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New Opportunities to Study Origins of the Eukaryotic Cell

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New Opportunities to Study Origins of the Eukaryotic Cell

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April 15 - 18, 2018
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Co-sponsored by NSF and Janelia, this meeting will bring together thought leaders to discuss how eukaryotes evolved and to explore new opportunities to accelerate understanding of their evolution. We will explore how the study of non-eukaryotic cells and basal eukaryotes can provide insight into the origins of eukaryotic cellular organization, organelles, and eukaryote-specific molecular pathways. Attendees will share key data emerging from genomics, proteomics, informatics, computational biology, structural biology and microscopy, and will highlight the most exciting opportunities for future research. We will discuss gaps in our knowledge and identify specific research areas where the development of new strategies, new methods and new tools would most rapidly propel our understanding of the origins and diversity of eukaryotic cellular processes. The program will include short (15 min) talks, poster sessions and breakout sessions to explore sub-topics in greater depth. Participants and organizers will produce a written summary of the opportunities and potential strategies to accelerate research on the evolution of eukaryotes.

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Application deadline EXTENDED TO: January 24, 2018 (11:59 p.m. ET)


Mark Ellisman, University of California, San Diego
Martin Hetzer, Salk Institute
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Victoria Orphan, California Institute of Technology
David Stern, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI

Invited Participants

Buzz Baum, University College London
Matthew Brown, Mississippi State University
Rut Carballido-Lopez, French National Institute for Agricultural Research
Marian Carlson, Simons Foundation
Tom Cavalier-Smith, University of Oxford
Scott Dawson, University of California, Davis
Thijs Ettema, Uppsala University​
Steven Haddock, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Roland Hatzenpichler, Montana State University
Emily Herman, University of Alberta
Laura Hug, University of Waterloo
Jon Kaye, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation​
Chris Kempes, Santa Fe Institute
Marc Kirschner, Harvard Medical School
Eric Libby, Santa Fe Institute
Ann-Christin Lindås, Stockholm University
Jan Löwe, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Karolin Luger, HHMI/University of Colorado Boulder
Michael Lynch, Arizona State University
Jeffrey Marlow, Harvard University
John McCutcheon, University of Montana
Gregory Pazour, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Maria Inmaculada Ramirez Macias, University of Alberta
Samara Reck-Peterson, University of California, San Diego
David Roos, University of Pennsylvania
Anja Spang, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Christina Szalinski, Editor
Elitza Tocheva, University of Montreal
Tobias Walther, HHMI/Harvard Medical School
Michele Weber, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation​
István Zachar, Centre for Ecological Research​