Thursday, 22 October


08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:05 Welcome by Luis Serrano

09:05 – 09:10 Welcome by Vivek Malhotra (Cell and Developmental Biology)


Session 1 – Mechanochemistry of cell biology

Chair: Sebastian Maurer (CRG)

09:10 – 09:50 “Reconstituting mitotic spindle organization in artificial confinement”

Marileen DOGTEROM Department of Bionanoscience in the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delf University of Techonology, Delft NL

09:50 – 10:30 “Tweaking cartwheel and centriole symmetry by rational SAS-6 engineering ”

Michel STEINMETZ  Paul Scherrer Institute, Department of Chemistry and Biology, Laboratory of Biomolecular Research, Villigen CH

10:30 – 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 – 11:50 “ER organization seen at increased spatial-temporal resolution ”

Jennifer LIPPINCOTT-SCHWARTZ  Biology and Metabolism Program, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda US

11:50 – 12:30 “ONcogene-like induction of cellular invasion from centrosome amplification”

Susana GODINHO Centre of Molecular Oncology, Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, London UK

12:30 – 12:45 “Cargo sorting during protein secretion”

Julia VON BLUME (CRG Alumni), Molecular Basis of Protein Trafficking Laboratory, Department of Molecular Medicine, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried DE

12:45 – 13:00  “Resolving the building blocks and assembly principles of cell adhesion


Eli ZAMIR Department of Systemic Cell Biology, Max Planck Institute of Molecular
Physiology, Dortmund DE

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

Session 2 – Morphogenesis & Cytoskeleton

Chair: Jérôme Solon (CRG)

14:30 – 15:10 “Actin cortex mechanics in animal cell morphogenesis”

Ewa PALUCH MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London, London UK

15:10 – 15:50 “Surface cell expansion drives radial cell intercalations in zebrafish


Carl-Philipp HEISENBERG Institute of Science and Technology, Klosterneuburg AT

15:50 – 16:10 Coffee break

16:10 – 16:50 “Coordinating cell division and chromosome segregation” 

Xavier TREPAT Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

16:50 – 17:30  “Microtubule dynamics: mechanisms and functions”

Anna AKHMANOVA,  Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, Utrecht NL

Poster Session

17:30 – 19:40 Poster Session & aperitif


Friday, 23 October

Session 3 – Nuclear organization

Chair: Isabelle Vernós (CRG)

09:30 – 10:10 “Modulation of gene repositioning controls cell cycle entry after asymmetric

cell division

 Manuel MENDOZA Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona ES

10:10 – 10:50 ““The SMC protein complexes – connecting chromosome replication and


Camilla SJÖGREN Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm SE

10:50 – 11:20 Coffee break

11:20 – 12:00 “Taking Apart the Nuclear Envelope during Open Mitosis

Ulrike KUTAY  Institute of Biochemistry, Department of Biology, ETH Zurich,CH

12:00 – 12:15 “A maximal cell size limits cell proliferation during replicative aging in budding


Gabriel NEUROHR  (CRG Alumni) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge US

12:15 – 12:30  “Optimization of codon translation rates via tRNA modifications maintains

proteome integrity

Danny NEDIALKOVA  Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Max Planck Research Group for RNA Biology, Münster DE

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch


Session 4 – Proteostasis

Chair: Pedro Carvalho (CRG)

14:00 – 14:40 “Protein folding homeostasis in the endoplasmic reticulum”

David RON,  Institute for Medical Research,University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK

14:40 – 15:20 “Autophagy: Molecular Machinery and Role in Suppression of Diseases”

Tamotsu YOSHIMORI Department of Genetics, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Osaka JP

15:20 – 15:40 Coffee break

15:40 – 16:20 “Proteostasis impairment in protein misfolding and aggregation diseases

Mark HIPP Research Department “Cellular Biochemistry”, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich DE

16:20 – 17:00“Structure and function of an Escrt-III filament  

Wes SUNDQUIST Department of Biochemistry, University of Utah School of Medicine, Utah US

17:00 – 17:10 Conclusion