Research binds us

At the 2020 ASBMB Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2020, you’ll find a diverse community of scientists eager to learn about the work you’re doing — and the work you dream of doing.

Present your latest findings, hear inspiring lectures, participate in workshops, and form new bonds that will help you achieve the most important work of your career.

The ASBMB annual meeting is the nexus for those seeking lasting connections that yield transformative results.

Key dates

Jan. 20 Travel award notifications sent to applicants
Jan. 30 Last chance abstract deadline
Jan. 30 Science outreach activity abstract deadline
Jan. 30 Preliminary abstract programming notifications sent to first authors of regular submissions.
Includes format of presentation (oral, poster or both). Co-authors will not receive notification.
Feb. 5 Early-bird registration deadline (save up to $140)
Feb. 15 Final abstract programming notifications sent to first authors of regular submissions.
Includes date and time of session in which abstract has been programmed and format of presentation (oral, poster or both). This information will also be available through the abstract system. Co-authors will not receive notification.
Feb. 29 Last chance and science outreach activity poster programming notifications sent to first authors.
Includes date and time of poster presentation. Co-authors will not receive notification.
March 6 Housing deadline (based on room availability)
March 13 Advance registration deadline

Program planning committee co-chairs

Robert S. Haltiwanger
Robert S. Haltiwanger
University of Georgia
Carla Koehler
Carla Koehler
University of California, Los Angeles

What you need to know

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Present your work

Get noticed when you share your findings at this highly regarded research forum.

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Register for the meeting

Take advantage of the early-registration discount and save up to 50%.

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Explore the program

The ASBMB program meets the needs of scientists at all career stages and of all ambitions.

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Make connections

Make new connections and reconnect with old friends at the many networking events.

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Book your housing

Take advantage of discounted rates at hotels near the San Diego Convention Center.

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Travel to San Diego

All you need to know about your trip to San Diego, including discount codes for some airlines.

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Travel awards

The ASBMB provides over $275,000 in travel awards to first authors presenting research at the annual meeting.

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Exhibitor and sponsorship information

Find out how to exhibit your products at the Annual Meeting.

Featured award lectures

Tony Hunter
Tony Hunter
Manajit Hayer-Hartl
Manajit Hayer-Hartl
Carol Fierke
Carol Fierke
Edward Dennis
Edward Dennis
Tyrosine phosphorylation — From discovery to drug development and beyond
Tony Hunter

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science
Saturday, April 4, 6 p.m.

Tony Hunter, PhD, from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, is the British–American scientist who discovered tyrosine phosphorylation and that the oncogene Src is a tyrosine kinase (TK). This discovery is nothing less than saying Dr. Hunter gave birth to the field of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), which are prototypes of targeted cancer therapies. Its emergence made a milestone of cancer therapy.

Cellular machineries devoted to rubisco — the most abundant enzyme
Manajit Hayer-Hartl

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

ASBMB–Merck Award
Sunday, April 5, 8:30 a.m.

Manajit Hayer–Hartl, a group leader at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, won the ASBMB–Merck Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to research in biochemistry and molecular biology. Hayer-Hartl has led a research group focused on chaperonin-assisted protein folding research since 2006.

Toolbox to evaluate biological function of histone deacetylases
Carol Fierke

Texas A&M University

Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry
Monday, April 6, 8:30 a.m.

Carol Fierke, provost and executive vice president of Texas A&M University, won the Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry, which recognizes scientists who have made substantial advances in understanding biological chemistry using innovative physical approaches.

Enzyme hydrophobic sites and allosteric membrane interactions regulate signaling and mediators of inflammation
Edward Dennis

University of California, San Diego

Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science lecture
Tuesday, April 7, 8:30 a.m.

Edward Dennis, a distinguished professor at the University of California, San Diego, won the Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science. The award, established by the Bert and Natalie Kuggie Vallee Foundation in 2012, recognizes international achievements in the sciences basic to medicine. Dennis is a former chair of UCSD’s chemistry and biochemistry department and has led the faculty senate.

Registration Type Early Registration
(on/before Feb. 5)
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(on/before Mar. 13)
Full-Price Registration
(Mar. 14–Apr. 7)
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Retired $150 $185 $170 $205 $195 $230
Graduate student $95 $135 $105 $145 $130 $170
Undergraduate student $25 $40 $35 $50 $50 $60
Postdoctoral trainee $335 $435 $435 $535 $460 $560
One-day $285 $385 $295 $385 $310 $410
High school students and teachers Free

Program schedule

Daily schedule of lectures, sessions and workshops.

Saturday April 4
Sunday April 5
Monday April 6
Tuesday April 7

Saturday agenda

8:50 AM - 4:25 PM

2020 Travel Awardee career development program

Open to selected travel awardees only

See program details

11:30 AM - 5:45 PM

Undergraduate student research poster competition events

Open to selected candidates only

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
ASBMB Annual Meeting orientation for undergraduate students

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
ASBMB undergraduate poster competition judges' orientation

1–4:30 p.m.
ASBMB undergraduate student research poster competition

4:45–5:45 p.m.
ASBMB undergraduate student research workshop: Exploring careers speed networking

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ASBMB Lab Management Course

Are you a new faculty member or PI? Are you a postdoctoral fellow or senior graduate student that is interested in starting your own lab? How do you go about setting up your lab? How will you manage an initial budget to get off to a great start? Who will you hire? What criteria will you use to select your staff and how will you mentor your trainees successfully? Will you be able to communicate effectively with your staff, and how will you handle any conflicts when they arise? If you have considered any of these questions, then sign up for this free interactive session. 

Learn more

Separate registration required, sign up now.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

CREST pre-conversations: Connecting researchers, educators and students

Organized by the MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Undergraduate CREST (Connecting Researchers, Educators and Students) teams will meet to discuss their shared research interests. This year teams have explored the research of Dr. Celia Schiffer, focusing on designing antiviral drugs that avoid resistance.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tang Prize award lecture

Tyrosine phosphorylation — From discovery to drug development and beyond
Tony Hunter, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Sunday agenda

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

ASBMB business meeting

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Herbert Tabor Research Award lecture

Structural basis of dystroglycan function and the pathogenesis of muscular dystrophy
Kevin Campbell, University of Iowa
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

ASBMB–Merck Award lecture

Cellular machineries devoted to rubisco — the most abundant enzyme
Manajit Hayer-Hartl, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Novel roles of lipids in health and disease

Chair: Steven Claypool, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Seipin in lipid mobilization and lipodystrophy
Weiqin Chen, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
The role of organelle contact during chlamydia developmental cycle
Isabelle Derré, University of Virginia
Cardiolipin exerts tissue-specific control over systemic energy homeostasis
Zachary Gerhart-Hines, University of Copenhagen
SPTLC1 mutations associated with early onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Teresa Dunn, Uniformed Services University
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Glycosylation and extracellular matrix in development, repair and cancer

TGF-beta regulation by the matricellular protein thrombospondin 1
Joanne Murphy-Ullrich, University of Alabama at Birmingham Chair
Role of O-linked fucose-glucose disaccharide modification of thrombospondin type I repeats during protein folding and embryo development
Bernadette Holdener, Stony Brook University
Fibrillin-notch interactions in development and disease
Lynn Sakai, Oregon Health and Science University
A genetic approach to glycomics in cancer
Henrik Clausen, University of Copenhagen
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mechanosignaling

Piezo1 activation gains traction
Medha Pathak, University of California, Irvine
Mechanotransduction in vascular health and disease
Martin Schwartz, Yale University
Mechanical force and notch signaling
Wendy Gordon, University of Minnesota Chair
Mechanisms linking mechanotransduction and cell metabolism
Kris DeMali, University of Iowa
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

NAD synthesis, salvage and sirtuins in tissue healh

Modulating de novo NAD synthesis
Johan Auwerx, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
NAD homeostasis and compartmentation
Joseph A. Baur, University of Pennsylvania
Chromatin regulation and genome maintenance by mammalian SIRT6 and SIRT7
Katrin F. Chua, Stanford University and VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Metabolic competition in the tumor microenvironment
Marcia Haigis, Harvard Medical School
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Noncoding RNAs and disease

tRNA: Splicing and subcellular dynamics
Anita Hopper, Ohio State University Chair
The role of 3’tsRNAs in gene regulation
Mark Kay, Stanford University
The Piwi-piRNA pathway: A new paradigm in gene regulation
Haifan Lin, Yale University
piRNA biogenesis and function in drosophila
Mikiko Siomi, University of Tokyo
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Who we are: Creating a culture of wellness in science

Chair: Daniel Dries, Juniata College

Preventing and overcoming harassment
Alex Helman, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Promoting STEM identity: A vision for building tomorrow’s STEM leaders
Sarah Rodriguez, Texas A&M University – Commerce
Promoting mental well-being
Nathan Vanderford, University of Kentucky
Mentorship best practices
Joanne Kamens, Addgene
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Cell decision making

Longitudinal analysis of genetic networks as determinants of lifespan in C. elegans
Adriana San Miguel, North Carolina State University
Mechanical principles of nuclear shaping and positioning
Tanmay Lele, University of Florida Chair
Clocks, hourglasses and history-dependent clocks
Arvind Murugan, University of Chicago
Neal Devaraj, University of California, San Diego
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Molecular machines: New paradigms in structure, function, and engineering

Activation of the exocyst tethering complex for SNARE complex regulation and membrane fusion
Mary Munson, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Sugary coats: Synthesis and secretion of extracellular polysaccharides
Jochen Zimmer, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Molecular assemblies of membrane remodeling and scission
James Hurley, University of California, Berkeley
HiFi molecular transmission via crisscross cooperativity
William Shih, Harvard University
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Meet the speakers

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

ASBMB advocacy town hall meeting

Increasingly, policies developed and enacted in Washington are having an impact on how your science is funded, how your grants are reviewed and how reliable the future workforce of the research community will be. Serving the ASBMB membership proudly, the Public Affairs Advisory Committee and Office of Public Affairs regularly engages on your behalf with the Administration, the Congress and the individual funding agencies.

This Advocacy Town Hall is an opportunity to share your stories, and to tell the PAAC what policy areas you want to see the ASBMB taking a leadership role in. Hosted by Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb, and PAAC Chair Terri Kinzy, the Advocacy Town Hall will allow you to engage in a conversation with our policy leaders, to hear about the critical policy issues facing the community, and ask questions.

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Poster sessions

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Changing research practice: How can I make my research more reproducible?

Co-sponsored by the American Physiological Society

This session will focus on concrete steps that biomedical researchers can take to implement more reproducible research practices in their laboratories. These include using RRIDs to identify key reagents, creating and sharing reproducible protocols that can be used by others, and using guidelines to enhance experimental rigor and improve reporting. Attendees will learn to recognize and fix common errors in data visualization and statistical reporting. Presenters will highlight tools and resources designed to assist researchers in implementing better practices. After attending the symposium, researchers should have a clear understanding of steps that they can immediately take to improve transparency and rigor in their next grant, research project, or paper.

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Earl and Thressa Stadtman Young Scholar Award lecture

Wiring the powerhouse: Systems-to-structure approaches for defining mitochondrial protein function
David Pagliarini, Morgridge Institute for Research
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Avanti Award in Lipids lecture

Death by lipids: Role of non-coding RNAs in metabolic stress
Jean Schaffer, Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Proliferation and protection: Harnessing the beta-cell for novel diabetes therapies

Organized by the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine

Chair: Rachel Fenske, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dawn B. Davis, University of Wisconsin
Anath Shalev, University of Alabama–Birmingham
Debbie Thurmond, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

JBC Herbert Tabor Early Career Investigator Awards

Journal of Biological Chemistry honors first authors

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Regulation of protein function by shape shifting

Delano Award for Computational Biosciences lecture
Towards the solution of the protein structure prediction problem
Yang Zhang, University of Michigan
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education lecture

A revolution in biochemistry education informed by basic research to meet the demands of 21st century career paths
Paul Black, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Spotlight sessions

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

CREST conversations: Connecting researchers, educators and students

Organized by the MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Dr. Celia Schiffer and colleagues from her lab will meet with undergraduate CREST (Connecting Researchers, Educators and Students) teams to discuss Dr. Schiffer’s research. 3D printed models of proteins studied in Dr. Schiffer’s lab, designed by CREST teams, will serve as shared mental models to facilitate discussion.

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Spotlight sessions

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Mentoring from both sides: How to find, be and utilize a great mentor

Mentoring should not be a scary or imposing concept — it's really just about getting and giving advice, support and encouragement for ongoing learning. This workshop is intended for everyone: trainees and faculty ready to learn practical tactics in identifying mentors, making the "ask" for mentoring support and how to take the best advantage of mentoring relationships — from both sides.

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Storytelling and the art of giving a great presentation

What’s in a story? The opportunity to form a compelling connection between science and its audience. Storytelling has long been used by journalists and artists to help explain complex ideas to broad audiences. Similarly, forming a narrative about your research will make it more accessible. This interactive session, based on a module from ASBMB’s training course, “The Art of Science Communication”, will offer participants training to better communicate their work.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Organizing a successful ASBMB Student Chapter

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Emerging technologies in the glycosciences

In this workshop our goal is to promote the study of glycans, enabling participants to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the roles that glycans play in physiology and disease. Join us to meet colleagues, learn about innovative solutions to glycoscience problems, interact with vendors and participate in round table discussions focused on addressing glycoscience challenges. This workshop is ideal for both experts, researchers new to the field, and trainees. Presenters include Richard Drake, Kamil Godula, Catherine Grimes, Matt Pratt, Ajit Varki, Lance Wells and Natasha Zachara. Topics covered include approaches for glycoprotein engineering, glycomic and glycoproteomic approaches, the detection and analysis of sialic acids, modulation and detection of O-GlcNAc, tools for studying the bacterial cell wall, synthetic glycoconjugates for fine-tuning cell fate and educational opportunities.

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Women Scientists Mentoring and Networking Event

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Forecasting the future: Setting yourself up with trustworthy data

Are you sure that the data you’re collecting today is as solid and secure as you’ll need it to be next week, month or year? Join ASBMB Data Integrity Manager Kaoru Sakabe and JBC Scientific Editor Catherine Goodman as they lead a panel discussion with researchers on good data stewardship. Learn how to avoid common mistakes, discuss habits and workflows, and get your questions answered to ensure you are doing all you can to generate enduring and reproducible research for the scientific community.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

ASBMB welcome reception

Sponsored by the Minority Affairs Committee

Monday agenda

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

William C. Rose Award lecture

Constraining evolution → avoiding drug resistance: Lessons from viruses
Celia Schiffer, University of Massachusetts Medical School
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry lecture

Toolbox to evaluate biological function of histone deacetylases
Carol Fierke, Texas A&M University
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Antibiotic resistance: How to beat the bugs

Organized by the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine

Co-Chairs: Peter Stambrook, University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute, and Warren Zimmer, Texas A&M College of Medicine

Jason Gill, Texas A&M University
Kim Lewis, Northeastern University
Rebekah Dedrick, University of Pittsburgh
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

How lipids impact the structure and function of membrane proteins

Membrane proteins — the lipid connection
Carol Robinson, University of Oxford
Structural basis of lipid scrambling and ion conduction by TMEM16 scramblases
Alessio Accardi, Weill Cornell Medical College
Structural insights into TRPV channel gating
Vera Moiseenkova-Bell, University of Pennsylvania
Cardiolipin-dependent carriers
Steven Claypool, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Glycosylation and extracellular matrix in immunologic, inflammatory and infectious disease

Decoding inflammatory signals from ecm glycans for the development of new immunotherapies
Kim S. Midwood, University of Oxford Chair
Glycosylation in a common mechanism of colitis and sepsis
Jamey Marth, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Genome wide analysis of heparan sulfate assembly
Jeffrey D. Esko, University of California, San Diego
PAMPs, DAMPs and SAMPs. Host glycans are self-associated molecular patterns, but subject to microbial molecular mimicry
Ajit Varki, University of California, San Diego
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Post-translational modifications/signaling

Getting hedgehogs where they need to go
Stacey Ogden, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Rhomboid proteins in cell signaling
Matthew Freeman, University of Oxford
Lipids and hedgehogs
Adrian Salic, Harvard University Medical School Chair
Role of notch glycoslation in signaling
Pamela Stanley, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Control of cell fate by metabolic intermediates

Microbiome catabolites as novel modulators of cellular glucose and energy metabolism
Gary Williamson, Monash University
Metabolic modulation of cardiac health: The role of glucose and amino acids
Rong Tian, University of Washington
Control of macrophage activation by coenzyme A
Ajit Divakaruni, University of California, Los Angeles
A quantitative tissue-specific landscape of protein redox regulation during aging
Edward Chouchani, Harvard University
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Molecular motors

Chair: Nathan Adler, University of Connecticut

Integrated 3D tomography and computational modeling to study forces in metaphase spindles
Stefanie Redemann, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Single molecule biophysics
Carlos Bustamante, University of California, Berkeley
Myosin: Structure, function, regulation and disease
Michelle Peckham, University of Leeds
Watching a fine-tuned molecular machine at work: Structural and functional studies of the 26S proteasome
Andreas Martin, University of California, Berkeley
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

RNA modifications and disease

RNA modification in cancer
Jianjun Chen, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
RNA modifications in health and disease
Tsutomu Suzuki, University of Tokyo
Acetylation of cytidine in messenger RNA regulates translation
Shalini Oberdoerffer, National Cancer Institute
tRNA quality control: Mechanisms, evolution and implications for human disease
Eric Phizicky, University of Rochester Medical Center Chair
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Computational approaches to regulation of gene expression

Computational approaches to predicting transcription factor binding kinetics
Polly Fordyce, Stanford University Chair
Synthetic NF-kB: A building approach to study complex signaling behaviors
Ping Wei, Peking University Center for Quantitative Biology
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

What we do: Choosing pedagogy over content

Chair: Nathan Vanderford, University of Kentucky

Grand challenges: building interdisciplinary communities to tackle complex global issues
Jodi Schwarz, Vassar College
Teaching biochemistry in context
Daniel Dries, Juniata College
Using narrative in STEM education
Reneta Lansiquot, New York City College of Technology
Restructuring the classroom to promote student thriving, not just surviving
Shannon Z. Jones, University of Richmond
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Meet the speakers

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Poster sessions

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Role of R-loop formation in human disease

Organized by the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine

Chair: Edward Motea, Indiana University Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

James Manley, Columbia University
Julio C. Morales, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award lecture

Getting there: Thyroid hormone receptor intracellular trafficking
Lizabeth Allison, College of William & Mary
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research lecture

Chemical tools that IMPACT phospholipid signaling
Jeremy Baskin, Cornell University
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Alice and C.C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology symposium

Host parasite interactions between the sexually-transmitted parasite trichomonas vaginalis and its human host
Patricia Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles
Chi-Min Ho, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
William Petri, University of Virginia
Stephen Beverley, Washington University in St. Louis
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Exciting biological insights revealed by proteomics: A Molecular & Cellular Proteomics presentation

3:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Enzyme regulation by filamentation and other alternate and emerging mechanisms

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Spotlight sessions

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM

Education and professional development workshop

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM

Transforming science research into outreach

Many scientists wish to become more involved in science outreach. But, how to get started? Attend this interactive workshop to learn more! Members of the Science Outreach and Communication Committee and an invited speaker will showcase examples of how to turn scientific research projects into outreach activities aimed at diverse audiences. Then, work on your own science outreach project with feedback and suggestions from peers.
5:45 PM - 7:15 PM

Engaging the next generation of biochemistry students

Using 3D-printed models to teach structure-function relationships and network models and simulations to teach metabolic systems in biochemistry courses

Rebecca RostonTomas Helikar and Christine Booth, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Michelle Howell, LCC International University

This workshop takes participants through a comprehensive suite of modules demonstrated to improve educational outcomes in two core undergraduate biochemistry concepts. The first module helps students build accurate mental models of 3D macromolecular structures from 2D images. The second targets how metabolism works not only in discrete modules (e.g., glycolysis, citric acid cycle, electron transport chain) but also as part of larger and dynamic interconnected systems within cells and organisms. Participants will each receive a 3D-printed macromolecule model set and a set of printable coordinates for additional model sets. Additionally, participants will also receive training in software designed for using modeling and simulations to teach about metabolism and other complex biological systems. Finally, instructor materials (associated slides and assessments) will be provided to make classroom incorporation as easy as possible. We will also share strategies and techniques on how to assess student perceptions and modify incorporation for optimal student engagement. Food will be provided.

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM

The journey from academia, to industry to entrepreneurship: How to find a job, build a career and/or a company, outside of the ivory tower

The goal of this workshop is to ensure that the audience gets at least several good take-home ideas for the further development of their industry careers, whether it is to land a first job interviewing/networking skills) or to progress on in a company career or become an entrepreneur. Panelists will tell their own, unique stories of how they’ve moved from academic scientist to industry scientist — and company founders! This workshop will benefit graduate students, postdocs or any job seeker interested in the furtherance of their career outside of academia.

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Science in a Flash

Join us for the second annual science communication competition. This event features 10 speakers who will share their science in just three minutes with only one slide. In addition to distilling their research down to its essence, presenters must work to eliminate scientific jargon so that their presentation is understood by specialists and non-specialists alike. The audience will play a major role in selecting winners, so join us and vote for your favorite.

Tuesday agenda

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science lecture

Enzyme hydrophobic sites and allosteric membrane interactions regulate signaling and mediators of inflammation
Edward Dennis, University of California, San Diego
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Intracellular trafficking

Organized by the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine

Chair: Vinita Takiar, University of Cincinnati

Sima Lev, Weizmann Institute
Ora Weisz, University of Pittsburgh
Michael Caplan, Yale University
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Molecular motors in transport, biosynthesis and energy transduction

Chair: Jochen Zimmer, University of Virginia

Functional assembly of the mitochondrial protein transport machinery
Nathan Alder, University of Connecticut
Structure of the alternative complex III from flavobacterium johnsoniae in a supercomplex with cytochrome c oxidase
Robert Gennis, University of Illinois
Special capabilities of the ribosomal machinery
Roland Beckmann, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Nascent protein selection and triage at the ribosome exit site
Shu-ou Shan, California Institute of Technology
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Membrane biogenesis and trafficking

Chair: Teresa Dunn-Giroux, Uniformed Services University

Lipid droplet proteome dynamics and lipotoxicity
James Olzmann, University of California, Berkeley
Mechanistic approaches towards understanding physicochemical membrane homeostasis in the endoplasmic reticulum
Robert Ernst, Saarland University
The role of VPS13 and related proteins in glycerolipid transport at membrane contact sites
Karin Reinisch, Yale University School of Medicine
Cold-induced lipid dynamics in thermogenic fat
Yu-Hua Tseng, Harvard University Medical School
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Glycosylation and extracellular matrix in neurologic and metabolic diseases

Chair: Jamey Marth, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Protective roles of O-GlcNAc in neurodegenerative diseases
David Vocadlo, Simon Fraser University
The role of the O-GlcNAc transferase interactome in X-linked intellectual disability
Lance Wells, University of Georgia Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Role of ECM in the brain-gut connection
Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, University of California, Los Angeles Brain Injury Research Center
The role of metabolism in modulating radiation fibrosis
Fei-Fei Liu, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Emerging mechanisms of signaling

Chairs: Wendy Gordon, University of Minnesota, and Adrian Salic, Harvard Medical School

Ligand engineering for probing receptor signaling mechanisms
Chris Garcia, Stanford University
Cellular communication via adhesion
Demet Arac, University of Chicago
Mechanisms of Wnt5a-Ror signaling in development and disease
Henry Ho, University of California, Davis
Wnt/Planar cell polarity signaling in skeletal development
Yingzi Yang, Harvard University Dental School
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

New insights into control of metabolism by transporters

Glutamine transporter as a target of mTOR signaling modulating longevity
John M. Sedivy, Brown University
Neuroprotection through control of mitochondrial pyruvate transport
Anne Murphy, Cytokinetics, Inc.
Local and systemic actions of hepatic fatty acid oxidation
Michael Wolfgang, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Physiopathological roles of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter
Anna Raffaello, University of Padova
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

RNA binding proteins and control of RNA biogenesis in disease

RNA binding proteins in stem cells and cancer
Takahiro Ito, University of Georgia Chair
The RNA exosome and genetic disease
Anita Corbett, Emory University
RNA, chromatin and the coordinated control of gene expression
Tracy Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles
How mRNP composition determines mRNA fate
Guramrit Singh, Ohio State University
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Best practices for preventing/managing incidences of harassment in the workplace

9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

EB joint symposium: Research on cannabidiol

CBD and neuroprotection
José Martínez-Orgado, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid
CBD and intestinal health
Tiffany Weir, Colorado State University
CBD effects on behavior and reproduction
Kristine Willett, University of Mississippi
CBD effects on endocannabinoid signaling
Kenneth Mackie, Indiana University
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Meet the speakers

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Poster sessions

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lipid Diversity and Disease: Spotlight on Journal of Lipid Research Junior Associate Editors

Raymond Blind, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Rotonya Carr, University of Pennsylvania
Brandon Davies, University of Iowa
Gissette Soffer, Columbia University
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Spotlight sessions

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Improving visual literacy using augmented reality and LEGO® bricks in biology classrooms

Organizers: Swati Agrawal, University of Mary Washington, and Shane Austin, University of the West Indies

This interactive workshop provides participants with hands-on experience with the use of augmented reality and LEGO® bricks to explain course content. We have developed a series of lessons focused on DNA and protein structure, function and interaction where AR and LEGO® bricks are used to provide 3 dimensional interactive models that help students better visualize these intricate structures and processes in our classes. Lessons will cover concepts such as: levels of organization in protein structure, domains in protein involved in metabolic pathways, and protein–DNA interaction during processes involved in transcription. After the brief presentation, participants will use these lessons to experience and assess the learning gains of this activity and will learn how to develop content for AR using free and easily available platforms so they are able to generate content suited for their courses. Finally, ideas about possible classroom assessments will be presented.

Target audience: instructors or students from 2-year or 4-year college. Emphasis will be placed on examples relevant to biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology, however, techniques could be applied to wider biology educator audiences.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Spotlight sessions

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