Germ Cells
October 5 - 9, 2022
Abstract Deadline: July 15, 2022


Andrea Pauli, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
Mark Van Doren, Johns Hopkins University
Shosei Yoshida, National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan


COVID-19: All participants planning to attend in-person will be required to provide documentary proof of full vaccination AND first booster with an FDA or EMA approved vaccine. Additional safety measures will be in line with current NY and federal guidelines. For more information, see COVID-19 Policies and Protocol.


You are cordially invited to participate in the 13th biennial meeting on Germ Cells to be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island, New York. The meeting will begin with dinner and the first session on the evening of Wednesday, October 5 and will conclude after lunch on Sunday October 9, 2022. 

The specific goals of this conference are to bring together a diverse group of scientists studying various molecular, cellular and genetic aspects of germ line and gamete development. This meeting is intended to provide a format for the exchange of ideas and information, to discuss the latest research findings and technical advances, and to facilitate the intellectual unification of research on germ cells and related disease states in diverse systems.

  • Germline Evolution
  • Sex Determination
  • Germline Stem Cells & Their Niche
  • Meiosis, Chromosome Mechanics & Cell Biology
  • Gametes & Fertilization
  • Epigenetics & Egg-to-Embryo Transition
  • Environmental & Hormonal Control
  • Post-transcriptional Control

Keynote Speakers:
Ruth Lehmann, Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mitinori Saitou, Kyoto University

Invited Speakers:
Erez Raz, University of Muenster, Germany
Diana Laird, University of California San Francisco
Phil Newmark, Morgridge Institute/University of Wisconsin-Madison
Katsuhiko Hayashi, Kyushu University, Japan
Yumiko Saga, National Institute of Genetics, Japan
Bruce Draper, University of California, Davis
Xin Chen, Johns Hopkins University
Robin Hobbs, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Tomoya Kitajima, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan
Anne Villeneuve, Stanford University
Florence Marlow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Donal O'Carroll, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Carolyn Phillips, University of Southern California
Elizabeth Gavis, Princeton University
Antoine Peters, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
Scott Kennedy, Harvard University
Helen Salz, Case Western Reserve University
Susan Strome, University of California Santa Cruz

Unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

Financial Aid: Please apply in writing via email to Samantha Mastronardi if you require financial support; preference will be given to those submitting abstracts.

Social Media: The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlgermcells. 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 conference is supported in part by funds provided by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health


In-Person Fees
Academic/Media Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1,655
Academic/Media Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1,555
Academic Shared Room Package: $1,415
Academic/Media No-Housing Package: $1,055
Student Package*: $1,315
Student No-Housing Package: $955
Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $2,115
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,515

*Student Housing is default double occupancy. Please enquire about availability and fees to upgrade to private room.

NOTE: We cannot guarantee housing will be on campus

Room package reservations close 2 weeks before the meeting start date

Rules for Virtual Participation: Virtual participation will include access to the oral sessions via Zoom, access to the digital poster sessions and access to the Slack discussion channel, and the Leading Strand video archive.

Presenters: Individuals submitting abstracts and facing financial barriers should firstly request financial aid (see above). Permission to present your talk or poster virtually will be given only in exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. If you think you are eligible for an exemption from the requirement to present in person, please provide a justification in writing via email to Samantha Mastronardi.

Non-presenting participants: We plan to broaden access to the conference by allowing certain categories of non-presenting participants to attend virtually at reduced fees. Categories include: 
1. Individuals from low & middle income countries; 
2. Individuals from non-LMIC countries in Asia, Australasia, Africa or South America; 
3. Individuals from US & Canadian minority serving institutions; 
4. Individuals with a demonstrable financial barrier; 
5. Individuals with family obligations or other special circumstances. 
For categories 4 & 5 above, please provide a justification via email to Samantha Mastronardi

Late Fees (registrations submitted after 5:00pm ET on September 29th)

Academic Virtual Package: $395
Student Virtual Package: $280
Corporate Virtual Package: $535