18th Symposium in Plant Biology - "Biology of Chloroplasts and Mitochondria"

Saturday, October 21, 2023

9am–6pm, Integrated Science Building (venue opens at 8:30am).
Talks: Integrated Science Building (ISB)
Poster sessions, lunch and reception: 11th floor Campus Center

Symposium Program

PB symposium program with bios



8:30 AM Registration
ISB Atrium
9:00 AM Welcome
ISB Auditorium
Ana Caicedo, PB Program Leader
9:05 AM Structural Insights into Plant Respiration
Department of Plant Biology, UC Davis
(Introduced by Sibongile Mafu)
9:55 AM Break
10:10 AM Mechanisms of Mutation Rate Variation in Plant Mitochondria
Department of Biology, Colorado State University
(Introduced by Michelle Facette)
11:00 AM Understanding and Altering Chloroplast Photoprotection to Improve Crop Productivity
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
(Introduced by Michelle DaCosta)
12:00 - 2:00 PM Poster set-up, lunch and poster preview
Campus Center, 11th floor
2:10 PM Welcome to afternoon session
ISB Auditorium
Alice Cheung, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2:20 PM Cellular and Physiological Effects of Chloroplast/Mitochondrial Iron Export
Department of Biology, Amherst College
(Introduced by Alice Cheung)
3:10 PM NORDIN LECTURE: Improving Photosynthesis Through Chloroplast Engineering
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University
(Introduced by Elizabeth Vierling)
4:00 - 6:00 PM Reception and Poster Session
Campus Center, 11th floor


Maureen Hanson, Cornell University

Maria Maldonado, University of California, Davis

Daniel Sloan, Colorado State University

Kris Niyogi, University of California, Berkeley

Jeeyon Jeong, Amherst College


Faculty Coordinators:

Alice Cheung

Michelle DaCosta

Michelle Facette

Elizbeth Vierling



Register online for free. Lunch is included for all attendees. We encourage attendees to present a poster.

A block of rooms will be held for the symposium at the UMass Hotel until September 20, 2023. Reserve a room


For information on our past symposiums, see the Plant Biology Annual Symposium History page.


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