Previous Kriton Hatzios Symposia

2018 - "Big Data: the Next Frontier in Plant Science"

Organized by Dr. Dr. Shahid Mukhtar

Dr. Philip Benfey
Paul Kramer Professor and HHMI Investigator
Duke University and HHMI
“Underground signaling networks”

Dr. Bob Schmitz
Associate Professor
University of Georgia at Athens

“Mapping and exploiting functional variation in crop genomes”

Dr. Libo Shan
Associate Professor
Texas A&M University
“Microbial sensing and signaling from the plant cell membrane”

Dr. Jason Williams
Lead, CyVerse EOT
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
“Data, Data Everywhere Nor any a Drop to Drink”

2017 - " Epigenetics in Plant Development and Beyond "

organized by Dr. Nihal Dharmasiri
Dr. Keith Slotkin
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics
Ohio State University
“Establishment of Heterochromatin: How the cell recognizes and triggers transposable elements for trans-generational silencing”

Dr. Karen McGinnis
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Florida State University
“Epigenetic regulation of gene expression in maize”

Dr. Hong Qiao
Assistant Professor, Molecular Biosciences
University of Texas at Austin
“Molecular mechanisms of interplay between ethylene signaling and chromatin regulation in Arabidopsis”

Dr. Scott Michaels
Professor of Biology and Director, Center For Genomics & Bioinformatics
Indiana University
“Large-Scale Heterochromatic Remodeling Facilitates DNA Repair”

2016 - " Genome Editing: Applications in Plant Science and Agriculture "

organized by Dr. Ken Korth
Dr. Yunde Zhao
Division of Biological Sciences, University of California - San Diego
“New strategies for CRISPR-mediated genome editing in Arabidopsis and rice”
Dr. Yinong Yang
Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, Penn State University
“Improving CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing tools for plant functional genomics and precision breeding”
Dr. J. Pon Samuel
Dow AgroSciences
“A Zinc Finger Nuclease technology platform for genetic engineering of crop plants”

2015 - " Role of Bioinformatics in Plant Biology Research "

Organized by Dr. Rick Turley
Dr. Meg Stanton
University of Tennessee, Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology
“How bioinformatics is helping to restore the American Chestnut: next generation sequencing, data mining and online resources”

Dr. Joshua A. Udall
Brigham Young University, Dept. of Plant & Wildlife Sciences
“The Genomics of Polyploid Cotton”

Dr. Shane Sanders
Mississippi State University, Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology
“Genome Assembly & Analysis: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”

2014 - " Plant Symbiotic Associations "

Organized by Dr. Ashlee McCaskill
Dr. Heike Bucking
Dept. of Botany and Microbiology, South Dakota State University
"Regulation of nutrient uptake, transport and exchange processes in arbuscular mycorrhizal interactions"

Dr. Julia Frugoli
Dept. of Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University
"Up, Down and Back Again: Long Distance Signal Transduction in the Autoregulation of Nodulation"

Dr. Stanley Faeth
Dept. of Biology, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
"The ecological consequences of hybridization in asexual grass endophytes"

2013 - " Secondary Metabolism, Signaling, and Plant Defense "

Organized by Dr. Jay Shockey
Dr. Ken Korth Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
“Exploring the role of triterpene saponins in plant-pest defenses using a metabolomic approach”

Dr. Eric Schmelz USDA-ARS, Center for Medical, Agricultural & Veterinary Entomology, Gainesville, Florida
“Newly discovered maize metabolites involved in signaling and defense against biotic attack”

Dr. Natalia Dudareva Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
““Biosynthesis, regulation and metabolic engineering of plant secondary metabolites”

Dr. Linda Walling Center for Plant Cell Biology, University of California, Riverside
““Plant defense responses to phloem-feeding insects: the role of plant leucine aminopeptidases”

2012 - " Chloroplast Biology "

Organized by Dr. Paul Stephenson

Dr. Klaus Apel Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Ithaca, New York
"How plants sense their environment: The role of chloroplasts in the perception of and response to environmental stress.”

Dr. Henry Daniell Dept. of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida
“Chloroplast genomics and genetic engineering”

Dr. Elizabeth Haswell Dept. of Biology Washington University in St. Louis
“A Feeling for the Organelle: Multiple Roles for Mechano- sensitive Channels in the Chloroplast Envelope”

2011 - " Abiotic Stressors and How Plants Cope With Them "

Organized by Dr. Rebecca Dickstein

Dr. Barbara Demmig-Adams, Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University Colorado, Boulder
"Photosynthesis, Photoprotection, and the Environment"

Dr. Robert E. Sharp, Dept. of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri
"Root Growth Under Water Deficits: Physiological Complexity and Coordination"

Dr. Paxton Payton, USDA ARS Cropping Systems Research Lab, Lubbock, TX
"Systems Approaches for Improving Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance"

2010 - " Small RNAs and Their Roles in the Regulation of Plant Gene Expression "

Organized by Dr. Paxton Payton
Dr. Guiliang Tang (University of Kentucky, Dept. of Plant and Soil Sci.): "Gene Regulation by Small RNAs and the Technological Application in Plants"
Dr. Zhixin Xie (Texas Tech Univ., Dept. of Biol. Sci.): "Exploring the small RNA world using plant model systems"
Dr. Magdy Alabady (Univ. of Illinois, Energy Bioscence Instituete (EBI), Institute of Genome Biology (IGB): "Genomical and functional analysis of the small RNA and mRNA transcriptome and degradeome of Miscanthus x giganteus"

2009 - " Plant Nitrogen Metabolism and Its Regulation "

Organized by Dr. Stephen Banks
Dr. Nigel Crawford, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Univ. of California, San Diego. "Nitrate Regulation of Genes and Genomes”
Dr. Rebecca Dickstein, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas “Medicago symbiotic nitrogen fixing nodulation mutants in rhizobial invasion: a new link to nitrogen status?”
Dr. Steve Huber, Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences, Univ. of Illinois; USDA/ARS Plant Physiologist "Regulation of Nitrate Assimilation and Protein Mobilization"

2008 - " Photosynthetic Intermediates "

Organized by Dr. Kelly Major
George Bowes, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, "C4 photosynthesis in aquatic organisms. What can we learn from that pesky weed Hydrilla?"
Richard Leegood, University of Sheffield, U.K. "Are diatoms C3-C4 intermediates?"
Gerald Edwards. Washington State University, Pullman, WA. "Features of single-cell C4 photosynthesis in terrestrial plants"

2007 - " Plant Oils for Enhanced Sustainability "

Organized by Dr. Kent Chapman
John M. Dyer, Research Scientist, USDA-ARS-Southern Regional Research Center, New Orleans, LA “Engineering Plant Oils as High Value Industrial Feedstocks for Biorefining" 
Jack Brown, Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics,Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID “From Fields to Fuels: Developing a Biodiesel Industry in the USA”
Dr. Anthony J. Kinney, Research Leader,z Pioneer Crop Genetics, DuPont Experimental Station,Wilmington, DE “Engineering Oilseed Plants to Produce Nutritional Fatty Acids”

2006 - " Signal Transduction Mechanisms in Plant Physiology ”

Organized by Dr. Dalton Gossett
Alice C. Harmon, Professor of Botany and Graduate Programs in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Florida - "Calcium-Dependent Protein Kinases - Structure, Function, and Roles"
John M. McDowell, Assistant Professor in the Fralin Biotechnology Center and the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Tech - "Unraveling Defense Signal Transduction Networks in Arabidopsis"
Daniel F. Klessig, Senior Professor at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University - "Salicylate mediated Defense Signaling in Plant Disease Resistance"

2005 - " Whole Plant Physiology "

Organized by Dr. James Mahan
Thomas R. Sinclair (Agronomy Physiology Laboratory, University of Florida), "Is a Physiological Perspective Relevant in a ‘Genocentric’ Age?
Dr. Robert E. Sharp (Professor and Chair, Department of Agronomy, University of Missouri-Columbia), "Interaction With Ethylene: Changing Views on the Role of ABA in Root and Leaf Growth Responses to Water Deficits”
Dr. Tom Kerby (retired) (Vice President of Technical Services, Delta and Pine Land Company, Scott, Mississippi),
"Role of Whole Plant Physiology in Cotton Management Improvements”

2004 - " Cotton Biotechnology "

Organized by Dr. Caryl Chlan
Thea Wilkins, UC Davis at the time (now at Texas Tech Univ.) "Cotton Fiber Genomics: Manipulating the Fiber Transcriptome"
Dr. Randy Allen, Texas Tech Univ. "Strategies for modification of fiber quality and abiotic stress tolerance in cotton"
Dr. Candace Haigler, Texas Tech Univ. at the time (now at NC State Univ.) "Biotechnological improvement of cotton fiber maturity"

2003 - " Bioinformatics for Comparative Genomics "

Organized by Dr. Ruth Grene
Andy Baxevanis, Deputy Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. "“Role of Bioinformatics in Biological Discovery”
Christoph Sensen, University of Calgary, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology "4D Bioinformatics"
Dr. Tom Osborn (retired),
University of Wisconsin, Dept. of Agronomy "Polyploidy and Duplicate Gene Function in Brassica"

2002 - " Mechanisms for Regulation of Plant Metabolism "

Organized by Dr. Tim Sherman
Rob Ferl, (Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida): "14-3-3 Proteins and the Final Resolution of Signal Transduction Events" Dr. James Mahan, (Plant Stress and Water Conservation Lab, USDA-ARS, Lubbock, TX): "Thermal Dependence of Enzyme Inhibition; implications for Herbicide Efficacy and Resistance." Dr. Michael E. Salvucci, (Western Cotton Research Laboratory, USDA-ARS, Phoenix, AZ): "Regulation of Photosynthesis by Rubisco Activase, a AAA+ Protein"

2001 - " Components Involved with Plant Cell Wall Architecture and Integrity: Effects of Abiotic and Biotic Stress

Organized by Dr. Jay Mellon
Debra Mohnen (Complex Carbohydrate Res. Center / Univ. of Georgia) "Pectin Biosynthesis and Function"
Dr. Andrew Mort (Oklahoma State Univ., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) "Pectin Structure and Function in Sickness and in Health?"
Dr. Ronald Sederoff (NC State Univ., Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources) "Genomic Approach to Wood Formation in Loblolly Pine"