This new symposium focuses on the use of genetically diverse panels of murine and human pluripotent stem cell lines and analyses of genetic variability which underlie molecular and cellular phenotypic variability.
In-Person Capacity: 30 | Virtual Option Available
Registration is Open
May 23 - 25
Pluripotent stem cells hold great promise for deciphering disease mechanisms and discovering new medicines, and for providing new cell therapies for intractable medical conditions. However, genetic diversity is often overlooked when developing in vitro cellular models even though it impacts maintenance of pluripotency, differentiation propensity, and response to developmental queues. Only through the study and intentional incorporation of genetically diverse panels of stem cells can we ensure that the benefits of this research are distributed equitably. This new symposium to be held in May 2023, Diversity in a Dish: Pluripotent Stem Cells in Genetic Analysis and Disease Modeling, focuses on the use of genetically diverse panels of murine and human pluripotent stem cell lines and analyses of genetic variability which underlie molecular and cellular phenotypic variability. The goal of this multi-disciplinary conference is to bridge the gap between the fields of genetics and stem cell biology and to support the application of methods in systems genetics, functional genomics, and high content screening to diverse pluripotent stem cells at scale.
This course is perfect for: graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior and senior investigators from the fields of genetics, stem cell, genomics and computational biology.
The in-person course will feature of a mixture of lectures, hands-on methodological and data analysis workshops with demonstrations, and discussion sessions. In-person attendance will facilitate networking and hands-on training. The virtual audience will have access to a live-stream of didactic lectures.
The 2023 schedule is still being finalized.
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Senior Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology
Senior Group Leader, Research Scientist
Senior Group Leader
Director, Institute for Genomic Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Medicine
Professor and Director, Mount Sinai Institute for Systems Biomedicine
Associate Director, Stem Cell Program
Professor, Cellular Engineering
Associate Group Leader
Registration Fee: $900; Optional Shared Lodging Fee: $200
Registration Fee: $900; Optional Shared Lodging Fee: $200
Standard Registration Fee: $250; Scholarship Applicant Registration Fee: $50
Lodging accommodations at JAX’s Highseas Conference Center is available for an additional fee. Highseas, located approximately 1 mile from The Jackson Laboratory, is a spacious estate built in 1912, overlooking the entrance to Frenchman Bay and adjacent to beautiful Acadia National Park. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the Conference Center. We do provide shuttles to and from the main campus for the duration of the course. Highseas is handicap accessible (please indicate accessibility needs in registration). This lodging option cannot accommodate families. Lodging might be shared with other participants.
Participants interested in securing off-campus lodging may refer to the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce website for a guide on hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, and short-term rentals in the Bar Harbor area.
Meals will be provided by JAX’s campus dining services throughout the event. Participants staying off-campus may still partake in meals at Highseas. Please refer to the event schedule for more information.
Bar Harbor is serviced by two airports:
Hancock County/Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) – 20 minutes away
Bangor International Airport (BGR) – 1hr 15 minutes away
Public transportation is not available from local airports. Please visit the Bar Harbor and Bangor airport services webpages for information on shuttles to and from Mount Desert Island. Rideshare options like Uber or Lyft are not commonly available.
Bar Harbor is approximately 5 hours by car from the greater Boston area. Rental cars are available from Hertz at either nearby airport. Additionally, there is a free Island Explorer bus system which can be used around the island and the national park.
Additional Area Information:
Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Acadia National Park
A Grant to The Jackson Laboratory From the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Through the Science Education Program