Subgroup N

Subgroup N: Emerging Model Systems

Saturday, December 8, 1:30 pm-5:30 pm
Room: 29C

Organizers: Mansi Srivastava, Harvard University; and Bob Goldstein, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Many fascinating questions in cell biology have been set aside for generations because they involve phenomena that aren’t found in well-established 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. This session will feature all new speakers and emerging model systems than in the two earlier incarnations of this subgroup session. 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 pm        Introduction. Bob Goldstein, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Mansi Srivastava, Harvard University

1:35 pm        The cellular basis for structural color in butterflies. Nipam Patel, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole

1:52 pm        Developing model systems to study organelle biology in bacteria. Arash Komeili, University of California at Berkeley

2:09 pm        The Hawaiian bobtail squid: a model organism for studying host-microbe interactions. Spencer Nyholm, University of Connecticut

2:26 pm        Rising tide: exploring biology within the sea with brown algae. Siobhan Braybrook, University of California, Los Angeles

2:43 pm        Plasticity of meiotic mechanisms: insights from the nematode Pristionchus pacificus. Abby Dernburg, University of California, Berkeley

3:00 pm        Studying aging and diapause in vertebrates using the short-lived African killifish. Anne Brunet, Stanford University

3:17 pm        Break

3:35 pm        Spiny mice as an emerging model to investigate the cellular regulation of mammalian regeneration. Ashley Seifert, University of Kentucky

3:52 pm        Embryonic origins and cell cycling behavior of annelid stem cells. B. Duygu Özpolat, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole

4:09 pm        The sex lives of parasitic schistosomes: it’s complicated. James Collins, University of Texas Southwestern

4:26 pm        Stem cell differentiation in Hydra at single cell resolution. Celina Juliano, University of California, Davis

4:43 pm        Life in flatland: Linking tissue architecture, mechanics and morphogenesis in a simple metazoan model, Trichoplax adhaerens. Manu Prakash, Stanford University


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5:00 pm          Question and answer session