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

2023 Symposia

The Symposia have been designed around conceptual themes that cross scales, disciplines and organisms. The goal is for each session to attract a more varied mixture of attendees and to foster cross-fertilization of ideas. In this way, we hope that the symposia serve as a new lens for thinking about the problems faced by cells at multiple scales. 


Sunday, December 3, 2023, 8:45 am to 10:15 am

This session addresses languages of communication including chemical signaling, cellular signal transduction, and communication through sound.

Anna Greka, Harvard Medical School

Anna Greka

Harvard Medical School

Erich Jarvis

Erich D. Jarvis

Rockefeller University/HHMI

Satoshi Toda, Kanazawa University

Satoshi Toda

Kanazawa University


Sunday, December 3, 2023, 8:45 am to 10:15 am

This session investigates how cell migration leads to tissue development, how cancer cells migrate to escape a tumor, and then compares these processes to the collective migration of groups of organisms.

D. André Green II, University of Michigan

D. André Green II

University of Michigan

Danijela Matic Vegnevic, Institut Curie

Danijela Matic Vegnevic

Institut Curie

NCI Milestones Shoot-Dr. Kandice Tanner

Kandice Tanner

Center for Cancer Research, NIH


Monday, December 4, 2023, 8:45 am to 10:15 am

Networks govern information flow, and in this session, it is compared at the scale of signaling networks, organelles, and organisms in the environment.

José R. Dinneny, Standford University

Jose R. Dinneny

Stanford University

Samantha Lewis, University of California, Berkeley

Samantha Lewis

University of California, Berkeley

Lukas Pelkmans, University of Zürich

Lukas Pelkmans

University of Zürich


Monday, December 4, 2023, 8:45 am to 10:15 am

This session examines how time is measured and used at the level of a single cell, in communities of microbes, and through the development of organisms.

John F. Brooks, Princeton University

John F. Brooks

Princeton University

Miki Ebisuya, Physics of Life, TU

Miki Ebisuya

Physics of Life, TU Dresden

Jennifer M. Hurley, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Jennifer Hurley

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 9:15 am to 10:15 am

Excitability generates emergent properties in systems and in this session it is featured in actin networks in vitro and in embryos and extracellular electricity generated in bacteria.

Moh El-Naggar, University of Southern California

Moh El Nagger

University of Southern California

Margaret Gardel, University of Chicago

Margaret Gardel

University of Chicago

Rejuvenation and Regeneration*

Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 9:15 am to 10:15 am

This session considers the power of repair and regeneration in the nervous system and the germline.

Frank Bradke, The German Center ...

Frank Bradke

The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)

Melina Schuh, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences

Melina Schuh

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences

Perception and Sensation

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

This session compares how single cells sense their shape to how organisms perceive and integrate their experiences.

Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

Ishmail Abdus-Saboor

Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University

Alba Diz-Muñoz, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg

Alba Diz-Muñoz

European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg

** 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.