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Important Dates
Abstract Submission Opens Sept 27, 2016
Conference Registration Opens Oct 3, 2016
Workshop Application Deadline Nov 7, 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline Nov 10, 2016
Larry Sandler Award Submission Deadline Dec 22, 2016
Late Abstract Submission Deadline Jan 23, 2017
Early(Discounted) Conference
Registration Deadline
Feb 3, 2017
Hotel Reservations Deadline March 3, 2017


2017 Meeting Organizers
Leanne Jones, Chair
Doris Bachtrog
Claude Desplan
Amy Kiger


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Drosophila 2017 Poster


Plenary & Platform Sessions Listing



Wednesday, March 29   7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Atlas Ballroom
Opening Session
Moderator:  Leanne Jones, UCLA


7:00    Opening Session. Leanne Jones

7:10    State of the Fly Community. Laura Johnston

7:15    The Larry Sandler Award. R. Hawley

7:20    Presentation of The Larry Sandler Award. Bob Duronio

7:25    Larry Sandler Award Winner Talk.

7:55    Introduction of Sean Carroll. Doris Bachtrog

8:00    The Making and Unmaking of the Animal Kingdom. Sean Carroll

9:00    GSA Welcome and Awards Presentation. Lynn Cooley

Thursday, March 30   8:30 AM – 12:00 NOON
Location: Atlas Ballroom
Plenary Session 1
Moderator:  Claude Desplan, New York University, New York


8:30    Image Award Presentation. David Bilder

8:35    The Drosophila-Spiroplasma interaction as a model to dissect the molecular mechanisms underlying insect endosymbiosis Bruno Lemaitre

9:05    The Mutations behind Species Evolution Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo

9:35    Simple Rules in Neural Circuit Assembly P. Hiesinger

10:05 - Break

10:30    How the Gut Talks and Listens Irene Miguel-Aliaga

11:00    Tissue refinement: a noisy path to order. Buzz Baum

11:30    Orchestrating The Proliferation Differentiation Switch Of Adult Intestine Stem Cells Francois Payre

Thursday, March 30   4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: San Diego
Neural Circuits and Behavior
Co-Moderators:  Nilay Yapici, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and
Gwyneth Card, HHMI Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA, and
Ryan Williamson, HHMI Janeial Research Campus, Ashburn, VA

9 - 4:30    Sexually dimorphic action selection of sex and sleep in Drosophila Divya Sitaraman

10 - 4:45    The gustatory basis of protein homeostasis. Samuel Walker

11 - 5:00    Here come zombie flies: Entomophthora muscae, a model behavior-manipulating pathogen of Drosophila melanogaster Carolyn Elya

12 - 5:15    Clean up your action selection: How the brain organizes motor sequences in fly grooming Julie Simpson

13 - 5:30    Encoding of Larval Body Movements and Position by Directionally Selective On/Off Proprioceptive Neurons W. Tracey

14 - 5:45    Gut microbial modification of Drosophila locomotor behavior Catherine Schretter

15 - 6:00    Complex aminergic regulation of the Drosophila egg-laying circuit Sonali Deshpande

16 - 6:15     “not my type”: a candidate gene for behavioral isolation in Drosophila Tabashir Chowdhury

Thursday, March 30   4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Golden West
Models of Human Disease: Developmental and Physiological Disorders
Co-Moderators:  Dirk Bohmann, University of Rochester, NY, and
Rene Galindo, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, and
Drew Stenesen, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

17 - 4:30    Investigating molecular mechanisms of microcephaly through mitotic spindle-independent pathways Todd Schoborg

18 - 4:45    The Polyadenosine RNA Binding Protein, Nab2, is a Functional Ortholog of the Human Intellectual Disability Gene ZC3H14 and Regulates Mushroom Body Development Seth Kelly

19 - 5:00    MARRVEL: Integration of public resources to prioritize human genetic variants for study in model organisms Julia Wang

20 - 5:15    Nrf2 and Epigenetic Aging Dirk Bohmann

21 - 5:30    SLP-2 interacts with PINK1 in regulating mitochondrial function and bioenergetics in a Drosophila Parkinson’s disease model Sreehari Kalvakuri

22 - 5:45    Microenvironmental autophagy promotes tumor growth Nadja Katheder

23 - 6:00    Systematic analysis of miRNAs in epithelial tumors reveals tumor enhancing and repressing miRNAs Zhiqiang Shu

24 - 6:15    Microbially-mediated ethanol sensitivity: A model system using Drosophila, its microbiome, and ingested ethanol James Angus Chandler

Friday, March 31   8:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Location: Town & Country
Physiology, Metabolism and Aging I
Co-Moderators:  Daniel Promislow, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, and
Benoit Biteau, Univ. of Rochester, NY, and
Rebecca Kreipke. , Univ. of Washington, Seattle

25 - 8:30    Regulation of adult lipid homeostasis by Drosophila Estrogen-Related Receptor Katherine Beebe

26 - 8:45    Sex differences in the regulation of triacylglycerol breakdown during starvation Elizabeth Rideout

27 - 9:00    Restoration of Metabolic Rhythms Ameliorates Obesity-Induced Progressive Striated Muscle Dysfunction in Drosophila Girish Melkani

28 - 9:15    Meep is a novel regulator of insulin signaling and diet-induced diabetes Matthew Pereira

29 - 9:30    Cell competition promotes developmental stability through a Dilp8/Lgr3-dependent mechanism Laura Johnston

30 - 9:45    Juvenile hormone mimic methoprene regulates the ecdysone response by modifying Ecdysone Receptor function Rebecca Spokony

31 - 10:00    Maintenance of proteostasis by an effector caspase. Sharon Gorski

Friday, March 31   8:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Location: San Diego
Regulation of Gene Expression I
Co-Moderators:  Bob Johnston, John's Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD, and
Jack Bateman, Bowdoin Univ., Brunswick, ME, and
Caity Anderson, John's Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD, and
Kayla Viets, John's Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD

32 - 8:30    Coexpressed gene neighborhoods promote expression of newly created genes through chromatin architecture sharing in Drosophila Kirill Borziak

33 - 8:45    Natural variation in color perception in flies Caitlin Anderson

34 - 9:00    Translational regulation by ATF4-induced 4E-BP is essential for the innate immune response Deepika Vasudevan

35 - 9:15    Positive and negative functions of Polycomb binding sites in the vestigial gene region Kami Ahmad

36 - 9:30    Who is the Shadow? Developmental Shadow Enhancers Come in Two Flavors, Only One of Which Is Targeted by Su(H) and Other Polyglutamine-Rich Factors Albert Erives

37 - 9:45    Dual Readout of Regulatory Information Is a Common Feature of Transcriptional Silencers Stephen Gisselbrecht

38 - 10:00    A double assurance mechanism controls enhancer-promoter specificity at the hunchback locus Jia Ling

Friday, March 31   10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Town & Country
Physiology, Metabolism and Aging II
Co-Moderators:  Daniel Promislow, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, and
Benoit Biteau, Univ. of Rochester, NY, and
Rebecca Kreipke, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

46 - 10:45    Pharmaceutical inhibition of MEK/ERK cascade alleviates tumor-induced wasting effects Wei Song

47 - 11:00    Sestrin is required for exercise adaptations of flies and mice Robert Wessells

48 - 11:15    Key molecular regulators maintain metabolic and development balance during temperature fluctuations Steven Kuntz

49 - 11:30    Reversal of Hyperactive Wg Signaling-Dependent Fat Body Defects by Peptide Boronic Acids Jun-Yuan Ji

50 - 11:45    Bacterial Vitamin B6 Metabolism Promotes Drosophila melanogaster Lifespan on Calorie-Rich Diet Melinda Koyle

51 - 12:00    An Autonomous Metabolic Role for Split Ends in Drosophila melanogaster Kelsey Hazegh

52 - 12:15    The Gut as an Adaptable Interface: from Genetic Architecture to Physiological Consequences of Adaptive Growth of the Drosophila Gut. Alessandro Bonfini

Friday, March 31   10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: San Diego
Regulation of Gene Expression II
Co-Moderators:  Bob Johnston, John's Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD, and
Jack Bateman, Bowdoin Univ., Brunswick, ME, and
Caity Anderson, John's Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD, and
Kayla Viets, John's Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD

53 - 10:45    The hormone-induced transcription factor E93 regulates temporal specific gene expression by controlling DNA regulatory element accessibility Daniel McKay

54 - 11:00    Properties of enhancer RNA during embryonic development Olga Mikhaylichenko

55 - 11:15    Redundant GA-binding early transcription factors regulate the Drosophila histone locus body Leila Rieder

56 - 11:30    Quantitative and predictive models of even skipped and rhomboid enhancers targeted by engineered transcription factors in the early Drosophila embryo Garth Ilsley

57 - 11:45    Histones Abundance Adjusts the Timing of the Mid-Blastula Transition in Drosophila Amanda Amodeo

58 - 12:00    Zelda binding sites as quantitative regulators of target gene transcription Christine Rushlow

59 - 12:15    Intra-nuclear concentration and DNA-binding kinetics of Zelda defines zygotic genome activation in Drosophila Dimitrios Papadopoulos

Friday, March 31   10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Golden West
Cell Biology and Signal Transduction II
Co-Moderators:  Jeff Axelrod, Stanford Univ., CA, and
Mihaela (Ela) Serpe, NIH/NICHD, Bethesda, MD, and
Qi Wang, NIH/NICHD, Bethesda, MD

60 - 10:45    Live cell imaging of secondary cells reveals the subcellular dynamics of secretory and endosomal compartment formation and maturation Benjamin Kroeger

61 - 11:00    Imaging Hedgehog, Patched and Smoothened during signal transduction Ryo Hatori

62 - 11:15    Adenosine receptor signalling contributes to Grindelwald-induced JNK signalling in scribbled mutant tissue Ingrid Poernbacher

63 - 11:30    Regulation of Dpp signaling by O-linked glycosylation Matthew Moulton

64 - 11:45    VEGFR/Pvr signaling regulates diverse responses during wound healing in Drosophila larvae Chang-Ru Tsai

65 - 12:00    Rho family GTPases respond to pattern established by RhoGEFs in cell wound repair Mitsutoshi Nakamura

66 - 12:15    The Tip60/Enhancer of Polycomb (E(Pc)) complex is a tumor suppressor that represses hematopoietic tumors by negatively regulating JAK/STAT signaling Alessandro Bailetti

Friday, March 31   4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Town & Country
Evolution of Development (talks 1-4), RNA Biology (talks 5-8)
Co-Moderators:  Artyom Kopp, UC Davis, California, and
Urs Schmidt-Ott, Univ. of Chicago, IL, and
Nick Sokol, Indiana University, Bloomington, and
Emily Delaney, UC Davis, California, and
Arthur Luhur, Indiana University, Bloomington

67 - 4:30    Gene regulatory networks evolve at different nodes in different developmental contexts Sebastian Kittelmann

68 - 4:45    Interaction Of Cis-Regulatory Changes At Two Loci In The Evolution Of The Drosophila prolongata Sensory System. David Luecke

69 - 5:00    Conservation and evolution of maternally deposited and zygotically transcribed mRNAs in the early Drosophila embryo Susan Lott

70 - 5:15    Reverse-engineering the evolution of Drosophila mesoderm invagination Steffen Lemke

71 - 5:30    Stress-dependent miRNA-based regulation of Rbfox1/A2bp1 promotes RNP granule formation and cell survival Halyna Shcherbata

72 - 5:45    The N6-methyladenosine (m6A) RNA modification modulates neuronal functions and sex determination in Drosophila melanogaster Tina Lence

73 - 6:00    A sex-specific small peptide is encoded by a large “ncRNA” within the Drosophila bithorax complex.. ClĂ©ment Immarigeon

74 - 6:15    TDRD5P, a component of cytoplasmic processing body promotes male germline sexual identity Caitlin Pozmanter

Saturday, April 1   8:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Location: Town & Country
Evolution and Populations Genetics I
Co-Moderators:  Kristi Montooth, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, and
Noah Whiteman, UC Berkeley, CA, and
Andy Gloss, UC Berkeley, CA

91 - 8:30    Elucidating Recent Gene Flow Across Drosophila Species Using a Novel Machine Learning Approach Daniel Schrider

92 - 8:45    ­Reinforcement of conspecific sperm precedence weakens sexual selection in sympatric populations of Drosophila Dean Castillo

93 - 9:00     The genetic and developmental basis of rapid trait evolution between Drosophila species Joanna Hagen

94 - 9:15    Global Patterns of Local Ancestry in Drosophila melanogaster Russ Corbett-Detig

95 - 9:30    Non-neutral species-specific gene death causes hybrid male sterility in Drosophila Emily Landeen

96 - 9:45    Genetic epistasis within regulatory regions acts to buffers the effect of segregating mutations during embryonic development Mattia Forneris

97 - 10:00    Contingency and convergence in the evolution of regulatory sequence: Dosage compensation in Drosophila Christopher Ellison

Saturday, April 1   8:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Location: San Diego
Patterning, Morphogenesis and Organogenesis I
Co-Moderators:  Jessica Treisman, NYU, Skirball Inst., New York, and
Leslie Pick, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, and
Anja Katzemich , Schoeck lab, McGill, Montreal, Canada

98 - 8:30    Determination of EGFR Signaling Output by Opposing Gradients of BMP and JAK/STAT Activity. Laura Nilson

99 - 8:45    Proximodistal patterning of the fly leg relies on tight spatiotemporal regulation of two key EGFR inputs via leg disc-specific, non-redundant enhancers Susan Tozier

100 - 9:00    Dynamic patterning by the Drosophila pair-rule network reconciles long-germ and short-germ segmentation Erik Clark

101 - 9:15    The LIM protein Smallish associates with Bazooka/Par-3 and Src at adherens junctions to control epithelial morphogenesis Andreas Wodarz

102 - 9:30    Physical aspects of Drosophila gastrulation Konstantin Doubrovinski

103 - 9:45    Transcriptional regulation of ribosomal protein genes is associated with organogenesis of secretory epithelium Rajprasad Loganathan

104 - 10:00    Patterned Toll receptor expression organizes epithelial cell intercalation Adam Pare

Saturday, April 1   10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Town & Country
Evolution and Populations Genetics II
Co-Moderators:  Kristi Montooth, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, and
Noah Whiteman, UC Berkeley, CA, and
Andy Gloss, UC Berkeley, CA

112 - 10:45    Population Genomics of Parallel Cold Tolerance Evolution Within Drosophila melanogaster John Pool

113 - 11:00    Genomics of adaptation coupled with a major dietary transition to herbivory in the Drosophilidae Andrew Gloss

114 - 11:15    The genetic basis of rapid adaptive shifts in pigmentation over seasonal time scales Alan Bergland

115 - 11:30    Rapid evolution of learning in natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster Emily Behrman

116 - 11:45    HP1 gene family diversification suggests recurrent innovation in paternal chromosome packaging across 250 million years of Diptera evolution Quentin Helleu

117 - 12:00    Recurrent gene duplication leads to diverse repertoires of centromeric histones in Drosophila species Lisa Kursel

118 - 12:15    Dynamics of a natural P-element invasion in experimentally evolving populations of D. simulans Robert Kofler

Saturday, April 1   10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: San Diego
Patterning, Morphogenesis and Organogenesis II
Co-Moderators:  Jessica Treisman, NYU, New York, and
Leslie Pick, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, and
Anja Katzemich, Schoeck Lab, McGill, Montreal, Canada

119 - 10:45    Chitinase-like proteins disrupt tube morphogenesis Sandra Zimmerman

120 - 11:00    Organ sculpting by patterned extracellular matrix stiffness Justin Crest

121 - 11:15    Semaphorin-Plexin signaling regulates stress fiber dynamics during epithelial migration Claire Stevenson

122 - 11:30    The epithelial-specific zinc finger transcription factor Ichor is essential for seamless tube morphogenesis in the Drosophila tracheal system Jeff Rosa

123 - 11:45    Post-transcriptional downregulation of Bazooka-Par3 downstream of Snail in epithelial-mesenchymal transition Joan Lee

124 - 12:00    Dynamin regulates actin cytoskeletal organization during cell-cell fusion Nathalie Gerassimov

125 - 12:15    Systematic transcriptome analysis of flight muscle development reveals that Spalt major regulates a biphasic mode of sarcomere assembly Maria Spletter

Saturday, April 1   10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Golden West
Cell Death and Immunity
Co-Moderators:  Kim McCall, Boston Univ., MA, and
Henri Jasper, Buck Institute for Research on Aging city, state, and
Imilce Rodriguez-Fernandez, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, CA

126 - 10:45    Anastasis, a conserved cell survival strategy under stress Gongping Sun

127 - 11:00    Stretch Follicle Cells Utilize Lysosomal Proteins to Eliminate Nurse Cells by Phagoptosis Albert Mondragon

128 - 11:15    COPI–Arf1–lipolysis pathway regulates normal and transformed stem cells survival in adult Drosophila Shree Ram Singh

129 - 11:30    Src-MAPK, Hippo and TGFB signaling cooperatively regulate cytokine production in enterocytes upon bacterial infection Philip Houtz

130 - 11:45    Olfaction mediated neuronal control for immune competency in Drosophila blood cells via GABA-shunt Sukanya Madhwal

131 - 12:00    A new family of GTPases from virulence-linked extracellular microvesicles of a Drosophila generalist parasite Mary Ellen Heavner

132 - 12:15    PGRP-SD is an extracellular pattern recognition receptor that enhances peptidoglycan-mediated activation of the Drosophila Imd pathway Igor Iatsenko

Saturday, April 1   4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: San Diego
Cell Division and Growth Control
Co-Moderators:  Don Fox, Duke Univ. Medical Center, Durham, NC, and
Sharon Gorski, Simon Fraser Univ. & BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada, and
Jessica Sawyer, Duke Univ. Medical Center, Durham, NC

141 - 4:00    Why there are no crossovers on chromosome 4 (and how to make them) Jeff Sekelsky

142 - 4:15    Novel role of nuclear periphery and nuclear ‘shuttle’ proteins in heterochromatic double strand break repair. Taehyun Ryu

143 - 4:30    Switching Injury Response: Polyploidy Associated Hypertrophy as An Alternative to Compensatory Proliferation Erez Cohen

144 - 4:45    Mitotic gene expression dictates the mechanism of tissue repair in Drosophila Janelle Grendler

145 - 5:00    Delineating the Mechanism of Compensatory Cellular Hypertrophy in Follicular Epithelium Sarayu Row

146 - 5:15    Large genetic screen identifies FGF signaling in the trachea as a regulator of body size in Drosophila. Kim Rewitz

147 - 5:30    The Mechanome of Asymmetric Cell Division Tri Pham

148 - 5:45    Interactions between Cell Division and Epithelial Cell Polarity Gayaanan Jeyanathan

Saturday, April 1   4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Golden West
Models of Human Disease: Neurodegeneration and Neurological Disorders
Co-Moderators:  Serge Birman, ESPCI, Paris, France, and
Doris Kretzschmar, Oregon Health & Science Univ., Portland, OR, and
Sabi Abdul-Raouf Issa , ESPCI, Paris, France

149 - 4:00    Defective glial phagocytosis results in cell corpse accumulation and age-dependent neurodegeneration Johnny Elguero

150 - 4:15    Dysfunctional VMAT potentiates selective loss of dopaminergic neurons in parkin mutant flies Sheng Zhang

151 - 4:30    Identification of a Neural Modulator of Locomotor Activity That Can Compensate for Loss of Dopamine Karol Cichewicz

152 - 4:45    Tip60 HAT/HDAC2 balance promotes neural health in an Alzheimer's disease Drosophila model Priyalakshmi Panikker

153 - 5:00    A rapid autophagy response is induced by axon injury and may mediate the signal transduction to axon degeneration Yanshan Fang

154 - 5:15    Seizure and ataxia-linked mutations in a Golgi t-SNARE cause synaptic retraction, frequency-dependent hyperexcitability and reduced dendritic growth in Drosophila. James Jepson

155 - 5:30    Dystroglycan, a non-integrin ECM receptor is required for selective permeability barrier in the brain Andriy Yatsenko

156 - 5:45    A Drosophila functional characterization of CNV genes that confer risk of schizophrenia. Gianna Maurer

Saturday, April 1   7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: San Diego
Techniques and Technology Platform Session
Co-Moderators:  Hugo Bellen, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, and
Julie Simpson, University of California, Santa Barbara, and
Oguz Kanca , Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

157 - 7:30     Implications of Active Genetics Ethan Bier

158 - 7:45    An update from the Genome Disruption Project (GDP): MiMICs, CRiMICS, and human cDNA transgenics Hugo Bellen

159 - 8:00    Re-purposing Existing Transgenic Reagents By Genomic HACKing Christopher Potter

160 - 8:15    Transgenic gRNA libraries for tissue-specific CRISPR/Cas9 knock-out screening in Drosophila Fillip Port

161 - 8:30    What’s new in FlyBase (in its 25th year) Steven Marygold

162 - 8:45    Metabolomic Studies in Drosophila Jason Tennessen

163 - 9:00    Advances in monitoring calcium dynamics using genetically-encoded sensors in Drosophila Yi Sun

164 - 9:15    Whole-animal functional and developmental imaging with multi-view light-sheet microscopy William Lemon

165 - 9:30    Recombinase-facilitated Fine-mapping of Neural Circuits using Split Cre Benjamin White

Sunday, April 2   8:30 AM – 12:00 NOON
Location: Atlas Ballroom
Plenary Session II
Moderator:  Amy Kiger, UC San Diego, California


8:30    Poster Awards.

8:35    Asymmetric signaling endosomes in asymmetric division Marcos Gonzalez-Gaitan

9:05    Why the pause? Catching RNA polymerase II in vivo Julia Zeitlinger

9:35    Circuits principles of memory-based behavioral choice Marta Zlatic

10:05 - Break

10:30    Stem cell homeostasis in the Drosophila testis Erika Bach

11:00    The conflicts that shape genomes, cells and species. Nitin Phadnis

11:30    The piRNA pathway—a small RNA based genome defense system Julius Brennecke