Systems Biology: Global Regulation of Gene Expression
March 11 - 13, 2020 Virtual Meeting
Abstract Deadline: January 20, 2020


Alistair Boettiger, Stanford University
Katherine Pollard, Gladstone Institutes & UCSF
Bas Van Steensel, Netherlands Cancer Institute
Julia Zeitlinger, Stowers Institute for Medical Research


COVID-19: It is with considerable regret that we announce the cancellation of the upcoming CSHL meeting on Systems Biology: Global Regulation of Gene Expression because of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. In an effort to prioritize our participants’ health while still promoting scientific exchange, we are hosting a virtual meeting, including oral sessions via Zoom and digital "poster sessions", in it's place. Please check your email for updates regarding the virtual meeting, refunds, and other important details.

We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation as it evolves, following CDC guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of our participants and staff. Full advisory 


The fourteenth Cold Spring Harbor conference on Systems Biology: Global Regulation of Gene Expression will take place virtually on Wednesday, March 11 through Friday, March 13, 2020.

The conference is intended to foster cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas and expertise between experimentalists and computational biologists interested in the organization and control of complex transcription networks in eukaryotes. While a number of speakers have been invited, please note that the majority of oral presentations have been drawn from openly submitted abstracts.

Virtual Meeting hosted by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory using Zoom/Slack/Web-based tools
Scientific program arranged by: Alistair Boettiger, Katherine Pollard, Bas Van Steensel & Julia Zeitlinger

Wednesday, March 11 –Friday, March 13, 2020

Wednesday   10:30 am    1 Gene Regulation in the 3D Nucleus

Wednesday    2:00 pm    2 Interactions of Regulatory Proteins, RNA and DNA

Thursday     10:30 am    3 Post-transcriptional Regulation

Thursday     11:15 am    4 RNA Polymerase II Regulation and Chromatin

Thursday     12:30 pm    Keynote Speaker

Thursday     2:00 pm    5 Cis-regulatory Code

Friday      10:30 am    6 Development, Evolution and Variation

Friday      2:00 pm    7 Transcriptional Regulation and Single-Cell Approaches

Throughout meeting      Virtual Poster Session with Slack channel for one-one dialogue

Keynote Speaker:
Joanna Wysocka, Stanford University

Enhancers and Transcription
3D Architecture of the Nucleus
Chromatin and Epigenetics
Development, Evolution and Variation

Emerging Technologies
Networks, Global Analysis, and Computational Models 

Invited Speakers:
Britt Adamson, Princeton University
Justin Crocker, EMBL, Germany
Mitch Guttman, Caltech
Smita Krishnaswamy, Yale University
Tineke Lenstra, Netherlands Cancer Institute
Elphege Nora, University of California, San Francisco
Francois Spitz, University of Chicago
Jussi Taipale, University of Cambridge, UK

This conference will be supported in part by funds provided by: National Institutes of Health.


Trial Virtual Package: $200

This new Trial Virtual Package includes access to the live videostream of invited and selected talks, virtual poster platform, and the digital abstract program. We hope to be able to provide recorded footage of the webcast as well. 

We have funds to provide partial scholarships for individuals who are US citizens/permanent residents from minority groups under-represented in the life sciences. Please provide justification in writing to and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those applying who submit abstracts to the meeting. Send email requests to