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Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology
Gordon Research Conference

Dynamic Interactions Across Scales from Single Molecules to Fungal Communities

Dates

June 19-24, 2016

Location

Holderness School
Holderness, NH

Organizers

Chairs:
Amy S. Gladfelter & Natalia N. Requena

Vice Chairs:
Antonis Rokas & Alistair J.P. Brown

Meeting Description

The 2016 Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology GRC will encompass problems in fungal biology across scales. Sessions will traverse the topics of biophysics governing single molecules up to how multi-species fungal communities are structured. The topics of the meeting include diverse areas reflecting the breadth of problems in the field including: Cell dynamics, Environmental sensing, Fungal communities, Evolution, ploidy, and genome dynamics, Biophysics and mathematical modeling, Responding to stress, and Interacting with hosts. The sessions will be held in the morning and evenings, with poster sessions and time for informal interactions in the afternoons and after the evening session. The ample unstructured time for engaging participants and highly interactive fungal community make this an excellent conference for young scientists to interact with established group leaders. The setting of the Holderness School is a tranquil and intimate site in New England that fosters thoughtful conversation and enables interactions amongst all participants.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmCell Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Meritxell Riquelme (Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE), Mexico)
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmMaria Harrison (Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, USA)
"Cell Biology of AM Symbiosis"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmXin Xiang (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, USA)
"Dynein-Mediated Transport of Early Endosomes in Aspergillus nidulans"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 8:55 pmMichael Feldbrugge (Heinrich Heine University of Duesseldorf, Germany)
"mRNA Transport Meets Membrane Trafficking"
8:55 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:20 pmSteve Osmani (Ohio State University, USA)
"Mitotic Regulation and Fungal Cell-to-Cell Communication"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEnvironmental Sensing
Discussion Leader: Louise Glass (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:25 amJennifer Hurley (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
"The Connection Between the Environment and the Circadian Clock"
9:25 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 9:50 amAlexander Idnurm (University of Melbourne, Australia)
"Light Sensing in Fungi"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amLeah Cowen (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Functional Genomic Analysis of Candida Morphogenesis in Response to Distinct Environmental Cues"
10:15 am - 10:25 amDiscussion
10:25 am - 10:55 amCoffee Break
10:55 am - 11:10 amMichael Brunner (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
"The Blue Light Sensing System of Neurospora crassa"
11:10 am - 11:20 amDiscussion
11:20 am - 11:30 amMonika Fischer (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Intracellular Mechanisms of Cell-to-Cell Communication Between Germlings of Neurospora crassa"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 11:55 amReinhard Fischer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany)
"Light and Stress Sensing in Aspergillus nidulans"
11:55 am - 12:05 pmDiscussion
12:05 pm - 12:20 pmAntonio Di Pietro (Universidad de Córdoba, Spain)
"Chemotropic Sensing in Fungal Pathogens"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFungal Communities
Discussion Leader: Deborah Hogan (Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmPaola Bonfante (University of Torino, Italy)
"Fungal-Bacterial Interactions in Mycorrhizal Fungi"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:20 pmMichelle Momany (University of Georgia, USA)
"Fungal Spores and Adaptation to Diverse Environments and Communities"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmKelly Craven (The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, USA)
"Harnessing the Microbiome for Agricultural Sustainability"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmThomas Richards (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
"Complex Interactions and Novel Lifestyle Strategies in Microbial Eukaryotes"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmFungal Evolution and Genome Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Jason Stajich (University of California, Riverside, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:25 amLiedewij Laan (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
"Bio-Chemical and Physical Constraints on Adaptive Evolution of the Yeast Polarization Machine"
9:25 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 9:50 amVolkan Cevik (The Sainsbury Laboratory, United Kingdom)
"Insights into Albugo candida-Brassicaceae Interactions"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amAnna Selmecki (Creighton University School of Medicine, USA)
"Ploidy and Evolution in Yeast"
10:15 am - 10:25 amDiscussion
10:25 am - 10:55 amCoffee Break
10:55 am - 11:10 amRachel Brem (Buck Institute for Research on Aging, USA)
"Dissecting Trait Variation Between Long-Diverged Yeast Species"
11:10 am - 11:20 amDiscussion
11:20 am - 11:35 amMeleah Hickman (Emory University, USA)
"Ploidy Tug-of-War: Evolutionary and Genetic Environments Influence the Rate of Ploidy Drive in a Human Fungal Pathogen"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 11:55 amJacek Kominek (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Using Large-Scale Comparative Yeast Genomics to Decipher Metabolic Diversity - Opportunities and Challenges"
11:55 am - 12:05 pmDiscussion
12:05 pm - 12:20 pmSophien Kamoun (The Sainsbury Laboratory, United Kingdom)
"The Two-Speed Genomes of Filamentous Pathogens: Waltz with Plants"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLate-Breaking Topics
Discussion Leaders: Alistair Brown (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom) and Antonis Rokas (Vanderbilt University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmChiraj Dalal (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Transcriptional Rewiring over Evolutionary Timescales Changes Both Quantitative and Qualitative Properties of Gene Expression"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmEveline Diepeveen (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
"Comparative Proteomics Reveal Different Levels of Protein Conservation in the Polarization Network Across 200 Fungal Strains and Species"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmYufeng Fang (Virginia Tech / Oregon State University, USA)
"CRISPR/Cas9, a Powerful New Tool for Genetic Studies of Oomycete Pathogens"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmAdriana Rico Ramírez (Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE), Mexico)
"CSE-7, a Predicted ER-Chaperone, Plays an Important Role in the Delivery of CHS-4 to Hyphal Tips and Septa in Neurospora crassa"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmFang Yun Lim (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Copper-Responsive Isocyanide Biosynthetic Cluster in Aspergillus fumigatus"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmEsther Weindling (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)
"The Role of Sir2 in Stress Survival in Candida albicans"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPhysics and Mathematical Modeling of Fungi
Discussion Leader: Peter Philippsen (Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:25 amMarcus Roper (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Fungal Engineering: Dispersal and Network Formation"
9:25 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 9:50 amNick Money (Miami University, USA)
"Spore Physics: Splashes, Springs, and Spurts, and Their Effect on Weather Patterns"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amChristian Hong (University of Cincinnati, USA)
"Mathematical Modeling and Synthetic Biology in N. crassa"
10:15 am - 10:25 amDiscussion
10:25 am - 10:55 amCoffee Break
10:55 am - 11:05 amEdgar Medina (Duke University, USA)
"Coexistance and Deep Origin of Fungal Opsin-Like GPCRs and Bacteriorhodopsins Supports Opsin Convergent Evolution"
11:05 am - 11:15 amDiscussion
11:15 am - 11:30 amAlexandra Brand (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom)
"Molecular Regulation of Hyphal Growth Direction"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 11:55 amSylvain Raffaele (INRA, France)
"Host Colonization Triggers Intercellular Division of Labor in a Fungal Pathogen Colony"
11:55 am - 12:05 pmDiscussion
12:05 pm - 12:20 pmNicolas Buchler (Duke University, USA)
"Insights into the Chytrid Cell Cycle: Measuring Redundancy and Binding Specificity of E2F and SBF Transcription Factors Using Regulatory Genomics"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFungi Responding to Stress
Discussion Leader: Judith Berman (University of Tel Aviv, Israel)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmSabine Fillinger (INRA, France)
"Adaptation to Fungicides in Phytopathogenic Fungi: Why Do Some Resist and Not Others?"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:20 pmAxel Brakhage (Hans Knöll Institut, Germany)
"Stress Response During Interaction of Aspergillus fumigatus with Immune Cells"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmKatherine Borkovich (University of California, Riverside, USA)
"New Roles for G Proteins in Mediating the Response to Nutritional Stress in Neurospora"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmAlfredo Herrera-Estrella (Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Mexico)
"Molecular Signaling in the Response to Injury of Trichoderma atroviride"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmHost Interactions: Fungi Interacting with Plants
Discussion Leader: Barbara Valent (Kansas State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:25 amNicholas Talbot (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
"Investigating Invasive Growth by the Rice Blast Fungus Magnaporthe oryzae"
9:25 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 9:50 amAlga Zuccaro (University of Cologne, Germany)
"β-Glucan: Crucial Component of the Fungal Cell Wall and Elusive MAMP"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amBarry Scott (Massey University, New Zealand)
"Sensing and Signalling for Maintenance of the E. festucae-Grass Symbiosis"
10:15 am - 10:25 amDiscussion
10:25 am - 10:55 amCoffee Break
10:55 am - 11:10 amToby Spribille (University of Montana, USA)
"Evidence of Widespread Dual Fungus Symbiosis in the Largest Radiation of Macrolichens"
11:10 am - 11:20 amDiscussion
11:20 am - 11:30 amRuben Betz (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany)
"The Rhizophagus irregularis SP Effector Family Target the Conserved Plant mRNA Machinery"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 11:55 amFrancois Lutzoni (Duke University, USA)
"Evolution of Specificity Within the Lichenforming Genus Peltigera and Its Cyanobacterial Partner"
11:55 am - 12:05 pmDiscussion
12:05 pm - 12:20 pmRegine Kahmann (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
"Ustilago maydis Effectors: News About Their Translocation and Function"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmHost Interactions: Fungi Interacting with Animals
Discussion Leader: Geraldine Butler (University College Dublin, Ireland)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmGerhard Braus (Georg August Universitaet, Germany)
"Protein Degradation and Virulence in Aspergillus Fumigatis"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:20 pmKirsten Nielsen (University of Minnesota, USA)
"Altered Host Response Due to Titan Cell Formation Promotes Cryptococcal Dissemination"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmEmily Troemel (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Microsporidia Host Interactions"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmAnita Sil (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Regulation of Virulence and Cell Shape by Temperature in Histoplasma capsulatum"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:25 pmGeneral Discussion
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmClosing Remarks
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, under Award Number DE-SC0015450. This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by 1 R13 AI126725-01 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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