Keynote and Symposia

2024 Keynote

Saturday, December 14, 4:30 pm PST

Origin Stories of Cell Therapies




Lorenz Studer
Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

2022 Symposia

In addition to the invited speakers listed below, two trainees (postdoctoral researchers and/or graduate students) will be selected from the top-scoring submitted abstracts to present in each Symposia. Submit your abstract by the August 2 deadline for talk consideration in a Symposia.

Cellular and Organelle Movement during Health and Disease

Sunday, December 4, 2022, 9:15 am to 11:00 am

Tracks: Communal Cell; and Cells in Distress and Disease

Crystal Rogers

University of California, Davis
Tubb3 Mediates Cadherin Localization To Control Ectodermal Proliferation, Migration, And Differentiation

Verena Ruprecht

Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona
Mechano-control of Cell and Tissue Plasticity in the Early Embryo

Trainee Talks:

Christopher J. Obara

HHMI, Ashburn, VA
Motion of Single Molecular Tethers Reveals Dynamic Subdomains at ER-mitochondria Contact Sites.

Valentina Štimac

Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
Microtubule Pivoting Ensures Passage of Polar Chromosomes across the Centrosome Required for Timely Alignment


**Developmental Plasticity and Regeneration

Sunday, December 4, 2022, 9:15 am to 11:00 am

Track: Communal Cell

Alissa R. Armstrong

University of South Carolina
Ovarian Stem Cell Regulation By Adipocyte Nutrient Sensing

Irene Miguel-Aliaga

Imperial College, London
The Sex And Geometry Of Inter-organ Communication

Trainee Talks:

Lydia Grmai

University of Pittsburgh
Stress Response Signaling as a Metabolic Sensor for Reproduction

Ida Jentoft

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, Göttingen, Germany
New Insights into Cytoplasmic Lattices in Mammalian Oocytes


Environmental Change and Cell Biology

Monday, December 5, 2022, 9:15 am to 11:00 am

Track: Specialized Cell and Evolution

Rosie Alegado

University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa
Community-embedded Systems Microbiology in Indigenous Spaces

Beronda L. Montgomery

Grinnell College
Shaping Up And Responding: Color Vision And Light-dependent Developmental Plasticity In Cyanobacteria

Trainee Talks:

Kavita Rangan

University of California, San Diego
RNA Recoding in Cephalopods Tailors Microtubule Motor Protein Function

Juan Reyna Pacheco

San José State University
Increased Intracellular pH Promotes Cell Death in the Developing Drosophila Eye


Extracellular Vesicles and Their Roles in Development and Disease

Monday, December 5, 2022, 9:15 am to 11:00 am

Tracks: Cellular Dynamics; and Cells in Distress and Disease

Ayuko Hoshino

Tokyo Institute of Technology
Role Of Extracellular Vesicle Proteins In Disease Etiology And Detection

Neta Regev Rudzki

Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
The Networking Platform of the Malaria Parasite

Trainee Talks:

Maria Fernanda Forni

Yale University
Metabolic Crosstalk in the Wound Bed: A New Role for Adipocytes during Healing

Kehinde Babatunde

University of Calgary, Calgary
Malaria Derived Extracellular Vesicles Inhibit Primary Neutrophils Reactive Oxygen Species Production and Neutrophil Extracellular Trap Formation


How Structure Enables Function in Differentiated Cell Types

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 9:15 am to 11:00 am

Tracks: Specialized Cell and Evolution; and Communal Cell

Chantell Evans

Duke University
Neuronal Mitochondrial Regulation In Health And Disease

Raghu Padinjat

National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
Spatial Organization Of Lipid Metabolism Tunes Signal Transduction In Drosophila Photoreceptors

Trainee Talks:

Pavan Vedula

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
The Role of Evolutionary Amino Acid Conservation in Cytoplasmic Actin Function

Madeline Keenen

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Transcriptional Heterogeneity in the Giant, Multinucleated Placenta Syncytiotrophoblast Cell


Metabolism from Cells to Organisms

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 9:15 am to 11:00 am

Tracks: Signaling and Metabolism; and Cellular Dynamics

Monther Abu-Remaileh

Stanford University
The Biochemical Basis Of The Lysosomal Dysfunction In Early-onset Neurodegeneration

Sonya Neal

University of California, San Diego
A Erad Independent Role For Rhomboid Pseudoprotease Dfm1 In Mediating Sphingolipid Homeostasis

Trainee Talks:

Julia Spear

University of Notre Dame
Single-cell Intracellular pH Dynamics Regulate the Cell Cycle by Timing G1 Exit, S Phase Duration, and G2 Entry

Natalie Speer

UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
Identification of a Novel Regulator of Triglyceride Lipolysis that Localizes to a Specific Sub-population of Yeast Lipid Droplets


Cellular Changes to Host and Pathogen during Infection

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 11:00 am to 12:45 pm

Tracks: Cells in Distress and Disease

Pascale Guiton

Santa Clara University
When Toxoplasma Met Enterocyte...

Xiaofeng Wang

Virginia Tech
Protein and Membrane Interactions in Positive-Strand RNA Virus Genome Replication

Trainee Talks:

Kiranmai Joshi

National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad, India
The Intracellular Bacterial Ppathogen, BrucellaTargets Host Deubiquitin Protease through the Effector Protein, TcpB for Facilitating Infection of Macrophages

Cuong Tran

University of California, Berkeley
The Rickettsial Effector RickA Contributes to Cell-to-Cell Spread


New Organisms; New Directions

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 11:00 am to 12:45 pm

Tracks: Specialized Cell and Evolution; and Signaling and Metabolism

Carrie Adler

Cornell University
Rewiring Death: Understanding The Circuitry Regulating Dna Damage And Apoptosis In Planarian Stem Cells

Bob Goldstein

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tardigrades As A Model To Understand How Biological Materials Can Survive Extremes

Trainee Talks:

Ben Larson*

University of California, San Francisco
Integrating Cellular Structure, Dynamics, and Decision Making to Investigate Principles of Cellular Behavior in a Unicellular Walker

Alice Accorsi

Stowers Inst Medical Research, Kansas City
Pomacea canaliculata: New Research Organism to Study Complete Camera-type Eye Regeneration

* Ben Larson is the 2022 Postdoc Recipient of the Porter Prize for Excellence in Research

** Heinz Herrmann Symposium. Heinz Herrmann was Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut. A symposium in his honor was endowed at the ASCB in 1990. A founder of the ASCB, Professor Herrmann was well known for his pioneering approach to research in developmental biology, which has led to over 100 publications. He also wrote two books—Cell Biology and From Biology to Sociopolitics.