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Monday, September 24 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Pursuing an Academic Career

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Monday September 24, 2012 13:30 - 15:00Gallieni 1 & Gallieni 2


The EMBO Meeting speaker faculty will facilitate discussion, answer questions and recommend appropriate resources on a variety of topics related to careers in academia.

Please note spaces at the Pursuing an academic career session are limited. This is already full and registration is closed.

Up to ten participants and two mentors will be seated for round table discussions per topic:

1. After your PhD - what comes next in academia? The choice between a postdoc in your home country or abroad, Europe, the USA or elsewhere?
a) Facilitators: François Nédélec & Luca Scorrano
b) Facilitators: Eduardo Moreno & Dirk Schübeler

2. Planning your career: obtaining an appropriate postdoc position
Facilitators: Caroline Kisker & Elina Ikonen

3. Starting your own lab: where and how (i.e. tenured positions, fellowships, grants) and other issues
Facilitators: Markus Grebe & Angel Nebreda

4. Job application strategies for academic positions: applying for independent positions - first as a junior independent investigator and then at higher (assistant professor) level
Facilitators: Matthias Hentze & Howard Riezman

5. Defining and refining research directions for your project and your group
Facilitators: John Diffley & Jean-Paul Vincent

6. Raising a family while pursuing a career in research
Facilitators: Monica Gotta & Thomas Lecuit

7. Publishing: How important is it for your career? When is your story ready to be published? Which journal to try? Who should be involved in writing the paper, and who should be co-authors? How to reply to editors and reviewers?
Facilitators: Caroline Dean & Michael Way

8. Writing your first grant. Grant opportunities for young scientists within Europe
Facilitators: Erez Raz & Andrea Musacchio

9. Communicating your science
Facilitators: Enrico Coen & Mónica Bettencourt-Dias


Mónica Bettencourt-Dias

The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC)
Monday September 24, 2012 15:00 - 15:30 @ Rhodes 7  Tuesday September 25, 2012 12:30 - 14:00 @ Rhodes 6    BLD10/CEP135 is a microtubule-­‐associated protein that controls the formation of the flagellum central microtubule pair Abstract: Cilia and flagella are structures involved in a variety of developmental processes and human diseases, including ciliopathies and sterility. We investigate how the... Read More →

Enrico Coen

John Innes Centre
Monday September 24, 2012 11:15 - 11:45 @ Rhodes 7    A Framework for Tissue Cell Polarity in Plants and Animals Abstract: Development involves highly oriented cell behaviours, such as anisotropic growth and asymmetric cell divisions.  It is unclear how these orientations are specified and coordinated over extended tissue domains. We have been addressing this problem through computer simulations of cell polarity... Read More →

Caroline Dean

John Innes Centre
Sunday September 23, 2012 15:15 - 15:45 @ Rhodes 6   Using seasonal temperature cues to ensure flowering in spring Abstract: Seasonal rhythms in flowering are the result of plants using photoperiodic and temperature cues to judge when to flower. Monitoring and integrating these environmental cues enables flowering to occur in favourable conditions so maximising reproductive success.  The acceleration of flowering by... Read More →

John Diffley

London Research Institute
Monday September 24, 2012 11:15 - 11:45 @ Rhodes 6    Early Events in Eukaryotic DNA Replication Abstract: The eukaryotic cell cycle coordinates the accurate duplication and segregation of the genome during proliferation. The large genomes of eukaryotic cells are replicated from multiple replication origins during S phase. These origins are not activated synchronously at the beginning of S phase, but instead fire throughout S... Read More →

Monica Gotta

University of Geneva
Sunday September 23, 2012 14:30 - 15:00 @ Auditorium    Asymmetric cell division and germline development Abstract: Establishment and maintenance of cell polarity are essential for many biological processes. In the C. elegans embryo the conserved PAR proteins regulate the cytoplasmic asymmetric localization of CCCH tandem zinc finger proteins (CCCH-proteins), which specify somatic and germ cell fates. MEX-5 and MEX-6, two... Read More →

Markus Grebe

Umeå University
Sunday September 23, 2012 15:15 - 15:45 @ Auditorium    Modulation of cytoskeletal organization during planar polarity establishment in Arabidopsis Abstract: The coordination of cell polarity within the plane of a single tissue layer (planar polarity) is crucial to the development of multicellular organisms as diverse as animals and plants. We have established the root epidermis of Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system for... Read More →

Matthias W. Hentze

Monday September 24, 2012 15:45 - 16:15 @ Rhodes 8   Insights into RNA biology from eukaryotic cell mRNA interactomes Abstract: RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) determine RNA fate from synthesis to decay. Employing two complementary protocols for covalent UV-crosslinking of RBPs to RNA, we have used a systematic, unbiased and comprehensive approach to define the mRNA interactome of proliferating human HeLa cells. Of the proteins captured... Read More →

Elina Ikonen

University of Helsinki
Sunday September 23, 2012 16:00 - 16:30 @ Rhodes 8    Mechanisms of lipoprotein-derived lipid transfer in mammalian cells Abstract: Background: A major mechanism of lipid entry into mammalian cells is via receptor-mediated endocytosis of low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-particles. While LDL-receptors recycle to the plasma membrane for further cargo uptake the LDL-derived lipids are hydrolyzed in the acidic compartments... Read More →

Caroline Kisker

Universität Würzburg
Monday September 24, 2012 12:00 - 12:30 @ Rhodes 6    Towards damage verification in nucleotide excision repair Abstract: DNA damage recognition by the nucleotide excision repair pathway requires the division of labour into a scanning step identifying helical distortions in the DNA and a proofreading step verifying the presence of a lesion. This proofreading step can be accomplished in eukaryotes by the ten subunit containing... Read More →

Thomas Lecuit

Sunday September 23, 2012 16:00 - 16:30 @ Auditorium    Spatial control of cell mechanics during tissue morphogenesis Abstract: Tissues exhibit a remarkable dual property of robustness and plasticity. This relies on unique mechanical properties of the cell cortex and on adhesive interactions between cells. Our group seeks to understand the fundamental molecular mechanisms responsible for this property. This is essential to... Read More →
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Eduardo Moreno

Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern
Sunday September 23, 2012 12:30 - 13:00 @ Rhodes 6   Cellular fitness from Drosophila to mammals Abstract: I will describe the molecules and mechanisms through which animal cells reveal their fitness to the neighboring cells within tissues. The conserved roles of the "Flower Code" and Sparc in Drosophila and mammals will be discussed. Finally I will highlight the connections between the molecular determinants that reveal and... Read More →

Andrea Musacchio

MPI für molekulare Physiologie
Monday September 24, 2012 16:30 - 17:00 @ Rhodes 7    The persuasive biochemical logic of kinetochores Abstract: The main focus of our laboratory is the reconstitution of kinetochores, and of their dynamic interactions with the spindle assembly checkpoint. Kinetochores are large proteinaceous disks that are built on centromeric DNA. In mitosis, they provide a site of attachment of chromosomes to the mitotic spindle. The spindle... Read More →

Angel R. Nebreda

Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB)
Monday September 24, 2012 16:30 - 17:00 @ Auditorium    p38 MAPK signaling in tumorigenesis Abstract: The p38α MAP kinase pathway plays key roles in the cellular responses to stress but can also integrate signals that affect many other cellular processes in a cell context-specific and cell type-specific manner. Studies using genetically modified mice have elucidated some in vivo functions for p38α, and provided... Read More →

François Nédélec

EMBL, Structural and Computational Biology
Monday September 24, 2012 15:45 - 16:15 @ Rhodes 7   Design principles of yeast spindles Abstract: Bundled cytoskeletal arrays are a universal feature of eukaryotic cells. The anaphase B spindle from fission yeast serves as an excellent model system for studying cytoskeletal arrays under compressive forces as it can be perturbed genetically, is easily visualized using electron or light microscopy and has an organization that is... Read More →

Erez Raz

Institute of Cell Biology, ZMBE
Sunday September 23, 2012 11:00 - 11:30 @ Rhodes 7    Motility and guided migration of zebrafish Primordial Germ Cells Abstract: The migration of Primordial Germ Cells in zebrafish serves as a model for single-cell migration in development, homeostasis, and disease. We use this model to investigate the basic cellular mechanisms directing cells into motile behavior and those allowing the cells to respond to directional cues. We... Read More →

Howard Riezman

University of Geneva - Sciences II
Sunday September 23, 2012 11:45 - 12:15 @ Rhodes 8    Systematic lipidomic analysis of yeast mutants reveals novel regulation of lipid homeostasis and plasma membrane/ER communication Abstract: We have performed an unbiased, systematic, lipidomics analysis of two collections of yeast mutants ; in the early secretory pathway previously used for an epistatic miniarray profiling (Schuldiner et al, 2005) and a collection of yeast... Read More →

Dirk Schübeler

Friedrich Miescher Institute
Sunday September 23, 2012 11:45 - 12:15 @ Auditorium    DNA sequence determinants of gene repression Abstract: Chromatin and DNA modifications have emerged as a critical component for gene regulation in higher eukaryotes yet how these epigenetic variables are targeted to specific sites of the genome is still poorly understood. We have generated global maps of DNA methylation, histone modifications and replication in higher... Read More →

Luca Scorrano

University of Geneva Medical School
Sunday September 23, 2012 15:15 - 15:45 @ Rhodes 8  Tuesday September 25, 2012 12:30 - 14:00 @ Rhodes 6    Keeping the endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria together Abstract: Mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) are juxtaposed by specific molecular machinery that we are starting to unravel and that include mitofusin 2 (MFN2), a large mitochondrial GTPase that we identified as the first molecular... Read More →

Jean-Paul Vincent

Division of Developmental Neurobiology
Sunday September 23, 2012 11:45 - 12:15 @ Rhodes 6   Death, survival and Wingless signalling in developing wing imaginal discs of Drosophila Abstract: Epithelia have evolved several quality control mechanisms that lead to the elimination of defective or mis-specified cells. The widespread apoptosis that occurs following epithelial disruption provides an extreme example. I will describes our studies aimed at delineating the... Read More →

Michael Way

London Research Institute
Tuesday September 25, 2012 09:45 - 10:15 @ Rhodes 6    WIP links Nck to N-WASP during Arp2/3 complex dependent actin polymerization Abstract: Activation of Arp2/3 complex dependent actin polymerization by Nck and N-WASP/WASP signalling networks plays an important role during a variety of cellular processes, including endocytosis, phagocytosis and invadopodia formation.  Unfortunately, during its egress vaccinia virus... Read More →

Monday September 24, 2012 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Gallieni 1

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