Reconstitution of Organelle Interactions: Toward Synthetic Cell Biology
March 3-4, 2022

Thursday, March 3, 2022

9-9:15 am PST               Introduction – Mary Mirvis

Talks : 20 min + 10 min Q&A

Bottom-up synthetic cells
9:15-9:45 am                  Kerstin Gopfrich – “Towards Synthetic Cell Biology with DNA Nanotechnology”

9:45-10:15 am                Dora Tang – “Bottom up approaches to synthetic cellularity”

10:15-10:45 am              Kristina Ganzinger – “A New Spin on Efficient Reconstitution of Biological Systems in GUVs”

10:45-11:00 am              Break

Organelle interactions
11:00-11:30 am              Maya Schuldiner – “Systematic approaches for uncovering contact site tethers and regulators”

11:30 am-12:00 pm       Will Prinz – “How and why are lipid exchanged between organelles at contact sites?”

12:00-1:15 pm                Lunch Break

Organelle communication, size control, and biophysics

1:15-1:45 pm                  Mike Henne – “Dissecting the biophysical properties of liquid-crystalline lipid droplets”

1:45-2:15pm                   Matt Good – “Engineered coacervating proteins to construct synthetic organelles”

2:15-2:45 pm                 Shankar Mukherji – “Flexible versus rigid modes in systems-level organelle biogenesis”

2:45-3:30 pm                 Discussion and Wrap-up
Looking to the future: open questions, technical considerations, and next steps for reconstitution of organelle interactions


Friday, March 4, 2022

9:00-9:30a – Lightning talks (1 minute from each poster presenter)

9:30-11:00a – Poster session (via Gathertown link)

11-12a – Discussion, feedback, & wrap up

1p – meet for lunch at Spark Social SF (local participants)