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Friday May 1

6:40 – 7:40

Phil Beachy (Stanford)

Plenary Talk / Developmental Biology Lecture

7:40 – 10:00


Saturday May 2

Session I

Intercellular signaling

Chair : Marian Waterman

8:30 – 8:55

Henk Roelink (UC Berkeley)

“Handing over Hedgehog: how to move a membrane-bound ligand from cell to cell.”

8:55 – 9:20

Marian Waterman (UC Irvine)

“Modulation of Wnt signaling via regulation of TCF expression and localization.”

9:20 – 9:45

Francesca Mariani (USC)

“Growth factor signaling during skeletal development”

9:45 – 10:10

Rachel Smith-Bolton (UC Berkeley)

“Genetic studies of tissue regeneration in Drosophila”

10:10 – 10:30

Coffee Break


Session II

Cell biology of development

Chair: Wallace Marshall

10:30 – 10:55

Tau-Mu Yi (UC Irvine)

“Yeast: A Model System for Cell Polarity”

10:55 – 11:20

Wallace Marshall (UC Berkeley)

“Orientation of centrioles and cilia”

11:20 – 11:45

Gian Garriga (UCB)

“Arf GTPases and Frizzled signaling in C. elegans asymmetric neuroblast divisions”

11:45 – 12:00

Fabrice Roegiers (Fox Chase Cancer Center)

“A conserved NPAF motif directs Numb-mediated Sanpodo endocytosis in Drosophila sensory organ precursor cells”

12:00 – 1:00


Session III

Neural development

Chair: Neil Segil

1:00 – 1:25

Samantha Butler (USC)

“Controlling the rate of axon outgrowth: a potential axon guidance mechanism?"

1:25 – 1:50

Neil Segil (House Ear Institute/USC)

“Development and Regeneration of the Inner Ear:  Coordinating cell cycle and differentiation – Constraining Notch signaling.”

1:50 – 2:05

Konstantinos Zarbalis
(UC Davis)

“Manta ray a novel ENU mutant with brain and craniofacial defects”

2:05 – 2:20

Virginia M. Hazen (USC)

“The role of smads in BMP-mediated commissural axon guidance”

2:20 – 2:40

Coffee Break

Session IV

Transcription, Chromatin and development

Chair: Joanna Wysocka

2:40 – 3:05

Anandasankar Ray (UCR)

“Transcriptional mechanisms underlying odor receptor gene choice”

3:05 -3:30

Jennifer Armstrong (Claremont Colleges)

“Functions of the CHD1 chromatin remodeling factor in development and chromosome structure”


Joanna Wysocka (Stanford)

“Making faces: chromatin remodeling in the neural crest”


Sam Cox (USC)

“A variant histone H3.3 mutant reveals a role for epigenetic remodeling in the specification of the multipotent cranial neural crest”

4:10 – 4:30

Coffee Break

Session V

Education Session


4:30 – 4:55

Ira Clark (UCLA)

“Discovery and evidence based approaches to science education”

4:55 – 5:20

Rahul Warrior (UC Irvine)

“How do you teach 900 + freshmen a quarter?”

6:00 – 7:00


7:00 - 8:00

Poster Session


8:00 – 10:00



Sunday May 3

7:30- 8:30


Session VI

Cardiovascular development

Chair: Takashi Mikawa

8:30 – 8:55

Takashi Mikawa (UCSF)

“Vascular Patterning Along the Embryonic Midline”

8:55 – 9:20

Jau-Nian Chen (UCLA)

“Chemical genetic analysis of cardiovascular development in zebrafish”

9:20 – 9:35

Sarah Peyrot (UC Berkeley)

“Hh signaling regulates development of distinct tissues during lymph heart organogenesis”

9:35- 9:55

Coffee Break

Session VII


Chair: Nipam Patel


Craig T. Miller (UC Berkeley)

“Genetic analysis of evolutionary change in vertebrates”

10:20 – 10:45

Rob Steele (UC Irvine)

“Using chemical genetics and confocal imaging to explore developmental processes in Hydra”


Monika Abedin (UC Berkeley)

“Cadherin evolution and the origin of animals”


Robert W. Zeller (SDSU)

“microRNAs in the ascidian genome”


Nipam Patel (UC Berkeley)

“Reconstructing Ancestors and Evolutionary Pathways”


Awards, Closing Remarks

Program (PDF version)

Confirmed Speakers

Phil Beachy



Jennifer Armstrong

Henk Roelink

Nipam Patel

Marian Waterman

Samantha Butler

Tau-Mu Yi

Takashi Mikawa

Wallace Marshall

Gian Garriga

Anand Ray

Rob Steele

Ishwar Hariharan

Joanna Wysocka

Ira Clark

Francesca Mariani

Rachel Smith-Bolton

Fabrice Roegiers

Neil Segil

Konstantinos Zarbalis

Virginia M. Hazen

Anandasankar Ray

Sam Cox

Rahul Warrior

Jau-Nian Chen

Sarah Peyrot

Craig T. Miller

Monika Abedin

Robert W. Zeller