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October 19 - 20, 2021
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Organized by Zev Gartner (UCSF), Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz (Janelia), Wallace Marshall (UCSF) and Manu Prakash (Stanford), this is the ninth in a series of planning workshops that will serve an important role in shaping Janelia's new 15-lab, 15-year research program in 4D Cellular Physiology.  

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This workshop will focus on the mechanisms and selective pressures driving the transition from unicellular to multicellular life, and the fundamental differences between them. Investigators working across a variety of model systems will address questions such as: What are the general principles of multicellularity, and what are the advantages and costs? How can theoretical models be applied to understanding of multicellular lifestyles? What new tools and approaches are needed to understand multicellular regulation? How does the role of development and aging differ between single cell and multicellular machines? And how can a better understanding of general mechanisms of multicellular regulation advance engineering and biomedical applications?

The virtual format will include ~5 hours of short talks and discussion each day, 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.

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 on your work.

Short talk application deadline: Oct 1, 2021 11:59 PM (EDT)


If you wish to attend the workshop without giving a presentation, sign up to receive the agenda and zoom link to join when they become available.


Zev Gartner, University of California, San Francisco
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, HHMI/Janelia Research Campus
Wallace Marshall, University of California, San Francisco
Manu Prakash, Stanford University

Invited Speakers

Karen Alim, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Leo Buss, Yale University
Otger Campàs, PoL - TU Dresden 
Iain Couzin, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
Cassandra Extavour, Harvard University
Joseph Frankel, University of Iowa
Amy Gladfelter, UNC Chapel Hill
Gáspár Jékely, University of Exeter
Fredrick Keijzer, University of Groningen
Nicole King , HHMI/University of California, Berkeley
Daniel Kronauer, The Rockefeller University
Mathias Lutolf, EPFL, Switzerland
Eduardo Moreno, Champalimaud
Andrew Murray, HHMI/Harvard University
Radhika Nagpal, Harvard University
Celeste Nelson, HHMI/Princeton University
William Ratcliff, Georgia Tech
Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo, Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
Allyson Sgro, Boston University
Wenying Shou, University College London
Eric Siggia, Rockefeller University
Sebastian Streichan, University of California, Santa Barbara
Corina Tarnita, Princeton University
Skylar Tibbits, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Keiko Torii, HHMI/UT Austin
Jennifer Zallen, HHMI/Sloan Kettering Institute