Member-Organized Special Interest Subgroups

Plan to arrive Friday night to attend both Saturday Special Interest Subgroup Sessions.

Subgroup ScheduleImportant DeadlinesSubgroup Organizer InformationApplication RequirementsFinancial and Organizational Guidelines

Special Interest Subgroup Schedule by Day

The following member-organized sessions were selected by the ASCB Program Committee. All meeting attendees are welcome to participate. Meeting registration is required. 

Saturday, December 8, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Subgroup A: 5th Biannual Frontiers in Cytokinesis, Room: 33B
Organizers: Julie C. Canman, Columbia University; Ulrike Eggert, King’s College London; Amy Shaub Maddox, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Douglas Robinson, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Dimitrios Vavylonis, Lehigh University; and Jian-Qiu Wu, Ohio State University

Subgroup B: Building the Cell 2018, Room: 30D
Organizer: Susanne Rafelski, Allen Institute for Cell Science, Seattle WA

Subgroup C: Cell Biology in Cancer Immunity, Room: 31B
Organizers: Xiaolei Su, Yale University; and Enfu Hui, University of California, San Diego

Subgroup D: Evolutionary Cell Biology, Room: 28 E
Organizers: Holly V. Goodson, University of Notre Dame; and Margaret A. Titus, University of Minnesota

Subgroup E: Intracellular Cargo Transport by Molecular Motors: What a Mesh!, Room: 29B
Organizers: Gulcin Pekkurnaz, University of California San Diego; Sandra Encalada, The Scripps Research Institute; and David M. Warshaw, University of Vermont

Subgroup F: Mechanisms of DNA Repair in Maintenance of Genome Integrity, Room: 29 C
Organizers: Ryan Jensen, Yale University School of Medicine; and Eli Rothenberg, New York University School of Medicine

Subgroup G: Spatial and Temporal Analytical Tools for Cell Atlases, Room:28B
Organizers: Richard Conroy, National Institutes of Health; Jonah Cool, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; and Sean Hanlon, National Institutes of Health

Subgroup H: Systems and Synthetic Biology of Decoding Complex Cellular Rhythms, Room: 33C
Organizer: Qiong Yang, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Subgroup I: The Many Functions of Cytoskeletal Proteins in the Cell Nucleus, Room: 31C
Organizers: Piergiorgio Percipalle, New York University Abu Dhabi; and Maria Vartiainen, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki

Subgroup J: Wnt Signaling in Development and Cancer, Room: 30AB
Organizers: Henry Ho, University of California, Davis; and Taran Gujral, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Saturday, December 8, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Subgroup K: Bottom-Up Cell Biology, Room: 30D
Organizers: Daniel A. Fletcher, University of California, Berkeley; and Matthew C. Good, University of Pennsylvania

Subgroup L: Cellular Organization of Metabolism: Biology, Structure, and Function of Enzyme Polymers. Room: 33C
Organizers: Justin Kollman, University of Washington; and Jeffrey Peterson, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Subgroup M: Cilia and Cell Signaling in Development and Tissue Regeneration, Room: 29B
Organizers: Peter Jackson, Stanford University; and Jeremy Reiter, University of California, San Francisco

Subgroup N: Emerging Model Systems, Room: 29C
Organizers: Mansi Srivastava, Harvard University; and Bob Goldstein, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Subgroup O: Machine Learning in Cell Biology, Room: 31C
Organizer: Kwonmoo Lee, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Subgroup P: Neuronal Cytoskeleton: A Complex Interplay of Cytoarchitecture and Dynamics, Room: 30B
Organizers: Kassandra Ori-McKenney, University of California, Davis; and Le Ma, Thomas Jefferson University

Subgroup Q: Next Generation Correlative Microscopy: Biological Applications and Emerging Techniques, Room: 31B
Organizers: Ori Avinoam, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel; and Yannick Schwab, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg Germany

Subgroup R: The Mechanics and Membrane Dynamics of the Nuclear Envelope, Room: 33B
Organizers: Christian Schlieker, Yale University; and Shirin Bahmanyar, Yale University

Subgroup S: Patterning the Cytoskeleton – PTMs, MAPs, ABPs, Room: 28E
Organizers: Antonina Roll-Mecak, National Institutes of Health; and Kristen Verhey, University of Michigan

Subgroup T: The Midbody: From Cytokinesis to Signaling Organelle, Room: 28B
Organizers: Ahna R. Skop, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Arnaud Echard, Institut Pasteur, Paris
Supported by: Bruker Corporation and 3i Intelligent Imaging Innovations

Sunday, December 9, 4:15 pm – 6:50 pm

Subgroup U: The Cell and Physics: 2018 and Beyond, Ballroom 20A
Organizers:  Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Thoru Pederson, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Monday, December 10, 4:30 pm – 7:05 pm

Subgroup W: Organelle Interactome and Cell Plasticity Control, Room 30C
Organizers: Yeguang Chen, Tsinghua University, Beijing, CHINA; Xuebiao Yao, University of Science & Technology of China, Hefei, CHINA

Tuesday, December 9, 4:15 pm – 6:50 pm

Subgroup X: New tools and resources for studies of stem cell biology, Ballroom 20D
Organizers:  Yukiko Yamashita, University of Michigan and David Drubin, UC Berkeley

Wednesday, December 12, 8:30 am – 11:05 am

Subgroup Y: The Cellular and Molecular Basis of Invasive Metastatic Cancer, Room 29C
Organizers: Mark A. McNiven, Mayo Clinic and Alissa M. Weaver, Vanderbilt University

Subgroup Z: Cell biology of marine protists: Toward functional genomic tools for diverse new model organisms, Room 31B
Organizers: Adam Jones, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; and Jackie L. Collier, Stony Brook University
Supported by: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Important Deadlines

May 15, 2018 Application Deadline
June 15, 2018 Notification sent to applicants
July 31, 2018 Descriptions for the Program due to ASCB for accepted subgroups

Subgroup Organizer Information

The ASCB & EMBO will provide a room with chairs set theater-style and the following audiovisual equipment:

  • Screen
  • LCD projector
  • Projectionist
  • MAC, with a mouse and keyboard*
  • Confidence monitor
  • Video switcher
  • Laser pointer
  • Speaker timer
  • Lighted lectern with microphone
  • Head table for three with one table microphone
  • Aisle microphone

* If you, or one of your speakers will need access to a PC, instead of a MAC, please contact Alison Harris at in advance of the meeting; otherwise a PC will not be provided.

Additional audiovisual equipment, different room set-ups (if available), and food and beverage may be requested for an additional charge. Promotion in the Meeting Program, in the ASCB Newsletter, in the Mobile App, and on the 2018 ASCB EMBO Meeting website will be provided.

Please click on the tabs above for more information on:  Application Requirements and Organizational and Financial Guidelines for these subgroups.

Note: Anyone attending a session in any capacity (including invited speakers and organizers) must be paid registrants of the 2018 ASCB EMBO Meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Alison Harris, Director of Meetings.

* EMBO Members, members of the EMBO Young Investigator and EMBO Installation Grant programme, current EMBO Fellows, and lab members of these groups, who are not already ASCB members can receive a 50% discount off of first-time ASCB membership

Application Requirements

The application form is available to ASCB members* only. You can join here, if you are not currently a member.

The application form is due by May 15 and requests the following information:

  • Applicant and Co-Organizer(s), if applicable, contact information.
  • Proposed subgroup details, including:
    • Proposed Meeting Title
    • Proposed Description
    • Proposed Speakers with Affiliations.  Please do not pre-invite speakers before you are approved.
    • Anticipated Attendance for the session
  • Affirmations. You will be asked to check the boxes agreeing to the following:
    • You confirm all organizers are ASCB members
    • You understand that Special Interest Subgroups will be scheduled Saturday morning (8:30 am – 12:30 pm) and afternoon (1:30 pm – 5:30 pm) and time slots concurrent with minisymposia and if selected, you will present in whichever time slot is assigned.
    • You have read and agree to the terms as outlined in the Financial and Organizational Guidelines. You also understand that this is a competitive process and not all applications will be approved.
    • You have not pre-invited any of the speakers. You understand that the Program Committee may ask you to merge your session with another applicant or slightly alter the topic. If your application is accepted, you understand you will have at least 4 weeks to then invite speakers and put together a completed session.

Once the application form is submitted, you will have the ability to log in and edit any aspects of your application until the application deadline of May 15.

Financial and Organizational Guidelines for Special Interest Subgroups at the 2018 ASCB EMBO Meeting

ASCB | EMBO Responsibilities

The ASCB | EMBO will provide the following facilities and services and incur the expenses associated with them for approved member-organized Subgroup sessions:

  1. A room in the San Diego Convention Center, set theater-style. If you require a different room set, please contact by August 15. An additional expense may apply.
  2. The following audiovisual equipment: screen; a MAC; a mouse and keyboard for the MAC; lighted lectern; LCD projector; confidence monitor; laser pointer; timer; microphones for the lectern, table, and aisle; and a video switcher. A projectionist will also be assigned to your session. If a PC is needed in the room, please contact Alison Harris at, otherwise none will be provided.
  3. Announcements of the session on the 2018 ASCB | EMBO Meeting website and in the Mobile App and 2018 ASCB | EMBO Meeting Program.
Organizer Responsibilities
  1. If your subgroup is selected (notifications will be sent by June 15), prepare to have your description and list of confirmed speakers with affiliations ready for printing in the 2018 ASCB | EMBO Meeting Program by July 31, 2018.
  2. Ensure your speakers are aware of these policies:
    1. The Society does not pay any additional expenses beyond what is listed above under “ASCB | EMBO Responsibilities” (such as speaker travel, registration, or other expenses).
    2. Anyone attending a session in any capacity (including invited speakers and organizers) should be paid registrants of the 2018 ASCB | EMBO Meeting. There will be no admission to any session if individuals are not registered for the meeting.
  3. Any materials that organizers wish to distribute to attendees must be submitted to SPARGO, at , by November 1, 2018, for approval prior to printing for distribution. No signage, other than what the ASCB provides, will be allowed outside of the meeting room or taped to walls/doors—no exceptions.

Organizers may incur optional expenses. The ASCB will not pay for these expenses:

  1. Food or beverage. This must be ordered through Centerplate at the San Diego Convention Center. No outside Food or Beverage can be served. Please click here for the full catering menu, and then click here to access the catering order form. Please contact Vincent Bryant, Catering Coordinator , Phone: 619-525-5891, Fax: 619-525-5858 or You will be billed directly by Centerplate at the San Diego Convention Center.
  2. Audiovisual equipment in addition to what is listed above. This must be ordered through PPT by contacting Holly Alderton at 301-575-2754, or email at You will be billed directly by PPT.
  3. Speaker expenses. Anyone attending a Special Interest Subgroup, including speakers and organizers, must be registered for the 2018 ASCB | EMBO Meeting.

Contact SPARGO, Inc., Exhibit, Sponsorship and Advertising Sales and Management, to discuss fundraising opportunities.


You and your accepted speakers must agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • not to defame anyone
  • not to slander/libel anyone
  • not to use copyright/trademark materials without permission
  • not to speak on anything other than what was agreed to

^ EMBO Members, members of the EMBO Young Investigator and EMBO Installation Grant programme, current EMBO Fellows, and lab members of these groups, who are not already ASCB members can receive a 50% discount off of first-time ASCB membership