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Invited Speakers

Dros23 Speakers

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Julier Ahringer

Keynote Speaker

Oliver Hobert

Oliver Hobert

Oliver Hobert is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His lab uses the nematode C. elegans to study the problem of how neurons acquire their unique and distinct identity features and how neurons can change their phenotypes in response to specific internal and external states.

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Sandhya Koushika

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Geraldine Seydoux

Geraldine Seydoux is the Huntington Sheldon Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research is focused on germline development and RNA regulation, with an emphasis on the assembly and role of RNA granules in germ cells.

Hong Zhang

Hong Zhang

Hong Zhang is an Investigator in the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His lab demonstrated that during C. elegans embryogenesis, specialized protein aggregates, called PGL granules, are selectively removed by autophagy in somatic cells. Using degradation of PGL granules as a model, his lab carried out the first systematic genetic screens in multicellular organisms and identified a set of metazoan-specific autophagy genes, called Epg genes. His lab further revealed that Epg genes act at steps unique to the autophagy pathway in multicellular organisms. Currently, his lab is studying how phase separation and transition control autophagic degradation of protein aggregates.

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