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Thursday April 27th

Education Session: 6:30-8:30

6:30-6:45 Welcome and Introductory Remarks by
Cathy Savage-Dunn and David Matus
6:45-8:15 Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
8:15-8:30 Fast Track Talks
Jasmin Camacho, Harvard University
Sophie Chase, Smith College
Matthew Koslow, University of Albany
Megan Norris, Harvard University
Jocelyn Steinfeld, University of Massachusetts Boston

Poster Session and Mixer: 8:30-10:30 (odd number posters present)

Friday April 28th

Breakfast: 7:00-8:30

Session I: Morphogenesis and Motility 9:00-12:00

Mansi Srivastava
9:00-9:20 Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Member, FGFR signaling and the emergence of pluripotency in the mouse embryo.
9:20-9:35 Natalia Shylo,
Yale University, Graduate Student, Tmem107 mouse models provide key insights into the phenotypic variability of cilia-mediated developmental patterning.
9:35-9:50 Elizabeth Bearce,
Boston College, Graduate Student, TACC3, a microtubule plus-end tracking protein, regulates neural crest cell motility in vitro and in vivo.
9:50-10:05 Mayu Inaba,
University of Connecticut Health, Assistant Professor, Cellular protrusion mediated niche-stem cell communication.
10:05-10:30 Coffee Break
Lionel Christiaen
10:30-10:50 Kathryn Kavanagh,
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Assistant Professor, Shared developmental rules predict patterns of size evolution in vertebrate segmented structures.
10:50-11:05 Tyler Huycke,
Harvard Medical School, Graduate Student, Genetic and mechanically mediated patterning of gut smooth muscle.
11:05-11:20 Diana Rubel,
Stony Brook University, Undergraduate Student, Deletion of B3glct disrupts craniofacial, skeletal, and cardiac development in mice.
11:20-11:35 Amanda Baumholtz,
McGill University, Graduate Student, Claudins regulate cell shape and localization of signaling proteins at the apical cell surface during neural tube closure.
11:35-11:50 Jenny Lanni,
Wheaton College, Assistant Professor, Essential function of ion pump Slc12a7a/KCC4a in regulating zebrafish fin proportion and pigment stripe formation.

Lunch: 12:00-1:30

Session II: Genomics and Gene Regulation 1:45-5:15

Carrie Adler
1:45-2:05 Marcos Simoes-Costa,
Cornell University, Assistant Professor, Gene regulatory control of neural crest axial identity and cell fate.
2:05-2:25 Cesar Arenas-Mena,
CUNY College of Staten Island, Associate Professor, The origins of developmental gene regulation.
2:25-2:40 Sushma Teegala,
Queens College, CUNY, Graduate Student, Tbx2 is required for the suppression of mesendoderm during early Xenopus development.
2:40-3:00 Kenneth Birnbaum,
New York University, Associate Professor, The link between injury and development in plant regeneration.
3:00-3:30 Coffee Break (sponsored by Nightsea)
Mara Schvarsztein
3:30-3:50 Lionel Christiaen,
New York University, Associate Professor, Regulation of cardiopharyngeal fate specification in a simple chordate.
3:50-4:05 Jeffrey Farrell,
Harvard University, Postdoctoral Fellow, A pre-gastrulation damage response uncovered by single-cell RNAseq.
4:05-4:20 Fast Track Talks
Casey Kimball, Keene State College
Abraham Q. Kohrman, Stony Brook University
Uday Madaan, Queens College, CUNY
Daniel McIntyre, NYU Medical Center
Ashley Waldron, University of Vermont
Rachael Norris, UConn Health
4:20-4:50 Coffee Break

Keynote Address: 4:55-6:00

Monica Driscoll,
Rutgers University, Professor, Neurons Can Take Out the Trash: A Novel Facet of Proteostasis and Mitochondrial Quality Control.

Dinner: 6:15-7:30

Poster Session and Mixer: 8:00-10:00

Saturday April 29th

Breakfast: 7:00-8:30

Session III: Germline, Stem Cells and Regeneration 9:00-12:00

Benjamin Martin
9:00-9:20 Mansi Srivastava,
Harvard University, Assistant Professor, The evolution of mechanisms for animal regeneration.
9:20-9:35 Austen Barnett,
Harvard University, Postdoctoral Fellow, The role of Hox genes in germ cell development in a basally-branching insect.
9:35-9:50 Amelie Raz,
MIT, Graduate Student, Acoel regeneration mechanisms indicate ancient and widespread role for muscle in regenerative patterning.
9:50-10:10 Mara Schvarsztein,
CUNY Brooklyn College, Assistant Professor, Chromosome inheritance in gamete and development.
10:10-10:35 Coffee Break
Chitra Dahia
10:30-10:50 Prashanth Rangan,
SUNY Albany, Assistant Professor, RNA secondary structure regulates translation control of a germ line RNA in Drosophila.
10:50-11:05 Nicholas Palmisano,
Queens College, CUNY, Graduate Student, The recycling GTPase, RAB-10, regulates autophagy flux in Caenorhabditis elegans.
11:05-11:20 Nicholas Leigh,
Harvard Medical School, Postdoctoral Fellow, von Willebrand Factor D and EGF-Domains is essential for axolotl limb regeneration.
11:20-11:40 Carolyn Adler,
Cornell University, Assistant Professor, A divergent neurexin-1 homolog controls muscle regeneration in planarians.

Lunch: 12:00-1:30

Session IV: Signaling and Organogenesis 1:45-4:45

Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis
1:45-2:05 Kristi Wharton, Brown University,
Professor, The varied BMP signaling output critical for development requires regulated proprotein processing
2:05-2:20 Matthew Harris,
Harvard Medical School, Graduate Student, When fish fly: using mutational phenocopy and phylogenetics to understand allometry in evolution.
2:20-2:35 Jennifer Fish,
University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Assistant Professor, Tissue interactions and differing threshold requirements for Fgf8 contribute to variation in disease penetrance.
2:35-3:00 Coffee Break
Kenneth Birnbaum
3:00-3:20 Benjamin Martin,
Stony Brook University, Assistant Professor, Combinatorial signaling interactions pattern the dorsal-ventral mesodermal axis by controlling bHLH transcription factor activity.
3:20-3:35 Margherita Perillo,
Boston College, Postdoctoral Fellow, Positioning of nuclei at the neuromuscular and myotendinous junctions in the developing muscle.
3:35-3:50 Tessa Montague,
Harvard University, Graduate Student, Vg1-Nodal heterodimers are the endogenous inducers of mesendoderm.
3:50-4:10 Vivian Irish,
Yale University, Professor, Petal Development: a twist in fate.
4:10-4:45 Coffee Break

Keynote Address: 4:45-5:50

Leonard Zon,
Harvard Medical School, Professor, Pathways Regulating Stem Cell Induction, Self-Renewal and Engraftment.

Business Meeting: 5:50-6:10

Dinner: 6:30-8:30

Student and Post Doc Presentation Awards: 8:00-8:30

Sunday April 30th

Breakfast: 8:00-9:00