Across biological systems, the cytoskeleton - comprising filament-forming and associated proteins - plays a central role in cellular organization, morphogenesis, cell division, trafficking, and other dynamic events. The 2020 Plant and Microbial Cytoskeleton GRC will explore the diversity of the cytoskeleton and associated machineries in plants, fungi, bacteria, archaea, protists, and other microbes. Invited speakers will discuss cytoskeletal biology in a multitude of walled organisms, enabling comparisons across diverse species to discern fundamental principles of cell shape determination, growth, and cell division. Inclusion of other non-walled eukaryotic microbes and archaea will contribute to the breadth of cytoskeletal diversity discussed and provide stimulating perspectives on the evolution of cytoskeletal function. The 2020 meeting aims to leverage diverse systems, questions, and approaches to inspire attendees to see connections across fields and organisms.
As always, the Plant and Microbial Cytoskeleton GRC brings together geneticists, biochemists, imaging specialists, structural biologists, engineers, and physicists for a collaborative and interdisciplinary discussion of the cytoskeleton. Presentations will include cutting-edge approaches including high-resolution imaging, computational modeling, and in vitro reconstitution of dynamic cytoskeletal processes. The program will comprise approximately 25 talks from invited speakers, an additional 20 short talks selected from submitted abstracts, and lively poster sessions. Ample free time in the afternoons and evenings will be included to promote networking, brainstorming, and other informal interactions among attendees.
For the first time in 2020, this GRC will be held in conjunction with the Plant and Microbial Cytoskeleton Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). The GRS will provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with a supportive environment for sharing their science, and with insights from an invited keynote speaker prior to the start of the GRC.
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.
- Keynote Session: Evolution of the Cytoskeleton
- Cell Division: Organizing and Moving the Genome
- Cell Division: Shaping and Splitting the Cell
- Wall Polymer Placement and Cell Morphogenesis
- Motors and Intracellular Trafficking
- Cell Motility and Dynamics
- Cell Polarity and Polar Growth
- Linking Signals to the Cytoskeleton
- Coping with Stress