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Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism & Function (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar


January 26-27, 2013


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Hieu Sy "Danny" Vu

Associate Chair:
Jillian Collins-Silva

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism & Function 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 focus of this meeting is both basic and applied research on structural, storage, signaling, and nutritional lipids, including state-of-the-art approaches in lipid research (genetics, lipidomics, lipid visualization, and lipid engineering for industrial purposes). The Career Panel will feature leading scientists in plant lipid research, Edgar Cahoon (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Katayoon Dehesh (University of California - Davis), and Glenda Gillaspy (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), who will lead a discussion of mentorship.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism & Function" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmKatayoon Dehesh (University of California - Davis, USA)
"From oxylipins to retrograde signaling"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
  • Odd-numbered posters present from 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Even-numbered posters present from 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLipid Metabolism
Discussion Leaders: Henrik Tjellström (Michigan State University, USA) and Patrick Horn (University of North Texas, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmQin Liu (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
"Probing the dimer interface and the significance of dimeric organization of the castor Δ9-18:0 desaturase"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmMasumi Otsuru (Saitama University, Japan)
"Conserved fatty acid composition in the sn-2 positions of glycerolipids is important for the organization of photosystem protein complexes in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmDora Luz Cano-Ramirez (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico)
"Contribution of sphingolipid content to the fluidity of the plasma membrane from Arabidopsis thaliana leaves"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmYozo Okazaki (Riken Plant Science Center, Japan)
"A novel plant lipid class playing an essential role in mitigation of phosphorus depletion"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amLipid Signaling and Stress Responses
Discussion Leaders: Philip Bates (Washington State University, USA) and Rebecca Roston (Michigan State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amMingjie Chen (University of Missouri, USA)
"Acyl-lipid desaturase 2 is required for cold acclimation and freezing tolerance in Arabidopsis"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amPhoebe Williams (Virginia Polytechnic and State University, USA)
"Synthesis and regulation of inositol pyrophosphate signaling molecules in plants"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amJantana Keereetaweep (University of North Texas, USA)
"Differential physiological effects of two polyunsaturated N-acylethanolamines in Arabidopsis seedlings"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amStefanie König (Georg-August-University Goettingen, Germany)
"Programmed cell death in Arabidopsis thaliana sphingolipid mutants"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
  • Presenters with last names A-K present from 11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • Presenters with last names L-Z present from 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmCareer Panel: Different Career Paths for Plant Lipid Scientists
Panelists: Edgar Cahoon (University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA), Katayoon Dehesh (University of California - Davis, USA) and Glenda Gillaspy (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA)
Host: Rebecca Roston (Michigan State University, USA)
2:30 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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