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Cambridge Developmental Biology Meeting II: quantitative approaches

The Cambridge Computational Biology Institute and Sainsbury Laboratory invite you to the second Cambridge Developmental Biology Meeting on Friday 5 April, 2019. It aims to increase the interaction between Cambridge scientists interested in Developmental Biology across kingdoms.

The meeting is following up the successful first meeting held in 2015.


You can register for the event via this link.

Registration deadline: Friday 22 March

Registration is free, and includes access to the talks, the possibility to present a poster, coffee breaks, lunch and a wine reception. Six short talks will be selected among early career researchers submitting a poster. Please note, space in the auditorium and poster board numbers are limited.

Final programme

08:45 Registration opens
09:00 Arrivals and welcome
09.15 Francois Nedelec (SLCU Shape and cytoskeletal dynamics of blood platelets
09.45 Ewa Paluch (MRC LMCB, UCL & PDN) Cross-talk between cell mechanics, cell shape and cell fate
10.15 Coffee break
11.00 Early career speaker session


Marius Rebmann (Plant Sciences) Dissecting meristem regulation in M. polymorpha with scRNA-seq and live microscopy
11.15 Berta Verd (Genetics)  Modularity, criticality and evolvability in a developmental gene regulatory network
11.30 Leila Muresan (CAIC/PDN) Observing development: image analysis challenges
11.45  Jimena Berni (Zoology) Hox genes and the diversification of neural circuits
12.00  Melanie Eckersley-Maslin (Babraham Institute) Epigenetic regulation of early embryonic cell fate transitions
12:15 Ross Carter (SLCU) Integrating molecular and mechanical signals for hypocotyl hook dynamics
12.30 Lunch and poster session
14.00 Stephen Eglen (DAMTP) Making maps in the brain
14.30 Clare Buckley (PDN) Building and breaking epithelial tubes: an optogenetic approach
15.00 John Marioni (EBI / CRUK CI) Applying single cell genomics to study early mammalian development
15.30 Tea

Ben Simons (Gurdon Institute) Branching Morphogenesis

16.45 Fengzhu Xiong (Harvard) - Measuring and modelling tissue mechanics in developing embryos
17.15-19.00 Reception and poster session


Participants are encouraged to bring posters to display their work. A poster template is provided, but you may bring any (A0 portrait) poster relevant to your research. Similar to the previous meeting, we will collect and merge posters into a pdf file to be posted online.

Organisers and contact

The meeting is jointly organised by the Sainsbury Laboratory and Cambridge Computational Biology Institute. Main contacts are Henrik Jönsson (SLCU) and Gos Micklem (CCBI).

Information for Parents/Carers

While children are not generally expected to be in the building, we have made the following arrangements for delegates needing to manage a childcare handover during this event:

We ask that parents/carers wait with children in our Social Room if they are present when the conference is in progress. The Lab is surrounded by the Botanic Garden (open 10:00-18:00 in April), a traffic free area with a café. Please contact the conference organisers if you would like to arrange for access to the Garden for your partner/child minder during the conference. For parents of infants, we provide a private room for feeding and pumping, a separate fridge for milk storage, baby changing facilities and high chairs. Breastfeeding is welcome in all public areas of the building.



Supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation

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