2023 Southern California Plant Biology Symposium


On October 30, 2023  the Institute of Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) is hosting the 2nd annual Southern California Plant Biology Symposium at UCR. This event brings together researchers from our own campus, other UC's, CSU's and other institutions in our region for a day of talks on advancements in the field of Plant Biology.

Please note that while the total number of registrants has exceeded the capacity of the Genomics building auditorium and our overflow seating, we expect seating numbers to fluctuate as participants are free to enter and leave the auditorium throughout the day, and participate digitally via Zoom. The talks will remain open to walk-in guests without registration pending availability of seats.

Many thanks to Jaimie Van Norman, Danelle Seymour and Dawn Nagel for organizing this event. Please contact us with any questions regarding the event. 


From Lot 6, walk North along Citrus Drive to the Genomics Building (Corner of Citrus Drive and Euclayptus Ave)

Map from Lot 6 to Genomics

  Speaker and Institution Presentation title
8:00 - 9:00 AM Registration
Coffee and light refreshments
Genomics building, Lobby and Breezeway
9:10 Opening remarks: Jaimie Van Norman
9:15 - 10:25 Session 1
chaired by Jaimie Van Norman
Genomics Auditorium, overflow seating in Lobby & Boardroom
9:15 - 9:25 Garo Akmakjian, UCR A genomic perspective on the role of plant-fungal symbiosis on abiotic stress resilience
9:30 - 9:40 Sunyhun Chang, UCR Identification of a domain that specifies developmental control by the karrikin pathway target, SMAX1
9:45 - 10:05 Lua Lopez Perez, CSUSB Rewinding the tape: herbarium specimens for evolution-in-action studies
10:10 - 10:20 Christopher Fiscus, UCI Disentangling the reticulate evolution of grape crop wild relatives
10:25 - 10:50 Coffee break Genomics building, Breezeway
10:50 - 12:10 Session 2
chaired by Danelle Seymour
Genomics Auditorium, overflow seating in Lobby & Boardroom
10:50 - 11:10 Adam Jozwiak, UCR Ecdysone Enigma in Plants: Decoding Biosynthesis, Tackling Mutants, and Unearthing Ecological Secrets
11:15 - 11:35 Judy Brusslan, CSULB Syntaxin PEN1 and Tetraspanins (TET3 and TET8) Play Opposing Roles in the Regulation of Leaf Senescence in Arabidopsis
11:40 - 11:50 Michael Mudgett, UCSD Molecular mechanisms of
auxin-mediated organogenesis
11:55 - 12:05 Charlotte Miller, Salk Institute Understanding periderm development - one cell at a time
12:10 - 1:30 pm Lunch break Entomology courtyard
(Use South exit from the lobby, proceed straight to courtyard, approx. 50 yards)
1:35 - 2:45 pm Session 3,
chaired by Dawn Nagel
Genomics Auditorium, overflow
seating in Lobby & Boardroom
1:35 - 1:45 Zheng Li, UCLA The MOM1 complex recruits the RdDM machinery via MORC6 to establish de novo DNA methylation
1:50 - 2:00 Bryn Lopez, UCSD Forward Genetic Stomatal CO2 Response Screen in Grass Brachypodium distachyon Reveals Central Function of a MAP Kinase in Early Stomatal CO2 Signal
2:05 - 2:15 Lauren Dedow, UCLA Riding the Wave: BR Biosynthesis' Role
in the Young Seedling
2:20 - 2:40 Dan Koenig, UCR Coherence from chaos: the genomic basis of adaptation in the real world
2:45- 3:15 Coffee break Genomics building, Breezeway
3:15 - 4:25 Session 4
chaired by Yunde Zhao
Genomics Auditorium, overflow
seating in Lobby & Boardroom
3:15 - 3:25 Bridget Hua Bai, UCSD Paired RNA and protein co-expression network analysis uncovers regulatory role of organelle proteostasis in maize heterosis
3:30 - 3:40 Nora Flynn, UCR In-situ Fluorescence Analysis of Transcripts within Single Plastids
3:45 - 4:25 Keynote Speaker:
Joe Ecker, Salk Institute
Illuminating Plant Processes: Cell by Cell
4:30 Closing remarks
4:35 - 5:30 PM Social hour Genomics building, Breezeway
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