Transcriptional regulation by chromatin and RNA polymerase

Sept. 26–30, 2024
Westin Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria, Va.

The fields of transcription biochemistry and molecular biology have become one with chromatin biology and epigenetics with extensive cross-talk. RNA polymerase II and its transcription machinery play an essential role in the modification and remodeling of chromatin; and chromatin regulates gene expression in both normal and pathological conditions. With recent innovations and technological advances in clinical and preclinical research, personalized medicine is becoming a reality, in part because of advances in our understanding of RNA polymerase II. Given this fact, many established and new investigators have taken on the challenge of elucidating the molecular mechanisms of gene expression by RNA polymerase II in the context of chromatin. The community is highly dynamic and multidisciplinary, with an ever-changing set of focal areas that establish new paradigms and new ways of thinking about the topic. Even after decades of study, this research area continues to advance, reveal new concepts, and bolsters almost every other area of biology.

Important dates

June 10 Abstract submission deadline for oral and poster
June 10 Early registration deadline
Aug. 26 Regular registration deadline


W. Lee Kraus University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Y. Jessie Zhang University of Texas at Austin
Dylan J. Taatjes University of Colorado Boulder

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Scientific sessions

  • Transcription initiation and elongation
  • Epigenetic regulation
  • Imaging of transcription and dynamics
  • Transcription factors and enhancers
  • Structure and function of transcription complexes
  • Transcription termination and RNA processing
  • Enhancers and genome topology
  • Condensates and hubs
  • Chromatin remodelers and genome architecture
  • Therapeutic strategies to target transcription

Conference information

  • The conference will be held at the Westin Alexandria Old Town, located at 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA.
  • Do not contact the hotel directly to book a room. Accommodations must be selected during the conference registration process.
  • The conference begins Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. and concludes Sunday, Sept. 29, around 10 p.m. Attendees will have a free afternoon on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Keynote speakers

Karolin Luger University of Colorado Boulder
Mike Levine Princeton University

Invited speakers

  • Steve Buratowski, Harvard University
  • Ibrahim Cissé, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
  • John Lis, Cornell University
  • Geeta Narlikar, University of California, San Francisco
  • Karla Neugebauer, Yale University
  • Brian Strahl, University of North Carolina
  • Carl Wu, Johns Hopkins University
  • Ken Zaret, University of Pennsylvania

Other talks by

  • Karen Arndt, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lu Bai, Pennsylvania State University
  • Laura Banaszynski, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Iván D'Orso, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Kai Ge, National Institutes of Health
  • Steven Hahn, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
  • Sarah Hainer, University of Pittsburgh
  • Melissa Harrison, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Craig Kaplan, University of Pittsburgh
  • Inez Rogatsky, Weill Cornell Medical College



Abstracts will be reviewed and selected for short talks. Those not selected may be programmed as posters.

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Abstract submission guidelines

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  • Abstract body field allows for 350 words maximum (not including authors and affiliations).
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Presentation requirement

All speakers and poster presenters are required to present in person at the scheduled date and time of their sessions. Registration is required at the time of abstract submission. Abstract submission does not guarantee registration.

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  Early registration
(by June 10)
Regular registration
(by Aug. 26)
PI/regular academics, industry or equivalent
Single room
$2,325 $2,375
PI/regular academics, industry or equivalent
Double room
$2,075 $2,125
PI/regular academics, industry or equivalent
$1,625 $1,675
Graduate student, postdoc or equivalent
Single room
$1,375 $1,425
Graduate student, postdoc or equivalent
Double room
$1,125 $1,175
Graduate student, postdoc or equivalent
$725 $775

What’s included

The full conference package includes:

  • Lodging at The Westin Alexandria Old Town, with checkin on Sept. 26 and checkout on Sept. 30.
    • Lodging can be single or double occupancy.
  • All sessions, poster sessions and meeting materials.
  • The following meals are included in your registration fee:
    • Friday, Sept. 27: Breakfast, lunch
    • Saturday, Sept. 28: Breakfast
    • Sunday, Sept. 29: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

NOTE: Lodging is not included in commuter registration rates.

There is no onsite registration. All attendees must be registered prior to arriving at the conference.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will remain open until capacity is reached. This may mean that the conference registration closes before the officially posted registration deadline. To secure your spot at the conference, we encourage you to register early.

Registration changes

Registration changes will be accepted as space allows until Aug. 28, 2024, and can be made by contacting

Cancellation policy

Cancellations received in writing on or before Aug. 26, 2024 are subject to a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after Aug. 26 due to final guarantee commitments. Email and attach a copy of your meeting registration receipt/paid invoice to cancel your registration.

Meeting location

The Westin Alexandria Old Town
400 Courthouse Square,
Alexandria, VA 22314

Getting to The Westin Alexandria Old Town

Airport transportation

  • SuperShuttle
  • Uber/Lyft/Rideshare
  • The closest metro stations to the conference location are King St-Old Town on the Blue and Yellow Lines (0.4 miles away from the Westin) and Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line (0.4 miles away from the Westin).


Valet parking is available at The Westin Alexandria Old Town for $40 a night.


All individuals traveling from outside of the United States should apply for a visa as soon as possible and at least four to five months prior to their date of travel.

Please do not wait until you receive your registration confirmation before applying for a visa. We encourage you to apply for your visa right away if you are considering attending to avoid delays and longer than anticipated wait times.

All visitors traveling to the U.S. from visa waiver countries must meet all requirements of the program. Find more information on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and a list of visa waiver countries.

Health and safety

Mask-wearing and other health and safety measures will be determined based on local, state and venue guidelines and will be communicated to attendees prior to the conference.