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Day 1: 27th September 2022 (Tuesday)

15:00-15:50  Registration
15:50-16:00  Welcome & Opening Remarks

16:00-19:30  Session I (Neurobiology-I)    (Chair: Kavita Babu & Meital Oren-Suissa)
16:00 - 16:30     Abhishek Bhattacharya (India)
Molecular Determinants of Electrical Synapse Formation and function                                                                                                   16:30 - 17:00     Kavita Babu (India)
Drinking and dopamine: is there a connection?                                

17:00 - 17:30    Raja Bhattacharya (India)

DOP-ed? Role of the D2-like dopamine receptor DOP-2 in food-related contexts                                                         
17:30 - 18:00     Tea Break     Invited lecture 2                                                     
18:00 - 18:30     Piali Sengupta (USA)   Virtual                  (8:30 am EST)
Activity-dependent gene expression programs underlie thermosensory neuronal and behavioural plasticity in C. elegans
18:30 - 19:00     Sitabhra Sinha (India)
Inferring the rules for wiring the worm nervous system
19:00-19:30      Student Talks ( 10min x 3 talks)
19:00-19:10         Umer Saleem Bhat
“Role of neuropeptides in regulating local and global search foraging behaviour in Caenorhabditis elegans
19:10-19:20         Damini Saha
A starvation induced inhibitory peptide bridges serotonin and cholinergic signaling to modulate Caenorhabditis elegans behavioral state
19:20-19:30        Swagata Dey
Kinesin-13-dependent axon-dendrite compartmentalization in PVD neurons
19:30                Dinner and Interactions                                                                     

Day 2: 28th September 2022 (Wednesday)

08:00 - 09:00     Breakfast                                  
9:00-13:00  Session II (Cell biology)    (Chair: Sachin Kotak & Rati Sharma )
09:00 - 09:30     Arshad Desai (USA)   (Virtual)            (8:30 pm CA)
CDC-20 phosphoregulation optimizes mitotic duration to ensure robust embryogenesis                                         
09:30 - 10:00    Sachin Kotak (India)
 PP2A-B55SUR-6 control nuclear envelope breakdown in C. elegans zygote                                                          
10:00 - 10:30    
Santosh Kumar (India)
Identification and characterization of downstream effector protein(s) for Gαo 
 10:30 - 11:00    Jogender Singh (India)
Dithiothreitol activates the hypoxia response pathway       

11:00 - 11:30    Coffee Break                                              
11:30 - 12:00    Guillaume Thibault (Singapore)
The unfolded protein response reverses the effects of glucose on lifespan in C. elegans                                       
12:00 - 13:00    Student Talks ( 10min x 6 talks)
12:00-12:10             Kuheli Adhikary
LIN-5 (NuMA) has a dual function in regulating the cleavage furrow formation in C. elegans zygote
12:10-12:20            Sunanda Sharma
Loss of Citron Kinase suppresses the neuronal phenotypes of kinesin-13 mutant
12:20-12:30            Vandita D. Bhat
RNA control in neuronal cAMP and cGMP signaling by protein complexes
12:30-12:40            Atal Vats
Understanding the Basis of Electrical Synapse Diversity in C. elegans 
12:40-12:50       Sneha Hegde
Axonal mitochondria regulate gentle touch response through control of actin dynamics
12:50-13:00       Surajit Chakraborty        
Assessment of virulence of novel species Stenotrophomonas sepilia in Caenorhabditis elegans model with a preliminary insight into host-response
13:00 - 14:00    Lunch
14:00-15:30      Poster Session I
15:30- 16:00     Tea Break                          

16:00-20:00  Session III (Infection, immunity, gut microbiome)    (Chair: Varsha Singh & Anubhuti Dixit)
16:00 - 16:30     Vidya Devi Negi (India)
Salmonella infection and C. elegans life cycle: an interesting perspective
of host-pathogen interaction                                 
16:30 - 17:00     Mark Alkema (USA)
How gut bacteria modulate C. elegans behavior       

17:00 - 17:30     Varsha Singh (India)
1-Undecene odor from Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a pathogen associated molecular pattern for 
Caenorhabditis elegans      
17:30 - 18:00     Coffee Break 
18:00-18:30       Emily Troemel (USA) (Virtual)            (5:30 am CA) 
C. elegans response to infection by the Orsay virus and intracellular fungal pathogens
18:30-19:30           
Student Talks ( 10min x 6 talks)
18:30-18:40              Siddharth R Venkatesh
A neuron-gut Neuro-Immune Regulation of Survival in Caenorhabditis elegans
18:40-18:50              Divyashree AN
Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes intestinal deformation in Caenorhabditis elegans
18:50-19:00              Gowripriya Thirumugam  
Investigation of microRNA role in pathogen induced senescence
19:00-19:10          Sabnam Sahin Rahman 
A neuron-gut crosstalk regulates Vitamin B12-mediated gene-diet interaction that modulates longevity in C. elegans
19:10-19:20          Amal Wilson Varghese
Monoaminergic molecular pathways in modulating composite behaviours
19:20-19:30          Umanshi Rautela
G1 cyclins regulate reproductive fitness  
19:30-20:00           Michael Shapira, (USA)       (Virtual)                  (7:00 am CA)
The worm gut microbiome and aging
20:00                      Dinner and Interactions                                  

 
Day 3: 29th September 2022 (Thursday)

08:00 - 09:00     Breakfast
9:00-13:00  Session IV (Developmental Biology)    (Chair: Anup Padmanabhan & Mark Alkema)
09:00 - 09:30    Swathi Arur (Texas, USA)     (Virtual)        (10:30 pm US Central)

Environmental control of meiosis I and oocyte production
09:30 - 10:00     Limor Broday (Israel)
The role of the sumo protease ULP-2 in germline development        

10:00 - 10:30     Anup Padmanabhan (India)
Temporal Regulation of Membrane Binding Proteins                                            

10:30 - 11:00     Prasad Kasturi (India)
Extent of Molecular Chaperone Association Might Determine Fates of Membrane-less Organelles during Aging in C. elegans                                  

11:00 - 11:30     Tea break                                            
11:30 - 12:00     Anubhuti Dixit (India)
Neuronal regulation of longevity by olfactory perception in C. elegans

12:00 -12:30     Student Talks ( 10min x 3 talks)

12:00-12:10              Khursheed Ahmad Khan

Tracking chemosensation through the developmental stages of C. elegans
12:10:20                   J Hareesh    

Can dynamic optimization explain the sub-optimal efficiency of Caenorhabditis elegans ervous system?

12:20-12:30             Rasitha S Kanakalatha

Extended Memory in Caenorhabditis elegans is regulated by Insulin Signalling in Dopaminergic Neurons
12:30 -  13:00       Buffer Time
13:00 - 14:00    Lunch
14:00-15:30      Poster Session II
15:30- 16:00     Tea Break                                       


16:00-20:00  Session V (Neurobiology-II)    (Chair: Sandhya Koushika & Limor Broday)
16:00 - 16:30    Massimo Hilliard (Australia)        Virtual       (8:30 pm Brisbane )
Fusogen-mediated neuron-neuron fusion: impact on neuronal function, connectivity, and behaviour                     
16:30-17:00     Sandhya Koushika (India)
Biogenesis of synaptic vesicles                                                                       

17:00-17:30     Meital Oren-Suissa (Israel)
Design concepts of sexually-dimorphic circuits
17:30-18:00     Rati Sharma (India)

Machine Learning and Deep Learning as Tools to Track and Predict Worm Behavior    
18:00-18:30     Coffee Break
18:30-18:45     Buffer Time

18:45- 19:00    Buffer time
19:00-19:30     Career-related session
19:30- 20:00    Career-related session                                            

20:00               Dinner followed by Talent show/Karaoke                                                       


Day 4: 30th September 2022 (Friday)

08:00 - 09:00     Breakfast
9:00-12:00  Session VI (Metabolism, stress, and aging)    (Chair: Kantaro Noma & Swagata Dey)
09:00 - 09:30   Arnab Mukhopadhyay (India).    Virtual

An insulin signaling-mediated germline quality assurance program that responds to somatic DNA damage signals
09:30 - 10:00   Kentaro "Ken" Noma (Japan)

Neuronal hyperactivation causes an age-dependent decline in associative learning behavior                                            
10:00 - 10:30   Ashwini Godbole (India)
Understanding Mode of Action of Foods and Formulations                                

10:30 - 11:00   Tea break                                            
11:00 - 11:30   Aruna Satish ( India)

Xenobiotic stress and its impact on metabolism
11:30 - 12:00   Neeraj Kumar (India)
Genome-wide interaction of targets regulated by Transcription Factors downstream of Insulin-Signalling
12:00 -  12:30     Closing Remarks

12:30 -13:30    Lunch
13:30               Departure / Local sight-seeing

                                   

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