2016 Symposium - Germ Cells and Beyond; Probing Development and Immortality


"Germ Cells and Beyond; Probing Development and Immortality"

             *   A Symposium in Honor of Ruth Lehmann  *

Myriad cell types arise from the single-celled embryo and take on a variety of forms and functions during development and in adult life. Unlike all other cells of our body, germ cells contribute their genetic material and organelles to subsequent generations. Therefore, germ cells are considered ‘immortal’.

This year’s Symposium is being held in honor of Dr. Ruth Lehmann, the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor and Chair of the Department Cell Biology and Director of the Skirball Institute. Dr. Lehmann has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms of germ cell specification, migration, and maintenance. The Symposium features presentations by preeminent researchers studying chromosome dynamics, early development, germ cell differentiation, aging, and RNA biology. 

Friday, September 16, 2016
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM Farkas Auditorium
NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Ave., New York, NY

The 2016 Skirball Symposium is open to the public. Registration is not required. Corporate Support by ZEISS.

Symposium Program:    

9:30AM – 9:40AM

9:40AM – 10:15AM
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, PhD
Max-Planck Institute of Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany
The development of colour patterns in fishes: Towards an understanding of the evolution of beauty

10:15AM – 10:50AM
Anne Ephrussi, PhD
European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany 
mRNP assembly and transport in the Drosophila oocyte

10:50AM – 11:25AM
David C. Page, MD
Whitehead Institute, MIT, HHMI 
The mouse gonad induces pluripotent cells to become germ cells

11:25AM – 11:45AM
Coffee Break 

11:45AM – 12:20PM
Geraldine Seydoux, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, HHMI 
Regulation of RNA granule dynamics and germ cell fate by intrinsically-disordered proteins

12:20PM – 12:55 PM
Angelika Amon, PhD
Koch Institute for Intergrative Cancer Research, MIT, HHMI 
Translational control mechanisms govern meiosis

1:00PM – 2:15PM
Lunch Break

2:20PM – 2:55PM
Gertrud (Trudi) M. Schüpbach, PhD
Princeton University 
The establishment of axial polarity and epithelial morphogenesis in Drosophila

2:55PM - 3:30PM
Cynthia Kenyon, PhD
Calico (California Life Company)
Quality Control in the Germline of C. elegans

3:30PM - 4:05PM
Kathryn V. Anderson, PhD
Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 
Cell dynamics during mouse gastrulation

4:05PM – 4:20PM
Coffee break

4:20PM – 4:55PM
Maria Leptin, PhD
EMBO, Heidelberg, Germany 
Cell shape and morphogenesis:  sub cellular and supracellular mechanisms

4:55PM – 5:30PM
Eric F. Wieschaus, PhD
Princeton University, HHMI 
Patterning Transcription in early embryonic development

5:30PM – 5:40PM
Closing Remarks                  


The 2016 Skirball Institute 17th Annual Symposium is organized by Steven J. Burden, E. Jane Albert Hubbard, Agnel Sfeir, and Matthias Stadtfeld


Direct all inquiries to Laura E. Rivera 212-263-3289