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Meeting Schedule:          

2:30 - 3:00 pm Arrival, registration, speaker A/V check

3:00 – 5:30 pm five talks with 15 minute break midway

5:30 - 6:30 pm Keynote address

6:30-7:30 pm  refreshments, social hour

Dr. Holly Goodson (Notre Dame University)
hgoodson (at) nd.edu
Dr. Vladimir Gelfand (Northwestern University)
vgelfand (at) northwestern.edu

April, 20th 2018      
Nikita Divekar (Wignall Lab, Northwestern Univesity)   AIR-2/Aurora B kinase activity is essential for key events in C. elegans oocyte meiosis  
Alyssa Harker (Kovar Lab, University of Chicago)   Characterizing the processive mechanism of Ena/VASP on diverse F-actin bundles  
Mohammed Amin (Varma Lab, Northwestern University)   Antagonism between dynein and Ndc80 complexes at kinetochores controls the stability of kinetochore-microtubule attachments during mitosis  
Elizabeth Lawrence (Zanic Lab, Vanderbuilt University   Human CLASP2 specifically regulates microtubule catastrophe and rescue  
    Dr. Smith Freem Endowed Lecture:  
Jennifer Zallen (HHMI / Sloan Kettering Institute)   Signals, forces, and cells: Decoding tissue morphogenesis  
March, 16th 2018      
Robert Carrillo (University of Chicago)   Mechansims driving synaptic connectivity  
Puck Ohi (University of Michigan)   Total inhibition of mitotic spindle assembly in animal cells  

Glen Hocky  (Voth Lab, University of Chicago)


Self-organization of actin binding proteins to different  architectures

Kristen Verhey (University of Michigan)   Structural and functional diversity across the kinesin superfamily  
POSTER SESSION!!   Please email your your abstracts to Holly Goodson by March 9th.  
    The 4 winners of the poster competetion will be invited to present their work at the April 20th meeting.  
Oct, 20th 2017      
Tyler Lewis (Joe Besharse Lab, Medical College of Wisconsin)   Cone myoid elongation involves unidirectional microtubule movement mediated by dynein-1  
Kim Weirich (Margaret Gardel Lab, University of Chicago)   Self organization in active biopolymer droplets  
Dileep Varma (Northwestern University)   Human Replication Licensing Factor Cdt1 Serves as an Essential Link for Stabilizing Kinetochore Microtubule Attachments  
Sangyoon Han (Michigan Tech University)   Early Competition of actin and vinculin for talin-binding dictates NA’s maturation and force transmission  
Naomi Courtemanche (University of Minnesota)   All roads lead to the barbed end: Evaluating multiple pathways for subunit addition in formin-mediated actin filament elongation  
Subhojit Roy (University of Wisconsin, Madison)   Slow Axonal Transport of Actin  
Sept 15th, 2017          

Mike Kelliher (Jill Wildonger Lab, University of Wiconsin, Madison)   Regulated autoinhibition of kinesin-1 is essential to polarized dendritic transport  

Xiaoyang Wu (University of Chicago)

  ACF7 regulates inflammatory colitis and intestinal wound response by orchestrating microtubule and tight junction dynamics  

Jordan Beach (Loyola University Chicago)

  Live-cell Dynamics of Myosin 2: New Models from New Imaging  
Luke Rice (UT Southwestern Medical Center)   Design principles of a microtubule polymerase  

Bill Brieher (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

  Re-examining the function of an actin filament crosslinking protein  
Kevin Vaughan (University of Notre Dame)   StARD9 is a Novel Transmembrane Kinesin in Late Endosomes and Lysosomes Required for Purkinje Neuron Survival  
Upcoming meetings:      

April 20, 2018 (Special Guest Seminar by Jen Zallen, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center).

Past meetings:   2007-2008