Epigenetics, Chromatin & Transcription
Suzhou, China
May 5-9, 2014
Abstract Deadline extended to March 9, 2014

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Organized by:
Rob Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Rui-Ming Xu, Institute of Biophysics, Beijing, China
Yi Zhang, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital, USA

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Epigenetics, Chromatin & Transcription which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday May 5, and will conclude after lunch on Friday, May 9, 2014.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in epigenetics and chromatin biology. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

General Schedule:

05/05 Mon

05/06 Tue

05/07 Wed

05/08 Thu

05/09 Fri


Arrival & On-site Registration

Arrival & On-site Registration

Session 2

Session 4

Session 6

Session 8







Poster Session & Tea Tasting

Poster Session 2

Session 7

Optional Garden Tour & Departure





Cocktail & Banquet


Session 1

Session 3

Session 5

Major Topics:
1. Chromatin and transcription regulation
2. Chromatin domains and structure
3. DNA methylation and demethylation
4. Histone modifications
5. Nucleosome remodeling and non-coding RNAs
6. Epigenetics and stem cell reprogramming
7. New techniques and new epigenetic phenomenons
8. Epigenetics and human diseases

Keynote Speakers:
Carl Wu, HHMI Janelia Farm Reseach Campus, USA
Abstract title:Dynamics of histone variants at yeast promoters and centromeres

Invited Speakers:
Genevieve Almouzni, Institut Curie/Section de Recherche, UMR218, FRANCE
Sung Hee Baek, Seoul National University, KOREA
Abstract title:Chromatin Modifiers in Epigenetic Control of Cancer and Stem Cells
Frederick Berger,Temasek LifeScience Laboratory, Singapore
Abstract title:The Histone Variant H2A.W Organizes Heterochromatin in Arabidopsis
Xiaofeng Cao, Institute of Genetics & Developmental Biology, CAS, China
Xiaodong Cheng, Emory University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Generation, recognition, and erasure of 5-methylcytosine and its oxidative derivatives
Patrick Cramer, LMU University of Munich, GERMANY
Abstract title:New insights into gene transcription and its regulation
Joseph Ecker, HHMI / The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
Abstract title:Human Body Epigenome Maps Reveal Noncanonical DNA Methylation Variation
Chuan He
, The University of Chicago, USA
Abstract title:Oxidative demethylation of RNA and DNA in biological regulation
Konrad Hochedlinger
, HHMI / Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Abstract title:Genome-wide chromatin interactions of the Nanog locus in pluripotency, differentiation, and reprogramming
Thomas Jenuwein
, Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology, GERMANY
Abstract title:Suv39h-dependent H3K9me3 represses intact retrotransposons in mouse embryonic stem cells
Haifan Lin, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:A Major Epigenetic Programming Mechanism Guided by piRNAs
Huck-Hui Ng
, Genome Institute of Singapore, SINGAPORE
Abstract title:Systems Biology of Stem Cells
Yijun Qi, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title:Small RNAs and Genome Stability
Hiroyuki Sasaki, Kyushu University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Dynamic changes in DNA methylation and gene expression in spermatogonial stem cell differentiation in neonatal mouse testis
Yang Shi, Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title:Histone methylation and regulation of mammalian gene expression
Yujiang Shi
, Brigham Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title:Gene Activation by LSD1/KDM1-mediated H3K4me2 Demethylation
Frederick Tyson, 
National Institute of Health, USA
Abstract title:The NIH Roadmap Epigenomics Program: A guide to the living genome
Jerry Workman
, The Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA
Abstract title:Repression of transcription initiation by transcription elongation via Set2 mediated histone H3K36 methylation.
Xiaoliang Sunney Xie, Harvard University, USA
Abstract title:Transcription against supercoiling
Guoliang Xu
, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Abstract title:Enzymatic DNA Oxidation in Embryonic Development and Somatic Cell Reprogramming
Feng Zhang
, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA
Abstract title:Genome Engineering Using CRISPR-Cas9
Yi Zhang, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital, USA
Abstract title:Nucleosome assembly is required for nuclear pore complex assembly during paternal pronuclear formation
Jian-Kang Zhu, Purdue University and Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, USA/CHINA
Abstract title:Epigenetic silencing and anti-silencing mechanisms in plants

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $200-$500) awards. For more details, please visit Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in May, 2014. 

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

3. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

4. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

5. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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