Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Program


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Chair:  Joe Ecker, Ph.D., The Salk Institute, HHMI
Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D.
President, The Salk Institute

8:55 am


Steve Kay, Ph.D.
President, Scripps Research Institute

“Joanne Chory – Innovating and Impacting the future of Plant Science”

Light Signaling:  Then and Now
Chair: Michael Neff, Ph.D., Washington State University

  9:10 am

Jason Reed, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“The long and short of hypocotyls”

  9:30 am

Christian Fankhauser, Ph.D.
Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne

“From PKS1 and HFR1 to the study of phototropism and shade-avoidance”

  9:50 am

Eirini Kaiserli, Ph.D.
University of Glasgow

“Light and flowering regulators convene in nuclear     photobodies”

10:10 am

Ullas Pedmale, Ph.D. 
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

“The reds and the blues of the shade avoidance response”

10:30 am       Coffee Break

Auxin and the Shade Avoidance Response: Then and Now
Chair: Ben Cole, Ph.D., Joint Genome Institute, San Francisco

10:50 am

Meng Chen, Ph.D.
University of California, Riverside

“Signaling output mechanisms of plant phytochromes”

11:10 am

Yunde Zhao, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego

“Regulation of auxin biosynthesis in Arabidopsis

11:30 am

Jennifer Nemhauser, Ph.D.
University of Washington

“Seven things I learned from Joanne”

11:50 am

Zuyu Zheng, Ph.D.
The Salk Institute

“Auxin metabolic pathways modulate plant shade avoidance responses”

12:10 pm       Lunch – Foyer


Brassinosteroids:  The Chory Lab Cleans Up!
Chairs: Ana Caño-Delgado, Ph.D., Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, Barcelona
Yanhai Yin, Ph.D., Iowa State University

1:10 pm

Jianming Li, Ph.D
UM-Peking University Joint Institute, University of Michigan

“Regulation of BIN2 activity by brassinosteroids”

1:30 pm

Zhiyong Wang, Ph.D.
Carnegie Institute for Science, Stanford University

“Brassinosteroid signaling and beyond”


Sigal Savaldi-Goldstein, Ph.D.
Israel Institute of Technology

“Understanding coherent growth: brassinosteroid activity gets context”

2:10 pm

Xuelu Wang, Ph.D.
Huazhong Agricultural University

“Brassinosteroids control plant architecture through cell cycle regulation in monocots”

2:30 pm

Michael Hothorn, Ph.D.
University of Geneva, Switzerland

“Plant membrane signal transduction by LRR receptor kinases”

From Retrograde Signaling to Chloroplast Quality Control
Chair: Hsou-min Li, Ph.D., Academia Sinica, Taiwan

2:50 pm

Åsa Strand, Ph.D.  
Umeå University, Sweden

“Chloroplast development; a tale of two genomes”

3:10 pm

Jesse Woodson, Ph.D.
The Salk Institute

“Balancing energy production with stress: Chloroplasts as environmental sensors”

3:30 pm     Coffee Break

We Go Full Circle: Light Signaling Variation in the Natural World
Chair:  Olivier Loudet, Ph.D., IJPB, France

3:50 pm

Julin Maloof, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis

“Exploring natural variation in tomato shade avoidance”

4:10 pm

Justin Borevitz, Ph.D.
Center for Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, Australian National University

“20 years of Arabidopsis natural variation Genomics2Phenomics2Climate”

Closing Remarks
Chair:  Todd Mockler, Ph.D., Donald Danforth Plant Science Center


Detlef Weigel, Ph.D.
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

“Looking Back and Looking Ahead