2018 Front Range Worm Symposium





General Information

Thursday May 24th, 2018
10:00 am – 4:00pm
Greyrock Room

Lory Student Center
Colorado State University




 Time Speaker Lab Topic
 9:45 – 10:00  coffee
 10:00 – 10:10  hosts  CSU  Welcome remarks
 10:10 – 10:30  Ben Weaver  Weaver/Han Lab  Time to Make the Cut: Non-Canonical Roles of Caspases in Regulating Gene Expression Dynamics
 10:30 – 10:50  Josh Svendsen  Montgomery Lab  Small RNA methylation in C. elegans
 10:50 – 11:10  David King  Nishimura Lab Encoding the gut: Gene expression dynamics in the developing intestine
 11:10 – 11:30  Braveen Joseph  Fay Lab NEK kinases regulate clathrin-mediated endocytosis in association with the AP2 adaptor complex
 11:30 – 12:00  Wen Chen  Wormbase An update about WormBase Tools
 12:00 – 12:40  lunch – tacos  
 12:40 – 1:00  Sarina Bernazzani  Fay Lab  ADM-2 suppresses lethal molting phenotype of nekl-2;nekl-3 mutants
 1:00 – 1:20  Cole Tomberlin  Link Lab  Alzheimer’s Disease: Investigating Membrane Damage and Alpha Sheet Peptides
 1:20 – 1:40  Alyssa Cavalier  Link Lab Can we use C. elegans to study the effects of a gut microbiome metabolite on neurodegeneration?
 1:40 – 2:00  Fred Hoerndli  Hoerndli Lab  PTP-3/LAR phosphatase homologue regulates synaptic AMPAR delivery and transport
 2:00 – 2:30  coffee and cookies
 2:30 – 3:00  Min Han  UC Boulder  Impact of availability of specific nutrients on animal development and behaviors
 3:00 – 4:00  Marc Hammarlund  Keynote address  Cellular control of axon regeneration
 after  optional meet up at a local brewery – Odell’s Brewing Company

(800 East Lincoln Ave Fort Collins, CO 80524)



Keynote speaker

Dr. Marc Hammarlund

Yale University

Cellular control of axon regeneration

Although axon regeneration had been studied for over a century in a variety of animal models, we do not understand the cell biology that governs the ability of damaged neurons to rebuild functional circuits. I will describe our work to develop methods to analyze axon regeneration in the model organism C. elegans, and explain how we have applied these methods to outline the genetic basis for axon regeneration, to identify several novel signaling pathways that regulate axon regeneration, and to study how rebuilt circuits control animal behavior.



Invited Speaker

Dr. Wen Chen


Wen Chen received her doctorate from Caltech in 2000 under mentorship from Dr. Paul Sternberg with whom she studied nematode behavior and G protein signaling pathways. Upon graduating, she became one of the earliest curators at WormBase at CalTech. Initially, she focused on extracting data from primary literature and building WormBase into a complete, up-to-date resource for the community. More recently, her focus has switched to integrating big data sets (microarray, RNA-seq, proteomics) into Wormbase. She is the administrator for WormBase SPELL and the developer of the WormBase SimpleMine multi-gene search tool.


An Update about WormBase Tools

WormBase, now part of the Alliance of Genome Resources, has been serving the community since 2000 by providing up-to-date biological data about nematode genomes and research from literature. WormBase continues to expand as it seeks to cover all data from the growing community, which includes those from new technologies and more species. WormBase has been striving to provide users with tools to navigate through the vast amount of data in our database to find what they need. Over the years, these search tools include Textpresso, Ontology Browser,  WormMine, SimpleMine, WormBase SPELL, Parasite WormMart, and JBrowse. We will discuss new features for some of these tools and hope to hear your feedback




Visitor Parking near the Lory Student Center is available on West side of the Engineering Parking Lot (Lot V310) or on the South side of the Morgan Parking Lot (Lot V425). Click here for a campus Parking Map. Parking costs $1.25 per hour and can be paid at pay-by-plate credit card kiosks. If using Google Maps, type “Engineering Center, 400 Isotope Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80521” for best directions. The Lory Student Center is located just south of the Engineering Parking Lot.


Event Location – Greyrock Room – Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is located on the North Side of Colorado State University campus. The Greyrock Room is located on the 2nd floor (200 level) of the Lory Student Center on the north side facing the V310 Engineering parking lot. The Greyrock Room is located a floor directly above the Transit Center. Click here for a map of the Lory Student Center.



The Symposium will start at 10am, but plan to come early for coffee. We will have a taco bar lunch. Everything is vegan at the taco bar except the taco meat. Beans will be vegan. Corn tortillas will be gluten-free. We will have coffee and cookies as an afternoon snack. No peanuts were used in food prepared at the Lory Center, but since the cookies were prepared at an off-site facility, the Lory Center can’t guarantee against nut cross-contamination.


Reception to Follow

Please join us after the event for beverages and snacks at Odell’s Brewing Company. A 10 minute drive from the Lory Student Center, Odell’s is an independent craft brewery located just north of downtown Fort Collins. Odell’s specializes in American and English style beers and is most famous for 99 Shilling Ale and Easy Street Wheat. The massive tap room and spacious outdoor beer garden have become a destination for beer connoisseurs. The food truck of the day will be “The Tramp About” specializing in American food with local ingredients and a Rocky Mountain twist. Dogs are welcome outdoors. Kids can come, too.







Thank you to our sponsors






Registration was due April 15, 2018. Some additional spots remain. Please contact Erin Nishimura directly about late registration.