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Organizers: Alexa Burger (CU Anschutz) & Evgeny Kvon (UC Irvine) 

The satellite symposium will occur prior to the opening of the Society for Developmental Biology 82nd Annual Meeting organized by the Society for Developmental Biology (SDB)


Symposium Overview

The symposium aims to connect developmental biologists who are interested in gene regulation by transcriptional enhancers and its role in development, evolution, and congenital disorders. It will be a platform where junior scientists, including graduate students and postdocs, can network and interact with rising leaders in the field. It will foster new collaborations and exciting idea exchanges between SDB meeting attendees.

The program will focus on transcriptional enhancers, abundant non-coding DNA elements regulating gene expression during development and in response to intrinsic and external signals. It will feature four sessions:

1. Mechanism of enhancer function in development

2. Enhancer grammar

3. Enhancers in congenital disease

4. Enhancers in evolution


Each session will include talks from invited speakers and selected talks chosen from abstracts of early career researchers and trainees, as well as trainee lightning talks.

Meeting hashtag: #2023SDBEnh


Abstract submission – April 10

Registration – June 20

Housing reservation at Hyatt Regency – June 28.

Venue and Housing

The symposium will be held in person on July 20, 2023, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL.


Select the symposium at no additional cost when registering for the main conference. For those who can only attend the satellite symposium, there is a Satellite Symposium-Only registration form ($150 for Faculty/Staff/Emeriti and $120 for Students and Postdocs). Please note that there will not be onsite registration for the symposium.

Abstract submission

Submit your abstract through a submission form (separate from the main SDB meeting) to be considered for a short talk. For consideration for a short talk, preference will be given to those who have registered. Abstract submission is open to all career stages, but preference will be given to trainees and early career scientists. There will be no poster session.



 Luisa Cochella

Assistant Professor

John Hopkins University


Yana Kamberov

Assistant Professor

University of Pennsylvania


Emma Farley

Assistant Professor

UC San Diego


Mustafa Mir

Assistant Professor

University of Pennsylvania


Emily Hodges

Assistant Professor

Vanderbilt University

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Alex Nord

Associate Professor

UC Davis

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Alexa Burger

Associate Professor

CU Anschutz


Evgeny Kvon

Assistant Professor

UC Irvine


Symposium Program (Tentative) – Thursday, July 20, 2023

 8:25 – 8:30 AM         Welcome by the Organizers

Session 1 – Mechanism of enhancer function in development (moderator: Alexa Burger)

8:30 – 9:00 AM         Luisa Cochella, Title TBD

9:00 – 9:30 AM         Selected Talks from Abstracts

9:30 – 10:00 AM       Mustafa Mir, Title TBD


10:00 – 10:30 AM     Break 


Session 2 – Enhancer grammar (moderator: Evgeny Kvon)

10:30 – 11:15 AM      Selected Talks from Abstracts

11:15 – 11:45 AM      Emma FarleyTitle TBD


11:45 – 12:45 PM      Lunch Break  


Session 3 – Enhancers in congenital disease (moderator: Alexa Burger)

12:45 – 1:15 PM       Emily Hodges, Title TBD

1:15 – 1:45 PM         Selected Talks from Abstracts

1:45 – 2:15 PM         Alex NordTitle TBD


2:15 – 2:45 PM         Break 


Session 4 – Enhancers in evolution (moderator: Grace Bower) 

2:45 – 3:30 PM         Selected Talks from Abstracts

3:30 – 4:00 PM         Yana KamberovTitle TBD

4:00 – 4:10 PM         Concluding remarks



5:30 PM                   Main SDB program starts 

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