Schedule of Events


Tuesday, March 12

2:00 pm - 10:00 pm Registration  Surf and Sand

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner  Crocker Hall

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm Opening Mixer  Merrill Hall

Wednesday, March 13

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast  Crocker Hall

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration  Surf and Sand

8:30 am - 12:00 noon Plenary Session I: Metabolic Pathways: Cell Growth, Pathogenesis and Bioenergy
Chair: Louise Glass
 Merrill Hall and Chapel
 Robert A. Cramer
Hypoxia and Mechanisms of Human Fungal Pathogenesis: To Air or Not to Air?
 Audrey P. Gasch
Tackling biofuel bottlenecks through genome wide association studies in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
 Kim E. Hammond-Kosack
Exploring the metabolome of cereal infecting fusaria
 Bernard Henrissat
Carbohydrate-active enzymes in fungal genomes
 Adrian Tsang
Genome-wide approaches to identify and characterize lignocellulolytic enzymes

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch  Crocker Hall

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Fungal Genome Tools  Chapel

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm One Name = One Fungus  Chapel

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Concurrent Sessions I
          Cell Signaling Involved in Fungal Development and Pathogenesis
Chairs: Naweed Naqvi and Stefanie Pöggeler
 Merrill Hall 
          Genetics and Genomics of Interactions with Bacteria, Insects and Plants
Chairs: Nemat Keyhani and Christian Hertweck
          Membrane Trafficking and Molecular Organization
Chairs: Vicky Sophianopoulou and Gero Steinberg
          Genome Defense, Epigenetics and RNAi
Chairs: Patrick Shiu and Sven Saupe
 Fred Farr Forum
          Genomics and Mycorrhizae
Chairs: Anders Tunlid and Tom Bruns
          Regulation and Comparative Genomics of Carbon and Nitrogen Metabolism
Chairs: Richard Wilson and Ronald de Vries
          Education, Outreach, and Professional Development
Chairs: Steven Denison and Mimi Zolan

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner  Crocker Hall

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm Poster Session I and Exhibits  Fireside Pavilion

Thursday, March 14

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast  Crocker Hall

7:30 am - 1:00 pm Registration  Surf and Sand

8:30 am - 12:00 noon Plenary Session II: Organismic Molecular Interactions
Chair: Nick Talbot
 Merrill Hall and Chapel
 Yong-Hwan Lee
Large-scale Biology for Fungal Pathogenicity in Magnaporthe oryzae
 Antonio Di Pietro
MAPK-mediated control of infectious growth in Fusarium oxysporum
 Peter Dodds
Analysis of effector proteins from flax rust and wheat stem rust
 Francine Govers
Dissecting Phytophthora blight; making sense out of signalling, effectors and host targets
 Alexandra C. Brand
Understanding directional growth in fungi

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch  Crocker Hall

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm GSA Careers Luncheon  Crocker Hall

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Neurospora Business Meeting  Chapel

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm JGI Sequencing and Analysis Tools and Initiatives  Merrill Hall

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Concurrent Sessions II
          Cool Tools for Fungal Biology
Chairs: Miguel Penalva and Kevin McCluskey
 Merrill Hall 
          Fungi and Evolutionary Theory
Chairs: Hanna Johannesson and Duur Aanen
          Cytoskeleton, Motors, and Intracellular Transport
Chairs: Samara Reck-Peterson and Ping Wang
          Nucleic Acid-Protein Interactions that Impact Transcription and Translation
Chairs: Michael Freitag and Mark Caddick
 Fred Farr Forum
          Interactions between Fungi and Animals
Chairs: Neil Gow and Clarissa Nobile
          Fungal Volatiles and Organic Compounds as Signaling Agents
Chairs: Joan Bennett and Richard Splivallo
          Genomics and Biochemistry of Degradation of Complex Molecules in the Environment
Chairs: Jonathan Walton and Dan Cullen

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner  Crocker Hall

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm Poster Session II and Exhibits  Fireside Pavilion

Friday, March 15

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast  Crocker Hall

8:00 am - 1:00 pm Registration  Surf and Sand

8:30 am - 12:00 noon Plenary Session III: Sensing, Cell Biology and Development
Chair: Michelle Momany
 Merrill Hall and Chapel
 Michael Brunner
Metabolic compensation of the Neurospora clock by a glucose-dependent feedback of the circadian repressor CSP1 on the core oscillator
 Gregory Jedd
A Neurospora cell-free system reconstitutes peroxisome membrane protein synthesis and organelle-specific targeting
 Joseph Heitman
Evolution of sexual reproduction: A view from the Fungal Kingdom
 Stephen Osmani
Integration of the fungal cell cycle with growth and development
 Meritxell Riquelme
The illuminated Spitzenkörper of Neurospora crassa: tracking and tracing secretory vesicles

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch  Crocker Hall

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm FungiDB  Kiln

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Magnaporthe workshop: recent progress and community resources  Chapel

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Concurrent Sessions III
          Pathogenic Signaling via Effector Proteins
Chairs: Brett Tyler and Sebastien Duplessis
 Merrill Hall 
          Cell Wall, Polarity and Hyphal Tip Growth
Chairs: Stephan Seiler and Ernestina Castro-Longoria
          Sexual Regulation and Evolution in the Fungi
Chairs: Frances Trail and Nicolas Corradi
          Oxidative Stress, ROS Signaling and Adaptation to Hypoxia
Chairs: Geraldine Butler and Barry Scott
 Fred Farr Forum
Chairs: Jason Stajich and Joey Spatafora
          Synthetic Biology
Chairs: Nancy Keller and Peter Punt
          Fungicides and Antifungal Compounds
Chairs: Daniele Debieu and Paul Verweij

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner  Crocker Hall

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm GSA Education Special Interest Group Mixer  Surf and Sand

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm Poster Session III and Exhibits  Fireside Pavilion

Saturday, March 16

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast  Crocker Hall

8:30 am - 12:00 noon Plenary Session IV: Functional Ecology and Fungal Communities
Chair: Jim Anderson
 Merrill Hall and Chapel
 Tatiana Giraud
Mechanisms allowing the formation of new fungal pathogenic species on novel hosts, causing emerging diseases
 B. D. Lindahl
The decisive role of mycorrhizal fungi as regulators of carbon sequestration in boreal forest ecosystems
 Edward J. Louis
Population Genomics of Saccharomyces Yeasts: Ecology and Adaptation
 Marc-André Selosse
The mycorrhizal symbiosis as a network linking plants
 Eva H. Stukenbrock
Unraveling speciation and specialization processes in plant pathogenic fungi using comparative population genomics

8:30 am - 1:00 pm Registration  Surf and Sand

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch  Crocker Hall

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Session IV
          Parallels between Fungal Pathogens of Plants and Animals
Chairs: Barbara Howlett and Axel Brakhage
 Merrill Hall 
          Secondary Metabolism
Chairs: Gillian Turgeon and Bettina Tudzynski
          Light Sensing and Circadian Rhythms
Chairs: Luis Larrondo and Reinhard Fischer
          Fungal Evo-Devo
Chairs: Steve Harris and Brian Shaw
 Fred Farr Forum
          Environmental Metagenomics
Chairs: Chris Schadt and Betsy Arnold
          Dimorphic Transitions
Chairs: Anne Dranginis and Alex Andrianopoulos
          Tropic Growth and Fusion
Chairs: Andre Fleissner and Nick Read

5:30 pm - 5:45 pm Poster Awards  Merrill Hall and Chapel

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm Perkins/Metzenberg Lecture: Regine Kahmann, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology  Merrill Hall and Chapel

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Closing Banquet  Crocker Hall

8:30 pm - 12:00 am Closing Party featuring The Amplified DNA Band  Merrill Hall

8:30 pm - 12:00 am Quiet Alternative  Surf and Sand

Sunday, March 17

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast  Crocker Hall


Important Dates:



Platform and Poster Assignments online February 11
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