Keynote Speakers

Martin Hudson – Professor of Biology, Interim Chair, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology – Kennesaw State University

Celeste M. Nelson – Wilke Family Professor in Bioengineering, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Director, Program in Engineering Biology, – Princeton University

Confirmed Speakers

Akankshi Munjal – Assistant Professor – Duke University

Adam Gracz – Assistant Professor – Emory University

Zachary Nimchuk – Associate Professor – University of North Carolina

Fabienne Poulain – Assistant Professor – University of South Carolina

Veronica Segarra – Interim Chair and Assistant Professor – High Point University

Karen Litwa – Assistant Professor – East Carolina University

Julio Monti Belmonte – Assistant Professor – North Carolina State University

Poster presentations: SESDB 2022 Poster List

Printable Schedule: SESDB 2022 schedule

Day 1- Wednesday, June 1st

12:30 – 5:00 pm:         Registration and poster setup

1:00 – 1:15 pm:           Welcome address

1:15 – 3:00 pm:           Session 1 – Morphogenesis and Organogenesis

                                   Chair: Lori O’Brien, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1:15 – 1:45 pm:           Invited Speaker: Akankshi Munjal, Duke University

Short talks:

1:45 – 2:05 pm:           Evolution of a chordate-specific mechanism for myoblast fusion

                                    Pengpeng Bi, University of Georgia

2:05 – 2:25 pm:           CHD4 mediates compaction of myocardial trabeculae in the developing heart

                                   Wei Shi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2:25 – 2:45 pm:           Herbicide induced oxidative stress and metabolic dysfunction leads to defects in intestinal morphogenesis

                                    Julia Grzymkowski, North Carolina State University

2:45 – 3:00 pm:            Break

3:00 – 4:00 pm:           Poster session #1

                                    Odd numbered posters

4:00 – 5:00 pm:          Keynote Address #1

                                  Martin Hudson, Interim Chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Professor of Biology, Kennesaw State University

                                  Title TBD

Day 2- Thursday, June 2nd

7:30 – 8:45 am:           Registration, refreshments, and breakfast (breakfast available 7:45-8:30)

8:45 – 10:15 am:         Session 2 – Genetic Regulation of Development

                                    Chair: Rob Dowen and Whitney Edwards, UNC

8:45 – 9:15 am:           Invited Speaker: Adam Gracz, Emory University

                                  The chromatin regulatory landscape of intestinal stem cell differentiation and lineage fidelity

                                   Short talks:

9:15 – 9:35 am:           Exploring the localization mechanism of cen mRNA to the centrosome

                                    Hala Zein-Sabatto, Emory University

9:35 – 9:55 am:           Pigmentation and ocular development in gene edited Anolis sagrei

                                   Christina Sabin, University of Georgia

9:55 – 10:15 am:         Sex-specific regulatory networks prime primordial germ cell fate commitment

                                   Adriana Alexander, National Institute of Environmental Health Science

10:15 – 10:30 am:       Break

10:30 – 12:00 pm:       Session 3 – Stem Cell Biology and Regeneration

                                   Chair: Josh Currie, Wake Forest University

10:30 – 11:00 am:       Invited speaker: Zachary Nimchuk, UNC

                                  Integration of endogenous and environmental cues in Arabidopsis shoot stem cell niche function

                                   Short talks:

11:00 – 11:20 am:       Remodeling of the cellular landscape during regeneration of the adult zebrafish olfactory bulb

                                  Leslie Slota-Burtt, Duke University

11:20 – 11:40 pm:       Heterotrimeric G proteins regulate planarian regeneration and behavior

                                  Jennifer Jenkins, University of Georgia

11:40 – 12:00 pm:       Do macrophage secretory factors regulate complex tissue regeneration in spiny mice (Acomys cahirinus)?

                                   Ajoy Aloysius, University of Kentucky

12:00 – 1:00 pm:         Lunch – Networking

1:00 – 2:30 pm:           Session 4 – Cell-Cell Communication and Signaling

                                   Chair: Jorge Munera, Medical University of South Carolina

1:00 – 1:30 pm:           Invited Speaker: Fabienne Poulain, University of South Carolina

                                   Destroy to build: trans-axonal degenerative signaling shapes neural circuits during development

                                   Short talks:

1:30 – 1:50 pm:           Wnt/Sp5 signaling cassette is critical for the development of the anterior-posterior axis in sea urchin embryos and is conserved across animals

                                   Sujan Gautam, Auburn University

1:50 – 2:10 pm:           Follicle-stimulating hormone signaling opposes DRL-1/FLR-4 MAPK signaling to balance p38-mediated growth and lipid homeostasis in C. elegans

                                   Sarah Torzone, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2:10 – 2:30 pm:           Glypican-based mechanisms of extracellular Wnt distribution

                                   Indrayani Waghmare, Vanderbilt University

2:30 – 3:30 pm:            Educational Session – Engaging all ages with science


2:30-2:50 pm:              Sara Faccidomo, UNC

                                    Community Outreach Activities for All Ages: Ways to Promote Enthusiasm for Brain Science

2:50-3:10 pm:              Hannah Wiedner, UNC; Abigail Ballard, UNC; Odessa Goudy, UNC; Rafia Virk, UNC

                                    Shadow A Scientist at UNC: an immersive outreach initiative

3:10-3:30 pm:              Veronica Segarra, Goucher College

                                    Scientific society outreach to engage future scientists: Opportunities and Challenges

3:30 – 3:45 pm            Break

3:45 – 4:45 pm:           Keynote Address #2

                                   Celeste Nelson, Dept of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University

                                   Title TBD

5:00 – 6:00 pm:            Poster session # 2/cocktail hour

                                    Even numbered posters

6:00 – 8:00 pm:            Banquet dinner

Day 3 – Friday, June 3rd

7:30 – 8:30 am:            Breakfast (breakfast available 7:45-8:30)

8:30 – 10:00 am:          Session 5 – Cell Shape and Dynamics in Development

                                    Chair: Hala Zein-Sabatto, Emory University

8:30 – 9:00 am:            Invited Speaker: Karen Litwa, East Carolina University

                                    Synapses Under Construction: Cytoskeletal Regulation of Developing Neural Circuits

                                    Short talks:

9:00 – 9:20 am:           Developmental Regulation of Epithelial Polarization by pre-mRNA Splicing

                                  Daniel Levic, Duke University

9:20 – 9:40 am:           Defining the structure and function of the multivalent protein network at cell-cell adherens junctions during Drosophila morphogenesis

                                  Anja Schmidt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

9:40 – 10:00 am:         Regulated sonic hedgehog signaling is required for patterned cell remodeling during cranial neural tube closure

                                  Eric Brooks, North Carolina State University

10:00 – 10:15 am:       Break

10:15 – 11:45 pm:       Session 6 – Modeling Developmental Systems

                                   Chair: Scott Parnell, UNC

10:15 – 10:45 am:       Invited Speaker: Julio Monti Belmonte, North Carolina State University

                                   Short talks:

10:45 – 11:05 am:       The RNA-binding protein Eif4a3 regulates neurogenesis in mouse and human development

                                  Bianca Lupan, Duke University

11:05 – 11:25 am:       Microphysiological modeling of PIK3CA-driven vascular malformations

                                  Wen Yih Aw, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

11:25 – 11:45 pm:       A wave of NF-κB activity regulates zebrafish scale development

                                   Maya Evanitsky, Duke University

11:45 -12:00 pm:        Awards and Closing Comments