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Important Dates:

September 24, 2014
Abstract Submission Opens

Conference Registration Opens

November 5, 2014
Deadline for Workshop Requests
November 10, 2014
Abstract Submission Deadline
December 1, 2014
Larry Sandler Award Submission Deadline
January 16, 2015
Deadline for Early (Discounted) Conference Registration
February 6, 2015
Deadline for Hotel Reservations


2015 Meeting Organizers:


Greg Beitel
Michael Eisen
Marc Freeman
Ilaria Rebay

The 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, sponsored by the Genetics Society of America, is taking place March 4-8, 2015 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. This is the premier meeting for students, postdoctoral fellows, research staff and principal investigators studying Drosophila melanogaster. Over 1,500 scientists are attending, with over 1,000 presentations that include 170 talks. Several workshops as well as education and career development sessions are available for researchers at all stages.


Please see below for important links to help you plan your time at the conference. Also check out our mobile website at


On-site registration spots are still available starting at 3:30pm on Wednesday, March 4. Attendees and non-attendees alike are invited to participate in the conference discussion on Twitter under the hashtag #DROS2015.


Social media and sharing policy: Live tweeting of the conference events is encouraged at #DROS2015 (unless the speaker verbally opts out). Taking pictures of slides or posters, whether for tweeting or otherwise, is not permitted without the presenter's explicit consent.


Abstract Search and Program Planner


Program Book


Schedule of Events


Full Abstracts

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Keynote Speaker

Allan Spradling

Allan C. Spradling is currently Director of the Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution for Science, and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His laboratory has helped develop Drosophila genetic technology, most recently as part of the Gene Disruption Project. The Spradling group uses Drosophila to study oogenesis, showing frequently that processes characterized in flies are conserved in mice and vice versa. Researchers also have a longstanding interest in studying polytene cells as general models for understanding genome and chromosome replication and function. Finally, lab members have discovered and characterized Drosophila stem cells and the niches that control them. 


Invited Plenary Speakers

Yohanns Bellaiche

Maria Dominguez

Matt Gibson

Ulrike Heberlein

Heinrich Jasper

Jurgen Knoblich

Harmit Malik

Chris Rushlow

Stanislav Y. Shvartsman

Angela Stathopoulos

Yukiko Yamashita

Phillip Zamore

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