Genome Engineering: CRISPR Frontiers
August 18 - 20, 2021 Virtual
Abstract Deadline: June 18, 2021


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.


You are cordially invited to participate in the seventh Cold Spring harbor meeting on Genome Engineering: CRISPR Frontiers. 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. The meeting will be held virtually, beginning late morning ET on Wednesday, August 18, and ending late afternoon ET on Friday, August 20, 2021.

This meeting will consist of six oral sessions, a panel discussion, and virtual poster sessions; In addition to invited speakers, a number of speakers will be selected from submitted abstracts.

  • CRISPR Biology
  • Technology
  • Gene Therapy and Delivery
  • DNA Damage Repair
  • Structure/Biochemistry

Keynote Speakers:
Emmanuelle Charpentier,
Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Germany
Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley/HHMI

Confirmed Invited Speakers:
Brittany Adamson,
Princeton University
Lacramioara Bintu, Stanford University
Alberto Ciccia,
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Nicole Gaudelli, Beam TX
Charles Gersbach, Duke University
Carol Gross, University of California, San Francisco
Taekjip Ha, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Walter Isaacson, Tulane University
J. Keith Joung, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Kristin Knouse, Whitehead Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alexis Komor, University of California, San Diego
Gaelle Legube, CBI-University of Toulouse, France
Hong Li, Florida State University
Prashant Mali, University of California, San Diego
Luciano Marraffini,
The Rockefeller University
Joshua Modell, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Aviv Regev, Genentech
Neville Sanjana, New York Genome Center
Gerald Schwank, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Daniel Siegwart, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Samuel Sternberg,
Columbia University
Yan Zhang, University of Michigan Medical School
Lee Zou,
Harvard Medical School

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:

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlcrispr21. 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.

This meeting is sponsored by:


Virtual Academic Package: $255
Virtual Graduate/PhD Student Package: $150
Virtual Corporate Package: $375

Academic Lab Group Discounts (not departmental or institutional discounts- requests must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. ET on August 12, 2021):
Labs registering 4 people: 20% discount off applicable fees
Labs registering 5 people: 25%
Labs registering 6+ people: 30%

To be eligible for lab group discounts, please submit a list of lab members planning to attend in advance of registration to Val Pakaluk to establish appropriate discounted fees. Please include a link to your lab web page for verification purposes. Prior payments will be included in the group discount calculation.

Virtual 3 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~60 talks / 8 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~18 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~100 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