Genome Engineering: The CRISPR-Cas Revolution
August 17 - 20, 2016
Abstract Deadline: June 17, 2016


Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley/HHMI
Maria Jasin
, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY
Jonathan Weissman

You are cordially invited to participate in the second meeting on Genome Engineering: The CRISPR-Cas Revolution at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The meeting will begin with dinner and the first session on the evening of Wednesday, August 17, 2016, and will conclude with lunch on Saturday, August 20.

The specific goal for this meeting is to foster fruitful and creative interactions between researchers interested in applying these systems to genome engineering and related advances in a wide variety of organisms, together with scientists studying the basic biology of CRISPR-Cas and related bacterial defense systems. The pre-meeting workshop will focus on technical aspects of genome engineering, including in various model organisms specific sessions led by experts.

This meeting will consist of six oral sessions plus one poster session; speakers will be invited as well as selected from submitted abstracts.


•    CRISPR Biology
•    Genome Editing
•    Gene Drives
•    DNA Repair
•    Model and Industrial Organisms
•    Technology Development
•    Stem Cells/Cancer
•    Genome-Wide Screens

Pre-Meeting Workshop - Wednesday, August 17 from 9 to 6 pm (see below for payment options)

Topics and Speakers:
How to Design Guide RNAs
Neville Sanjana, New York Genome Center & New York University
How to Knockout
Dana Carroll, University of Utah School of Medicine
How to Knockin
Mark DeWitt, University of California, Berkeley/Corn Lab
How to Characterize Off Targets
Shengdar Tsai, Massachusetts General Hospital/Joung Lab
CRISPR Transcriptional Regulation
Max Horlbeck, University of California, San Francisco
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System Specifics

     Stem Cells - Bill Skarnes, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
     Mice – Benjamin Low, The Jackson Laboratory
     Non-model Organisms - Nipam Patel, University of California, Berkeley
     Flies - Filip Port, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany
     Worms - Benhom Farboud, HHMI/University of California, Berkeley/Meyer Lab
     Plants - Tomas Cermak, University of Minnesota/Voytas Lab
     Zebrafish - Shawn Burgess, National Institutes of Health

Confirmed Speakers:

Ethan Bier, University of California, San Diego
Jacob Corn, University of California, Berkeley
Joseph DeRisi, HHMI/University of California, San Francisco
James Haber, Brandeis University
Danwei Huangfu, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
J. Keith Joung, Massachusetts General Hospital
Silvana Konermann, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Feng Zhang Laboratory)
Nancy Maizels, University of Washington
Luciano Marraffini, The Rockefeller University
Aviv Regev, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
David Sabatini, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
William Skarnes, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Julianne Smith, Cellectis, France
Erik Sontheimer, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Frank Stegmeier, KSQ Therapeutics
Francesca Storici, Georgia Tech
Feng Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Abstracts should contain interesting and exciting material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. 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.

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. Apply in writing to Val Pakaluk stating need for financial support - preference is given to those submitting abstracts.

Partial support provided by Advanced Analytical, Benchling, Editas Medicine and Twist Bioscience.

We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in August 2016.


Academic Package $1,140
Graduate/PhD Student Package $955
Corporate Package $1,445
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $780
Corporate No-Housing Package $975

Pre-Meeting Workshop $100
Pre-Meeting Workshop (with housing) $300

Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, a wine-and-cheese party, cocktail reception, and lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the meeting.