2024 Suddath Symposium

"The Evolution of Multicellularity and Cellular Differentiation"

Georgia Tech
Petit Biotech Building
315 Ferst Drive N.W.
Suddath Seminar Room 1128, Nerem Atrium
Atlanta, GA 30332


March 14, 2024
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. 2024 Suddath Award Winner Presentation

“Targeted DNA Diversification and Directed Evolution in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Using a CRISPR Base Editor”
Andrew Cazier, Ph.D. Candidate (Blazeck lab), Georgia Tech 
11:45 - 12:00 p.m.Presentation of 2024 Suddath Award to Andrew CazierSuddath Family Member
Official Opening of the 2024 Suddath Symposium
1:00 p.m. Opening RemarksWilliam Ratcliff, Ph.D., Raphael "Frank" Rosenzweig, Ph.D. - Symposium Co-Chairs
Session I - Through the Lens of Time (Geology and Evolutionary Dynamics)
Session Chair - Frank Rosenzweig
1:05 p.m."The Evolution of Complex Multicellularity: An Earth System Framework"Andrew Knoll., Ph.D., Harvard University
1:50 p.m."A Thousand Days of Change: Snowflake Yeast's Path to Multicellularity"Ozan Bozdag, Ph.D., Georgia Tech
2:35 p.m.Break 
Session II - Through the Lens of Gene (Comparative Approach)
Session Chair - William Ratcliff
2:55 p.m“Mating and Multicellularity in the Closest Living Relatives of Animals"Nicole King, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
3:45 p.m."Ichthyosporeans and the Evolution of Animal Embryogenesis"Omaya Dudin, Ph.D., École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (ÉPFL), Switzerland
4:30 p.mAdjourn 
March 15, 2024
8:00 a.m.Trainee Breakfast, Nerem Atrium 
Session III - Origin and Evolution of Multicellular Development
Session Chair - Rozenn Pineau
9:15 a.m."Tissue Patterning from a Single Cell Perspective"Magdalena Bezanilla, Ph.D., Dartmouth College
10:00 a.m."Developmental Transitions and Reconfigurations in a Multicellular Life Cycle"Alberto Stolfi, Ph.D., Georgia Tech 
10:45 a.m.Break 
11:15 a.m."Dynamic Regulation of Cell Adhesion Molecules During Collective Migration of Neural Crest Cells"Shuyi Nie, Ph.D., Georgia Tech
12:05 p.m.Poster Session and Lunch, Nerem Atrium 
Session IV - Engineering Systems to Study Multicellular and Differentiation
Session Chair - Ross Lindsey
2:00 p.m"Multicellular is Different: Emergent Physical Properties and the Evolution of Multicellularity"Peter Yunker, Ph.D., Georgia Tech
2:45 p.m."Discovery of Organizational Principles from Multicellular Agent-based Modeling"Melissa Kemp, Ph.D., Georgia Tech
3:15 p.m."Synthetic Matrices for Human Organoids"Andrés García, Ph.D., Georgia Tech
4:00 p.m.Closing Remarks 
4:10 p.m.Adjourn 

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