4th ASM Conference on Prokaryotic Cell Biology and Development

Conference Scope

May 6 - 10, 2012, Montreal, Canada

The central goals of this conference are to bring together researchers using the most sophisticated approaches to address the most important questions in the field of prokaryotic cell and developmental biology, and provide a forum for them to share ideas. Thus, presentations are planned that focus on basic biochemical, molecular genetics, and cell biological approaches to fundamental questions – research at the level of one or a small number of genes and proteins – as well as systems-level research uncovering regulatory networks in whole organisms and communities of organisms. The educational potential of this conference is formidable: an important goal is therefore to provide the opportunity for established investigators, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to expand their technical horizons and knowledge of the some of the most important and cutting-edge questions in prokaryotic biology.
Many fundamental problems in prokaryotic development are closely connected to prokaryotic cell biology. For example cellular differentiation is often tied closely in with the temporal and spatial regulation of cell division, the cell cycle and cytoskeletal organization. Also, the establishment and maintenance of cell polarity with protein targeting to specific subcellular regions have crucial roles in cellular differentiation. Moreover, intra- and intercellular signaling processes have prominent roles in bacterial cell differentiation. In addition, to the fruitful merger of cell biology and developmental biology, genomics and proteomics approaches are also providing large amounts of information, which needs to be placed within the spatial and temporal framework of a cell and a developmental program. The most widely and successfully studied systems in prokaryotic cell biology development are Bacillus subtilis, Caulobacter crescentus, Streptomyces coelicolor, and Myxococcus xanthus as well as emerging model organisms will be covered.
Previously this conference was held under the title “Prokaryotic Development”. For the 2012 meeting the title has been changed to emphasize that research in cell biology and prokaryotic development are inextricably linked. For example, the technology of cell biology, including in particular high resolution microscopy, is now indispensible to the study of prokaryotic cell differentiation. Furthermore, since cell differentiation involves a reorganization of cell shape, division, metabolism and gene expression, the investigation of differentiating prokaryotic cells is providing important insights into these fundamental properties of cells. 
Planned sessions include:
  • Prokaryotic cell biology and development
  • Cellular differentiation, organelles and motility
  • Cell cycle and cell polarity 
  • Cell division, cytoskeleton and cell surface 
  • Multicellularity
  • Cellular differentiation, organelles and motility
  • Signaling
  • Systems biology of development: Global approaches & modeling
  • Cell cycle and cell polarity   

Final Program & Abstracts Book