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4D Cellular Physiology Reimagined: Theory as a Principal Component

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September 13 - 14, 2021
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Organized by Kristin Branson (Janelia), James Fitzgerald (Janelia), Ann Hermundstad (Janelia), Michael Reiser (Janelia), and Allyson Sgro (Boston University), this is the eighth in a series of planning workshops that will serve an important role in shaping a 15-lab, 15-year research program at Janelia Research Campus called “4D Cellular Physiology”.

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This workshop will focus on the central role that theoretical frameworks and modeling play in understanding biological processes.  Theory and modeling have been a major source of insight and inspiration for experimental directions in all areas of biology; yet their full potential is untapped, and we seek principles that apply across diverse cellular and physiological systems. To this end, the meeting will focus on highlighting where cellular physiology has already begun to take advantage of theory, where there are substantial gaps, and how to best create and build connections between theorists and experimentalists. The discussions will guide how Janelia's new 4D Cellular Physiology research program will establish tight collaboration and iteration between theory and experiment to reach a deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying coordination across cells and tissues to control whole organism function.

The virtual format will include 5-6 hours of short talks and discussion each day, open to the broad scientific community.

This workshop will serve an important role in shaping Janelia’s ongoing research program, providing critical background for a new approach to collaboratively tackle some of the most important problems in modern biomedical research. 

Short talk applications are closed


Kristin Branson, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
James Fitzgerald, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Ann Hermundstad , Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Michael Reiser, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Allyson Sgro, Boston University


Minkyung Baek, University of Washington
Anne-Florence Bitbol, EPFL
Brian Camley, Johns Hopkins University
Domatilla Del Vecchio, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Natalie Dye, PoL - TU Dresden 
Hernan Garcia, University of California, Berkeley
Guadalupe Garcia, Salk Institute
Marcella Gomez, University of California, Santa Cruz
Isabella Graf, Yale University
Christina Hueschen, Stanford University
Vivek Jayaraman, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Jonathan Karr, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Elena Koslover, University of California, San Diego
Feng Ling, University of Southern California
Benjamin Machta, Yale University
Pankaj Mehta, Boston University
Ifunanya Nwogbaga, Johns Hopkins University
Timothy O’Leary, University of Cambridge
Noah Olsman, Harvard Medical School
Jason Rocks, Boston University
Genevieve Stein-O'Brien, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
David Van Valen, California Institute of Technology
Aubrey Weigel, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Ned Wingreen, Princeton University
Hyun Youk, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Bin Yu, University of California, Berkeley
Yunliang Zang, Brandeis University

Discussion Leaders

Hana El-Samad, University of California, San Francisco
Daniel Fisher, Stanford University
Eva Kanso, University of Southern California
Jané Kondev, Brandeis University
Herbert Levine, Northeastern University
Armita Nourmohammad, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Boris Shraiman, University of California, Santa Barbara
Srini Turaga, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI