall / Kissam Center

8:30 am                  Coffee and conversations in Wilson Hall Lobby

9:00 am                  Logistics / Announcements

9:05 am                “Biological Design Principles: Learning by Hacking Cell Behavior,”
Wendell Lim, Ph.D.
, University of California, San Francisco, sponsored
by Quantitative Systems Biology Center (introduced by Vito Quaranta)

9:50 am                 Dynamics of the Exocyst Complex During Vesicle Tethering and
Fusion in Mammalian Epithelial Cells,
Mukhtar Ahmed, Ph.D.
Post Doc Recipient Excellence in Cell Dynamics  (introduced by Ian

10:25 am                Coffee, snacks and stretch

10:40 am              “Epithelial cell extrusion and its misregulation in disease” Jody
Rosenblatt, Ph.D.
University of Utah (introduced by Irina Kaverina)

11:25 am              Don’t let it slip away: anchoring the cytokinetic ring Chloe Snider,
PhD Candidate
Recipient Excellence in Cell Dynamics (introduced by
Kathy Gould)

12:00 pm               Lunch and Roundtables – Kissam Center poster set up

1:00 pm                 Poster Session – Kissam Center

2:30 pm                 Reconvene over coffee in Wilson Hall Lobby

3:00 pm                From variant to function in nervous system disorders: New
approaches for deploying human stem cell models. Kevin Eggan,
Ph.D., Harvard, sponsored by Vanderbilt Center for Stem Cell Biology
(introduced by Mark Magnuson)

3:50 pm                Mitochondrial Behavior Jodi Nunnari, Ph.D., USCD (introduced by
Vivian Gama)

4:30 pm                Presentation of Poster Awards

Location Map

Use the Vanderbilt Interactive Map using this link.

Map below depicts these locations: CDB at blue star; Wilson Hall at purple Star and Kissam Center at pink star

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The 2018 Cell Dynamics Symposium is funded in part by an RSG grant awarded from the Office of the Provost and by a grant from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Events Sponsorship Program.