Institute for Integrative Genome Biology

Seminar Committees


The Institute sponsors symposia and workshops on key topics featuring leading experts, which provide a forum for scientists and students to discuss novel ideas and techniques. Below is information concerning the various events and roles of committees that coordinate conference activities within the Institute.


CEPCEB Award Symposium and Noel T. Keen Distinguished Lecture

December 16, 2016
2016 Invited Noel T. Keen Distinguished Lecturer: Ottoline Leyser, Director, Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University

2016-17 Coordinators:

Established In 2002, the Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) scholarship award fund sponsors an annual Special Lecture and Awards Ceremony where an invited leading scientist presents his or her work and where postdocs, graduate students and undergraduate students receive public recognition of their accomplishments. The Distinguished Noel T. Keen Lecture has become a top-notch lecture series. Previous lecturers have included: Fred Ausubel (Harvard), Jeffrey Dangl (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Chris Somerville (Stanford), Joanne Chory (Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Bernhard Palsson (University of California, San Diego), Gloria Coruzzi (New York University), Joseph Ecker (Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Philip Benfey (Duke University), Rob Martienssen (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), James Carrington (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center), Elliot Meyerowitz (Cal Tech), Eva Benkova (Institute of Science and Technology, Austria), and Pamela Green (University of Delaware).


CEPCEB Postdoc Symposium

(June 10, 2016 Program); 
2016 Invited Keynote Speaker:  Frank G. Harmon, Adjunct Associate Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology Dept., UC Berkeley

2015-16 Student Coordinators:
  • Maria Irigoyen (Linda Walling's Lab): Dept. of Botany & Plant Sciences
  • Brandon Le (Xuemei Chen's Lab); Dept. of Botany & Plant Sciences
  • Mauricio Reynoso (Julia Bailey-Serres' Lab); Dept. of Botany & Plant Sciences
  • Cecilia Rodriguez-Furlan (Natasha Raikhel's Lab); Dept. of Botany & Plant Sciences

A student-hosted annual symposium devoted to innovative plant cell biology research was initiated in 2013-14 with postdocs and students selecting speakers, monitoring funds, and planning itineraries.


Southern California Eucaryotic Pathogen (SCEP) Symposium

(SCEP Website)

2015-16 Coordinators:

The study of eukaryotic pathogens includes such diverse organisms as intracellular protozoa, helminths and fungal pathogens. IIGB annually sponsors the Southern Californian Eukaryotic Pathogen Symposium, which  brings together researchers from almost 20 different labs (Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach, University of Arizona, UCSD, UCLA, UCI, UCR, etc.) that investigate the inner workings and host response to these important pathogens. It is the aim of this symposium to bring together these like-minded but individual groups to facilitate interaction and collaboration.


Miscellaneous 2016 Symposia

CDVR Mini-Symposium (January 15, 2016)

(CDVR Mini-Symposium Program)

IIGB sponsored an exciting half-day Center for Disease-Vector Research (CDVR) Mini Symposium on January 15th, 2016 titled "Latest Advances in Vector Insect Genetics and Genomics." The symposium focused on cutting-edge advances in vector insect genetics and genomics with a stellar lineup of speakers. Ethan Bier, Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego talked about the use of CRISPR in mutagenic chain reactions and Robert Waterhouse (MIT) talked about comparative evolutionary and functional genomics of insects. Two CDVR speakers, Brad White and Omar Akbari presented their latest advances in insect genetics and genomics. The symposium started at 1 pm, ended at 5pm, included an interaction time in the middle, and was attended by ~60 people.

IIGB Director Natasha Raikhel Retirement Symposium (March 21, 2016)

(Retirement Symposium Program)

After a 30+ year career in plant cell biology and to celebrate IIGB Director Natasha Raikhel's extensive contribution to the scientific community during the past four decades, the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology hosted a one-day Retirement Symposium in her honor on March 21, 2016 in the Genomics Auditorium. The day included talks from several former and current lab members, as well as refreshments, lunch and an evening reception. Approximately 120 people attended the symposium from on-campus and from domestic and international institutions.

Innovations in Science Education Symposium (May 6, 2016)

(Science Education Symposium Program)

Susan R. Wessler, an IIGB distinguished professor of genetics and a passionate advocate for spreading the excitement of doing genomics research to undergraduate students, will be celebrated as the Neil A. and Rochelle A. Campbell Presidential Chair for Innovation in Science Education with a symposium on May 6, 2016. 


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