Annexins Meeting

A Word From: Katherine Hajjar & Jacob Rand

Last week, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory hosted Annexins 2017. This international conference is held in a different location every other year, and CSHL was chosen for the 2017 meeting because of its accessibility, on-campus amenities, and proximity to New York City. We are proud to have hosted the Annexins community and checked in with two of its three organizers – Katherine Hajjar and Jacob Rand – to talk about the conference. 

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Katherine- What I see happening in the field more generally is that we're transitioning from basic biology with purified proteins and lipids. The field is now moving more into human health and disease, which for me  (2).png

As the annexin community grows, the organizers do their part to ensure the “newcomers” take part in the conference: 

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Speaking of abstracts, Annexins 2017 did adopt the CSHL Meetings & Courses tradition of selecting a majority of talks from the submitted abstracts.

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We ended the chat talking about the annexin community: 

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Thank you to the organizers for choosing Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as the venue for Annexins 2017!

For more conversations with other meeting organizers, check out our A Word From... series. 

Visitor of the Week: Jee eun Lee

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Meet Jee eun Lee of the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in South Korea. The PhD candidate is a member of the Molecular Genomics and Immunology Lab. She is on campus for the international conference on Annexins where she presented a poster.

What are your research interests? What are you working on?
I am working on understanding the molecular mechanism of the antiviral signaling response.

Was there something specific about the Annexins meeting that drew you to attend?
Since participants of this meeting work on the same proteins but in different cellular contexts and perspectives, attending this meeting enables me to gain new insights on my research and experimental approaches.  

What is your key takeaway from the Annexins meeting?
That annexins, which are known to be calcium-dependent phospholipid-binding proteins, are involved in many cellular processes other than membrane trafficking and repair; including epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and RNP remodeling.  

How many CSHL meetings have you attended?
This is my first CSHL meeting. I enjoyed my time here and am looking forward to attending more of meetings at CSHL in the future. 

If someone curious in attending a future iteration of Annexins meeting asked you for feedback or advice on it, what would you tell him/her?
Those interested in the field of annexins and already in the field can benefit from attending this meeting as it is quite informative. Moreover, participants have great opportunities to interact with a number of people in the field including experts and students at different academic stages, as the environment at CSHL allows the meeting to be social.

What do you like most about your time at CSHL?
In addition to the great housings and food provided by CSHL, the greenery and scenery within the campus are refreshing.

Thank you to Jee eun for being this week's featured visitor. To meet other featured scientists - and discover the wide range of science that takes part in a CSHL meeting or course – go here