Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Event Venue
3:00pm Registration

Poster setup

Abbot Center Auditorium Lobby


6:45pm Welcome and Opening Remarks  Abbot Center Auditorium
7:00pm – 8:00pm Keynote Talk – Allan Spradling (Carnegie Institute)  “Conserved programs for producing and maintaining high quality oocytes”  Abbot Center Auditorium
8:00pm – 10:00pm Poster Session and Reception  Abbot Center Auditorium Lobby
Thursday, May 31, 2018 Event Venue
8:00am Continental Breakfast  Abbot Center Dining Room
9:00am – 10:30am Session 1: Stem cells and Regeneration

  • Juan Dong (Rutgers University)  “NRPM, novel signaling regulators at the plasma membrane”
  • Eli Zunder (University of Virginia)  “Rapid phenotyping of the developing mouse nervous system by single-cell mass cytometry”
  • Jennifer Simkin (Seifert Lab, University of Kentucky)  “Macrophages directly alter fibroblast activity during epimorphic tissue regeneration and fibrotic healing”
  • Alana O’Reilly (Fox Chase Cancer Center) “Opposing action of Hedgehog and Insulin signaling controls proliferation and autophagy to determine Follicle Stem Cell Lifespan”
  • Mark Pownall,  (Saha Lab, College of William and Mary)  “Comparative analysis of the response to Notch signaling perturbation across Xenopus species during embryonic development”
Abbot Center Auditorium
10:30am – 11:00am Coffee Break  Abbot Center Auditorium Lobby
11:00am – 12:30pm Session 2: Biomechanics and Morphogenesis

  • Lance Davidson, University of Pittsburgh.  “Physical Constraint Induces Cell Division During Neurulation.”
  • Nathalie Houssin, Ohio State University.  “Characterization of epithelial cell rearrangements during lens placode invagination”
  • Anna Edlund, Lafayette College.  “Cell escape during pollen germination in the Brassicaceae”
  • Jitao Zhang, University of Maryland. “Quantification of tissue biomechanics during neural tube closure of mouse embryo with optical method”
  • Jinwoo Lee, University of Virginia.  “Modeling a Mammalian Nervous System in vitro through Instruction of Aggregates of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells”
Abbot Center Auditorium
12:30pm – 2:30pm Lunch

 WIMS Career Panel  1:00 – 2:00

Abbot Center Dining Room
2:30pm – 3:30pm Session 3: STEM Education

  • Nick Kaplinsky, Swarthmore College.  “Integrating classical and molecular genetics using Mendel’s le mutant”
  • Merci Best, University of Virginia.  “Reimagining K-12 STEM Education by Incorporating the Arts”
  • Graham Hatfull, University of Pittsburgh.  “SEA-PHAGES: A model integrated Research Education Community (iREC)”
Abbot Center Auditorium
3:30pm – 4:00pm Coffee Break  Abbot Center Auditorium Lobby
4:00pm – 5:30pm Session 4: Evolution and Development

  • David Parichy, University of Virginia.  “Long-range signaling that coordinates adult pigment pattern development in zebrafish”
  • Gregory Davis, Bryn Mawr College.  “Evolutionary loss of developmental plasticity in the pea aphid”
  • John Sittmann, (Liu Lab, University of Maryland)  “Identification and characterization of key regulators of runner-based asexual reproduction in the wild strawberry”
  • Michael Palmer (Nelson Lab, Princeton University)  “Role of smooth muscle in shaping airway epithelium prior to fusion in developing chicken lung”
  • Karen Crawford (St. Mary’s College of Maryland)  “Pioneering Microinjection Studies in Cephalopods: Lineage Insights and Transgenic Opportunities”
Abbot Center Auditorium
5:30pm – 6:30pm Keynote Talk – David Stern, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus.   “Evolutionary conservation and divergence in function of a homologous neuron underlying a complex behavior “  Abbot Center Auditorium
6:30pm – 8:00pm Banquet Dinner  Abbot Center Dining Room
8:00pm – 10:00pm Poster Session and Reception  Abbot Center Auditorium Lobby
Friday, June 1, 2018 Event Venue
8:00am Continental Breakfast  Abbot Center Dining Room
9:00am – 10:00am Keynote Talk – Vivian Irish, Yale University.  “On growth and form in petals”  Abbot Center Auditorium
10:00am – 10:30am Coffee Break  Abbot Center Auditorium Lobby
10:30am – 12:00pm Session 5: Signaling and Patterning

  • Danelle Devenport, Princeton University.  “Coordinating collective cell behaviors from local interactions through the planar cell polarity pathway”
  • Benjamin Tajer (Mullins Lab, University of Pennsylvania)  “Distinct Signaling Roles for Type I Receptors within a BMP Heterodimer Receptor Complex”
  • Lijuan Du (Roy Lab, University of Maryland)  “Dynamic patterns of migration of FGF-expressing cells guide Drosophila tracheal branching morphogenesis”
  • Heather Szabo-Rogers (University of Pittsburgh)  “Making one nose from two: genetic and morphological mechanisms of facial development”
  • Jia Song, University of Delaware.  “Regulatory roles of microRNAs in development”
 Abbot Center Auditorium
 12:00pm  Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks  Abbot Center Auditorium