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External Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark von Zastrow, University of California, San Fransisco

Midwest Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nava Segev, University of Illinois, Chicago


Invited speakers:

Dr. Chunhua Zhang, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University.

Research focus: Plant endomembrane trafficking.

Dr. Stacey Gilk, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.

Research focus: Manipulation of host cell lipids and lipid signaling by the intracellular bacterial pathogen Coxiella burnetii.

Dr. Arun Anantharam, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Michigan Medical School Ann Arbor.

Research focus: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of vesicular trafficking in synaptic transmission and endocrine signaling.

Dr. David Stone, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago

Research focus: Signal Transduction and Cell Polarization in yeast

Dr. R.Claudio Aguilar, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

Research focus: Protein trafficking and membrane transport in health and disease