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Minisymposia and Microsymposia

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All minisymposia sessions run concurrently on Sunday, Monday afternoon from 4:15 pm to 6:50 pm, on Tuesday afternoon from 4:40 pm to 7:15 pm, and on Wednesday morning from 8:30 am to 11:05 am. Click on the titles below to view the full schedule for each minisymposia.

Sunday, December 3, 4:15 pm-6:50 pm

Minisymposium 1: Bacterial Infection and Symbiosis, Room 114
Co-Chairs: Marek Basler, Biozentrum, University of Basel; and Feng Shao, National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing

Minisymposium 2: Functions and Mechanisms of Cytoskeletal Motors, Room 113B
Co-Chairs: Arne Gennerich, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and Andrew Carter, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Minisymposium 3: Inside the Nucleus: Genome Organization and Gene Expression, Room 115B
Co-Chairs: Trevor K. Archer, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH; and Clifford Brangwynne, Princeton University

Minisymposium 4: Multicellular Interactions: Tissue Assembly and Morphogenesis, Room 120B
Co-Chairs: Matthew J. Tyska, Vanderbilt University; and Danelle Devenport, Princeton University

Minisymposium 5: Organelles in Metabolism and Stress Responses, Room 118B
Co-Chairs: Mike Henne, UT Southwestern Medical Center; and Shawn M. Ferguson, Yale University

Minisymposium 6: Regulation of Cell Size, Mitosis and Meiosis, Room 108A
Co-Chairs: Eduardo Torres, University Massachusetts Medical School; and Silke Hauf, Virginia Tech

Education Minisymposium: Evidence-Based Education, Room 124
Supported by CBE – Life Sciences Education
Co-Chairs: Amy Prunuske, Medical College of Wisconsin; and Tracie Gibson, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Monday, December 4, 4:15 pm-6:50 pm

Minisymposium 7: Actin Dynamics and Function, Room 113B
Co-Chairs: Stephanie Gupton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Kenneth Campellone, University of Connecticut

Minisymposium 8: Cancer Cell Signaling, Adaptive Responses, and Metastasis, Room 114
Supported by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Chair: Brendan D. Manning, Harvard University

Minisymposium 9: Ensuring Fidelity of Chromosome Segregation, Room 108A
Co-Chairs: Elçin Ünal, University of California, Berkeley; and Jorge Z. Torres, University of California, Los Angeles

Minisymposium 10: Lipids in Signaling and Membrane Organization, Room 115B
Co-Chairs: Christopher Burd, Yale University School of Medicine; and Maria Antonietta De Matteis, Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine, Italy

Minisymposium 11: Multicellular Interactions: Tissue Regeneration and Mechanisms of Disease, Room 120B
Chair: Philipp Niethammer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Minisymposium 12: Protein Folding, Misfolding and Neurodegeneration, Room 118B
Supported by BMC Biology
Co-Chairs: Ursula Jakob, University of Michigan and University of Michigan Medical School; and Simon Alberti, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany

Minisymposium 13: Subcellular Organization of Neural Cells, Room 119B
Co-Chairs: Stephen Liberles, Harvard Medical School; and Avital Rodal, Brandeis University

Tuesday, December 5, 4:40 pm-7:15 pm

Minisymposium 14: Autophagy, Room 118B
Co-Chairs: Li Yu, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; and Sascha Martens, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Austria

Minisymposium 15: Axonal and Synaptic Cell Biology, Room 114
Co-Chairs: Cagla Eroglu, Duke University Medical Center; and Marc Hammarlund, Yale University School of Medicine

Minisymposium 16: Mechanical Coupling from Nucleus to Extracellular Matrix, Room 113B
Co-Chairs: Gijsberta Koenderink, NWO Institute AMOLF; and Kandice Tanner, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Minisymposium 17: Mechanics of Cell Division and Cytokinesis, Room 108A
Co-Chairs: Julie Canman, Columbia University; and Clemens Cabernard, University of Washington

Minisymposium 18: Molecular Mechanisms of Cell-Cell Signaling, Room 115B
Co-Chairs: Adrian Salic, Harvard Medical School; and Natalia Jura, University of California, San Francisco

Minisymposium 19: Organelle Morphogenesis, Targeting, and Distribution, Room 120B
Co-Chairs: Jeremy Carlton, King’s College London, UK; and Benoit Kornmann, ETH Zürich – Institute of Biochemistry, Switzerland

Minisymposium 20: RNA Biology, Room 119B
Co-Chairs: Maria Barna, Stanford University; and Sandra Wolin, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Wednesday, December 7, 8:30 am-11:05 am

Minisymposium 21: Border Dynamics: Nuclear Envelope Organization and Remodeling, Room 114
Co-Chairs: Martin Beck, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany; and Ulrike Kutay, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Minisymposium 22: Cellular Metabolism, Room 120B
Co-Chairs: Nika Danial, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School; and Russell DeBose-Boyd, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Minisymposium 23: The Life of a Microtubule: Birth, Dynamics and Function, Room 113B
Co-Chairs: Sabine Petry, Princeton University; and Ram Dixit, Washington University in St Louis

Minisymposium 24: Membrane Shaping by Fusion and Fission, Room 118B
Co-Chairs: Junjie Hu, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; and Heidi M. McBride, McGill University

Minisymposium 25: Visualization of Compartmentalized Signaling in Cancer, Room 115B
Co-Chairs: Peter S. McPherson, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University; and Min Wu, National University of Singapore


18 Microsymposia will be generated from abstracts not selected for Minisymposia. Microsymposia topics are directly correlated to the number of abstracts received for each of the 11 topics. Not all topics will necessarily have a Microsymposia session assigned.

Two concurrent Microsymposia will be presented on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday afternoon in the Microsymposia Rooms 1 and 2 in the Learning Center (Exhibit Hall) from 11:00 am to 12:10 pm, 12:25 pm to 1:35 pm, and 1:50 pm to 3:00 pm.

Each Microsymposium features 7 talks selected from abstracts. Talks are a total of 10 minutes each (7 minute talk plus 3 minute Q&A).

Microsymposia moderators will be members of the ASCB COMPASS committee and will be assigned in August.

Minisymposia and Microsymposia Topics for Submission

There are a total of 11 scientific topics (listed below) for oral presentation in Minisymposia and Microsymposia at the 2017 ASCB | EMBO Meeting. There is also a topic for submission on Education. For more information on the Minisymposia, including co-chairs, and Microsymposia sessions, click on the tabs above.

Bacterial Infection and Symbiosis
Cell Biology of Neurons
Cell Biology of the Nucleus
Cell Division, Cell Cycle, and Cell Death
Cell Signaling and Cancer
Cellular Metabolism
Cytoskeletal Dynamics, Mechanics, and Cell Motility
Multicellular Interactions, Tissues and Organs
Organelles and Membrane Dynamics
Proteostasis, Autophagy and Neurodegeneration
RNA Biology
Evidence-Based Education