Symposium honoring Gary Felsenfeld and Martin Gellert

Celebrating 120 combined years of great science and service to NIH

Nov. 22–24, 2019 | Washington, D.C.

Join us for a celebration of their 90th birthdays and research accomplishments.

Gary Felsenfeld

Gary Felsenfeld

  • DNA triplex
  • GATA and global gene regulation
  • Chromatin structure and function
  • CTCF insulator
  • Epigenetics
Martin Gellert

Martin Gellert

  • G quadruplex
  • DNA ligase
  • DNA gyrase
  • Structure and function of RAG1/2 in initiating V(D)J recombination



Friday, Nov. 22

Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

6–10 p.m.
Remarks, cocktails and dinner
  • Michael Gottesman (NIH)
  • Mauro Modesti (Cancer Research Center of Marseille)
  • Michael Zasloff (Enterin, Inc.)

Saturday, Nov. 23

House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

9:30–10 a.m.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Dan Camerini-Otero (NIH)
  • Todd Evans (Cornell University) 
  • Vasily Studitsky (Fox Chase Cancer Center)
  • Emery Bresnick (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
  • Frederique Magdinier (Aix-Marseille Université, France)
  • Suming Huang (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Humaira Gowher (Purdue University)
  • Marc Reitman (NIH)
  • Dik Van Gent (Erasmus University, Netherlands)
  • Tanya Paull (University of Texas at Austin)
  • David Roth (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Eric Greene (Columbia University)
  • Kiyoshi Mizuuchi (NIH)
  • Mark Fisher (St. George’s Medical School, London)
  • Marty Gellert (NIH)
  • Gary Felsenfeld (NIH)
6–7 p.m.
7–9:30 p.m.
Dinner and reminiscences
  • Richard Axel (Columbia University)
  • Joseph Menetski (FNIH)
  • Meni Melek (Bayer Pharmaceuticals)


Registration fee: $225

Registration for the symposium does not include hotel accommodations. There are several nearby hotels such as the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel near Dupont Circle (4 min. walk from the Cosmos Club and 10 min. car ride to Georgetown) or  The Graham Washington DC in Georgetown (walking distance to the House of Sweden). Please feel free to use your preferred hotel booking site to view other available options (i.e., Priceline, TripAdvisor, etc.).

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