Sunday, October 23, 2022

8:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15 AM Platform presentation session 3: Neuroscience and Signaling

  • 9:00 AM A Role for SIFa Receptor in the Regulation of Drosophila Circadian Feeding Rhythms. Andi Beaudouin – Laboratory of Daniel Cavanaugh, Loyola University
  • 9:15 AM A FMRP-Dependent Pathway for the Glial Phagocytosis of Brain Neurons. Jagarlamudi Rincon – Laboratory of Kendal Broadie, Vanderbilt University
  • 9:30 AM Drosophila Models of SNRNP200-Associated Retinitis Pigmentosa Exhibit Photoreceptor Abnormalities. Sara K. Mayer – Laboratory of Lori L. Wallrath, University of Iowa
  • 9:45 AM Velvet Ant Venom Activates Pain-Sensing Neurons Through Pickpocket and Balboa, Homologs of DEG/ENaC and ASIC Channels. Lydia J. Borjon – Laboratory of Daniel Tracey, Indiana University
  • 10:00 AM Rho GTPases Play an Important Role in Germ Cell Migration. Mia Seohee – Laboratory of Afshan Ismat. University of Saint Thomas, Minnesota


10:15 - 10:45 AM Break Opportunity for Socializing/Networkingand group photo


10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Platform presentation session 4: Gene Expression and Models

  • 10:45 AM Obesity is not a Direct Cause of Infertility. Nunes Rodrigo Dutra – Laboratory of Daniela Drummond-Barbosa, University of Wisconsin
  • 11:00 AM Loss of E2F Regulation on The Expression of Phosphoglycerate Kinase (Pgk) Gene Exerts Broad Effects on Metabolism. Maria Paula Zappia – Laboratory of Maxim V. Frolov, University of Illinois Chicago
  • 11:15 AM Ataxin-3 Ubiquitination at Lysine 117 Impacts its Toxicity in Drosophila Models of Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3. Nikhil C. Patel – Laboratory of Sokol V. Todi, Wayne State University
  • 11:30 AM Role Of M1BP, A Transcriptional Pausing Factor in JNK-mediated Cell Death During Eye Development. Anuradha Venkatakrishnan Chimata – Laboratory of Amit Singh, University of Dayton
  • 11:45 AM CDK11 Active Site Phosphorylation is Crucial for Cell Cycle Progression. Abdulrahman Aljabri – Laboratory of Daimark Bennett, Taibah University, KSA and University of Liverpool


12:00 - 12:20 PM Awards and Business Meeting


12:20 PM Departure




Drosophila research at IU Department of Biology

Indiana University is widely regarded as a leader in the support of fly research due to its three world-class, federally funded facilities that support the use of fruit flies in genetic study: Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center, Drosophila Genomics Resource Center, and FlyBase.

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Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center workers prepare genetically modified fruit fly samples in the IU Biology Building for shipment to research labs across the globe. Photo by Eric Rudd, IU Communications