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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


Workshops Listing



Wednesday, March 29   9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: Pacific Ballroom Salon 3
PI Early Career Forum
Organizers:  Guy Tanentzapf, University of British Columbia, and
Amy Bejsovec, Duke University

The PI Early Career Forum is designed for new PIs, within the first 5 years of setting up a lab, working on Drosophila. The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity for early career PIs to meet one another, showcase the research pursued in their new labs, network with more senior members of the fly community, and take part in a discussion about how to navigate the challenges that accompany the process of starting a new lab. Ticketed Event

Wednesday, March 29   12:00 NOON – 6:00 PM
Location: Golden Ballroom
Ecdysone Workshop
Organizers:  Rebecca Spokony, Baruch College, CUNY, and
Elizabeth Ables, East Carolina University

The Ecdysone Workshop welcomes all those interested in insect endocrinology. Importantly, this workshop is a forum to discuss the role of different hormones (e.g., 20-hydroxyecdysone, juvenile hormone, peptide hormones, insulin) and the crosstalk between their signaling pathways. The topics covered include, but are not limited to, hormone synthesis and secretion, and hormonal control of transcription, differentiation, morphogenesis, growth, metabolism, timing and behavior.

12:00 pm Peter and Lucy Cherbas, Ecdysone, cell lines, and the pattern of the hormone response
2:00 pm Leslie Pick, TBD
2:30 pm Danielle Finger, Ecdysone signaling controls germline stem cell maintenance by promoting expression of distinct RNA-binding proteins
2:45 pm Jianjun Sun, Steroid signaling plays essential role for Drosophila ovulation
3:30 pm Kirst King-Jones, Steroids, iron and heme: The plot thickens
4:00 pm Sarah D. Neuman, IAP-antagonist expression is not sufficient to induce caspase activation during Drosophila endogenous cell death
4:15 pm Rebecca Spokony, Juvenile hormone mimic methoprene modifies EcR function
5:00 pm Idan Alyagor, A systematic exploration of developmental neuronal remodeling reveals an EcR dependent transcription factor hierarchy
5:30 pm Jennifer Hackney Price, Effects of urbanization on ecdysone and behavior in black widow spiders
5:45 pm Susan Gerbi, Ecdysone induced re-replication in DNA puffs

Thursday, March 30   7:45 PM – 9:45 PM
Location: Pacific Ballroom Salon 1
Integrating Research and Teaching at PUIs using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism
Organizers:  Afshan Ismat, University of St. Thomas, and
Norma Velazquez Ulloa, Lewis & Clark College, and
Judy Leatherman, University of Northern Colorado

The workshop will have two components, lightning talks followed by breakout sessions, described below: Lightning talks: These talks will be 10 minutes long and the session will last one hour. The focus will be on ideas for integrating open-ended research into course laboratories. Talks will include speakers that teach a variety of courses with inter-related topics including Genetics, Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Bioinformatics. Breakout sessions: Attendees will split into small groups according to the course topic they are most interested in, and will discuss ideas for implementing the strategies discussed in the talks in their own courses.

Scott Ferguson, Molecular Genetics
Nancy Pokrywka, Cell Biology
Lindsay Lewellyn, Cell Biology
Janet Rollins, Biochemistry
Jack Bateman, Molecular Biology
Traci Stevens, Genetics

Thursday, March 30   7:45 PM – 9:45 PM
Location: Pacific Ballroom Salon 3
Wound Healing and Regeneration
Organizers:  Adrian Halme, University of Virginia School of Medicine, and
Rachel Smith-Bolton, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Drosophila has become an important model system for understanding both wound healing and regeneration of tissues and organs. The goal for this workshop is to bring together presentations from researchers studying tissue repair, regeneration, and compensatory growth in diverse tissue contexts. This workshop will highlight the use of the various model systems in this field including, but not limited to, tissue repair and regeneration in embryos, the larval and adult cuticle, neurons, and imaginal discs. Common themes that will be discussed include the roles of stem cells, cell biological and mechanical mechanisms, inflammatory and innate immune systems, gene regulatory networks, signal transduction, and energy homeostasis.

Julien Colombani, The Hippo signalling pathway coordinates organ growth and limits developmental variability by controlling dilp8 expression
Shiri Yaniv, The role of actin in axon regrowth following pruning
Seol Hee Im, An injury-induced chronic pain model in Drosophila
Shyama Nandakumar, Cell cycle re-entry in the optic lobes of the adult Drosophila brain
Martin Schmid, How insects react to nematode-inflicted wounds: at the crossroads of wound and immune responses
Andrea Page-McCaw, Multiple mechanisms are responsible for intracellular calcium increases around epithelial wounds
Tin Tin Su, Positive and negative regulation of pattern duplication during radiation-induced regeneration
Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez, Oxidative stress coordinates junctional and cytoskeletal remodeling during embryonic wound repair

Thursday, March 30   7:45 PM – 9:45 PM
Location: Golden Ballroom
Feeding Behavior, Nutrition and Metabolism
Organizers:  T├ónia Reis, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and
William W. Ja, The Scripps Research Institute

Drosophila has become as a powerful model system for studying how diet and nutrition can influence a wide range of metabolic processes. This workshop is designed to assemble a diverse group of presentations that highlight recent advances in the field of nutrition and metabolism. The goal of this workshop is to foster discussions and encourage collaborations among individuals interested in topics ranging from food intake as a fundamental parameter of metabolism to the effects of diet on energy storage and utilization.

Dona R. Wisidagama, Mitochondrial Pyruvate Metabolism Suppresses Stem Cell Proliferation
Allen G. Gibbs, Effects of diet on genetically obese
Akhila Rajan, Drosophila adipose tissue as a model to unravel molecular basis of fat cell physiology
Do-Hyoung Kim, A fat-derived metabolite regulates a peptidergic feeding circuit in Drosophila
Tetsuya Miyamoto, Neuronal gluconeogenesis regulates glucose homeostasis via neuropeptide signaling in the Drosophila brain
Anindya Ganguly, Different signaling pathways engender compensatory changes in taste sensitivity upon macronutrient deprivation
Greg S. B. Suh, Interoceptive Nutrient Sensing by the Brain
Pavel Masek, Measuring Aversive Taste Memory in Drosophila

Thursday, March 30   7:45 PM – 9:45 PM
Location: Pacific Ballroom Salon 2
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex
Organizers:  Mark Van Doren, Johns Hopkins, and
Michelle Arbeitman, Florida State University, and
Artyom Kopp, UC Davis

The workshop will cover the molecular genetics, development, neurobiology, genomics, evolution, and population genetics of sexual dimorphism, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary interactions. Presentations by invited speakers and selected abstracts from each discipline will be followed by moderated discussions. The speakers are encouraged to summarize the key ideas behind their research for people working in other fields, outline the main unsolved questions, offer their opinions about future directions, and suggest connections that could be built with other disciplines.

7:45-7:50 Introduction
7:50-8:10 Tim Connallon, Mitochondrial inheritance and sex-specific adaptation
8:10-8:25 TBA-invited from abstract submissions
8:25-8:40 TBA-invited from abstract submissions
8:40-9:00 Qi Zhou, Epigenomic Evolution of Drosophila Sex Chromosomes
9:00-9:15 TBA-invited from abstract submissions
9:15-9:35 Troy Shirangi, Neuronal control and development of male courtship song in Drosophila
9:35-9:45 Discussion

Friday, March 31   1:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: Pacific Ballroom Salon 1
Spotlight on Undergraduate Research
Organizers:  Eric Stoffregen, Lewis-Clark State College, and
Kimberly A. Carlson, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and
Jennifer Jemc Mierisch, Loyola University, and
Catherine Silver Key, North Carolina Central University

This session will highlight undergraduate research accomplishments from Drosophila research labs. Selected by faculty reviewers, five student speakers will deliver ten-minute oral presentations. The undergraduate plenary session will illustrate ways in which research has become an important part of the college experience through its integration into courses and mentoring in individual research labs.

Jenna M. Harris, Formin-mediated regulation of dendritic cytoskeletal architecture and behavior in a model of Charcot-Marie-Tooth sensory neuropathy
Zachary P. Howard, Coxiella burnetii infection in Drosophila melanogaster: key factors in pathogenesis
Joshua Blundoner, Structure-Function Analysis of gurken IRES Activity
Kalyn Gackowski, Identification of Lipid-Processing Genes Required for Eggshell Formation in Drosophila
Kayla Wilson, Genetic control of tissue-specific growth in the larval trachea of Drosophila
Merci Best, BMP regulation of germline development during testis stem cell niche formation

Friday, March 31   1:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: Pacific Ballroom Salon 3
Drosophila Microbiome
Organizers:  Will Ludington, UC Berkeley, and
Brooke McCartney, Carnegie Mellon University, and
Nichole Broderick, University of Connecticut

The microbiome is a complex ecosystem within a complex organism, neither of which we understand completely on their own, let alone in combination. Drosophila studies have shown that the microbiome affects metabolism, immunity, pathogenesis, neurobiology and behavior, ecology and evolution, and aging. Combining the Drosophila genetic model with its naturally simple microbiome gives us our best chance of understanding the complex relationship between host and microbial community. The goal of this workshop is unite Drosophila researchers across disciplines and to build a shared set of defined host-microbiome tools to accelerate Drosophila microbiome research.

Edan Foley, The microbiome, inflammation and tumorigenesis in the adult midgut
Amber Wise, Influence of the microbiota on life history adaptation in Drosophila melanogaster
Kyung-Jin Min, The role of commensal microbes on the longevity effect of dietary restriction in Drosophila melanogaster
Henri Jasper, Age-related changes in the intestinal microbiota and consequences for longevity
Malachi A. Blundon, The microbiota affects Alcohol Dehydrogenase protein levels and the response to alcohol
Erin S. Keebaugh, Microbial growth rate impacts Drosophila nutrition
Allison Quan, Drosophila melanogaster is associated with distinct yeast communities within winery environments

Friday, March 31   1:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: Golden Ballroom
Developmental Mechanics
Organizers:  Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez, University of Toronto, and
Guy Tanentzapf, University of British Columbia

Developmental biology has undergone a revolution over the last two decades, largely as a result of work in Drosophila, that placed biomechanical, quantitative imaging, and mathematical modeling approaches at the forefront of the effort to understand tissue morphogenesis. In particular the establishment of tools to measure and manipulate mechanical forces in living organisms has demonstrated that mechanical forces profoundly shape tissue morphogenesis. In this workshop, we will review the most recent technical advances to visualize and quantify force generation during Drosophila development, and we will discuss the latest results demonstrating the interplay between physical forces, molecular dynamics and tissue morphogenesis.

Yusuke Toyama, 3D cell shape changes drive Drosophila tissue elongation
Margot Quinlan, Cytoskeletal control of fluid flows in the Drosophila oocyte
Adam C Pare, Patterned Toll receptor expression organizes epithelial cell intercalation
Lucy E O'Brien, Adult midgut stem cells achieve an ordered spatial distribution through autonomous motility
Madhav Mani, On the role of mechanical feedback in epithelial morphogenesis
Adam C Martin, Folding epithelia - From motor to tissue

Friday, March 31   1:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: Pacific Ballroom Salon 2
Biogenic Amines and Behaviors
Organizers:  Sonali A. Deshpande, University of California, Los Angeles, and
Seth Tomchik, The Scripps Research Institute, FL , and
Kyung-An Han, University of Texas, El Paso

Drosophila is widely used as a model system for studying neurological disorders and neuronal mechanisms involved in behavioral regulation. This workshop welcomes a diverse group interested in discussing the role of biogenic amines in various behaviors. The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for investigators working on biogenic amines to encourage discussions and collaborations.

1:45pm Sonali A. Deshpande, Aminergic regulation of Drosophila egg-laying behavior
2:00pm Sara Wasserman, Aminergic modulation of sensory perception in the flying fly
2:15pm Timothy Lebestky, Dopamine and Optomotor Arousal
2:30pm Seth M. Tomchik, The role of dopamine and cAMP-dependent plasticity in Drosophila learning
2:45pm Zachary Freyberg, Neuronal depolarization drives increased dopamine synaptic vesicle loading via VGLUT
3:00pm Olga Alekseyenko, Serotonergic modulation of aggression involves GABAergic and neuropeptide-dependent pathways
3:15pm Sarah Certel, Octopamine modulation of male aggression: strengthening nutritional and pheromonal detection
3:30pm Kyung-An Han, Neurobiology of octopamine

Friday, March 31   1:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: Pacific Salon 7
Navigating the Career Decision Making Process
Organizer:  Sonia Hall, Genetics Society of America, Bethesda, MD

This interactive career planning workshop will engage participants in thinking about how their skills, interests, and values can be used to inform their career planning and decisions.