Toledo CellulART 2023
will be held on October 6th
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Center for the Visual Arts
University of Toledo
ABOUT THE EVENT
Toledo CellulART is a meeting that brings together the art and scientific communities of Northwestern Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Northeastern Indiana to appreciate the link between art and science while also promoting collaboration, interaction, and discussion between researchers working with the cytoskeleton.
This year's event Keynote Speaker is Matt Welch!
and the Scientist/Artist is Bob Goldstein!
About our 2023 Toledo CellulART Speakers
Matthew Welch, PhD
Department of Molecular & Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Matthew Welch is a professor of Cell and Developmental Biology. The Welch Lab research program focuses on understanding how microbial pathogens target the machinery of their host cells during infection, with the overall goals of revealing crucial mechanisms of infectious disease and uncovering fundamental cellular mechanisms of general biological importance. The tiny microbes that cause disease often colonize their larger host cells through an ability to target important cellular structures and pathways. Thus, understanding how microbes interface with and inhabit host cells is crucial for uncovering disease mechanisms. Moreover, when microbes interact with host cells, they often elicit amplified cellular responses by mimicking or manipulating host molecules which themselves are poorly understood. We can therefore use microbes as powerful tools to shed light on important yet poorly understood molecular mechanisms of host cell regulation and function. The utility of our overall approach is supported by many examples of how studying interactions between microbes and host cells has enhanced our understanding of disease processes, and has simultaneously revealed fundamental features of key cellular processes, including cytoskeleton dynamics, membrane trafficking, cell cycle control, protein recycling, and cell death.
Bob Goldstein, PhD
James L. Peacock III Distinguished Professor
Department of Biology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
We are interested in understanding how cells develop into organisms. We love the nematode C. elegans, because it allows us to readily combine a great number of useful techniques, including techniques of cell biology, direct manipulation of cells, forward and reverse genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, and live imaging of cells and their dynamic, cytoskeletal components. Current work in the lab addresses several fundamental questions in cell and developmental biology — how cells move to specific positions during development, how cells change shape, how developmental patterning mechanisms tell cell biological mechanisms what to do where and when, how intercellular signals act to polarize cells, and how the mitotic spindle is positioned in cells.
We have also been developing a relative of C. elegans and Drosophila, a water bear (tardigrade), to study how developmental mechanisms can evolve to produce organisms with different forms and how biological materials can survive unusual extremes.
We would like to extend a thank you to all those who attended and
supported the 5th annual Toledo CellulART!
We look forward to seeing you again next year.