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Biological Tools for 4D Cellular Physiology

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May 27 - 28, 2021
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Organized by  Luke Lavis (Janelia), Alison Tebo (Janelia) and Jordan Meier (NCI/NIH), this is the fourth 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”.

The goal of 4DCP is to understand the function, structure and communication mechanisms of cells within and across organ systems. Exploring how the collective actions of molecules give rise to cell and tissue functions requires tracking of cells and visualization of biological processes in vivo in real-time and at high resolution. One way in which we aim to stimulate this emerging field is through the development of novel cell biological tools and technologies that enable mechanistic approaches to physiological questions of development, homeostasis and disease in the context of organs and tissues. This workshop will center on some of the latest advances in imaging methods, technology development and molecular approaches at the interface of cell biology and physiology.

The virtual format will include 4-5 hours of short talks and discussion each day. All talks will be open to the broad scientific community. Presentations by invited speakers will focus on current challenges in the field and exciting new directions that could lead to transformative advances. If you wish to attend any of the sessions, sign up to receive the meeting agenda and zoom link to join when they become available.

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. 

Graduate students, postdocs and other trainees are invited to submit an abstract for consideration for a short talk.

Short talk applications are closed

Immediately preceding this workshop, on May 26, Janelia is hosting an Early Career Researcher Symposium on Protein Engineering, intended for students and postdocs. Visit the website for more details and to apply for a short talk.


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Luke LavisJanelia Research Campus/HHMI
Alison Tebo , Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Jordan Meier, NCI/NIH


Polina Anikeeva, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Eric Anslyn, University of Texas at Austin
Bernd Bodenmiller, University of Zurich
Ed Boyden, HHMI/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Caitlin Donahue, University of Notre Dame
Doug Fowler, University of Washington
James Frank, Oregon Health & Science University
Benedikt Geier, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Shuo Han, Stanford University
Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia University
Claudia Höbartner, University of Würzburg
Laura Kiessling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Emma Lundberg, TH Royal Institute of Technology
Zhuoran Ma, Stanford University
Qunxiang Ong, Yale University
Robert Prevedel, The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Schraga Schwartz, Weizmann Institute
Lixue Shi, Columbia University
Aaron Streets, University of California
Winston Timp, Johns Hopkins University
Lu Wei, California Institute of Technology
Peng Wu, Scripps Research Institute
Tian Zeng, California Institute of Technology

Discussion Leaders

Abraham Beyene, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Raj Chari, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Teng-Leong Chew, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Claire Deo, The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Eileen Furlong, The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Tim Harris, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder
Kayvon Pedram, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Sara Rouhanifard, Northeastern University
Hari Shroff, NIBIB/NIH
David Stern, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI