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Single Cell Biology

March 17-19, 2021 | 10:00AM EDT | 2:00PM UTC | 3:00PM CET*
*Program is in development and subject to change


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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.

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


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‣ For Poster Booth: Passed
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Program Details

Keynote Speaker

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Michael Elowitz, PhD
California Institute of Technology

Speaking at this eSymposia

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

Martin Guilliams

Ghent University - VIB, Belgium

Naomi Habib

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Shalev Itzkovitz

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Philipp Junker

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany

Leeat Keren

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Allon M. Klein

Harvard University, USA

Prisca Liberali

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland

Samantha A. Morris

Washington University in St Louis, USA

John Isaac Murray

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Stephen Quake

Stanford University, USA

Arjun Raj

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Silvia Santos

Francis Crick Institute, UK

Alex K. Shalek

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Sabrina L. Spencer

University of Colorado-Boulder, USA

Aaron Streets

University of California, Berkeley, USA

Cole Trapnell

University of Washington, USA

Roser Vento-Tormo

Sanger Wellcome Trust, UK

Jessica Whited

Harvard University, USA

Ramnik Xavier

Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Itai Yanai

New York University, USA

Nancy R. Zhang

University of Pennsylvania, USA







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