Newswise — Welcome to the online press kit for the 2019 ASCB|EMBO Meeting. You can view the entire meeting program here but there are some events we’d like to draw your attention to organized by day. Please confirm the exact location of each event in the program.

We have also compiled a list of abstracts that may be of particular interest. Click here to download the pdf.

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If you have any questions, concerns or simply want to introduce yourself (we love that!), please reach out to us!

Kevin Wilson, Director of Public Policy and Media Relations; cell (703) 850-8614; email [email protected]


2019 Doorstep Meeting on Cancer: From Genome Instability to Therapy
8 am-4:15 pm
The Doorstep Meeting features leaders in genome instability and therapies who have studied mechanisms by which cancer cells respond.  The meeting is being organized by Karlene Cimprich, Stanford University, and David Pellman, Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Bottom-Up Cell Biology
12:30-3:30 pm
Room 145A
Organizers: Daniel Fletcher, University of California, Berkeley; Matthew Good, University of Pennsylvania; and Laurent Blanchoin, Grenoble at the CEA, France
In vitro reconstitution of biological processes from their component molecular parts is a mainstay of biochemistry and has emerged over the last decade as a powerful tool in cell biology. Recent studies have shown that cell-like structures with micron-scale organization can be reconstituted from nanometer-scale parts by combining purified proteins and cytoplasmic extracts with cell-like boundary conditions. By identifying the necessary and sufficient conditions for assembly, these ‘bottom-up’ studies provide new mechanistic insight that complements more traditional ‘top-down’ cell biology. Rapid progress in micropatterning, microfluidics, and microfabrication, coupled with continued advancements in biochemistry and molecular biology, raise the possibility of creating more complete cell or tissue reconstitutions that may one day rival the complexity of living systems.

Keynote Lecture and Meeting Kickoff
4:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: Bruce Stillman, Cold Spring Harbor Labs
Stillman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. His research focuses on how chromosomes are duplicated in cells, a process that ensures the accurate inheritance of genetic material from one generation to the next. Stillman’s keynote is entitled: Copying the Genome in Eukaryotic Cells: Insights into the Evolution of Origin Specification and its Relationship to Gene Silencing Mechanisms.


Attack of the Killer Bugs: The cell biology of infectious disease.
Symposia 2
9:45-10:45 am
Sebastian Lourido, Whitehead Institute and MIT
Emily R. Troemel, University of California, San Diego

Foundational Cell Biology Workshop: Addressing Socially Challenging Topics in the Biology Classroom
10:00 am–12:00 pm Room 140AB
Organized by the ASCB Education Committee
Malcolm Campbell, Herman Brown Professor of Biology, Director of the James G. Martin Genomics Program, Davidson College
Aditi Pai, Associate Professor of Biology, Co-director Teaching Resource and Research Center, Spelman College
As educators, we have the opportunity to help students understand the biological basis of challenging and sometimes socially controversial topics. This workshop will focus on pedagogical approaches and curricular materials for addressing controversial topics in undergraduate biology courses. The organizers will lead participants through hands-on activities focused on integrating the topics of evolution and religion, race, sexual identity, and personalized genomics in biology courses.

Meet the Incoming Editor of Molecular Biology of the Cell
1:30–2:15 pm
ASCB Booth 612, Exhibit Hall
Matt Welch, University of California, Berkeley, Editor-in-Chief Designate

MBoC partners with Science Sketches: Make your research accessible and entertaining! See a live demo on Sunday or Monday from 11 am-1 pm in booth 241. Or just visit the Science Sketches Editors on Sunday from 1- 3 pm.

Membrane Band Concert
8 – 11 pm
Hill Country Barbeque Market, 410, 7th St. NW
Jam out to well-known rock songs revised with a scientific lyrical twist performed by Membrane Band, a musical group comprising cell scientists and ASCB members.  Free and open to everyone.


A Transition to Open Access or Open Science
11:00 am–12:00 pm Room 204C
Bernd Pulverer, Head of Scientific Publications, EMBO
Ron Vale, University of California, San Francisco and HHMI Janelia Research Campus,
Lynn Kamerlin, Uppsala University
Jean-Claude Burgelman, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
Recent Open Access initiatives by funders and research institutions have led to a welcome re-evaluation of publication models. T

Meet the Editor of CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE)
1:30–2:15 pm ASCB Booth 612, Exhibit Hall
Erin Dolan, University of Georgia Editor-in-Chief
Stop by for an informal discussion about the journal with Editor-in-Chief Erin Dolan.

Diversity in the Biomedical Sciences: What, Why, Where, and How We Move Forward
3:00-3:50 pm
Kenneth D. Gibbs, Jr, Director, Postdoctoral Research Associate Training Program;
Program Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity, Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH
“Diversity” and related topics such as “inclusion,” “equity,” and “broadening participation” are often discussed throughout the research enterprise – from campuses to funding agencies. However, the representation and experiences of students and scientists from many backgrounds (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, women, people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, first-generation students, those from low-income backgrounds, and those representing intersections of these identities) continue to lag behind those of colleagues from well-represented groups. In this talk, Dr. Gibbs will provide a primer on what terms like “diversity” mean, why it’s important to the research enterprise, where we are currently, and how we move forward on cultivating and retaining talent from all backgrounds.


Google Maps of the Cell: Controlling intracellular traffic flow and direction
9:45-10:45 am  Symposium 7
Daniel Colón-Ramos, Yale University
Elina Ikonen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Elevator Speech Contest Awards
1:00–1:50 pm ASCB Booth 612, Exhibit Hall
Organized by the ASCB Public Information (PIC) and Public Policy (PPC) Committees
Can you sell your science in two minutes? In today’s world, it is critical for scientists to develop strong outreach and communication skills.

GFP25: Lighting up Cell Biology
7:15-815 pm
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Chalfie’s seminal paper on the use of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) as a tagging tool for bioscience. GFP has become known by its many derivatives and uses to which it has been applied. The ASCB is hosting a session at the annual meeting with Nobel Laureate Marty Chalfie and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz presenting their historical perspectives and research using GFP.


D’Arcy Thompson at 100: Controlling cell shape and function
11:20 am-12:20 pm      Symposium 8
Ethan Garner, Harvard University
Jennifer Zallen, Sloan Kettering Institute/HHMI
Even though it was published more than a  century ago, D’Arcy Thompson’s seminal work, On Growth and Form, continues to fascinate anyone studying living organisms today, especially cell biologists. Thompson’s application of mathematical concepts and formulas to how living things grow and the shapes that they assume has inspired not only biologists, but physicists, mathematicians, and artists to take a  more systematic approach to figure out how the structure of living things comes about. The Symposium will explore the latest findings in our understanding of cell growth and developmental biology.

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