The 2020 Gordon Research Conference on Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology will focus on the huge diversity of fungal lifestyles and the mechanisms through which they interact with the complex environments they occupy. Fungal diversity reflects the evolutionary pressures and environmental challenges faced by all living organisms as they compete for resources. It presents rich opportunities to discover and characterize divergent mechanistic solutions for survival, thereby advancing our understanding of biology as a whole. These solutions include symbiotic and pathogenic lifestyles, which we must understand in order to safeguard the environment and combat diseases that threaten food crops, wildlife, livestock and human welfare. This conference will provide a deeper knowledge of the cell biology of fungi and the mechanisms they use to both support and extinguish other life-forms. This understanding will help us to devise interventions and to exploit fungal diversity in the development of therapeutics and biotechnology applications. The conference will bring together researchers from across the globe and spanning all career stages to present and discuss the latest exciting findings on fungal cell and molecular biology in evolution, development, growth, complex communities and pathogenicity. We will explore environmental sensing, signaling, morphology and emerging concepts in eukaryotic cell biology, as well as the synthetic design and commercial exploitation of fungal systems.
Morning and evening sessions will be interspersed with poster sessions and unstructured time to maximize informal interactions and the exchange of ideas. Our collaborative and supportive fungal community will provide a fantastic forum for young scientists attending. This includes our second Gordon Research Seminar, which provides opportunity for interactions with established group leaders and establishment of a strong network for future career-building. The Holderness School provides a tranquil and undisturbed New England setting that fosters a highly interactive conference, ensuring that every participant will gain new ideas and contacts to advance their research.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- Fungal Hijacking and Host Manipulation
- Cellular Organization and Molecular Biology
- Fungal Mutualism and Symbiotic Interactions
- Genomic Perspectives on Fungal Evolution
- Fungi in the Microbiome and Complex Communities
- Fungal Virulence and Drug Resistance
- Fungi as Bioresources
- Sensing, Signaling and Development
- Late-Breaking Topics