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You are invited to attend the 20th International C. elegans Meeting. The meeting will be returning to the University of California, Los Angeles and will be held June 24-28, 2015.  Cutting-edge research is presented on diverse topics, including: physiology, neurobiology, development, ecology and evolution, behavior, aging, ecology, gene regulation and genomics.





We are pleased to announce that the Keynote Address will be presented on Friday, June 26 by the 2006 Nobel Prize winner,

Craig Mello, University of Massachusetts Medical School



In addition, each plenary session will feature one of the following invited speakers:


Marie-Anne Félix started her scientific career in cell biology with a PhD (1991) at EMBL, and then turned to nematodes, development and evolution as a postdoc (1994-1997) in the Sternberg lab at Caltech. From 1997 to 2011, she was a principal investigator at CNRS in the Jacques Monod Institute in Paris. Since 2011, she is a professor in the Department of Biology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure. Her recent research encompasses quantitative and evolutionary biology of vulva development in C. elegans and other nematode species and studies of natural populations of these species, including their interaction with natural pathogens such as microsporidia and viruses.


Bob Goldstein discovered endoderm induction in C. elegans as a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. As a postdoc at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, he demonstrated that embryonic patterning in C. elegans originates from cues delivered by the sperm, and he used C. elegans to discover that cell-cell interactions can orient mitotic spindles. Since 1999, he has been a PI at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Members of his lab are studying mechanisms of cell shape change in morphogenesis and mechanisms of cell polarization, and they are working on C. elegans methods development. His lab is also developing water bears as a new model system for understanding two issues: evolution of body plans, and survival of extremes including desiccation, intense radiation, and the vacuum of space.


Alex Hajnal earned a Master in Biochemistry from the University of Zurich in 1989. During his PhD in the Department of Cancer Research at Zurich University he studied gene expression in revertants of HRAS transformed cancer cells, receiving a PhD degree in 1993. After a short Postdoc working on muscle cell differentiation in the lab of Helen Blau in 1994, he joined the lab of Stuart Kim at Stanford University, where he made first contact with worms. After returning to Zurich in 1997, he continued his work on cell fate determination and signal transduction in C. elegans as a junior group leader at the Department of Cancer Research. Since 2001, he is Professor at the Institute of Molecular Life Sciences at the University of Zurich.


Yishi Jin received her B.S. degree in Biology from Peking University, China, and her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her postdoctoral training under H. Robert Horvitz at MIT. She began her assistant professor position at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is now a professor of neurobiology and of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is interested in understanding the molecular and genetic mechanisms controlling synapse formation and function, and axon regeneration in Caenorhabditis elegans.



The Conference will begin on Wednesday evening, June 24 with an opening session from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm, followed by a Welcome Reception. The meeting will end on Sunday, June 28 at 12:00 noon.


IMPORTANT NOTE, NEW THIS YEAR: The full text of all abstracts submitted by the deadline date will ONLY be available online and will not be printed in the program book. The program book will still contain the full schedule information, including platform and poster session date, time, title, authors, gene index and the listing of exhibitors. Late abstracts will only be accepted if space permits and will not be included in the online search.

Conference Organizers

Benjamin Podbilewicz Technion-IIT
Gillian Stanfield University of Utah


Organizing Committee

Julie Ahringer

University of Cambridge

Erik Andersen

Northwestern University

Maureen Barr

Rutgers University

Peter Boag

Monash University

Raymond Chan

University of Michigan

Diana Chu

San Francisco State University

Luisa Cochella

IMP, Vienna

Monica Colaiacovo

Harvard Medical School

Erin Cram

Northeastern University

Asher Cutter

University of Toronto

Meng-Qiu Dong

National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing

Ronald Ellis

Rowan University

Jonathan Ewbank

Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy

Anton Gartner

University of Dundee

Andy Golden


Tina Gumienny

Texas Woman’s University

Oliver Hobert

Columbia University

Sophie Jarriault


Rik Korswagen

Hubrecht Institute

Sandhya Koushika

TIFR, Mumbai

Michael Krause


Patty Kuwabara

University of Bristol

Ayelet Lamm

Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Enrique Martinez-Perez

Imperial College, London

Jeremy Nance

Skirball Institute, New York University

Kiyoji Nishiwaki

Kwansei Gakuin University

Matt Rockman

New York University

Piali Sengupta

Brandeis University

Geraldine Seydoux

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Ahna Skop

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Ralf Sommer

Max-Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tuebingen

Jennifer Watts

Washington State University

Mei Zhen

University of Toronto




Organizers of the Worm Art Show: Ahna Skop, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Megan Brady, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2015 C. elegans Meeting logo design created by Petra Tulpa.


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