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Cell types are the fundamental units of multicellular life, which have diversified during animal evolution. Single-cell genomics/transcriptomics technologies and new insights into the molecular mechanisms specifying cell type identity allow us to explore this process in unprecedented detail. Our second EMBO | EMBL Symposium on the identity and evolution of cell types will re-assemble the growing community of scientists pushing forward the limits of this exciting new field. Based on the very positive feedback on the first symposium, we will keep session topics such as the cell type tree of life, and genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of cell type differentiation in development. We have also identified exciting new areas in our rapidly growing field – such as molecular mechanisms of cell type origination in evolution; the evolutionary assembly of cellular modules; different aspects of neuronal identity; and sensory cell type diversification in vertebrates. For this meeting, we will also provide extended discussion time within and between sessions and organise a final discussion.
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
KU Leuven, Belgium
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy
Harvard Medical School, USA
Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
University of Geneva, Switzerland
Columbia University, USA
Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA
University of California, Berkeley, USA
University of New Brunswick, Canada
Stanford University, USA
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
University of Basel, Switzerland
Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Spain
University of Vienna, Austria
Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Columbia University, USA
Stanford University, USA
Estación Experimental Aula Dei – CSIC, Spain
EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
University of Cambridge
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|Virtual Session 1: Molecular mechanisms of cell type origination in evolution – Session chair: Günter Wagner|
|15:00-15:15||Opening remarks by scientific organisers|
|15:15-15:45||The evolutionary origins of multicellularity and the role of ductile proteins (IDPs)|
Inmaculada Yruela – Estación Experimental Aula Dei – CSIC, Spain
|15:45-16:00||Deep conservation of developmental enhancers and gene regulatory landscape|
Emily Wong – Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Australia
|16:00-16:30||Co-option of stress responses during the early evolution of specialized cell types|
Aurora Nedelcu – University of New Brunswick, Canada
|16:45-17:15||Stress, Novelty, Innovation, and Three Epochs of Eye Evolution|
Todd Oakley – University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
|17:15-17:30||The evolution of the cell type specificity mechanism: the case of the uterine decidual cell|
Daniel Stadtmauer – Yale University, USA
|17:30-18:00||Meet the speakers|
|18:00-19:00||Digital poster session 1|
|19:00-20:00||Developmental Architecture of the Drosophila Central Complex: From Lineage to Cell Type and Circuit|
Volker Hartenstein – University of California, Los Angeles, USA
|20:00-20:30||Meet the keynote speaker|
|20:30-21:15||Optional: Virtual speed networking|
|Virtual Session 2: Molecular and systems biological mechanisms of cell type differentiation in development – Session chair: Brigitte Galliot|
|15:00-15:30||Development and evolution of neuron and muscle subtypes in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis|
Ulrich Technau – University of Vienna, Austria
|15:30-15:45||Dynamic ribosomal RNA modification patterns control cell fate decisions during early development|
Sofia Julia Häfner – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
|15:45-16:15||Autophagy in epithelial stem cells, an ancestral character supporting regeneration and slow aging?|
Brigitte Galliot – University of Geneva, Switzerland
|16:30-17:00||Decoding gene regulation in the fly brain|
Stein Aerts – KU Leuven, Belgium
|17:00-17:15||Germline and neuronal cell types develop from a common multipotent cell population in adult Nematostella vectensis|
Patrick Steinmetz – University of Bergen, Norway
|17:15-17:45||Modular developmental construction of T-lymphocyte identity|
Ellen Rothenberg – Caltech, USA
|17:45-18:15||Meet the speakers|
|Virtual Session 3: Sensory cell-type diversification in vertebratesSession chair: Clare Baker|
|18:30-19:00||Are hair cells magnetoreceptors?|
David Keays – Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
|19:00-19:15||Investigating the specification of hair cells versus electroreceptors in the lateral line using CRISPR/Cas9 in a sturgeon|
Martin Minarik – University of Cambridge, UK
|19:15-19:45||Early diversification of subtypes of sensory hair cells|
Teresa Nicolson – Stanford University, USA
|20:00-20:30||Development and maintenance of Merkel cell-neurite complexes, a vertebrate specialization that encodes sustained touch|
Ellen Lumpkin – University of California, Berkeley, USA
|20:30-20:45||Evolution of retinal cell types in the sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus, a basal-branching vertebrate|
Phil Oel – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|20:45-21:15||Meet the speakers|
|21:15-22:00||Optional: Virtual Bar mixer|
|Virtual Session 4: The evolutionary assembly of cellular modules – Session chair: Jacob Musser|
|15:00-15:30||Talk title to be announced|
Sarah Teichmann – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
|15:30-15:45||Neuropeptide repertoire reveals the molecular identity of ctenophore neurons|
Maria Sachkova – University of Bergen, Norway
|15:45-16:15||Cell type diversification in teleosts|
Alex Schier – University of Basel, Switzerland
|16:30-17:00||scRNAseq in sea urchins reveals the blueprint of major cell types and nervous system of a non-chordate deuterostome|
Maria Ina Arnone – Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy
|17:00-17:15||Tabula floris – panoramic view of the cell types of the flower|
Luke Nikolov – University of California, Los Angeles, USA
|17:15-17:45||Meet the speakers|
|18:00-19:00||Digital poster session 2|
|Virtual Session 5: Neuronal identity: from genes to morphology and connectivity – Session chair: Maria Antonietta Tosches|
|19:00-19:30||Evolution of cortical cell types|
Ed Lein – Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA
|19:30-19:45||Cellular homologies of birdsong control circuits|
Bradley Colquitt – University of California, San Francisco, USA
|19:45-20:15||The evolutionary origins of cortical cell types|
Maria Antonietta Tosches – Columbia University, USA
|20:30-21:00||Retinal cell fate determination|
Constance Cepko – Harvard Medical School, USA
|21:00-21:15||Evolution of cell types in the hyperexpanded mushroom body of ants|
Bogdan Sieriebriennikov – NYU Grossman School of Medicine, USA
|21:15-21:45||Homeobox genes and neuronal circuitry in C.elegans|
Oliver Hobert – Columbia University, USA
|21:45-22:15||Meet the speakers|
|Virtual Session 6: Cell type tree of life – Session chair: Detlev Arendt|
|15:00-15:30||Early metazoan cell type diversity and regulation|
Arnau Sebé-Pedrós – Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Spain
|15:30-15:45||Cerebellar nuclei evolved by repeatedly duplicating a conserved cell-type set|
Justus Kebschull – Johns Hopkins University, USA
|15:45-16:15||Identity and fate choice mechanisms in the neural crest cells|
Igor Adameyko – Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
|16:30-17:00||Roles of miRNAs in cell diversification|
Luisa Cochella – Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
|17:00-17:15||Comparison of haematopoietic cell identity across vertebrates using single cell transcriptomes|
Carolyn De Graaf – The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia
|17:15-17:45||Single-cell atlas mapping throughout metazoa reveals patterns in cell type evolution|
Bo Wang – Stanford University, USA
|18:00-18:30||Panel discussion: Trends in Cell Type Evolution|
Panelists: Detlev Arendt, Clare Baker, Volker Hartenstein, Maria Antonietta Tosches, Günter Wagner
|18:30-18:45||Closing remarks, digital poster prize announcement|
|18:45-19:15||Meet the speakers|
|PhD Student||140 Euro|
|EMBL Staff||Intranet access|
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Date: 4 - 7 May 2021
Abstract submission: Closed
Contact: Aline Schnieder