Gene Expression and Signaling in the Immune System
April 24 - 28, 2018
Abstract Deadline: February 26, 2018


Diane Mathis, Harvard Medical School
Stephen Nutt, The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Australia
Alexander Rudensky, HHMI & Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Arthur Weiss, HHMI & University of California San Francisco

We are pleased to announce the ninth Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Gene Expression & Signaling in the Immune System, which will begin on Tuesday evening, April 24 and end at noon on Saturday, April 28, 2018. We are looking forward to a broad-based meeting, and abstracts are welcomed on all scientific topics related to immune system gene expression and signaling. In addition to a strong focus on lymphocyte development and adaptive immunity, this year's meeting will also emphasize the molecular regulation of innate immune responses.

Topics and Speakers:

Control of gene expression
Chair: Diane Mathis, Harvard Medical School
Meinrad Busslinger, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
Harinder Singh, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Epigenetics & chromatin
Chair: Alexander Rudensky, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Frederick Alt, HHMI/Childrens Hospital
Giocchino Natoli, Humanitas University, Italy
Alexander Tarakhovsky, The Rockefeller University

Molecular basis of host-microbial interaction
Chair: Dan Littman, HHMI, New York School of Medicine
Gregory Barton, University of California, Berkeley
Ken Cadwell, New York University School of Medicine
Tatyana Golovkina, University of Chicago

Signaling at the membrane
Chair: Arthur Weiss, HHMI, University of California, San Francisco
Michael Dustin, University of Oxford, UK
Morgan Huse, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Intracellular signaling
Chair:  Hao Wu, Boston Children’s Hospital
Jonathan Kagan, Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
John MacMicking, HHMI/Yale University
Kim Newton, Genentech

Cell differentiation pathways / transcriptional networks
Chair: Stephen Nutt, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Australia
Jakub Abramson, Weizmann Institute of Science Rehovot, Israel
Ellen Rothenberg, California Institute of Technology
Gabriel Victora, Rockefeller University

Metabolism and the Immune system
Chair:  Ruslan Medzhitov, HHMI, Yale University
Ajay Chawla, University of California, San Francisco
Ming Li, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Miguel Soares, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal

Intercellular communication
Chair: Richard Locksley, University of California, San Francisco
Gillian Griffiths, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, UK
Jun Huh, Harvard Medical School
Hai Qi, Tsinghua University, China

The format of the meeting will include eight oral sessions and two poster sessions. Each oral session will include invited speakers and speakers selected from submitted abstracts. For this reason, abstracts from accomplished junior and senior investigators are warmly invited. The abstracts should focus on new and unpublished data. The organizers will select abstracts for oral or poster presentations. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site (below) as soon as decisions have been made. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs.

We hope to see you at Cold Spring Harbor in April.

This conference may be supported in part by funds provided by: National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health

There will be an inBIO showcase held attached to this meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 24. Please click here for more details. Pitch proposals should be submitted to


Academic Package $1485
Graduate/PhD Student Package $1235
Corporate Package $1905
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $1005
Corporate No-Housing Package $1280

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 Val Pakaluk and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those applying who submit abstracts to the meeting.