Genome Engineering: CRISPR Frontiers
August 19 - 21, 2020 Virtual
Abstract Deadline: May 29, 2020


Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley/HHMI
Maria Jasin, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
David Liu, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
Jonathan Weissman, Whitehead Institute and MIT/HHMI


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.


The sixth Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Genome Engineering: CRISPR Frontiers is going fully virtual and will begin late morning EST on Wednesday August 19 and end late afternoon EST on Friday August 21, 2020. Oral sessions will be confined to later morning and afternoon sessions EST to maximize access by participants from around the world. An outline program will be posted following further discussion with the organizers.

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 and related bacterial defense systems.

This meeting will consist of six oral sessions and a virtual poster session throughout the meeting; In addition to invited speakers, a number of speakers will be selected from submitted abstracts.
Session Name

Day Time (EDT Session # Session 
10:00 am
10:15 am

1  Chair: Joshua Modell
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine             
Rosalind Franklin Tribute
CRISPR Biology
Wednesday 2:00 pm 2 - Chair: Shengdar Tsai
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Technology I
Thursday 10:00 am                         3-  Chair: Keith Joung
MGH & Harvard Medical School
Thursday 2:00 pm 4 - Chair: Audrone Lapinaite
Arizona State University
CRISPR Structure
Thursday 3:30 pm 5 - Chair: Alexis Komor
University of California, San Diego
Technology II
Friday 10:00 am 6 - Chair: Brittany Adamson
Princeton University
DNA Repair
Friday 2:00 pm 7 - Chair: Zach Lippman
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Friday 3:45 pm 8 - Chair: Fyodor Urnov
Innovative Genomics Institute

Throughout Meeting Virtual Poster Session

Special Tribute: Remembering Rosalind Franklin on her 100th birthday
Fyodor Urnov, Innovative Genomics Institute

Panel Discussion:  Chair: Alexis Komor, University of California, San Diego,
Walter Isaacson, Tulane University,  Michael Mina, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Bruce Tromberg, NIH RADx Program, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering

Invited Speakers:
Janice Chen, Mammoth Biosciences
Alberto Ciccia,
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Daniel Durocher, Lunenfeld-Tananbaum Research Institute
Asma Hatoum-Aslan, University of Alabama
Patrick Hsu, University of California, Berkeley
Steven Jacobsen, HHMI / University of California, Los Angeles
Martin Jinek, University of Zurich, Switzerland
J. Keith Joung, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School
Zachary Lippman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
David Liu, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT 
Kira Makarova, National Center for Biotechnology Information / NIH
Karen Maxwell, University of Toronto, Canada
Sylvain Moineau, University of Laval, Canada
Cameron Myhrvold, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Osamu Nureki, University of Tokyo, Japan
Melanie Ott, University of California, San Francisco, Gladstone Institutes
Stanley Qi, Stanford University
Pamela Ronald, University of California, Davis
Daniel Voytas, University of Minnesota
Yanli Wang, Institute of Biophysics, CAS, China
Blake Wiedenheft, Montana State University
Max Wilson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Feng Zhang,The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

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. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made.

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 Val Pakaluk and state your financial needs; preference will be given to those submitting abstracts.

Social Media:

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This meeting is sponsored by:

Virtual Attendance Package: $285
Graduate Student Attendance Package:
Virtual Corporate Package: $360