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UNC’s Mechanistic and Integrative Biological Sciences (MiBio) T32 Training Program’s Back to Basics Symposium

March 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

We will be hosting various exemplary, interdisciplinary researchers and trainees

who demonstrate how exciting, innovative, and critical basic biological research is.


Keynote Speaker:

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Henry Higgs (Dartmouth University) who is an expert in the actin cytoskeleton, particularly interested in

ER-associated actin and the relationship between filopodia and stress fibers. Dr. Higgs will present a talk entitled

“A novel role for protein acetylation, regulation of organelle dynamics through formin protein INF2.”


Invited Speakers:

  • Kathrin Plath from UCLA (regulation of gene expression during development and reprogramming)
  • Karen Oegema from UCSD (cell division and embryonic development)
  • David Parichy from UVA (pigment pattern formation, stem cells, and adult form)
  • David Sherwood from Duke (morphogenetic processes in development)


Registration and Abstract Submission:

For those who wish to present data at the symposium, the abstract submission deadline has been extended to Friday, March 15th.

Abstracts should include a title and all authors. If not submitting an abstract, please register online at by Monday, March 18th.


Symposium Happy Hour:

All symposium attendees are invited to the on-site happy hour that begins at 5PM.


Please address questions to MiBio trainee,  Melissa Plooster (




March 22, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Carolina Inn