Cellular Dynamics & Models
Date: May 19 - 21 Virtual
Abstract Deadline: March 26 2021
Registrations submitted after 5p.m. ET on May 13, 2021 are subject to late fees

Hana El-Samad, University of California San Francisco
Dyche Mullins, University of California, San Francisco
Carlos F. Lopez, Vanderbilt University
Susanne Rafelski, Allen Institute for Cell Science


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.

We are pleased to host the eighth annual Cold Spring Harbor meeting on quantitative approaches to cell dynamics. The meeting will be held virtually, and will begin in the morning of May 19 and end in the late afternoon of Friday May 21, 2021 (all times in US eastern time).

 The specific goal of the meeting is to foster creative and fruitful interactions between experimental cell biologists and mathematical computational scientists who have common interests in understanding the dynamics of cellular processes. The meeting will emphasize the dynamic interplay of experiment, quantitative data analysis and the use of mathematical models and computer simulations to describe data, develop testable hypotheses and to gain deeper insights into systems level design principles that govern cellular dynamics.  In addition, the meeting will provide an opportunity for interactions among researchers interested in the dynamics of normal healthy cells and those who wish to understand how those dynamics are disrupted in diseased cells.

For those interested in presenting algorithms and/or software for computer simulation, image processing, data analysis and visualization, we will  provide two formats: short informational talks, and longer interactive demos, to be held during poster sessions. If you are interested, please specify the format you prefer (including both) in your abstract.

  • DayTime (ETSession #Session Name
    Wednesday 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    Keynote Speaker: Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
    Wednesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm 1 Cellular Engineering: Build to Understand
    Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Poster Session*
    Wednesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 2 Dynamic Control Cell and Tissue Organization
    Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3 From Genes to Physiology: Multiscale Analysis and Modeling
    Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Poster Session*
    Thursday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4 Evolutionary Cell Biology: Cells, Populations and Their Environment
    Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 5 Forces, Shapes, Movement (Cell Mechanics, Motility and Cytoskeleton)
    Friday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Poster Session*
    Friday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Keynote Speaker: Pavel Tomancak
    Friday 3:30 pm- 5:30 pm 6 Cellular Tradecraft
    Virtual Icebreaker Wednesday, 5:30 pm
    Discussion Zone
    30-minutes following each oral session (open Zoom format)
           *Virtual Poster Session will be available for viewing throughout the meeting

On-demand recordings of the daily Zoom sessions will be made available for 24 hours starting 9pm ET in an effort to accommodate all time zones. Followed by longer-term access to the Leading Strand video archive the week after the meeting.

Keynote Speakers :
Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, University of Cambridge, UK
Pavel Tomancak, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden

Invited Speakers :
Lacramioara Bintu, Stanford University
Anne Brunet, Stanford University
Stefano Di Talia, Duke University
Sophie Dumont, University of California, San Francisco
Paulien Hogeweg, Utrecht University

Liedewij Laan, Delft University of Technology
Graham Johnson, Allen Institute for Cell Biology
John McCutcheon, Arizona State University
Arvind Murugan, University of Chicago
Ewa Paluch,  University of Cambridge
Shayn Peirce-CottlerUniversity of Virginia, Charlottesville
Stanislav Y. Shvartsman, Princeton University

Please bring this notice to the attention of any of your colleagues who may be interested in participating in the meeting.

All abstracts must be submitted by the abstract deadline, March 26, 2021, and should contain new and unpublished material. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. Status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

Late registrations may be accepted after the abstract deadline if the meeting is not oversubscribed. In the event of over-subscription, every effort will be made to ensure that all groups who wish to participate will be represented. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Please apply in writing via email to Alicia Franco and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

Late Pricing: (registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on May 13, 2021)
Virtual Academic Package: $355
Virtual Graduate/PhD Student Package: $250
Virtual Corporate Package: $475

Virtual 3 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~36 talks / 6 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~18 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~40 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Virtual Social Events~
Meet-the-Speakers & Editors
Icebreaker, "Breakout" Social
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Digital program in PDF format

Social Media   

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlcomp. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.