Meetings

2020 Meeting Report

Society for Developmental Biology 79th Annual Meeting ONLINE
July 9-15, 2020

Final Meeting Program

Full Abstracts with Author Index

The Numbers

Total attendance was 2486 people from 44 different countries.  There were 668 faculty/staff, 407 postdoctoral fellows, 763 graduate students/postbacs, 648 undergraduates and 30 exhibitors.  733 abstracts were submitted, of which 601 were poster presentations.

 2020 SDB Awards

FASEB Excellence in Science Lifetime Achievement Award - Brigid Hogan, Duke University

Brigid Hogan

Society for Developmental Biology Trainee Science Communication Award - Cagney Coomer, University of Kentucky

Cagney Coomer


Elizabeth D. Hay New Investigator Award -
Celina Juliano, University of California, Davis


Celina Juliano


Edwin G. Conklin Medal -
Claude Desplan, New York University

Claude Desplan


Society for Developmental Biology Lifetime Achievement Award -
Ray Keller, University of Virginia

Ray Keller


Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize - Jo Handelsman, University of Wisconsin

Jo Handelsman


John Doctor Education Prize -
Aaron Alcala,  University of Georgia

Aaron Alcala

Leapin Lizards A New Model to Study Reptile Development

Best Postdoctoral Presentation at the Hilde Mangold Postdoctoral Symposium

Lauren Walker
Lauren Walker, University of Pennsylvania.  Prize- Travel Award to Meeting/Course of Choice sponsored by the Society for Developmental Biology. Identification of extrinsic cues promoting target-selective axon regeneration (Abstract #32)

Best Student Poster Competition Winners

Undergraduate Winners

Nikolas Morrison-Welch

Avery Abelhouzen

Corinne Croslyn

Amina Hussein

Lauren Limbach

Gabriella Voit
1st: Nikolas Morrison-Welch, California State University, Northridge. Prize - $350 sponsored by Aquarius Fish Systems.  Embryonic exposure to ibuprofen causes neural crest defects in vertebrate. (Abstract #85)

2nd: Avery Abelhouzen, University of Utah. Prize - $250 sponsored by Aquarius Fish Systems.  Loss of jag2b leads to adult-onset hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in zebrafish. (Abstract #135)

3rd: Corinne Croslyn, University of Evansville. Prize - $150 sponsored by Aquarius Fish Systems.  TInvestigating the Roles of Asteroid and Star during Oocyte Selection and Oogenesis in Drosophila. (Abstract #108)

Honorable Mentions:
Amina Hussein, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Prize - $150 sponsored by Aquarius Fish Systems. Characterization of the spatiotemporal expression pattern of Dispatched-3 during chick cranial neural crest development. (Abstract #83)

Lauren Limbach, Kenyon College. Prize - $150 sponsored by Aquarius Fish Systems. A novel zebrafish mutant, stl159, exhibits defects in sensory axon and glial patterning. (Abstract #131)

Gabriella Voit, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prize - $150 sponsored by Aquarius Fish Systems. The Identification of Maternal-Effect Genes in Zebrafish by a Maternal Crispant Screen. (Abstract #130)

Graduate Winners

Melissa Truong

Naomi Genuth

Samuel Wattrus

Rachel Keuls

Denise Rebello

  Mengyi Song
1st: Melissa Truong, University of California, San Francisco. Prize- Travel to 2020 BSDB Spring Meeting sponsored by Society for Developmental Biology and the British Society for Developmental Biology.  Shining a light on ciliary signaling: The role of ciliary cAMP in Hedgehog-dependent fate specification. (Abstract #361)

2nd: Naomi Genuth, Stanford University. Prize- $500 sponsored by Aquarius Fish Systems.  A roadmap of ribosome heterogeneity and its impact on cellular differentiation. (Abstract #386)

3rd: Samuel Wattrus, Harvard University. Prize- $300 sponsored by Aquarius Fish Systems.  Adult hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) clonality is determined by embryonic macrophage sensing of calreticulin on HSCs. (Abstract #188)

Honorable Mentions:
Rachel Keuls
, Baylor College of Medicine. Prize- $300 sponsored by Aquarius Fish Systems.  Neural crest development is temporally regulated by miR-302. (Abstract #227)

Denise Rebello, University of Toronto. Prize- $300 sponsored by Aquarius Fish Systems.  The role of collagen 11a2 in zebrafish vertebral development. (Abstract #356)

Mengyi Song, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Prize- $300 sponsored by Aquarius Fish Systems.  Deeply conserved enhancer regulates heart and gut looping in vertebrates. (Abstract #590)

Other Meeting Highlights

Special Interest Symposium: Confronting Bias in Scientific Culture & Workshop: Strategies to Lessen Biases in Science

Special Interest Symposium: Confronting Bias in Scientific Culture (July 9, 2020)
Chairs: Nicole Theodosiou (Union College) and Graciela Unguez (New Mexico State University)
Presenters: Mary Alice Scott (New Mexico State University), Scott Gilbert (Swarthmore College)
Workshop: Strategies to Lessen Biases in Science (July 11, 2020)
Chair: Crystal Rogers (University of California, Davis)
Moderators: Nicole Theodosiou (Union College) and Graciela Unguez (New Mexico State University)
Panelists:Carmen Domingo (San Francisco State University), Barbara Lom (Davidson College), Mary Alice Scott (New Mexico State University), Scott Gilbert (Swarthmore College)


Last Updated on 08/04/2020