The advent of new tools for transgenics and genome manipulation has provided an opportunity to perform functional manipulations of non-model species. Multiple groups are now working to develop and optimize these tools. This meeting will provide an opportunity for the labs developing these tools for non-model organisms to compare notes and to identify bottlenecks in tool development and new opportunities for the future. Invited speakers have been chosen to represent a broad taxonomic spectrum of study organisms and biological problems. We expect the meeting to have approximately a 3:1 ratio of active scientists to PIs in order to optimize the transfer of information among those developing the tools.
Applicants: In lieu of an abstract submission, please answer each of the following questions (in 3 sentences or less) within the “abstract” field of the online application form:
- What is your non-model organism and what are the reasons you chose to study it (e.g. a big insect like Manduca sexta, cool behavior like Peromyscus mice, etc.)
- What are the big questions you are addressing?
- What problems do you face in making the non-model organism tractable?
- What solution(s) have you successfully built to making the non-model organism tractable?
Application deadline: November 7, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST)
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The first Fly Cell Atlas meeting was held in December 2017, in Leuven, Belgium. A collaborative, global effort with multidisciplinary expertise, the Fly Cell Atlas consortium brings together Drosophila researchers interested in single-cell genomics, transcriptomics, and epigenomics to build comprehensive cell atlases during various developmental stages and disease models. In this next meeting, we look forward to discussing ongoing efforts as well as new tools and methods for the comprehensive single-cell characterization of the fly model system.
Application deadline (extended!): November 18, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST)View Full Details
Organized by Kristin Branson, Jan Funke, Stephan Saalfeld, and Srini Turaga, this workshop is is intended as a "by the students, for the students" meeting. Aside from the organizers, participants will include only students and postdocs, with a diversity of expertise and backgrounds.View Full Details
Color vision plays a central role in many aspects of cognition and behavior, from social signaling and foraging, to spatial navigation and circadian rhythms. Recent advances in genetic and neuroanatomical methods are powering rapid progress in describing the circuits processing color information, which in turn inform studies of how these circuits develop and evolve. For example, techniques exploiting CRISPR/Cas9 can now be used to understand how retinal mosaics form in exquisitely color-tuned butterflies and test their contribution to color behavior. Meanwhile, in the genetically accessible animals such as the mouse, zebrafish and fruit fly, genetic tools and connectomics allow color circuitry to be identified throughout the central brain, but we are only just beginning to characterize the natural color behavior of these animals. This is an exciting time to bring together leading scientists to share expertise gleaned from the full range of model systems and approaches, from humans to basal invertebrates, to fully harness the potential of these advances. Topics include, but are not restricted to, the analysis of natural scenes, circuitry for chromatic discriminations and behaviors and the evolution of color circuitry. The meeting will be organized to facilitate vigorous discussions across organisms and research themes.
Application deadline(extended!): December 7, 2018 (11:59 p.m. ET)
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Rapid advances in CRISPR/Cas9 technology plus next-generation sequencing enable whole-organism cell lineage analysis with genetic barcodes; however, such effort is still in its infancy. Continued innovations are needed in all aspects, from barcode generation to lineage tree modeling and validation. Informative cell lineage analysis will further require a better characterization of cell types, as well as identifying these types in intact tissue. This meeting will focus mainly on technical aspects of innovative cell lineage mapping (rather than cell/tissue physiology), with the goal of accelerating innovations for high-throughput dense reconstruction of cell lineages.
Application deadline (EXTENDED!): December 16, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST)
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A follow-up to the first chemical tools meeting in 2017, we will again bring together experts in the development of chemistry-based tools that help to unravel signaling networks within cells and tissues. The major themes will include: 1) design of analytical tools for cells and tissue networks, including imaging agents, 2) methods to perturb biological networks in cells and tissues, and 3) strategies to build artificial/model cellular networks for study. We will also include a special session of biologists and/or microscope builders discussing their biological system and its unsolved problems.
Application deadline (EXTENDED!): December 19, 2018 (11:59 p.m. ET)
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A follow up to the first meeting in 2017, this conference will again be a platform for the convergence of the frontiers of engineering and biological application. This year, we will focus on imaging technologies applicable mainly on the cellular and molecular level. We will bring leading developers of imaging technologies together with experts in the field of life sciences to discuss emerging technologies, current challenges and future directions. Presentations and discussions will address the current state of the art and recent progress on the topics of super-resolution microscopy, light sheet microscopy, correlative light-EM microscopy, probe and biosensor development, and data handling and analysis.
Application deadline: December 30, 2018 (11:59 p.m. ET)
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Organized by Ilaria Testa, Kaspar Podgorski, Philipp Keller, and Luke Lavis this interactive workshop for graduate students and postdocs will explore the near future of optical microscopy in the biological sciences. Its collaborative format will bring together researchers from diverse backgrounds with a common interest in improved optical techniques for the biological sciences. We will discuss open challenges and strategies for addressing them, emerging imaging methods and modalities, and ways in which computational and closed-loop approaches can be used to study biology.View Full Details
Organized by Hannah Haberkern, Misha Ahrens, Gowan Tervo, Alla Karpova, Josh Dudman and Vivek Jayaraman, this interactive workshop provides an exciting opportunity for graduate students and recent PhDs interested in the mechanistic basis of cognition to present their research to a diverse audience and discuss ideas for the future, while also discovering potential independent early-career options at Janelia.View Full Details
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