Postdocs Research Showcase 2022

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MCB Postdocs Research Showcase
March 24-25, 2022 | 245 Li Ka Shing


Day 1 | Thursday, March 24th 2022

1:00 – 1:10 PM Helena Cantwell (Heald Lab) and Varsha Rajshekar (Karpen Lab)
Welcome address
1:10 – 2:00 PM Needhi Bhalla, Professor, UC Santa Cruz
Keynote Talk: A Tale of Two Checkpoints
Session 1: Molecules Chair: Stephanie Gates (Martin Lab)
2:00 – 2:15 PM Allison Didychuk (Glausinger Lab)
Mechanistic dissection of an enigmatic accessory factor required for herpesvirus genome packaging
2:15 – 2:30 PM Subu Subramanian (Kuriyan Lab)
The evolutionary design of protein machines
2:30 – 2:45 PM Renzo Adilardi (Dernburg Lab)
Robust, versatile DNA FISH probes for chromosome-specific repeats in Caenorhabditis elegans and Pristionchus pacificus
2:45 – 2:50 PM Maria Lukarska (Savage Lab)
Flash Talk: Engineering of a minimal base editor for highly efficient genome editing
2:50 – 2:55 PM Julia Falo Sanjuan (Eisen and Garcia Labs)
Flash Talk: Predicting enhancer function from sequence through in silico evolution and high-throughput screening
3:00 – 3:40 PM Coffee Break
Session 2: Cells Chairs: Kanika Khanna (Welch Lab) and Francesca Burgos Bravo (Bustamante Lab)
3:40 – 3:55 PM David Kern (Browhan Lab)
Structure and function of an ion channel activated by cell swelling
3:55 – 4:10 PM Rick Hooy (Hurley Lab)
Flash Talk: Cryo electron tomographic structure of a virally hijacked vesicle coat
4:10 – 4:15 PM Shenjie Wu (Schekman Lab)
Flash Talk: Unconventional secretion of alpha-synuclein mediated by palmitoylated DNAJC5 oligomers
4:15 – 4:30 PM Kevin Mark (Rapé Lab)
Quality control of transcription factor complex composition
4:30 – 4:45 PM Tina Sing (Ünal Lab)
Leveraging gametogenesis-specific rejuvenation pathways to counteract cellular aging
4:45 – 4:50 PM Oshri Afanzar (Kuriyan Lab)
Flash Talk: Mitotic waves start from the nucleus
4:50 – 4:55 PM John Smolka (Lewis Lab)
Flash Talk: Human Mitochondrial Genome Maintenance
5:15 – 6:30 PM Postdocs - Faculty Mixer, Barker Lawn


Day 2 | Friday, March 25th 2022

1:00 – 1:10 PM Helena Cantwell (Heald Lab) and Varsha Rajshekar (Karpen Lab)
Opening remarks
1:10 – 2:00 PM Lauren Popov, Director of Translational Biology, Novome Biotechnologies
Keynote Talk: Genetically Engineered Microbial Medicines
Session 3: Cellular Interactions Chair: Tim Eisen (Kuriyan Lab)
2:00 – 2:15 PM Mariela Moreno Ayala (DuPage Lab)
Role of CXCR3+ T regulatory cells in cancer
2:15 – 2:30 PM Congyan Zhang (Schekman Lab)
Syncytin-mediated tunneling membrane tubes facilitates the intercellular transfer of cargos including Cas9 protein
2:30 – 2:35 PM Abby Stahl (Doudna Lab)
Flash Talk: Non-viral delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 to treat degenerative brain diseases
2:35 – 2:40 PM Xiao Liu (Heald Lab)
Flash Talk: Effects of neuron size on neural development
2:40 – 2:55 PM Raz Bar-Ziv (Dillin Lab)
Activation of the Mitochondrial Stress Response in Four Glial Cells Improves Lifespan, Stress Resistance, and Neurodegeneration
2:55 – 3:10 PM Marta Gajowa (Adesnik Lab)
Rapid learning of monosynaptic connectivity using two-photon holographic neural ensemble stimulation
3:10 – 4:15 PM Poster Session*, 2nd Floor Lobby LKS
Session 4: Organisms Chair: Flora Rutaganira (King Lab)
4:15 – 4:30 PM Valle Ojeda (Merchant Lab)
A redox chemoproteomic approach to the Chlamydomonas diurnal cycle
4:30 – 4:45 PM Alain Garcia De Las Bayonas (King Lab)
An adhesion GPCR controls aggregative multicellularity in the closest unicellular relatives of animals
4:45 – 4:50 PM Brandon Schlomann (Garcia Lab)
Flash Talk: Pocket watches and fire alarms: live imaging of genetic circuits in development and immunity
4:50 – 5:05 PM Deepa Ramamurthy (Feldman Lab)
Studying the neurobiological basis of attentional selection in the mouse whisker system
5:05 – 5:20 PM Priyanka Joshi (Titov Lab)
Towards systematically uncovering mechanisms of calorie restriction mediated lifespan and healthspan extension in C. elegans aging
5:20 – 5:30 PM Prof. Susan Marqusee
Concluding remarks
5:30 – 6:30 PM Postdocs Pizza Social, Gladys and Wayne Plaza


*Poster Presentations

Rory Craig (Merchant Lab)
Rates and spectra of de novo structural mutations in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Logan Ganzen (Kramer Lab)
Physiological Remodeling of Retinal Bipolar Cells during Photoreceptor Death
Esther (Jeong Yoon) Kim (Robey Lab)
ECM-integrin adhesion guides cellular position-sensing during embryonic patterning
Azra Lari (Glausinger Lab)
Viral infection-induced retrotransposon activation drives mRNA isoform switching
Joe Lobel (Ingolia Lab)
Principles and properties of intrinsically disordered regions in post-transcriptional control
Maria Lukarska (Savage Lab)
Next-generation base editors for improved precision, efficiency and delivery
Radhika Mehta (Merchant Lab)
Mechanistic insights in the Copper response regulator CRR1 in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Leanna Owen (Drubin Lab)
Force-regulated actin tethers in clathrin-mediated endocytosis
Janneke Peeters (DuPage Lab)
Does an Ezh2 gain of function mutation give Tregs a “gain of function”?
Preethi Ragunathan (Portnoy Lab)
Molecular mechanisms defining the synthesis and role of the Listeria metabolite HMBPP in activating human γδ T-cells
Flora Rutaganira (King Lab)
Choanoflagellate Kinase Chemical Genetics
Sankalp Shukla (Hurley Lab)
Mechanistic studies of Tau escape prevention from endolysosomal membranes by ESCRT III machinery
Jiao Sima (Dan Lab)
Locus Coeruleus noradrenergic neurons as a mediator for sleep pressure
Oliver Vanderpoorten (Bustamante Lab/Nanoscopy Lab, Norway)
Hybrid 2-photon lithography for water-scale nanofluidic chip fabrication


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