Program At A Glance

Saturday, April 22

7:00 – 8:00 Registration/Check-in (Location: outside North Central)

7:00 – 8:00 Poster Set-up (Location: Cardinal and Gold)

7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast (Location: North Central)

7:25 – 7:50 ASPB Get to Know You Bingo Game (Location: North Central)

7:50 – 8:00 ASPB Ambassador Remarks

8:00 – 10:00 Oral Session I: Genome-wide analyses and networks (T1-T6) – North Central

8:00 – 8:05 Welcoming Remarks, Gustavo Machintosh (ASPB President)

8:05 – 8:35 Featured Speaker: Dr. Justin Walley (Iowa State University), Unraveling Brassinosteroid and Target of Rapamycin Complex Signaling Pathways in Plants through Integrative Network Analysis of Multi-omic Data

8:35 – 8:50 Eli Hartung, Are Perennial Grass Ecotypes Locally Matched To Their Soil Microbes Across the Midwest Precipitation Gradient?

8:50 – 9:05 Huan Chen, Archaeological Bolivian maize genomes suggest diversity is associated with Inca cultural expansion and environmental variation in South America

9:05 – 9:20 Ella So-Eun Kim, Functional Characterization of novel small ORFs in Arabidopsis ABA response

9:20 – 9:35 Kithmee de Silva, Deciphering transcriptional regulators regulating photosynthesis in response to nitrogen and light availability in Arabidopsis thaliana

9:35 – 9:50 Bruna Montes Luz, Identification of soybean small secreted peptides involved in the regulation of symbiosis

9:50 – 10:05 Lauren Sichterman, Glycome profiling of cotton fiber cell wall polysaccharides to determine the molecular factors contributing to fiber quality

10:00 – 11:00 Poster Session I (Even Numbers)/Refreshments – Cardinal and Gold

11:00 – 1:00 Oral Session II: Signaling and Development (T7-T12) – North Central

11:00 – 11:30 Featured Speaker Dr. Ruthie Angelovici (University of Missouri), Uncovering the genetic and metabolic bases of seed amino acid composition using a multiomics integration approach

11:30 – 11:45 Dae Kwan Ko, An IRE1-proteasome system signaling cohort controls cell fate determination in unresolved proteotoxic stress of the plant ER

11:45 – 12:00 Damilola Olatunji, The Class VIII myosin ATM1 is required for root apical meristem function

12:00-12:15 Craig Cowling, Roles of auxin transporter PILS6 in maize growth and development

12:15 – 12:30 Brian Zebosi, bds1 and bds2 function redundantly to regulate inflorescence and shoot architecture in maize via brassinosteroid biosynthesis

12:30-12:45 Kaitlin Higgins, Mdr1 demethylase and the intersection between the epigenome, genomic imprinting, and transposable elements in maize endosperm

12:45-1:00 Bilal Ahmad, Divergence of nuclear localization mechanism in HD-Zip IV family

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch – North Central (switch posters – Cardinal and Gold)

2:00 – 3:00 How to Cultivate a Successful Career in Plant Biology: Insights from Experts

  • Margaret Woodhouse – PhD (Computational Biologist, MaizeGDB, USDA)
  • Christopher Zalewski – MPA, PhD (Vice President of Operations/Founder, Front Range Biosciences)
  • Carina Collins – PhD (Assistant Professor & Director of Undergraduate Research, Marian University)
  • Bruna Montes Luz – PhD candidate (University of Missouri)

3:00 – 4:30 Oral Session III: Methods and Advances (T13-T18) – North Central

3:00-3:15 Feng Zhang, Efficient protein tagging and cis-regulatory element engineering via precise and directional targeted insertion in plants

3:15-3:30 Matrika Bhattarai, Developing an in vitro GT array (i-GTray) platform for high throughput enzyme activity testing of glycosyltransferases

3:30-3:45 Stephen Deslauriers, High-resolution imaging: a system for undergraduate research studying Arabidopsis development

3:45-4:00 Zhongpeng Li, Plasmodesmata-located proteins regulate the plasmodesmal function at specific cell interfaces

4:00-4:15 Cailin Smith, Thylakoid-Inner Envelope Membrane Contact Sites Facilitate Photosynthetic Membrane Synthesis

4:15-4:30 Ashley Henry, Uncovering the genetic controls of the Arabidopsis thaliana root growth zone and its response to gravity

4:30 – 5:30 Poster Session II (Odd Numbers)/Appetizers – Cardinal and Gold

5:30 – 6:30 Keynote Speaker Dr. Diane Bassham (Iowa State University) – North Central

Dinner on your own


Sunday, April 23

7:00 – 8:00 Registration/Check-in/Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00 Oral Session IV: Metabolism (T19-T24) – North Central

8:00 – 8:30 Featured Speaker: Dr. Sharon Kessler (Purdue University)

8:30-8:45 Conor Raymond, Duplication and co-option of fatty acid biosynthesis potentiates plant chemical diversity

8:45-9:00 Xingqi Huang, Peroxisomal heterodimeric enzyme responsible for benzaldehyde biosynthesis in plants

9:00-9:15 Ryan Patrick, Dynamic histone acetylation coordinates temporal biosynthesis and emission of floral volatiles in petunia

9:15-9:30 Liza Gautam, Improving pennycress glucosinolate, seed size, and seed oil domestication traits.

9:30-9:45 Chen Zhang, Two evolutionarily duplicated domains individually and posttranscriptionally control SWEET expression for phloem transport

9:45-10:00 William Thives Santos, Engineering Plants Resistant to Defensive Non-Proteogenic Amino Acids

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee Break

10:15 – 12:15 Oral Session V: Stress and Defense (T25-T30) – North Central

10:15 – 10:45 Featured Speaker Dr. Cory Hirsch (University of Minnesota)

10:45-11:00 Yosef Fichman, HPCA1 is required for systemic reactive oxygen species and calcium cell-to-cell signaling and plant acclimation to stress

11:00-11:15 Ranjita Sinha, Differential regulation of flower and pod transpiration during abiotic stress combination in an annual plant

11:15-11:30 Heena Puri, Temporal transcriptomic profiling elucidates sorghum defense mechanisms against sugarcane aphids

11:30-11:45 Martin Alcantar, Novel function of the CBL-CIPK Network in Plant Immunity

11:45-12:00 Dandan Zhang, Understanding the roles of soybean aphid effectors in soybean and soybean aphid interaction

12:00-12:15 Katie Horton, Chasing a molecular chimera; AvrRps4 effector family expanded via bioinformatics and new bacterial assays for lettuce

12:15 – 12:30 Awards & Announcements (meeting adjourn) – North Central