Plant Cell and Developmental Biology

Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
June 17-21, 2013
Abstract deadline extended to: April 26, 2013


Organized by:
Tetsuya Higashiyama, Nagoya University, Japan
Bo Liu, University of Califor
nia, Davis, USA
Hong Ma, 
Fudan University/Pen State University, China/USA
Zhenbiao Yang, 
University of California Riverside, USA


Cold Spring Harbor Asia (CSHA) is the Asia-Pacific subsidiary of New York based Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). Inaugurated in 2010, CSHA is dedicated to promote international scientific exchange in the Asia-Pacific Rim by offering scientific conferences and advanced training courses with highest quality. CSHA is pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia-Plant Cell and Developmental Biology which will be held at the Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center (CSHA’s exclusive venue) in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai.

The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday June 17, and will conclude after lunch on Friday June 21, 2013.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. As a tradition of CSHL, ample social events throughout the conference will be provided in order to facilitating the cross-pollination of scientific ideas.

Major Topics:
1. Membrane, organelle remodeling, and cytoskeleton
2. Cell division cycle: meiosis and mitosis for plant growth regulation
3. The regulation of cell polarity in plants
4. Intracellular and intercellular signaling
5. Sexual plant reproduction: from gametogenesis to embryogenesis
6. Morphogenesis: from cells to tissues
7. Technologies for plant cell and developmental biology

Keynote Speakers:
Jiayang Li, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, China
Abstract title: TBA

Natasha Raikhel, University of California, Riverside, USA
Abstract title: Understanding Endomembrane Trafficking via Chemical Genomics

Invited Speakers:
Frederic Berger, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE
Abstract title: TBA
David Bouchez, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, FRANCE
Abstract title: The TTP complex and spatial control of cell division in Arabidopsis
Xiaoya Chen,Shanghai Institutes of Biological Sciences, China
Abstract title: MicroRNAs Regulate Trichome Development in Arabidopsis thaliana

Zhixiang Chen,Purdue University, USA
Abstract title: Selective autophagy in plant stress responses
Juan Dong, Waksman Institute, USA
Abstract title: Molecular mechanisms for protein polarization during stomatal asymmetric division in Arabidopsis
Pankaj Dhonukshe,VIB / Universiteit Gent, BELGIUM
Abstract title: TBA
Thomas Dresselhaus, University of Regensburg, GERMANY
Abstract title: Germ cells and fertilization mechanisms
Hiroo Fukuda, University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Abstract title: Symmetry breaking directed by MIDD1-mediating mutual inhibition between microtubules and active Rhop
Niko Geldner, University of Lausanne, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title: The endodermis - how it is built and what it is there for.
Venugopala Gonehal, University of California, Riverside, USA
Abstract title: Dose, discrimination and transcriptional logic of stem cell dynamics
John Harada, University of California, Davis, USA
Abstract title: Dissection of Seed Development
Takashi Hashimoto, Nara Institute of Sceince and Technology, JAPAN
Abstract title:Stress-induced destabilization of cortical microtubules is mediated by tubulin kinase
Tetsuya Higashiyama, Nagoya University, Japan
Abstract title: Molecules Involved in Pollen Tube Guidance
Inhwan Hwang, Pohang University of Science & Technology, KOREA
Abstract title: Chloroplast protein biogenesis
Liwen Jiang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Abstract title: Plant Exocytosis
Jürgen Kleine-Vehn, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU), AUSTRIA
Thomas Laux, University of Freiburg, GERMANY
Abstract title:Novel concepts in Arabidopsis shoot meristem stem cell maintenance
Bo Liu, University of California, Davis, USA
Abstract title: Microtubule Organization for Mitotic Spindle Formation in Plants
Jianxiang Liu, Fudan University, China
Abstract title: From the endoplasmic reticulum to the nucleus: Intracellular signaling for cell survival or cell death in plant ER stress responses
Hong Ma, Fudan University/Pen State University, China/USA
Abstract title: Genetic and genomic studies of Arabidopsis meiosis: whole-genome sequencing of meiotic recombination and characterization of RFC1 in meiotic crossover formation
Li-Jia Qu, Peking University, China
Abstract title: Membrane-bound RLCKs LIP1 and LIP2 are essential male factors controlling male-female attraction in Arabidopsis.
Mengxiang Sun,Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
Abstract title: Cell-to-cell communication between Arabidopsis female gametes in relation to their coordinate development
Jen Sheen, MGH/Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title: Glucose–TOR signaling orchestrates transcriptome reprogramming and meristem activation
Keiko Torii, University of Washington, USA
Abstract title: Communication, Fate, and Decision Making during Stomatal Development
Tongda Xu, Temasek Lifescience Laboratory, Singapore
Abstract title: Auxin mediated pavement cell interdigitation growth through cell surface based ABP1-TMK auxin sensing complex
Zhenbiao Yang, University of California Riverside, USA
Abstract title: Rapid polar growth in pollen tubes: A paradox between growth and polarity maintenance

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 June 2013.

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Package Content:

Package TypeEarly
Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:
April 5,2013 May 20, 2013Before Arrival 
*CSHA Endowed Student¥1,530$250¥1,700$275¥1,870$300
Includes meeting pass only (special offer)
Student No Housing¥3,750$605¥4,000$645¥4,250$685
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
 (All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Share Room for 4 nights.
Academic No Housing¥5,100$825¥5,500$890¥5,900$955
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
 (All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Media No Housing¥3,300$535¥3,500$570¥3,700$605
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
(All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Corporate No Housing¥6,340$1,025¥6,880$1,115¥7,420$1,205
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
(All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Remark:  Lunch, Supper, Tea Break & Social Activities (¥1,500 or $250); Room Rate(Single) :(¥2,000 or $320) & (Shared): (¥1,000 or $160), Breakfast is included in the Room Rate. The Package Price is based on the RMB price, price in USD is according to the exchange rate fluctuations.

Please kindly note:

1. The early & normal 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 full 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.

2. For Student Package registered participants, please add your roommate requirement during the online registration. Otherwise, we’ll assign you a roommate among other student participants.

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

4. Please inform us your request on extra day (USD 80/CNY 500 per day) and food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

5.We offer CSHA endowed student package for graduate students (student ID is required). This special offer only includes the meeting session pass. Housing, food and social activities are not included in the package.

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