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Epithelial Differentiation & Keratinization (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar
Epithelial Development, Function and Disease
May 11-12, 2013
Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort
Lucca (Barga), Italy
Fang Liu

Associate Chair:
Jill M. Goldstein

Related Meeting Information
The Epithelial Differentiation & Keratinization Gordon Research Seminar was held in conjunction with the Epithelial Differentiation & Keratinization Gordon Research Conference. Please refer to the Epithelial Differentiation & Keratinization GRC web page for more information.

The Gordon Research Seminar on Epithelial Differentiation & Keratinization is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The 2013 GRS will encompass diverse themes including: epithelial morphogenesis and stem cells; epithelial cancers; epigenetic regulatory mechanisms; and genomic approaches in epithelial biology.

As part of our meeting, Dr. Valerie Horsley from Yale University will precept a Scientific Writing Workshop in which she will outline strategies for writing successful grants and scientific papers.

The 2013 Epithelial Differentiation & Keratinization GRS will provide graduate students and post-docs with an invaluable learning and networking experience that will help to further their careers in research.


1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Interactions of Stem Cells with Their Niche
Discussion Leaders: Sarah Millar (University of Pennsylvania) and Fang Liu (University of Pennsylvania)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmMayumi Ito (New York University)
"Heterotypic stem cell communication during hair follicle regeneration"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session I
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmSkin Appendage and Epithelial Morphogenesis, Stem Cells and Regeneration
Discussion Leaders: Mayumi Ito (New York University) and Peggy Myung (Yale University)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmLaura Ahtiainen (University of Helsinki)
"Imaging epithelial morphogenesis in live embryonic tissue on a single cell level in the developing hair placode"
5:50 pm - 5:55 pmDiscussion
5:55 pm - 6:15 pmMingang Xu (University of Pennsylvania)
"Identification of Wnt ligands and secreted inhibitors required for ectodermal appendage development and patterning"
6:15 pm - 6:20 pmDiscussion
6:20 pm - 6:40 pmRyan Driskell (University of Cambridge)
"Dermal papilla cell function and its role in hair follicle formation"
6:40 pm - 6:45 pmDiscussion
6:45 pm - 6:55 pmYanne Doucet (Columbia University Medical Center)
"The touch dome defines a new niche in the skin epidermis"
6:55 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:10 pmRitsuko Morita (Riken Center for Development Biology)
"Analysis of Tooth Germ Epithelium Morphogenesis by Four-dimensional Cell Tracking as a Quantitative Kinetic Analysis System"
7:10 pm - 7:15 pmDiscussion
7:15 pm - 7:25 pmCatherine Lu (Rockefeller University)
"Identification of Stem Cell Populations in Sweat Glands and Ducts Reveals Roles in Homeostasis and Wound Repair"
7:25 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amEpigenetic Mechanisms, Genomic Approaches and Evo-Devo Relationships in Epithelial Biology
Discussion Leaders: Valerie Horsley (Yale University) and Jill Goldstein (Yale University)
9:00 am - 9:20 amMarkus Kretz (Regensburg University)
"Control of epidermal differentiation by long noncoding RNAs"
9:20 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:45 amYana Kamberov (Harvard University)
"Genetic specification of hair and sweat gland density"
9:45 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:10 amPaul Giresi (Stanford University)
"Epigenomic profiling of rare and dynamic cell populations"
10:10 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:25 amGopinath Meenakshi Sundaram (Institute of Medical Biology of Singapore)
"See-saw expression of microRNA-198 and FSTL1 protein from a single mRNA in cutaneous wound healing"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:40 amGiovanni Zito (Yale University)
"Stem cells and their signals during skin tumor regression"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 10:55 amJill Goldstein (Yale University)
"Calcineurin/NFAT signaling links hormonal changes during pregnancy to hair growth"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:10 pmMechanisms Underlying Cancer Progression in Diverse Epithelia
Discussion Leaders: Markus Kretz (Regensburg University) and Claire Higgins (Columbia University)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmKhalil Kass Youssef (University Libre De Bruxelles)
"Identification of the cellular origin and the molecular mechanisms controlling basal cell carcinoma initiation"
1:50 pm - 1:55 pmDiscussion
1:55 pm - 2:05 pmRyan Hobbs (Johns Hopkins University)
"Keratin 17-dependent expression of Autoimmune regulator (Aire) regulates the immune response during skin tumorigenesis"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:40 pmMentorship Session
Valerie Horsley (Yale University)
"Get a life! Success in your academic career"
2:40 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 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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