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Registration & Abstract Submission

Meeting registration deadlines: January 25, 2017 (Early) and February 25, 2017 (Regular)

Abstract submission deadline: February 25, 2017

Housing registration deadline: February 25, 2017

Online registration is now closed. Please email to plikus@uci.edu about late registration.

Registration rates:

Category SDB Member rate Non-SDB member rate
Faculty/PI $100 (Early) or $150 (Regular) $150 (Early) or $200 (Regular)
Postdoctoral Scholar $50 (Early) or $100 (Regular) $100 (Early) or $150 (Regular)
Graduate Student $25 (Early) or $50 (Regular) $50 (Early) or $100 (Regular)
Undergraduate $25  $25



Day 1, March 28, 2017 (Tuesday)

3:00 PM – 6:45 PM Registration and poster set-up
6:45 PM – 7:00 PM Welcome
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Keynote speaker – Dr. Andy McMahon (USC)
Generation and repair of the mammalian nephron
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Poster session and mixer (hors d’ouevres and drinks)


Day 2, March 29, 2017 (Wednesday)

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Continental breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Session 1: Developmental Signaling Chair: Dr. Maria Barna (Stanford)

Short Talks:
Dena Leerberg (UC Davis) Precise fibroblast growth factor receptor combinations regulate early development and organogenesis
Pulin Li (Caltech) Morphogen signal gradient dynamics through bottom-up reconstitution
Stephen Snipes (UCR) Cytokinin promotes WUSCHEL protein stability to establish its differential accumulation in the stem cell niche
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Refreshment break
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Session 2: Gene Regulation Chair: Dr. Robert Blelloch (UCSF)
Transcriptional/epigenetic poising of mammalian gastrulation

Short Talks:
Jeremy Sandler (Caltech) Functional truncation of long genes in the syncytial Drosophila melanogaster embryo
Marco Osterwalder (LBL) Extensive functional in vivo redundancy of mammalian enhancers
Kevin Rodriguez (UCR) Reciprocal interactions among cis-elements within a cis-regulatory module reinforce transcriptional repression
11:30 AM – 4:30 PM Lunch and free time
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Session 3: Morphogenesis and Organogenesis Chair: Dr. Gage Crump (USC)
Development, evolution, and regeneration of skeletal joints

Invited Speaker: Dr. Sarah Hake (UC Berkley)
The role of TALE transcription factors in plant architecture

Short Talks:
Raul Ramos (UCI) A cellular and developmental characterization of auricular cartilage
Sara Nathan (UCSF) Defining epithelial cell dynamics and lineage relationships in the developing lacrimal gland
Tracy (Trinh Khiet) Tran (USC) Comparative analysis of mouse and human kidney development to inform in vitro nephrogenesis
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Session 4: Reproductive Biology Chair: Dr. Monika Ward (Univ. of Hawaii)
The role of Y chromosome in directing spermatogenesis

Short Talks:
Aaron Crapster (Stanford) HIPK4 is essential for spermiogenesis in mice
Sha Sun (UCI) Epigenetic inheritance and sperm chromatin visualization
Michelle Digman (UCI) Predicting preimplantation embryo health using the phasor approach to Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM)
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM Poster session and refreshments


Day 3, March 30, 2017 (Thursday)

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Continental breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Session 5: Stem Cells and Regeneration Chair: Dr. Ophir Klein (UCSF)
Long in the tooth: regulation of epithelial stem cells in organ renewal

Short Talks:
Francesca Mariani (USC) Hedgehog signaling is required to generate hybrid cartilage-bone cells during large-scale skeletal regeneration
Bo Wang (Stanford) Nirvana of a parasite: the stem cell system and the germline origin in flatworm Schistosoma
Celina Juliano (UC Davis) Somatic PIWI-piRNA pathway function in Hydra regeneration
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Refreshment break
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Session 6: Evo/Devo Chair: Dr. Kimberly Cooper (UCSD)
What big feet you have!’ How is skeletal proportion established in development and evolution?

Short Talks:
Evgeny Kvon (LBL) Molecular basis of limb loss in snakes
Joseph Ross (CalState Fresno) Clues to hybrid developmental dysfunction: the mitochondria did it with a nuclear device in the nematode
Camilla Teng (USC) Zebrafish model of Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome reveals genetic conservation despite shifts in tissue origins
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM – 4:00 PM Free time
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Session 7: Technologies Chair: Dr. Enrico Gratton (UCI)
Spectroscopic signatures of cells metabolism and extracellular species using FLIM

Short Talks:
Leonardo Morsut (USC) Programming cells to design developmental trajectories with synthetic biology molecular tools
Alistair Boettiger (Stanford) Visualizing cis-regulatory interactions in development with super-resolution
Shashank Gandhi (Caltech) An optimized system for robust genome editing in chicken embryos using CRISPR/Cas9
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Session 8: Education Chair: Stephen Ekker (Mayo Clinic)
Science education and your community
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Dinner and awards ceremony


Day 4, March 31, 2017 (Friday)

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Continental breakfast



Keynote Speaker

Dr. Andrew McMahon
Chair and W.M. Keck Provost Professor, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Director, Edythe and Eli Broad Center For Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine
University of Southern California (USC)
Personal website

Session 1: Developmental Signaling

Dr. Maria Barna
Assistant Professor, Genetics and Developmental Biology
Stanford University
Personal website

Session 2: Gene Regulation

Dr. Robert Blelloch
Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Urology
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Personal website

Session 3: Morphogenesis and Organogenesis

Dr. Gage Crump
Associate Professor, Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
University of Southern California (USC)
Personal website
Dr. Sarah Hake
Adjunct Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology
Center Director, USDA Plant Gene Expression Center
University of California, Berkley
Personal website

Session 4: Reproductive Biology

Dr. Monika Ward
Professor, Institute for Biogenesis Research
University of Hawaii
Personal website

Session 5: Stem Cells and Regeneration

Dr. Ophir Klein
Professor, School of Dentistry
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Personal website

Session 6: Evo/Devo

Dr. Kimberly Cooper
Assistant Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Personal website

Session 7: Technologies

Dr. Enrico Gratton
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
University of California, Irvine (UCI)
Personal website

Session 8: Education

Dr. Stephen Ekker
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Editor-in-Chief, Zebrafish
Personal website


You can reserve your room at Tenaya Lodge either online or by calling reservation number (800) 635-5807, dialing option #1 and identify that you are with the West Coast Society for Developmental Biology, or using the group code 313525 to receive the group rate.

Click Here to Make an Online Reservation

If you are prompted that reservations are sold out, please call the reservation line for assistance, as many reasons can result in the “sold out” message. If you plan to extend your stay beyond the conference dates (March 28-31, 2017), you should make your reservation by calling the reservation line directly and mention the group name or code, as you cannot book extended stays online.

Important reservation policies:
1) All reservations must be cancelled at least 7 days prior to arrival to receive a full refund.
2) All reductions to a length of stay must be received at least 48 hours prior to arrival.  If a reduction in room nights is made after 48 hours of arrival, you will be required to pay for the full original length of stay.
3) All early departures, no shows and late arrivals will be charged in full.

Additional important notes:
1) The check-in time is 4:00 PM and the check-out time is 11:00 AM.
2) Any reservations requests received after 5 pm PST on February 25, 2017 will be subject to availability and based on current room rates and reservation restrictions at the time the reservation is requested.
3) If you are arriving prior to or staying after March 28-31, 2017, rates will be offered based on availability and will be subject to current room rates and reservation restrictions at the time the reservation is requested.
4) The Society for Developmental Biology is financially responsible for room cancellations within its group-rate block. Please plan your reservations accordingly.



Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite National Park


Address: 1122 CA-41, Fish Camp, CA 93623
Phone: (888) 514-2167

Directions and Estimated Driving Times
Note that the nearest airport is Fresno International (~60 miles from Tenaya Lodge)

Yosemite National Park Information

Other Local Attractions:
Lewis Creek Trail and Falls
Bass Lake