Scientific Program

Thursday March 30 Afternoon:

3:00 to 6:00 p.m.    Registration



6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Dinner
7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Mixer



Friday, March 31 Morning:

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Session I: From Genes to Populations

Tony Griffiths, Chair 

8:30 to 8:55: Eric Selker “Control of DNA methylation in Neurospora

8:55 to 9:20: Xiaodong Cheng "Structural studies of protein (histone) methylation"

9:20 to 9:45: David Catcheside “Meiotic recombination initiated by the cog hotspot in Neurospora

9:45 to 10:10: Hirozaku Inoue “DNA repair and genomic instability in
Neurospora crassa

      Break: 10:10 to 10:25

10:25 to 10:50: Andre Fleissner “SO, a protein involved in hyphal fusion localizes to septal plugs”

10:50 to 11:15: John Taylor Neurospora comparative biology is enabled by phylogenetics and species recognition”

11:15 to 11:40: Elizabeth Turner ”Evolutionary genetics of reproductive isolation barriers separating Neurospora crassa and N. intermedia

11:40 to 12:05: Heather Wilkinson “Artificial selection for ascospore size in Neurospora crassa”



12:05 to 2:00 p.m.  Lunch
Business Meeting 

2:00 to 5:30 p.m., Workshop: How to utilize new tools and resources for Neurospora developed in the Program Project

Jay Dunlap, Organizer

2:00 to 2:40: Hildur Colot, Patrick CollopyKnockouts”

2:40 to 3:00: Matt Henn, Gloria Turner, “Phenotyping and web-based phenotype data deposition”

3:00 to 3:45: Jeffrey Townsend, Takao Kasuga and Baikang Pei, "Transcriptional profiling”

      Break 3:45 to 4:00

4:00 to 4:25: Matt Henn “Community annotation overview”

4:25 to 5:05: Matt Henn, Heather Hood, David DeCaprio, “Community annotation, hands on”

5:05 to 5:30: Alan Radford, “The Neurospora crassa e-Compendium"


6:00 to 7:00 p.m.    Dinner



6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Dinner

7:30 to 10:00 p.m., Session II: Genomics and Program Project Report

Kathy Borkovich, Chair

7:30 to 7:55: Jay Dunlap “Enabling a community to dissect an organism: Functional  analysis of Neurospora as a model filamentous fungus”                   

7:55 to 8:20: Matt Henn Genome informatics and Neurospora crassa functional studies

8:20 to 8:45: Gyungsoon Park, “Addition by subtraction: Novel insights into Neurospora biology obtained from transcription factor knockouts”

8:45 to 9:10: Jennifer Loros “A high-density SNP map for Neurospora crassa”

9:10 to 9:30: Kevin McCluskey “Activities and research at the Fungal Genetics Stock Center

9:30 to 9:55: Chaoguan Tian “Exploring regulatory networks in Neurospora


Saturday, April 1 Morning:

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.          Breakfast

8:30 to 12:05 p.m., Session III: Cell Morphogenesis and Assembly

Oded Yarden,Chair


8:30 to 8:55: Roger Lew “Functio Variabilis: Unraveling the diverse roles of ion transport in hyphal morphogenesis”

8:55 to 9:20:  Barry Bowman “How is calcium sequestered and does vacuolar calcium play a role in morphogenesis?”

9:20 to 9:45: Greg Jedd “The cellular and genetic determination of Woronin body formation in apical hyphal compartments of Neurospora crassa

9:45 to 10:10:  Steven Levery “Glycosphingolipid structure and biosynthesis in Neurospora crassa

      Break: 10:10 to 10:25

10:25 to 10:50: Mike Plamann “Genetic analysis of cytoplasmic dynein in Neurospora crassa

10:50 to 11:15: Walter Neupert “Biogenesis of mitochondria: Pathways and machineries involved in the import of proteins”

11:15 to 11:40: Frank Nargang “Function and expression of Tob55/Sam50 in Neurospora crassa: An essential protein for assembly of beta-barrels into the mitochondrial outer membrane”

11:40 to 12:05: Arnaldo Videira
“The NAD(P)H dehydrogenases of Neurospora crassa mitochondria”



12:05 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 to 5:30 p.m., Session IV: Cell Signaling and Gene Regulation

Nora Plesofsky, Chair


2:00 to 2:25:  Matthew Sachs “The arginine attenuator peptide: a regulator of translation and mRNA levels” 

2:25 to 2:50: Alan Lambowitz “Involvement of Neurospora mitochondrial tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase and DEAD-box proteins in splicing group I and group II introns”

2:50 to 3:15: Kathy Borkovich G proteins and histidine kinases differentially regulate sexual development”

3:15 to 3:40: Nick Read Signalling during conidial anastomosis tube fusion and conidium-trichogyne fusion

      Break: 3:40 to 3:55

3:55 to 4:20: Maria Celia Bertolini  "Glycogen metabolism and stress response in Neurospora crassa: The regulation of the gsn gene"

4:20 to 4:40: Fernanda Freitas "A mass approach to identify proteins binding to the gsn promoter"

4:40 to 5:05: Louise Glass “Heterokaryon incompatibility”

5:05 to 5:30: Dan Ebbole MAK-2 MAP Kinase and cAMP signaling pathways interact to control aerial growth and conidiophore development



6:00 to 7:30 p.m.:   Saturday Evening Banquet

Guiseppe Macino “Neurospora in the eternal city: 25 years of adventures”

7:30 to 10:30:  Poster Session

Sunday, April 2 Morning:

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.          Breakfast

8:30 12:00 noon, Session V: Clocks, Light, and Oxygen

Deborah Bell Pedersen, Chair

8:30 to 8:55: Yi Liu “Mechanism of the Neurospora circadian clock”

8:55 to 9:20: Luis Larrondo “Clocks and Light and Oxygen! Oh My!”

9:20 to 9:45: Michael Brunner “Coordination of negative and positive functions of FREQUENCY in the circadian clock”

9:45 to 10:10: Carlo Cogoni, Beadle and Tatum Award Lecture “Quelling in Neurospora: An overview”

      Break: 10:10 to 10:25

10:25 to 10:50: Kwangwon Lee “Natural variation and the multigenic nature of circadian behavior in Neurospora

10:50 to 11:15: Bill Belden ”Lessons about circadian control from systematic disruption of  putative chromatin remodeling factors”

11:15 to 11:40: Wilhelm Hansberg “Cell differentiation as a response to oxidative stress”

11:40 to 12:05: Pat Lakin-Thomas "FRQ-less oscillations in Neurospora"



12:00 noon:            Checkout 

12:00 to 1:00:         Lunch



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