The AIM Center's 2020 International eSymposium

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The AIM Center is hosting an eSymposium in the upcoming weeks with guest speakers from around the world! Details will be continuously updated so make sure to check this page to stay informed!

The following events are supported by:

Journal of Cell Science

Upon completing your registration, you will be sent a link for viewing the symposium!

Early Career Investigator Series

Program organized and led by Drs Hansen (US), Settembre (IT), and Tooze (UK)

All abstracts from PhD students, post-docs, or junior PIs (within first 5 years of independence) submitted for talks, by the deadline of October 1st, will be considered for presentation in one of the three sessions.

October 26th, 2020

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sharon Tooze, Francis Crick Institute, UK

Short Talks
  • Carlos Guardia Ph.D.
  • Anais Franco Romero Ph.D.
  • Michael Mandell Ph.D.
Flash Talks
  • Xiaoshan Shi Ph.D.
  • Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez
  • Francesca Nazio Ph.D.
  • Marina Garcia-Macia Ph.D.
  • Mayada Mazher
  • Naomi Okugbeni
  • Joaquín Pellegrini, Ph.D.
  • Karolina Pircs Ph.D.
  • Sara Sergio Ph.D.
  • Danijela Stevanović

November 9th, 2020

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carmine Settembre, TIGEM, IT

Short Talks
  • Jose Nieto Torres Ph.D.
  • Jo Durgan Ph.D.
  • Andrew Leidal Ph.D.
Flash Talks
  • Suresh Kumar Ph.D.
  • Ada Nowosad Ph.D.
  • Silvia Vega-Rubin-de-Celis
Poster Session #1
  • Suresh Kumar Ph.D.
    Mammalian hybrid pre-autophagosomal structure HyPAS generates autophagosomes

  • Nesibe Peker Ph.D.
    A Novel Protein Complex Comprising Autophagy and Ubiquitin Proteasome System Proteins Potentiates Autophagic Clearance of Mitochondria

  • Ambra Del Grosso Ph.D.
    Pre-clinical testing of the autophagy inducer Lithium in a Krabbe disease mouse model

  • Leandro Soria Ph.D.
    Beclin-1-mediated activation of autophagy improves proximal and distal urea cycle disorders

  • Silvia Vega-Rubin-de-Celis Ph.D.
    Breast tumorigenesis regulation by autophagy and HER2

  • Caroline Mauvezin
    Autophagy and lysosomal degradation ensure accurate chromosomal segregation to prevent genomic instability

  • Kazi Md Mahmudul Hasan
    Autophagy inhibition perturbed definitive hematopoiesis leading to atypical myeloproliferation

Poster Session #2
  • Ada Nowosad Ph.D.
    p27 controls autophagic vesicle trafficking in glucose deprived cells via the regulation of ATAT1-mediated microtubule acetylation

  • Myra Chavez Ph.D.
    Autophagy Activation in Zebrafish Heart Regeneration

  • Hytti Maria Ph.D.
    Luteolin activates protein clearance and reduces inflammation in retinal pigment epithelial cells suffering from mitochondrial damage

  • Ana Mesquita Ph.D.
    Streamlined Particle Quantification (SParQ) plugin is an automated fluorescent vesicle quantification plugin for particle quantification in Fiji/ImageJ

  • Mayada Mazher
    IL4 induced Macro- Autophagy Reprogramming of Bone Marrow Derived Macrophages M2aφ Lineage

  • Akkoc Yunus Ph.D.
    Factor C orchestrates tumor-assisted stromal autophagy-dependent breast cancer progression

November 23, 2020

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Malene Hansen, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, US

Please make sure to watch the videos you are interested in prior the event! Live presentations may not have time to go over everything!
Short Talks (9:20 - 9:50 AM MST)
  • Paolo Grumati Ph.D.
  • Fei Wang Ph.D.
  • Christina Towers Ph.D.
Flash Talks (9:50 - 10:00 AM MST)
  • Marina Hoffmann Ph.D.
  • Leopoldo Staiano Ph.D.
  • Laura Martin-Sancho, Ph.D.
Poster Session #1 (10:00 - 10:30 AM MST)
  • Marina Hoffmann Ph.D.
    TBC1D2B: a platform for the autophagy initiation via liquid-liquid phase separation

  • Leopoldo Staiano Ph.D.
    The TFEB-GADD34 axis modulates autophagy and global protein synthesis during starvation

  • Laura Martin-Sancho, Ph.D.
    Influenza A virus M2 protein evades lysosomal d 1 egradation by targeting the autophagy regulator TBC1D5

  • Sinem Sarıkaya (Ph.D Candidate)
    Investigation of links and crosstalk between autophagy and DNA damage responses

  • Waleska Kerllen Martins Ph.D.
    Ursolic and betulinic acids as anti-cancer agents: the membrane interactions provides insights into the autophagy outcomes in human cells

  • Dongfang Li Ph.D.
    ATG14 and RB1CC1 play essential roles in maintaining muscle homeostasis

  • Teresa Monkkonen Ph.D.
    Endothelial Cell Autophagy in Solid Tumor Progression

  • Joshua DeAguero (Ph.D. Student)
    Gadolinium-based contrast agent treatment perturbs metabolism in the liver and induces hepatic steatosis


BREAK (10:30 - 10:45 AM MST)


Poster Session #2 (10:45 - 11:15 AM MST)
  • Jose Norberto (Jobert) Vargas Ph.D.
    NDP52/TBK1 governs the spatiotemporal activation ULK1 complex during selective autophagy

  • Mark McCormick Ph.D.
    RNA synthetase inhibitors increase lifespan in both S. cerevisiae and C. elegans in a GCN4 / atf-5 dependent manner

  • Antonina Kruppa Ph.D.
    Recruitment of OPTN to an ATG9A-positive compartment regulating immune signalling and cytokine secretion

  • Nathalia Chica Ph.D.
    Genome-wide analysis of autophagy dynamics in budding yeast

  • Karolina Pircs Ph.D.
    Direct neuronal reprogramming of Huntington disease fibroblasts reveals posttranscriptionally regulated autophagy and neurite impairments

  • Naomi Okugbeni (Ph.D. Student)
    Characterization of autophagic flux over time in Mycobacterium tuberculosis-infected macrophages

  • Danijela Stevanović (Ph.D. Student)
    Thehalose induces autophagy by divergent mechanisms in human U251 glioblastoma and human H460 lung carcinoma cells

  • Sara Sergio Ph.D.
    Hyperammonemia activates Protein Kinase C and hepatic autophagy in HCC cell lines and in vivo

December 7th, 2020

Scientific Careers
Academia, Industry, Publishing
Starts: 09:00 AM MST

09:00 - 09:45 AM MST
  • Malene Hansen, Sanford Burnham Prebys. Medical Discovery Institute, USA

  • Sharon Tooze, Francis Crick Institute, UK

  • Carmine Settembre, TIGEM, Italy

  • Eric H. Baehrecke, Ph.D., Professor, UMass Medical School, USA

  • Leon Murphy, Chief Scientific Officer, Casma therapeutics, UK

  • Sharon Ahmad, PhD, Executive Editor, Journal of Cell Science

09:45 - 10:30 AM MST
  • 9:30 - AIM 2020 eSymposium closing remarks

  • 9:35 - Dr. Jeff Katzman MD: Zoom fatigue and how to avoid it

  • 9:40 - ICAM annual gathering

  • 9:50 - Closing remarks, eBanquet, and feedback

Symposia Seminar Series

August 3, 2020

Focus: Covid-19
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Dr. Nevan Krogan, UCSF, US & co-presenter Jacqueline Fabius, UCSF, US
Dr. Fulvio Reggiori, University Medical Center Groningen, NL

August 17, 2020

Focus: Autophagy
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Dr. Richard Youle, NIH, US
Dr. David Rubinsztein, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, UK

August 31, 2020

Focus: Metabolism
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Dr. Gokhan Hotamışlıgil, Harvard Medical School, US
Dr. Lorenzo Galuzzi, University of Paris, Weill Cornell Medical Center (FR/US)

September 14, 2020

Focus: Inflammation
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Dr. Vishva Dixit, Genentech, US
Dr. Luke O'Neil, Trinity College, IR

September 29, 2020

Focus: Covid-19
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Dr. John Kehrl, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, US
Dr. Zhengli Shi, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, CN

October 13, 2020

Focus: Autophagy
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Dr. Eric Baehrecke, UMASS Medical School, US
Dr. Quan Chen, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN

October 27, 2020

Focus: Metabolism
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Dr. Reuben Shaw, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, US
Dr. Sheng-Cai Lin, School of Life Sciences, Xiamen University, CN

November 10, 2020

Focus: Inflammation
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Dr. Dominic De Nardo, Monash University, AU
Dr. Kate Schroder, University of Queensland, AU