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Watermanfest: Cellular Machines at Work

Lasker Center
NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD


We are proud to celebrate the induction of Dr. Clare Waterman into the National Academy of Sciences. In addition to her own strength as a scientist, this recognition of her work is in no small part due to the outstanding colleagues with whom she has worked for many years.  The “Watermanfest : Cellular Machines at Work” Symposium will highlight the past and current work being done by these leading scientists, all of whom have co-authored papers with Dr. Waterman in addition to their own seminal work. 

Registration and attendance is free, please register by April 1 to let us know you are coming.


9:00 - 9:10
Robert Balaban
Welcome and opening remarks

9:15 - 9:45
Lindsay Case
Stoichiometry controls activity of phase-separated clusters of actin signaling proteins

9:50 - 10:20
Tony Kanchanawong
Nanoscale Architecture of the Integrin-Based Adhesion Complexes and Cortical Actin Cytoskeleton in Embryonic Stem Cells

10:25 - 10:45
Coffee Break

10:50 - 11:20
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
Membrane dynamics and organelle biogenesis: lipid pipelines and vesicular carriers

11:25 - 11:55
Stephanie Gupton
Coordination of cytoskeletal dynamics & membrane remodeling in neuronal shape change

12:00 - 1:30
Lunch Break
Please see map at entrance for cafeterias at Bldg 37 & 10

1:35 - 2:05
Mary Beckerle
The pressure is on: Probing the response of cells to mechanical stress

2:10 - 2:40
Sandra Schmid
Crosstalk between signaling and endocytosis: Implications for the evolving cancer cell

2:45 - 3 PM
Coffee Break

3:05 - 3:35
Margaret Gardel
Do you want to push and pull all night? All right!

3:40 - 4:05
Val Jaumouillé
A Need for a Molecular Clutch in Innate Immunity?

4:10 - 4:40
Robert Goldman
Recent Insights into the Roles of Intermediate Filaments in Regulating the Motile and Mechanical Properties of Cells

4:45 - 4:55
Clare Waterman
Closing Remarks

5 PM - 7 PM
Happy Hour Reception

Select Speakers

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Northwestern University
Robert Goldman is the Chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is the Stephen Walter Ranson Professor of Cell Biology at the institution. He has been a leading researcher in intermediate filaments for more than three decades.
Robert Goldman, Ph.D.
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UT Southwestern
Gaudenz Danuser is Chair of the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in Dallas and holds the Patrick E. Haggerty Distinguished Chair in Basic Biomedical Science. Dr. Danuser has been the field leader in computer vision and cytoskeleton dynamics since 2003.
Gaudenz Danuser, Ph.D.
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University of Utah
Mary Beckerle is a renowned cancer cell biologist at the Hunstman Cancer Institute, where she is the CEO. She is also Professor at the University of Utah, where she is also the Associate Vice President for Cancer Affairs. Her research on cell motility machinery is focused on Ewing’s Sarcoma.
Mary Beckerle, Ph.D.
Photo of Jennifer Lippincott
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz has been a leader in live cell imaging and organelle transport for over two decades, for which she has received numerous awards. She is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, and is currently a Senior Group Leader at Janelia Research Campus.
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D.
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UT Southwestern
Sandra Schmid is the Endowed Cecil H. Green Distinguished Chair in Cellular and Molecular Biology in the Cell Biology department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her work on membrane fusion and endocytosis has earned her numerous awards and international recognition.
Sandra Schmid, Ph.D.
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National University of Singapore
Tony Kanchanawong is Associate Professor in the Mechanobiology Institute at the National University of Singapore. He and colleagues pioneered the use of super resolution microscopy to determine the molecular organization of large cellular structures at the nanoscale.
Tony Kanchanawong, Ph.D.
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University of Chicago
Margaret Gardel is Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Physics, the James Franck Institute, and the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics. Her work has integrated the fields of condensed matter physics and cell biology to study how cells and tissues generate force.
Margaret Gardel, Ph.D.
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University of North Carolina
Stephanie Gupton is Associate Professor in the Cell Biology and Physiology Department, UNC Neuroscience Center and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her career of work on the cytoskeleton and neuronal guidance has earned several awards.
Stephanie Gupton, Ph.D.