2016 Southeast Regional Society for Developmental Biology Meeting

Thursday evening (May 19) to Saturday night (May 21)

The Center for Marine Studies
Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience
University of Florida
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080


View Program Booklet


Thursday, May 19

5 – 7 p.m.
Registration open in the lobby of the Center for Marine Science (CMS) building. CMS classrooms open for poster set-up.

7 – 8 p.m.
Evenings @ Whitney Lecture
Dr. Deborah Andrew (Welcome by Mark Q. Martindale)
Building Body Parts: Lessons Learned from Simple Critters”

8 – 10 p.m.
Welcome reception in CMS building

Friday, May 20

8 – 10 a.m.
Registration open in the Center for Marine Science (CMS) building lobby. CMS building open for poster set-up.

8:15 – 10 a.m.
Morning Session 1 Developmental Neurobiology and Neural Patterning (CMS Auditorium)
Session Chair:  Jim Fadool Florida State University

  • 8:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks
  • 8:30 – 9 a.m. Jim Fadool, Florida State University, “Analysis of Photoreceptor Specification in Zebrafish leads to a Model of Rod and Cone Variation Among Vertebrates”
  • 9 – 9:20 a.m. Shuyi Nie, Georgia Tech., Cdc42 effector protein 1 interacts with Cdc42 in controlling cranial neural crest cell migration”
  • 9:20 – 9:40 a.m. Eric Birgbauer, Winthrop University, LPA receptor signaling in retinal axon guidance”
  • 9:40 – 10 a.m. Michelle Arbeitman, Florida State University, Genes to behavior: genomic and functional analyses of neurons underlying sex-specific behaviors”

10 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. to noon
Morning Session 2 Germ Line / Stem Cells (CMS Auditorium)
Session Chair: Mary Lou King, University of Miami

  • 10:30 – 11 a.m. Mary Lou King, University of Miami, Gene Networks Operating in Primordial Germ Cells”
  • 11 – 11:20 a.m. Jamy Peng, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Piwi negatively regulates Polycomb Group proteins”
  • 11:20 – 11:40 a.m. Alexei Evsikov, University of South Florida, Diversification of retrotransposon-driven gene networks in mammalian oogenesis and early development”
  • 11:40 a.m. – noon Tristan Aguero, University of Miami, “Dead-end promotes translation of maternal mRNAs during germline development”

Noon – 1 p.m.
LUNCH (CMS lobby)

1 – 1:50 p.m.
Afternoon Session 1 Keynote Speaker (CMS Auditorium)
Rosangela Sozzani, North Carolina State University, “Modeling gene regulatory networks that control the Arabidopsis root stem cells”

2 – 3 p.m.
Afternoon Session 2  Education Session (CMS Auditorium)

  • 2 – 2:30 p.m. David Julian, University of Florida, “Using active learning strategies to synergize your science teaching and research”
  • 2:30 – 3 p.m. Ida Chow, Executive Director of the Society of Developmental Biology, “Geewiz, what should I say?”

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Poster Session #1 (Upstairs CMS classroom)
Presenters should stand next to their poster from 4 – 5 p.m. for even numbered posters and 5 – 6 p.m. for odd numbered posters

(Poster Judging)

5:30 – 7 p.m.

7 – 7:50 p.m.
Evening Session Keynote Speaker (CMS Auditorium) 
Fabienne Poulain, University of South Carolina, “Precise destruction: how axon degeneration shapes the development of neuronal circuits in vivo”

8 – 10 p.m.
Social and Poster session #2 (Downstairs CMS classroom)
Presenters should stand next to their poster from 8 – 9 p.m. for even numbered posters and 9 – 10 p.m. for odd numbered posters

(Poster Judging)

Saturday, May 21

8:30 – 10 a.m.
Morning Session I Morphogenesis and organogenesis (CMS Auditorium)
Session Chair: Ping Chen, Emory Univ.

  • 8:30 – 9 a.m. Ping Chen, Emory University, “Regulation of ciliogenesis and planar cell polarity in vertebrates”
  • 9 – 9:20 a.m. Stephan Schneider, Iowa State University, Identification of Ciliogenesis Candidate Genes in Platynereis dumerilii by Beta-catenin-Induced Cell Fate Transformation”
  • 9:20 – 9:40 a.m. Christine Larkins, University of Florida, The impact of androgen on sexual differentiation of the urethra and formation of the vaginal opening”
  • 9:40 –10 a.m. Isaac Skromne, University of Miami, Cdx4 transcription factor controls the ‘determination front’ during somitogenesis, linking segmentation and patterning processes”

10 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. – noon
Morning Session I Regenerative Biology (CMS Auditorium)
Session Chair: Malcolm Maden, University of Florida

  • 10:30 – 11 a.m. Malcolm Maden, Mechanistic insights into the regeneration of mammalian skin from the spiny mouse”
  • 11 – 11:20 a.m. HaeWon Chung, University of Texas, “Yap1 is dispensable for self-renewal but required for proper differentiation of mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells”
  • 11:20 – 11:40 a.m. Danielle de Jong, Whitney Marine Lab, “Characterization of stem cells during growth and regeneration of the polychaete Capitella teleta
  • 11:40 – noon Mark Q. Martindale, Whitney Marine Lab, Leveraging development to understand cellular and molecular aspects of ctenophore regeneration”

Noon to 1:30 p.m.
LUNCH (CMS foyer)

1:30 – 3:20 p.m.
Afternoon Session 1 Early Development and Cell Fate Specification (CMS Auditorium)
Session Chair: Ryan Range, Mississippi State University

  • 1:30 – 2 p.m. Ryan Range, Mississippi State University, “The emerging Wnt signaling network that governs anterior-posterior patterning in the sea urchin embryo”
  • 2 – 2:20 p.m. Victor V. Chizhikov, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Ptf1a is a major regulator of cell-fate specification decisions in the developing hindbrain”
  • 2:20 – 2:40 p.m. Chong Shin, Georgia Tech., Four and a Half LIM Domains 1b (Fhl1b) Is Essential for Regulating the Liver versus Pancreas Fate Decision and for Beta-Cell Regeneration”
  • 2:40 – 3 p.m.  Lingyu Wang, University of Miami, Identification of differentially distributed RNAs along the anterior-posterior axis during early sea urchin embryogenesis.
  • 3 – 3:20 p.m. Naveen Wijesena, Whitney Marine Lab, The heart field specification gene regulatory network kernel was in place in the cnidarian-bilaterian ancestor: evolutionary implications for mesoderm evolution”

3:20 – 4 p.m.
Coffee Break

4 – 5:30 p.m.
Afternoon Session 1 Evolution of Development (CMS Auditorium)
Session Chair: Elaine Seaver, Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience

  • 4 – 4:30 p.m. Elaine Seaver, University of Florida, The paradox of spiralian embryogenesis: insights from annelids”
  • 4:30 – 4:40 p.m. Brian Ring, Valdosta State College, Simultaneous Developmental Genetic Screens in a Novel Self-fertilizing Vertebrate”
  • 4:40 – 5 p.m. Agnes Ayme-Southgate, College of Charleston, “Honeybee caste system and regulation of alternative splicing”
  • 5 – 5:20 p.m. Oscar Tarazona, University of Florida, “The evolution of cartilage within Bilateria”
  • 5:20 – 5:30 p.m.  Concluding Remarks

5:30 – 6 p.m.
Award Committee Meeting

6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Dinner and Award Banquet with entertainment (DJs “Ancient Deep”) in CMS building