Oct. 6–9, 2021 | Virtual

Emerging roles of the nucleolus

Emerging roles of the nucleolus
Oct. 6–9, 2021 | Virtual | Paid registration required

This unique meeting will bring together scientists who focus on nucleolar structure and function, but with diverse research perspectives and approaches, to facilitate a wide-ranging discussion and an in-depth exploration of the subject from many angles. The topics addressed will range in scope from basic biology to human disease, including the biophysical properties of this organelle, cancer prognosis and treatments, and reproduction.

The meeting will be organized into six sessions over four days. Each session will be chaired by leaders in the field who will present their current work and select presenters based upon volunteered abstracts. Presentations will be 15 minutes with five minutes of discussion. Each session will conclude with a moderator-led general discussion. An interactive community board also will be available for discussion and networking. The meeting will conclude with an open discussion of emerging themes. We aim to have 50% of talks by early-career scientists. There will be poster/flash talk sessions.

At the 2019 meeting, the attendees defined areas for future development and progress; 2021 will see an exciting delivery on one of these areas! The opening session will include two 25-minute talks by Craig Pikaard of Indiana University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Adam Phillippy of the National Human Genome Research Institute, who will present the latest assemblies of nucleolar organizer regions in A. thaliana and H. sapiens, respectively. This will be followed by a Q&A to discuss their exciting findings and future implications for the field.

  1. Opening session: Assembly of nucleolar organizer regions
  2. Chromosome biology and nucleolar organizer region function
  3. Nucleolar RNAs
  4. The nucleolus in development and disease
  5. Nucleolar trafficking and intracellular communication
  6. Nucleolar processes and phase separation

Important dates

Aug. 31
11:59 p.m. Eastern
Abstract deadline
Aug. 31
11:59 p.m. Eastern
Early registration deadline
Oct. 1
11:59 p.m. Eastern
Regular registration deadline


Jennifer Gerton
Jennifer Gerton
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Francesca E. Duncan
Francesca E. Duncan
Northwestern University
Craig Pikaard
Craig Pikaard
Indiana University


Adam Antebi, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing
"Nucleolar regulation of longevity"

Susan Baserga, Yale University
"miRNAs that drive nucleolar function"

Julie Cooper, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
"Elucidation of an unusual translocation pathway that allows rDNA to supersede telomeres"

Richard Kriwacki, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
"The many dimensions of nucleolar structure and function"

Brian McStay, National University of Ireland, Galway
"Organization of the nucleolar organizers"

U. Thomas Meier, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
"Nucleoli from the perspective of snoRNPs and RNA modification"

Adam Phillippy, National Human Genome Research Institute
"Complete telomere-to-telomere reference assemblies for the human acrocentric chromosomes"

Robin Stanley, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
"Pre-rRNA processing in the nucleolus"

Yukiko Yamashita, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Transgenerational maintenance of rDNA copy number in Drosophila"



Abstracts will be reviewed and selected for oral presentations. Those not selected will be programmed as posters.

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