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Single Cell Biology

March 17-19, 2021 | 10:00AM EDT | 2:00PM UTC | 4:00PM CEST*
*Program is subject to change

The capability to distinguish the unique behavior of individual cells within tissues has enabled progress in many fields of biology. This new single cell perspective has the potential to transform our understanding of many critical biological processes and diseases, from development and regeneration to cancer. While the field of single cell biology has shown enormous growth in technical capabilities over the last decade, many conceptual questions remain, such as how to best apply and develop these technologies to answer key biological questions. 

Key areas of biological interest include: (1) Developmental processes-- how do individual cells differentiate to generate cell types and structures that comprise adult organisms? (2) Tissue ecosystems-- how cells interact with and respond to their neighbors within organized tissues to support tissue function and homeostasis? (3) Disease--how does the misbehavior of single cells impact disease development and manifestation in cancer and other ailments? (4) Technology Development—what kinds of new data collection and analysis tools are needed to fill current biological knowledge gaps? 

The mission of this meeting is to bring together researchers who develop single cell biological tools, with those from neighboring fields who are utilizing these technologies, to address these questions and derive new ones in a collaborative manner. Cross-talk between these disciplines will identify new opportunities for both technology development, and applications to answer novel biological questions, that will accelerate advances across fields. Discussions and collaborations seeded at this meeting will drive the field in innovative and fruitful directions long into the future, with far more powerful impacts than could be achieved in isolation.


Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Abstract Submission
for Short Talk Consideration:
February 4, 2021

ePoster Abstract Submission: March 3, 2021

Financial Aid Application: March 3, 2021


Financial Aid Opportunities

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as individuals from low- and middle- income countries (all career stages) working in science and medicine related fields, are eligible to apply for a FREE registration code.

Find out more about financial aid opportunities here!

Call For Abstracts

Showcase your work to global audiences on the eSymposia platform!

Submit your abstract for the opportunity to be selected for a short talk presentation alongside field leaders on the meeting program! See Abstract Deadline for Short Talk Consideration

ePoster presenters will be provided with their own dedicated page on the event website to display their work in multiple formats and interact with meeting participants. ePoster features include:

  • Abstract
  • Poster PDF for download
  • SciTalk – up to 5 minute video presentation, available on-demand
  • Live chat function to answer audience questions in real-time
  • Contact information for private follow-up discussion

To submit your work for an ePoster presentation, and to be considered for short talk selection, go to the “Submit an Abstract” tab on the event homepage.

Program Details

Speaking at this eSymposia

Britt S. Adamson

Princeton University, USA

Uri Alon

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Long Cai

California Institute of Technology, USA

Ana Domingos

University of Oxford, UK

Michael Elowitz

California Institute of Technology, USA

Jean Fan

Harvard University, USA

Hernan G. Garcia

University of California Berkeley, USA

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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13CA246936-01 from the National Institutes of Health. 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 by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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