Cellular Dynamics & Models
April 9 - 12, 2019
Abstract Deadline: February 11, 2019

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James Faeder, University of Pittsburgh
Dyche Mullins, University of California, San Francisco
Ed Munro, University of Chicago
Susanne Rafelski, Allen Institute for Cell Science

We are pleased to host the seventh annual Cold Spring Harbor meeting on quantitative approaches to cell biology which will begin in the evening of Tuesday April 9 and run through lunch on Friday, April 12.

The focus of this meeting will be on quantitative approaches to cellular dynamics.  The specific goal 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.

  • Dynamic Control of Cell Fate
  • Dynamic Control of Biological Information Flow
  • And Now for Something Completely Different
  • The Self-Organized Cytoplasm
  • Dynamic Interplay of Molecular Assemblies, Cell Shape and Cellular Behavior
  • Evolutionary Cell Biology
  • Dynamics of Gene Expression
  • (Cellular) Tradecraft Sessions I and II
Keynote Speakers:

Julie Theriot, University of Washington and Allen Institute for Cell Science

Session Leaders:

Alistair Boettiger, Stanford University
Suzanne Eaton, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics, Germany
Nels Elde, University of Utah
Hana El-Samad, University of California, San Francisco
Ethan Garner, Harvard University
Liam Holt, New York University
Carlos F. Lopez, Vanderbilt University
Michael Murrell, Yale University 
Manu Prakash, Stanford University
Padmini Rangamani, University of California, San Diego
Elizabeth Read, University of California, Irvine
Steph Weber, McGill University, Canada
David Weitz, Harvard University
Alexandra Zidovska, New York University

Click the tabs above to register for the meeting and submit an abstract. Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentations will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. The status of abstracts (i.e., talk or poster) will be posted as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We eager to have as many young people as possible attend this meeting. As such, we have significant funds set aside to support young scientists who actively participate in the meeting by submitting an abstract and presenting either a poster or a talk. Please apply in writing via email to Val Pakaluk and state your financial needs.

Social Media:

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Academic Package: $1220
Graduate/PhD Student Package: $1020
Corporate Package: $1535
Academic/Student No-Housing Package: $835
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1035

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.