2022 BAD Meeting

Thursday June 16th 2022– 6th Boston Area Drosophila Meeting | Boston College

Local Organizers
Dr. Vicki Losick | Assistant Professor of Biology, Boston College
Dr. Eric Folker | Associate Professor of Biology, Boston College

Meeting Agenda

Higgins Hall at Boston College in Newton, MA

For a PDF version of the schedule, click here.


10:00 am – 12:00 pm Session 1: Technologies, Cell, & Development (Higgins Hall Rm 300)
Moderator: Vicki Losick, Assistant Professor, Boston College

9:00 am Registration & Coffee (Higgins Hall Atrium)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Session 1: Technologies, Cell, & Development (Higgins Hall Rm 300)
Moderator: Vicki Losick, Assistant Professor, Boston College
10:00 am Sian Gramates, Biocurator, Harvard University
New and upcoming features at FlyBase
10:15 am Ying Liu, Postdoc, Harvard Medical School
Systemic study of tumor-host organ communication using the DRSC FlyPhone online resource
10:30 am Ben Ewen-Campen, Postdoc, Harvard Medical School
A split-Gal4 system that is fully repressible by Gal80
10:45 am Steve DeLuca, Assistant Professor, Brandeis University
New tools and a new model for studying gene silencing initiation during development
11:00 am Mary Ann Collins, Postdoc, MIT
The F-actin disassembly factors, Capulet and Flare, regulate distinct pools of actomyosin dynamics to promote epithelial remodeling during Drosophila gastrulation
11:15 am Rebecca Oramas, Graduate Student, University of Connecticut
The bHLH-PAS transcriptional complex Sim::Tgo plays active roles in late oogenesis to promote follicle maturation and ovulation
11:30 am Shruthi Bandyadka, Graduate Student, Boston University
Alternative splicing of vha100-2 exon 2 promotes non-cell autonomous clearance of nurse cells in Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis
11:45 am Stacey Hanlon, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut
Uncovering mechanisms that promote and suppress B chromosome meiotic drive
12:00 pm Lunch* (Higgins Hall Atrium and Outside weather permitting)
Lunch discussion groups:
New fly tools & techniques
Building an inclusive lab
Cytoskeleton & Mechanics
Starting a lab & Networking
What you wish you knew in grad school

*Boxed lunches will be provided per dietary requests to registered attendees only
1:00 pm – 3:30 pmSession II: Aging, Neurogenesis, & Immunity (Higgins Hall Rm 300)
Moderator: Eric Folker, Associate Professor, Boston College
1:00 pm Zeba Wunderlick, Assistant Professor, Boston University
Mechanisms of immune priming in Drosophila
1:15 pm Levi Duhaime, Research Assistant, Boston College
Age-induced polyploidy remodels the actomyosin network altering epithelial mechanics over the fly’s lifespan
1:30 pm Jenna Harris, Graduate Student, Brandeis University
The role of circRNAs in aging in Drosophila melanogaster
1:45 pm Torrey Mandigo, Postdoc, Massachusetts General Hospital
Protein Glycosylation is a regulator sleep and circadian rhythms in Drosophila
2:00 pm Dingbang Ma, Postdoc, Brandeis University
Neural connectivity molecules best identify the heterogeneous clock and dopaminergic cell types in the Drosophila adult brain
2:15 pm Karen Leopold Cunningham, Graduate student, MIT
Regulation of presynaptic calcium channel abundance at active zones through a balance of delivery and turnover
2:30 pm Rajan Thakur, Postdoc, Brown University
PDZD8 promotes autophagy at ER-Lysosome contact sites to regulate synaptic growth
2:45 pm Heena Khurana, Graduate student, University of Massachusetts Boston
Mechanisms of induction of Mps
3:00 pm Julia Nemtsova, Graduate student, Brown University
Mitochondrial dysfunction in a Drosophila model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
3:15 pm Juliet Girard, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Paths and pathways that generate cell-type heterogeneity and developmental progression in hematopoiesis
3:30 pm Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:00 pm Keynote Speaker Address

Dr. Jennifer Zallen, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, HHMI Investigator
Signals, forces, and cells: Decoding tissue morphogenesis

Jennifer A. Zallen, Ph.D., is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a member of the Developmental Biology Program at Sloan Kettering Institute of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her research focuses on the generation of tissue structure through the collective action of cell populations.

5:00 – 6:00 pm Poster Session & Reception (Higgins Hall Atrium)

Parking available in Commonwealth Garage and the event will take place in Higgins Hall.  Map will be sent to all registrants one week before the meeting.  

This meeting is supported by Boston College and the Company of Biologists.