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8th Annual Boston Area Drosophila Meeting
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Local organizers

Neal Silverman, PhD, Professor of Medicine
Phillip Zamore, PhD, Gretchen Stone Cook Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Andreas Bergmann, PhD, Professor of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology
Travis Thomson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

Boston Area Drosophila Meeting Abstract Guide Notebook and Pen


9:00 AM          Registration, 1st Floor Lobby, Albert Sherman Center

Session I: (Albert Sherman Center; AS2.2102 Auditorium)

   Panos Velentzas, Instructor, UMass Chan and Lucas Restrepo, Graduate Student, UMass Chan, Heya Zhao, Postdoctoral Fellow, UMass Chan

9:30 AM          Opening remarks: Travis Thomson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, UMass Chan

9:40 AM          Peter M’Angale, PhD, UMass Chan
Cryo-EM Structure of the Copia Capsid hints at Structural Antagonism with dArc1 to Regulate Synaptic Plasticity

9:55 AM          Mikhail S. Klenov, PhD, RNA Therapeutics Institute, UMass Chan
Piwi and piRNAs Repress Transcription of Aberrant rRNA Genes containing Retrotransposon Fragments

10:10 AM        Ratna Chaturvedi, PhD, UMass Chan
A Glia-Enriched Transporter Controlling Sleep in Drosophila 

10:25 AM        Emily Rivard, Harvard University
Evolving Molecular Mechanisms of Fate Specification within the Drosophila Genus

10:40 AM        Coffee Break (Outside Auditorium) 

11:00 AM        Roger White, University of Rochester
Monitoring fatty acid trafficking in follicles reveals a critical role for the triglyceride synthase DGAT1 in protecting mitochondrial integrity  

11:15 AM        Torrey Mandigo, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard
Dissecting the Causal Role of Insomnia in Cardiovascular Disease

11:30 AM        Indrayani Waghmare, PhD, UMass Lowell
Understanding Glypican-Based Mechanisms of Extracellular Wnt Distribution

11:45 AM        Amelie Raz, PhD, Whitehead Institute, MIT
Combinatorial signal integration in the maintenance and renewal of adult germline stem cell fate

12:00 PM        Aditya Tandon, Project Engineer, ABB Inc.
Automated Drosophila Transfer Solution for stock maintenance in cardboard racks without use of anesthesia

12:05 PM        Lunch (Medical School; Faculty Conference Room S1-342)

1:00 PM          Poster Session (Lobby in Medical School Building) (click for full list of posters)

Session II: (Albert Sherman Center; AS2.2102 Auditorium)

   Prathibha Yarikipati, Postdoctoral Fellow, UMass Chan, Molly Murphy, Graduate Student, UMass Chan and Bao Ho, Graduate Student, UMass Chan 

3:00 PM          Loiselle Gonzalez-Baez, Boston College
Melanization Regulates Wound Healing by Limiting Polyploid Cell Growth in the Drosophila Abdominal Epithelium 

3:15 PM          Sarah Crawford, PhD, Southern Connecticut State University
Innate Immune System Involvement in Brain Tumor Formation in Drosophila melanogaster Brat mutant: A Research Model of Pediatric Brain Tumor Development

3:30 PM          Nelson Lau, PhD, Boston University
Traffic jam regulates the Drosophila piRNA cluster flamenco via novel shadow enhancer elements to ensure female fertility

3:45 PM          Lianne Cohen, PhD, Boston University
Identifying the Enhancers and Regulatory Logic of the Drosophila Innate Immune System

4:00 PM          Pushpa Verma Sharma, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Brain specific microRNA mediated regulation of metabolic homeostasis in Drosophila melanogaster

4:15 PM          Coffee Break (Outside auditorium) 

4:45 PM          Yu-Chieh David Chen, PhD, New York University
Codes of cell surface proteins coordinate stochastic and deterministic cell fates during Drosophila color vision circuit assembly 

5:00 PM          Ting Miao, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Role of Malpighian tubule-specific Coenzyme A biosynthesis in systematic metabolic control and maintenance of tissue homeostasis in high-turnover tissues 

5:15 PM          Vanitha Nithianandam, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Integrative Multi-Omics Analysis Reveals a Conserved Role for the Amyloid Precursor Protein in Proteostasis 

5:30 PM          Beverley Matthews, PhD, Harvard University
New and Classic Features in FlyBase 

5:45 PM          Speaker Introduction: Phillip Zamore, PhD, Gretchen Stone Cook Professor of Biomedical Sciences, UMass Chan 

5:50 PM          Yukiko Yamashita, PhD, Whitehead Institute, MIT
Asymmetric cell divisions in Drosophila

7:00 PM          Closing remarks: Neal Silverman, PhD, Professor of Medicine, UMass Chan


Poster presentations 

2          Xuefeng Meng, Whitehead Institute  
Asymmetric segregation of Stellate during meiosis leads to meiotic drive in Drosophila melanogaster

3          Mónica C. Quiñones-Frías, Brandeis University       
The ER shaping protein Atlastin regulates synaptic ER tubule integrity and dynamics

6          Anne M Silveira, Brandeis University
Shared and Distinct Functions of the Dynamin Isoforms at Drosophila synapses

7          Pakinee Phromsiri, University of Rochester 
Drosophila H2A.Z regulates developmental timing and the global transcriptome

8          Noshin Nawar, Boston University      
Developing a Quantitative Understanding of Heterogeneity in Drosophila melanogaster’s Innate Immune Responses

9          Alex Dyson, Massachusetts General Hospital          
MEK Inhibition as a Potential Therapeutic Strategy for the Non-Tumor Manifestations of Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)

10        Elizabeth Lane, Harvard Medical School      
Drosophila as a Model to Study the Intestine in Cystic Fibrosis

13        Torrey Mandigo, Massachusetts General Hospital   
Dissecting the Causal Role of Insomnia in Cardiovascular Disease

14        Jillian Ness, Boston University          
Exploring the Functional Role of Shadow Enhancer Architecture in Development

15        Camilla Regalia, Brown University    
Characterization of Protein Processing and the Endoplasmic Reticulum Pathway in a Drosophila Model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

16        Jorel R. Padilla, Boston College       
Crosslinking of Microtubules and Actin is Necessary to Maintain Myonuclear Spacing

17        Amelie Raz, Whitehead Institute       
Combinatorial signal integration in the maintenance and renewal of adult germline stem cell fate

18        Lucas Restrepo, UMass Chan Medical School        
A mitochondrial surface protein regulates Vps13D-dependent mitophagy

19        Kaylah B Samuelson, University of Connecticut      
Elucidating the role of Polo kinase activity and regulation in the meiotic drive of B chromosomes in D. melanogaster

20        Jacob Paiano, Harvard Medical School        
Constructing Inter-Organ Communication Networks of Cellular Stress Responses

21        Nathan Brownstein, Brandeis University      
Oligonucleotide directed proximity interactome mapping to study RNA-protein interactions in Drosophila

22        Ben Ewen-Campen, Harvard Medical School          
The proventriculus contains a ring of cycling cells that responds to local and systemic signaling

23        Ben Ewen-Campen, Harvard Medical School          
Wnt signaling modulates the response to DNA damage in the Drosophila wing imaginal disc by regulating the EGFR pathway

24        Michael Allara, UMass Boston          
The Toll Pathway Regulates Crystal Cell Production

25        Vanitha Nithianandam, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Integrative Multi-Omics Analysis Reveals a Conserved Role for the Amyloid Precursor Protein in Proteostasis

26        Younshim Park, Harvard Medical School      
Metabolic reprogramming in tumors: a Drosophila model to decipher isoform dynamics

27        Ankita Singh, Harvard Medical School          
A proximity-tagging system to identify secreted interorgan communication factors

28        Carolina I. Ferrer, UMass Boston      
The Immune Signaling pathways Toll and Imd play a role in Drosophila Hematopoiesis

29        Pooja Rai, UMass Chan        
Studying non-apoptotic functions of caspases using Drosophila

30        Sofia Gaibor, Harvard Medical School          
Assessing enhancer necessity during the early development of Drosophila melanogaster

31        Caileigh Pierce, Harvard Medical School     
Different Bicoid domains are required at different target genes to regulate gene expression

32        Stephanie Mohr, Harvard Medical School
New technologies and resources from the Drosophila Research & Screening Center-Biomedical Technology Research Resource (DRSC-BTRR)

33        Yu Yang, Boston University   
Illuminating the non-genetic factors of immune activation

34        Jessica Sidisky, MIT
Characterizing Synapse Formation, Maturation and Turnover at Drosophila Adult Neuromuscular Junctions

35        Chhavi Sood, MIT
Disruption in Calcium Conductance of Cacophony Channels Alters VGCC Abundance and Retention at Active Zones

36        Alok Tiwary, RNA Therapeutics Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UMass Chan       Gametocyte Specific Factor 1 (GTSF1) in PIWI Protein Functions

37        Xihuimin Dai, Brandeis University     
Four SpsP neurons are an integrating sleep regulation hub in Drosophila

38        Suraj R. Math, Center for Genomic Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital    
A Drosophila Model of a Rare Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation associated with ALG10

39        Yongjin Lee, RNA Therapeutics Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UMass Chan     
Inhibition of Integrator and Nuclear Exosome Targeting Complexes causes emergence of atypical transcripts and disrupts oogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster

40        Julia Apiki, Whitehead Institute         
Role of Protamine mRNA Localization During Spermatocyte Development in Drosophila melanogaster

41        Adriano Biasini, RNA Therapeutics Institute, UMass Chan  
The Integrator and Nuclear Exosome Targeting Complexes are Essential for Drosophila Oogenesis.

42        Nicolas Arriaga Otalora, Brown University    
Investigating the Role of PDZD8-Mediated Membrane Contact Sites in Promoting Synapse Maintenance

43        Georgette-Vanelle Wandji, Boston University           
Subcellular Mechanism of Programmed Cell Death in Drosophila Ovarian Nurse Cells

44        Teng Long, University of Connecticut
Odorant Receptor Co-receptors affect expression of tuning receptors in Drosophila

45        Jonathan Zirin, Harvard Medical School        
New from the TRiP: large scale resources for gene perturbation, gene expression, and protein detection

46        Julia Birnbaum and Eric Gomez, Brandeis University          
Investigating the Role of Nervous Wreck in Circadian Circuitry

47        Shania Kalladanthyil, University of Connecticut       
New Insights into the Structure and Formation of the D. melanogaster B Chromosome

48        William McKenna, Harvard Medical School  
From Fly to Tick: Establishing Pooled CRISPR Genetic Screens in Cultured Tick Cells

49        Ryan Gossart, Brandeis University    
Cell-Type-Specific Isoform Usage in the Drosophila Visual System

50        Abhi Bhattarai, Wesleyan University
Organization of apical-cortical F-actin in the primary pigment cells of the Drosophila pupal eye

51        Rory Golden, UMass Boston
The Effect of Microbiome on Injury Response in Drosophila Melanogaster

52        Anna Shlimak, Brown University       
Imaginal disc growth factors identified as candidate suppressors for Drosophila models of TDP43, FUS, C9orf72, and Sod1 ALS

53        Ryan M. Gado, University of Connecticut     
Investigating the Influence of the TM3, Sb Ser Balancer Chromosome on the Female Meiotic Drive of B Chromosomes in D. melanogaster

54        Mengjia Lin, University of Connecticut          
Investigating the dynamics of biased B chromosome segregation during female meiosis in Drosophila melanogaster

55        Meredith Becher and Geoffrey Tanner, University of Connecticut    
Ketone body supplementation in a standard high-carbohydrate diet induces autophagy-mediated developmental delay in feeding third instar Drosophila larvae 

56        Dionna DeFazio, College of the Holy Cross
Neuropile Ensheathing Glia Modulate Seizure Susceptibility of Drosophila melanogaster

57        Sydney Bailey, UMass Boston
Understanding the expression profile of Hmx in Drosophila melanogaster

58        Catherine R. Carmona, Brandies University
The Molecular Mechanisms of the Development of Polarized Dendrites in the Drosophila Visual System

59        Julianna Faillace, Springfield College           
Sequence Analysis of CG15365 as a Potential LZTS1 Ortholog

60        Christopher Abdullah, Springfield College    
Predicted GBA2 Ortholog CG33090 Mutants Display Viability and Neuromuscular Phenotypes in Drosophila

61        Arthur Langford, Emmanuel College
Investigating the Spreading Mechanism of the Dosage Compensation Complex on the X Chromosome

62        William Kemball-Cook, Brown University
Role of a putative tRNA methyltransferase in the central nervous system

63        Cynthia Brito, Emmanuel College     
Analyzing the role of RSF1 in variant Polycomb Repressive Complex 1.1 in Drosophila

64        Lindsay Carlson, Clark University     
Modeling the transcriptional regulation of the twin of eyeless gene in Drosophila melanogaster

65        Anthony D. McDougal, MIT   
Bitesize Drives Actin Remodeling and Bundling in the Syncytial Drosophila Embryo

66        Jacob Malin, Tufts University School of Medicine
The Arf-GEF Steppke Controls Actin Dynamics in Cell Intercalation in the Drosophila Retina

67        Emily Brown, UMass Boston 
The Drosophila eye as a model for targeted nanoparticle-based drug delivery.

68        Molly Murphy, UMass Chan Medical School
Plasma Membrane Rupture Protein Ninjurin A Controls Susceptibility of Drosophila melanogaster to Invertebrate Iridescent Virus 6 (IIV6) Infection in a Turandot-Independent Manner.

69        Mathangi Selliah, UMass Boston      
The Role of IMD and Toll Immune Signaling Pathways on Crystal Cell Differentiation in Drosophila Melanogaster

70        Rafael Faria, UMass Boston 
How Wnt5 and Wnt signaling affect the differentiation of blood cells in Drosophila Melanogaster

71        Angele Louis-Jean, Brandeis University       
Cell-type specificity of the glial clock

72        Samaneh Poursaeid, University of Connecticut Health Center        
Potential roles of stem cell competition in dedifferentiation of Drosophila male germline

73        Ava Towle, Brandeis University         
Investigating the Role of G-Protein Coupled Receptors in Drosophila Thermosensation

74        Md Fakhrul Azad, Boston University School of Medicine
Re-examining how Transposable Elements (TEs) in gene introns are detected by RNAseq inputs and whether they impact RNA splicing and gene expression in Drosophila brain transcriptomes