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Subgroup Q

Subgroup Q: Emerging Model Systems

1:30 – 5:30 pm, Room 113A
Organizers: Bob Goldstein, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Mansi Srivastava, Harvard University

Many fascinating questions in cell biology have been set aside for generations because they involve phenomena that aren’t found in the popular model systems. But this situation is improving, as techniques developed in popular model systems are increasingly applied to other organisms—leading to a recent flowering of emerging and re-emerging models suited to answering diverse questions. Moreover, the study of diverse non-model organisms has led to the discovery of new phenomena that may have widespread importance. In this session, speakers will present cutting-edge results from diverse emerging model systems. The session will end with a Q&A panel in which all speakers will answer questions about topics relevant to studying emerging model systems, for example, challenges in getting started with a new model, approaches for sharing organisms and methods, strengths and limitations of emerging models, funding, and career development prospects.


1:30-1:35 pm- Introduction. Bob Goldstein, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Mansi Srivastava, Harvard University
1:35-1:49 pm- Cellular biology of axolotl regeneration. Elly Tanaka, IMP, Vienna
1:49-2:03 pm- Regeneration in annelids. Alexa Bely, University of Maryland
2:03-2:17 pm- Germ cell biology in colonial ascidians. Tony De Tomaso, University of California, Santa Barbara
2:17-2:31 pm- DNA repair and cancer biology in naked mole rats. Vera Gorbunova, University of Rochester
2:31-2:45 pm- Chromosome biology in the gnat Sciara. Susan Gerbi, Brown University
2:45-3:00 pm- Mechanisms of coral symbiosis in Aiptasia. Annika Guse, Heidelberg University; EMBO Young Investigator Lecture
3:00-3:15 pm- Break
3:15-3:29 pm- Centriole assembly and function in Tetrahymena. Chad Pearson, University of Colorado School of Medicine
3:29-3:43 pm- Cellular structures mediating a parasitic lifestyle in Giardia. Scott Dawson, University of California, Davis
3:43-3:57 pm- Cell shape regulation in Helicobacter. Nina Salama, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
3:57-4:11 pm- Archeal cell organization and shape. Ethan Garner, Harvard University
4:11-4:25 pm- Cell biology of unicellular relatives of animals. Elena Casacuberta, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Barcelona
4:25-4:39 pm- Evolutionary origins of epithelial organization. Scott Nichols, University of Denver
4:39-4:55 pm- Evolution of cell motility mechanisms. Lillian Fritz-Laylin, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
4:55-5:30 pm- Question and answer panel with all speakers

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