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Mitochondria & Chloroplasts (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar


August 9-10, 2008


University of New England
Biddeford, ME


Veronika Winter & Marcos T. Oliveira

Meeting Description

Preceding this year’s GRC on Mitochondria and Chloroplasts, a Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar (GRS) will be held to give graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to discuss the fascinating biology of these organelles. This should be a great opportunity to present and debate the research we are doing without being intimidated by the presence of senior investigators. We can feel free to ask any kind of questions about aspects we are not familiar with and therefore, the GRS will be a valuable preparation in order to benefit fully from the GRC that follows.

Mitochondria and chloroplasts are not only the energy transforming organelles that supply the cell with ATP and reducing power. More recently, their importance in a variety of biological processes has become apparent, from ageing to apoptosis, signaling to redox homeostasis. The field of mitochondria and chloroplasts covers a wide variety of biological questions, model organisms and practical applications, and will be a great source of exciting discussions. In the frame of the GRS, let’s come together to exchange and discuss our current research on mitochondria and chloroplasts!

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Mitochondria & Chloroplasts" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:15 pm - 7:30 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Organelle biosynthesis and metabolism
Discussion Leader: Thomas D. Fox (Cornell University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmWiebke Apel (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany)
"Determinants for Protein Degradation in Chloroplasts"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmAmy Caudy (Princeton University, USA)
"Computationally driven, quantitative experiments discover genes required for mitochondrial biogenesis"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmJonathan Martin (University of Florida)
"Biogenesis of Chloroplast Thylakoid Translocases"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmMaria del Rosario Barbieri (Ohio State University, USA)
"Molecular dissection of mitochondrial complex I assembly in a genetically tractable model system"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:45 pm Poster Session
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Organelle signaling and dynamics
Discussion Leader: Alice Barkan (University of Oregon, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amYan Lu (Michigan State University, USA)
"The Virtual Plastid: Functional Genomic Analysis of Chloroplast-targeted Genes in Arabidopsis"
9:20 am - 9:25 am Discussion
9:25 am - 9:45 amHelen Cooper (University of Tampere, Finland)
"Localization and substrates for the mitochondrial Sirt deacetylases"
9:45 am - 9:50 am Discussion
9:50 am - 10:10 amBeat Fischer (University of California, Berkley, USA)
"Singlet oxygen-mediated chloroplast to nucleus retrograde signaling in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii"
10:10 am - 10:15 am Discussion
10:15 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 10:50 amNadine Mendl (Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany)
"Autophagy and mitochondrial dynamics"
10:50 am - 11:00 am Discussion
11:00 am - 11:20 amKristina Kuehn (University of Western Australia, Australia)
"Disruption of a dual-targeted RNA polymerase has organelle- and transcript-specific effects"
11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 11:50 amYelena Bisharyan (Cornell University, USA)
"Lipid Raft Mediated Signaling and Mitochondrial Extrusion in Protozoans"
11:50 am - 12:00 pm Discussion
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Discuss request for a subsequent GRS; Nominations for the next Student/Post-doc Vice Chair(s) to work with GRC Chair (serving as mentor); Fill out Evaluation Forms)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.
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