SEB Brighton 2016 - Programme

Cell Sessions

The following Cell Biology sessions are taking place at SEB Brighton 2016. More information on each session can be found below.

Dynamic organisation of the nucleus

Session supported by: Nucleus Journal and Frontiers in Plant Science


Prof David Evans (Oxford Brookes University, UK), Dr Katja Graumann (Oxford Brookes University, UK) & Prof Iris Meier (Ohio State University, USA)


Prof Hank Bass (Florida State University, USA), Prof Mark Field (University of Dundee, UK), Prof Roland Foisner (MFPL, Austria), Prof Ralph Gräf (Universität Potsdam, Germany), Prof Yosef Gruenbaum (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Dr Megan King (Yale School of Medicine, USA),  Dr Eric Schirmer (University of Edinburgh, UK), Prof Daniel Starr (University of California, USA); Dr Kentaro Tamura (Kyoto University, Japan) & Dr Iain Williamson (Medical Research Council, Edinburgh, UK)

This is the first meeting of the Nuclear Dynamics Special Interest Group, which provides a broad platform for researchers interested in nuclear biology across eukaryotic kingdoms. Core research themes include molecular trafficking into and out of the nucleus, composition and function of the nuclear envelope, linkages between cytoskeleton and nucleoskeleton, organisation of chromatin, the composition and function of nuclear structures such as Cajal bodies as well as nuclear movement and positioning and the relationships between the nucleus and other cell components. While often apparently structurally and functionally similar, the composition of nuclei across kingdoms is surprisingly diverse although some components, like the SUN domain proteins are highly structurally and functionally conserved. This session will provide an exceptional opportunity to explore this diversity and will include speakers studying nuclear envelope and nuclear dynamics in a wide range of organisms (Dictyostelium, yeast, trypanosomes, C elegans, plants, mammals, humans) using a diverse range of experimental approaches.

The aim of the meeting therefore is to bring together scientists with an interest in the dynamics of the nucleus in various organisms to discuss recent advances in the field and to generate ideas and collaborations for future research. The session will focus on the role and interactions of the nuclear pores, nuclear envelope and nucleoskeleton with chromatin and on the comparative biology of the proteins which provide the structural and dynamic basis for nuclear function, organisation and positioning.

Integrative omics


Prof Tony Pridmore (Professor of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, UK) & Prof David Salt (University of Aberdeen, UK)


Dr Hernan Burbano (Max Planck Institute For Developmental Biology, Germany), Dr Wolfgang Busch (Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria), Dr Sara Oppenheim (American Museum Of Natural History, USA), Dr Brian Dilkes (Purdue University, USA), Dr Rodrigo Gutierrez (Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Chile, Chile), Prof Peter Tiffin (University Of Minnesota, USA) and Dr Levi Yant (John Innes Centre, UK)

Biological research is in the midst of a revolutionary change. This revolution is being driven by the explosive increase in our ability to rapidly and cheaply sequence whole genomes, edit targeted genes and measure in high throughput molecular, cellular and tissue level phenotypes in both controlled and field environments.

Further, knowledge is being extracted from the data generated from such approaches using new methods and concepts derived from computer science, mathematics, bioinformatics and statistics, population genomics, evolutionary biology and earth sciences. As never before, these new advances in genome-enabled biological research hold tremendous promise for making rapid progress in understanding the molecular mechanisms that govern the growth, development, reproduction and environmental interactions of organisms. A better understanding of which will help address many of the major challenges facing the UK and the world, including sustainable food production, protection of the environment, renewable energy, and improvement in human health.

Cross kingdom fungal biology


Dr Vijai Kumar Gupta (NUI Galway, Ireland), Prof Susanne Zeilinger (University of Innsbruck, Austria), Prof H.B Singh (BHU, India) & Prof Igor Grigoriev (JGI, USA) 


Dr Michal Malecki (University College London, UK), Dr Ewa Bielska (University of Birmingham, UK), Prof Paola Bonfante (University of Turin, Italy), Dr Anita Pandey (GBPHID, India), Prof Piler Perez (CSIC, Spain), Dr Lauren Ryder (University of Exeter, UK), Prof Marc Stadler (Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany) & Dr Maria Tuohy (NUI Galway, UK)

Research on fungi plays an essential role in the improvement of biotechnological and biomedical areas. It has turned into a subject of expanding significance as new organisms and their related biomolecules are being characterised. The interaction between fungi and their biotic and abiotic environment is fundamental to numerous processes taking place in the biosphere. This metabolic versatility makes fungi interesting objects for a range of economically important biotechnological applications. Understanding the biology of distinctive fungi in differing biological ecosystems and their associations with their living and non-living surroundings is key to support successful and innovative technological improvements.

Replenished interest in all aspects of the biology and biotechnology of fungi may likewise empower the improvement of “one pot” microbial cell factories for biochemical and protein production to meet the consumer needs into the 21st century.  In addition, different fungal species are driving reason for infection in human, animals and plants. To understand this potential and to really comprehend the assorted qualities and biology of these eukaryotes, proceeding with improvement of scientific tools and strategies is crucial. The fundamental objective of this session is to bring together driving specialists in different areas of fungal science. So, the proposed session will have a most interesting program with key speakers from all over the world. There will be multiple opportunities for experienced and early career researchers’ especially young scientists to present their work as well as in poster presentations.

Super resolution microscopy helping to solve biological questions


Dr Susan Cox (King’s College London, UK) & Prof John Girkin (Durham University, UK)


Dr Steven Lee (University of Cambridge, UK), Prof Markus Sauer (University of Würzburg, Germany), Dr Viviane Devauges (King's College London, UK), Dr Jakub Chojnacki (University of Oxford, UK) & Prof Christian Soeller (University of Exeter, UK)

With the award of the 2014 Nobel Prize super-resolution microscopy has clearly arrived as an important tool for scientific discovery. The ability to image using optical labels in less perturbed samples provides a bridge between conventional optical microscopy and electron microscopic methods. There are a large number of methods that can now provide technical solutions to a range of different samples under different experimental conditions and now the challenge is to match these methods up to help solve real biological questions.

The session will cover both technical advances in the field alongside real biological questions that are now being answered through the use of the new methods. The link through to electron microscopy and how different types of data might be combined will be discussed along with methods currently being driven from a physical science perspective including imaging of nano-particles with 5nm resolution.