2020 BAD Meeting Schedule for June 11, 2020

Only Registered Attendees will get an Email on June 10 with the links to the Zoom “Meeting Rooms”.  Blue are full 15min talks, Red are lightning 5min talks.

12:30-12:35p  Welcoming remarks (Kim McCall, Horacio Frydman, BADM Committee)

12:35p  – Session 1  (Kim McCall and Horacio Frydman, Moderators)
12:35-12:50   Natalie Vaisman, Ph.D. student, Frydman lab, BU
Vertical transmission of Wolbachia in Drosophila gut cells and its effects in stem cell division
12:50-1:05     Carolyn Elya, Postdoc, de Biovort lab, Harvard
Zombiflied: Interrogating the mechanistic basis of behavior manipulation using the “zombie” entomopathogen Entomophthora muscae
1:05 -1:20    Justin Bosch, Postdoc, Perrimon Lab, Harvard
Two peptides encoded from a single transcript regulate mitochondrial function in Drosophila
1:20-1:25    Janel Cabrera, Asst. Prof., Emmanuel College
Investigation of variant PRC1 complexes in Drosophila
1:25-1:30    Vicki Losick, Asst Prof., Boston College
Wound-induced polyploidization: an adaptive healing strategy

1:35p  –  Session 2 – Three Concurrent Sessions:
Neurobiology (Kim McCall and Johnny Elguero, Moderators)
1:35-1:50   Rui Zhou, Assoc. Prof., Johns Hopkins, Florida
Role of the Circular RNA Edis in Innate Immunity and Neurodevelopment
1:50-2:05   Abby Olsen, Instructor, Feany Lab, Harvard
Defining a critical glial role for Parkinson’s disease risk genes in controlling alpha-synuclein toxicity
2:05 -2:20   Timothy Wiggin, Postdoc, Brandeis, Griffith lab
Operant Conditioning to a Food Reward Requires Rest
2:20-2:25   Luis Hernandez, Postdoc, Samuel Lab, Harvard
Flexible cross-inhibition controls Drosophila larva thermotaxis
2:25-2:30   Katrin Vogt, Postdoc, Samuel Lab, Harvard
Internal state configures olfactory behavior and early sensory processing in Drosophila larvae
2:30-2:35   John Hernandez, Postdoc, Kaun lab, Brown
Open bar assay: A reward self-administration paradigm for studying drug and substance use disorders

Cell Biology and Development (Horacio Frydman and Natalie Vaisman, Moderators)
1:35-1:50    Heya Zhao, PhD student, U Mass Boston, Veraksa lab
Regulation of epidermal cell differentiation by the Hippo pathway and Bonus
1:50-2:05   Sindhura Gopinath, PhD student, Cagan Lab, Mt. Sinai
Modeling Genomic Complexity of Colorectal Cancer using Multi-genic Drosophila Models
2:05 -2:20   Steven Del Signore, Postdoc, Rodal lab, Brandeis
An autoinhibitory clamp of actin assembly promotes synaptic endocytosis
2:20-2:25   Jianjun Sun, Assoc. Prof., U Conn.
Nuclear receptor Ftz-f1 promotes follicle maturation and ovulation partly via bHLH/PAS transcription factor Sim
2:25-2:30    Joseph Bunker, PhD student, Rister lab, U Mass Boston
The Ecdysone response pathway differentially regulates the Hippo pathway in two subtypes of post-mitotic photoreceptors
2:30-2:35    Khanh Lam-Kamath, PhD student, Rister lab, U Mass Boston
Dietary Stress Affects Structure and Function of the Eye

Gene Expression, Evolution and Genomics (Nelson Lau and Nachen Yang, Moderators)
1:35-1:50    Jumana AlHaj Abed, Postdoc, Wu Lab, Harvard
Investigating the relationship between genome organization of paired chromosomes and genome function at the single cell level in Drosophila
1:50-2:05    David Loehlin, Asst. Prof, Williams College
Regulatory mutations play the major role in the evolution of gene activity
2:05 -2:20   Geoff Findlay, Assoc. Prof., Holy Cross
De novo evolved genes are essential for Drosophila male fertility and act at multiple stages of spermatogenesis
2:20-2:25   Deepshe Dewett, PhD student, Rister Lab, U Mass Boston
Transcriptional changes in Drosophila genome during vitamin A deprivation
2:25-2:30   Nachen Yang, Postdoc., Lau Lab, BU
Aging leads to changes in transposable element landscapes in Drosophila
2:30-2:35  Nelson Lau, Assoc. Prof, BU
Har-P, a short P-element variant, weaponizes P-transposase to severely impair Drosophila development

2:35p-2:55p  Snack break or Biology break

2:55p-3:25p  Session 3: Informal chat break out rooms on germane Drosophila topics: (Kim McCall and Nelson Lau orchestrators)
Neurobiology & BehaviorPaul Garrity, Prof. Brandeis U., Discussion Leader
– CRISPR & Other Tools Stephanie Mohr, Director of DRSC/TRiP-FGR, Discussion Leader
– Human Disease Modeling & MetabolismMarla Tipping, Asst Prof, Providence College, Discussion Leader
– Gene Regulation & EpigeneticsJens Rister, Asst Prof, UMASS Boston, Discussion Leader
– Stem Cells & DevelopmentKristin White, Assoc Prof, MGH/Harvard, Discussion Leader
– Diversity & Science in a pandemicMichelle Markstein, Asst Prof, UMASS Amherst, Discussion Leader

3:30p-4:15p  Keynote Speaker Address
Dr. Ruth Lehmann Incoming director of the Whitehead Institute at MIT, currently the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor of Cell Biology and Chair of the Department of Cell Biology at New York University (NYU).
“Germ cells are forever”

4:15p-5:30p  Session 4 – More Neurobiology and Drosophila Technology
(Nachen Yang and Johnny Elguero, Moderators)
4:15-4:30   Karen Menuz, Asst Prof, U Conn.
A noncanonical odor receptor mediates responses to the widely attractive odor ammonia
4:30-4:45   Yosef Kaplan Dor, Postdoc, Rogulja Lab, Harvard
Sleep loss can cause death through accumulation of reactive oxygen species in the gut
4:45-4:50   Fei Wang, PhD student, Xiang lab, U Mass Med
Persistent Calcium Spikes Are an Axon Injury Signal Controlling Subtype-specific Regeneration
4:50-5:05 Victoria Jenkins, FlyBase
“Disease-relevant” to disease model: how FlyBase can help you investigate human disease in Drosophila
5:05-5:20 Raghuvir Viswanatha, Genome wide CRISPR screens
A flexible new platform for insect cell biology: pooled genome-wide CRISPR screens
5:20-5:35 Claire Hu, DGRC/ TRiP Bioinformatics
Online Bioinformatics Resources from the DRSC/TRiP
5:35-5:40 Jonathan Zirin, TRiP update
Large-scale transgenic Drosophila resource collections for loss- and gain-of-function studies

5:40p  Closing remarks (Nelson Lau and BADM Committee)

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