​2022 Conference​

The 20th International Conference was held in conjunction with The British Society for Developmental Biology on September 4-8, 2022, at the Grand Excelsior Hotel Malta, in Valletta, Malta​​

  • Program Committee

    Joshua Brickman

    Professor of Stem Cell and Developmental Biology, Universities of Copenhagen and Edinburgh

    Marianne Bronner

    Developmental Biology, California Institute of Technology​

    James Briscoe

    Developmental Biology, MRC-National Institute for Medical Research, England

    Robb Krumlauf

    Scientific Director, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

    Elly Tanaka

    DFG Research Center, Center for Regenerative Therapies (CRTD), Technische Universität Dresden


    Fiona Wardle

    Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biology, King’s College London

  • 2022 Conference Program

    Please note this programme is provisional and all times are shown in Central European Time (CET)

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSunday 4th September 

    13:00 Onward Delegate Arrival and Registration
    17:00 - 18:00 PL01: Jean Brachet Lecture
    Dr Richard Harland (UC Berkely)
    Chair- Liz Robertson (University of Oxford)​
    18:15-19:45 Welcome Drinks Reception - Bastion Terrace

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaMonday 5th September 

    09:00 - 10:30 Session 1 - Potency & Plasticity 1
    Chair Professor Peter Koopman (The University of Queensland)
    09:00 - 09:25 S01: Xenogeneic barriers to interspecies chimera formation
    Dr Hiro Nakauchi (Stanford University Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine)
    09:25 - 09:50 S02: Cellular potency and plasticity - enhancers regulation to project past and future fates
    Professor Josh Brickman (University of Copenhagen)
    09:50 - 10:15 S03: Keeping up with the neighbours: how do local cell interactions coordinate differentiation of pluripotent cells?
    Anne McLaren Award Lecture - Professor Sally Lowell (University of Edinburgh)
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
    11:00 - 13:00 Session 2 - Potency & Plasticity 2
    Chair- Dr Peter Lwigale (Rice University)
    11:00 - 11:25 S04: Mapping cell fate control mechanisms during state transitions
    Professor Kim Jensen (University of Copenhagen)
    11:25 - 11:50 S05: Torsion of the heart tube by shortage of progenitor cells: identification of Greb1l as a genetic determinant of criss-cross heart in mice
    Dr Sigolène Meilhac (Institut Imagine)
    11:50 - 12:05 O01: Transcriptome lineage maps underlying neuronal plasticity in the Ciona larval brain
    Dr Laurence Lemaire (Princeton University)
    12:05 - 12:20 O02: Illuminating the (uterine) path: from embryo movement to implantation
    Professor Ripla Arora (Michigan State University)
    12:20 - 12:45 S06: Building the hypothalamus: from diencephalic progenitors to neurons
    Professor Marysia Placzek (University of Sheffield)
    13:00 - 14:00 Buffet Lunch in Foyer and Poster Session 1
    14:00 - 15:30 Session 3 - Programming and re-programming cell identify 1
    Chair- Professor Ann Philpott (University of Cambridge)
    14:00 - 14:25 S07: Dissecting cell identity via network inference and in silico gene perturbation
    Dr Samantha Morris (Washington University)
    14:25 - 14:40 O03: Developmental cell fate choice employs two distinct cis regulatory strategies
    Dr Joaquina Delas (The Francis Crick Institute)
    14:40 - 14:55 O04: ZIC3 Inhibition of Canonical WNT Signalling Controls Endoderm Formation To Ensure Left Right Heart Development
    Professor Ruth Arkell (Australian National University)
    14:55 - 15:20 S08: Evolving roles of Hox1 proteins in regulating the balance between pluripotency and differentiation
    Professor Robb Krumlauf (Stowers Institute for Medical Research
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
    16:00 - 18:00 Session 4 - Programming and Re-programming Cell Identity 2
    Chair- Professor Claudio Stern (University College London)
    16:00 - 16:25 S09: Barcode-free predictions of cell lineages from scRNA-seq datasets
    Professor David Suter (EPFL)
    16:25 - 16:50 S10: piRNA-directed transposon DNA methylation during mammalian germline development
    Professor Dónal O’Carroll (University of Edinburgh)
    16:50 - 17:05 O05: Transcriptional Heterogeneity and Cell Cycle Regulation as Central Determinants of Primitive Endoderm Priming
    Ms Marta Perera (University of Copenhagen)
    17:05 - 17:20 O06: SyNPL: Synthetic Notch pluripotent cell lines to monitor and manipulate cell interactions in vitro and in vivo
    Dr Mattias Malaguti (University of Edinburgh)
    17:20 - 17:45 S11: Neuromesodermal progenitor origin of trunk neural crest in vivo
    Professor Tatjana Sauka-Spengler (University of Oxford)​​
    18:00 Onward Free Evening for delegates

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaTuesday 6th September

    09:00 - 10:30 Session 5 - Dynamics of cellular decision making 1
    Chair – Professor Kim Dale (University of Dundee)
    09:00 - 09:25 S12: Spermatogenesis: a paradigm of stem cell regulation
    Professor Benjamin Simons (University of Cambridge)​
    09:25 - 09:40 O07: FOXL2 is necessary for ovarian formation in the chicken
    Dr Güneş Taylor (The Francis Crick Institute
    09:40 - 09:55 O08: Cytoneme-mediated transport of active Wnt5b/Ror2 complexes in zebrafish gastrulation
    Dr Steffen Scholpp (University of Exeter)
    09:55 - 10:20 S13: Stem cell zoo reveals mechanisms for species-specific developmental timeDr Miki Ebisuya (EMBL Barcelona)
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
    11:00 - 13:00 Session 6 - Dynamics of Cellular Decision Making 2
    Chair- Dr Rosa Uribe (Rice University)
    11:00 - 11:25 S15: The kinetic landscape of human transcription factors
    Dr Timothee Lionnet (NYU Grossman School of Medicine) 
    11:25 - 11:50 S28: Signal coding and decoding governing the decision to differentiate
    Professor Jonathan Chubb (University College London
    11:50 - 12:15 S16: Heads or tails? Establishing regional identity in the nervous system
    Dr Vicki Metzis (Imperial College London)
    13:00 onwards Free Afternoon for Sightseeing
    18:30 - 19:00 International Buffet in Restaurant
    19:00 - 21:00 Poster Session 2 with drinks - Ballroom

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaWednesday 7th September 

    09:00 - 10:30 Session 7 - Dynamics of Cellular Decision Making 3
    Chair – Dr Richard Harland (UC Berkeley)
    09:00 - 09:25 S17: Dosage compensation in the Drosophila embryo at single cell resolution
    Professor Hilary Ashe (University of Manchester)
    09:25 - 09:50 S18: About time: The temporal control of cell fate in the vertebrate central nervous system
    Dr James Briscoe (The Francis Crick Institute)
    09:50 - 10:15 S19: Investigating wound healing and cancer in developmental stages of zebrafish and Drosophila
    Professor Paul Martin (University of Bristol)
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
    11:00 - 13:00 Session 8 - Regulation and misregulation cell identity and function
    11:00 - 11:25 S20: Tumour blood vessels: Old roads new ways
    Professor Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke (Barts Cancer Institute)
    11:25 - 11:50 S21: Beta cell development and regeneration
    Professor Heiko Lickert (Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen GmbH)
    11:50 - 12:05 O10: Visualising and profiling primitive haematopoietic and endothelial lineage divergence in vivo
    Dr Lucy Wheatley (University of Oxford)
    12:05 - 12:20 O11: GSK3 and Lpd cooperate at the lamellipodium to promote neural crest cell migration in mouse
    Dr Karen Liu (King’s College London)
    12:20 - 12:45 S22: Cardiovascular cell lineage specification and early heart morphogenesis in the mouse embryo
    Dr Miguel Torres (CNIC)
    13:00 - 14:00 Buffet lunch in Foyer and Poster Session 3
    14:00 - 15:30 Session 9 - Dynamics of cellular patterning 1
    Chair- Professor Sally Dunwoodie (Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute)​
    14:00 - 14:25 S23: Self-organizing stem cell systems to study early human development
    Professor Aryeh Warmflash (Rice University)
    14:25 - 14:40 O12:  Using mouse models to identify the molecular events that contribute to craniofacial spliceosomopathies
    Professor Loydie Jerome-Majewska (McGill University)
    14:40 - 14:55 O13: Cellular and molecular events accompanying changes in epithelial curvature during zebrafish inner ear development
    Mrs Ana Jones (University of Sheffield)
    14:55 - 15:20 S24: Yin-Yang Approach to Reprogramming Cell Fate
    Professor Ken Zaret (University of Pennsylvania)
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
    16:00 - 18:00 Session 10 - Dynamics of Cellular Patterning 2
    Chair- Richard Behringer (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    16:00 - 16:25 S25: Pattern emergence during the elongation of the zebrafish pre-somitic mesoderm
    Dr Ben Steventon (University of Cambridge)
    16:25 - 16:50 S26: Growth and patterning of the developing spinal cord
    Dr Anna Kincheva (ISTA)
    16:50 - 17:15 S27: The hidden organisation of neurogenesis; emergent properties of coupling single cell oscillations in a tissue environment
    Professor Nancy Papalopulu 
    (University of Manchester)
    17:15 - 17:30END OF CONFERENCE
    19:00 onwards Conference Dinner and The Mediterranean Conference Centre