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Skirball Institute Annual Symposium

The Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine held our 20th Annual Research Symposium on Friday, September 27, 2019, featuring a full slate of talks by renowned research scientists from around the country and abroad. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 symposium was not held. We will provide information about our 2021 symposium as soon as it’s available.

Our 2019 symposium centered around the theme “Life in Motion: From Atoms to Organisms.” Movement is fundamental to all aspects of life. The symposium featured an exciting juxtaposition of speakers who addressed the importance of movement in key biological systems, ranging from atoms in individual protein molecules, to organelle and cellular movement in health and disease, to the movement of entire populations of organisms. Topics crossed disciplines, including neuroscience, immunology, microbiology, and cancer biology, highlighting the common theme of motion in biology.

2019 Symposium Program

Time Event
8:30AM Continental breakfast
9:30AM Introduction by Ruth Lehman, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, NYU Langone
9:40AM “The Fast and the Furious: Mechanisms Underlying Rapid Cell Motility”
Julie Theriot, PhD, University of Washington; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
10:20AM “Conformational Change We Can Believe In!”
James Fraser, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
11:00AM Coffee break
11:25AM “The Cellular Interstate System: Deciphering the Mechanisms of Microtubule-Based Transport”
Samara Reck-Peterson, PhD, University of California, San Diego; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
12:05PM “Self-Driven Phase Transitions in Collective Bacterial Populations”
Josh Shaevitz, PhD, Princeton University
12:45PM Lunch break
2:45PM “Dispersal in Drosophila: How Flies Fly Far”
Michael Dickinson, PhD, California Institute of Technology
3:25PM “Leukocyte Navigation in Complex Environments”
Michael Sixt, MD, Institute of Science and Technology Austria
4:05PM Coffee break
4:45PM “Models and Mechanisms of Collective Motion”
Naomi Leonard, PhD, Princeton University
5:25PM “Phenotypic Plasticity in Cancer Metastasis”
Joan Massagué, PhD, Sloan Kettering Institute at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
6:05PM Closing remarks

Please contact Kalyani Narasimhan at if you have questions about the symposium. Learn more about our recent past symposia and older symposia.