7th Annual C2D2 Symposium – May 8th, 2024

SFU Big Data Hub, Presentation Studio (ASB10900*), 12:30 - 5:00 PM


Registration is now closed for this event. Please email if you would like to attend.

Evaluation of presentations:

Prizes will be awarded for the Best Long Talk and Best Short Talk. Follow this link to the evlation forms


12:30 pm Welcome – Dr. Esther Verheyen and Dr. Damon Poburko

12:35 pm Talk Session 1: Cell Biology & Disease

Jenny Zhe Liao (long talk), Verheyen Lab (MBB)

Cdk8/CDK19 promotes mitochondrial fission through Drp1 phosphorylation and can phenotypically suppress pink1 deficiency in Drosophila

Shefali Vishwakarma (short talk), Claydon Lab (BPK)

A platform for predicting pathogenicity of neuronal Kv7.5 K+ channel variants

Shaianne Stein (long talk), Braid Lab (MBB)

Generating human biomimetic extracellular matrices for in vitro function studies using mesenchymal stromal cells

Tong Tong Wu (short talk), Braid Lab (MBB)

Regulation of Complement Component Synthesis by Mesenchymal Stromal Cells: Insights into Anatomical Imprinting

Moses Jeong (short talk), Clarke (BPK)

Kinetic modelling of leucine-mediated signalling and protein synthesis in insulin-resistant human skeletal muscle

Lionel Pereira (long talk), Audas Lab (MBB)

Bicarbonate-mediated signalling phosphorylates Hsp70 into a potent amyloid disaggregase

Negin Imani Farahani (short talk), Julian Lab (BISC)

Investigating the utility of iPSC-derived choroid plexus organoids to yield fluid biomarkers in SCA1 disease modeling


1:55 pm 15-minute break


2:10 pm Talk Session 2: Cardiovascular Biology

Josh Ham (long talk), Poburko Lab (BPK)

The Vesicular Nucleotide Transporter: What Makes ATP Neurotransmission Different?

Diana Hunter (short talk), Claydon Lab (BPK)

Manipulating Matrix Shape and Stiffness for patch clamp studies of iPSC derived cardiomyocytes

Kosar Jabbari (long talk), Tibbits Lab (BPK & MBB)

Advancing Cardiac Disease Research: Automated Stem Cell Culture and Data-Driven Approaches

Mariam Butt (short talk), Tibbits Lab (BPK & MBB)

Investigating the Impact of LQT2-Linked KCNH2 Variant T65P in a Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocyte Model

Alia Arslanova (short talk), Tibbits Lab (BPK & MBB)

Investigating the Pathogenicity of RYR2 Exon 3 Deletion Variant Using a Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocyte Model

Dina Hosseini Baygi (short talk), Tibbits Lab (BPK & MBB)

A Biological Perception into Microtubules in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy associated Troponin-T (TNNT2) variants using Human-induced Pluripotent Stem Cells derived Cardiomyocyte

Hosna Babini (short talk), Tibbits Lab (BPK & MBB)

Impact of the atrial fibrillation (AF) associated KCNN3 rs13376333 risk variant on SK-current density in hiPSC-aCMs



3:05 pm Coffee break


3:15 pm Talk Session 3: Cancer Biology

Jessica Felix (long talk), Gorski Lab (MBB & BC Cancer)

Investigating Autophagy-related Cysteine Protease Atg4a in Drosophila melanogaster Models of Cancer

Brandon Fonseca (short talk), Jaumouillé Lab (MBB)

Investigating the role of Mac-1 catch-bonds in macrophage mechanosensation

Gurpreet Moroak (long talk), Verheyen Lab (MBB)

Nutrient sensor Salt-inducible Kinase synergizes with Homeodomain-interacting Protein Kinase to promote cancer cachexia in a Drosophila tumor model

Rasool Khaef Panah (short talk), Jaumouillé Lab (MBB)

Deciphering the role of Mac-1 receptor during Rituximab mediated phagocytosis of B-cell lymphomas

Krysta Coyle (long talk), Morrin Lab (MBB)

Genomic instability is a feature of mantle cell lymphoma


4:20 pm Pizza social

Organizing Committee

Esther Verheyen, Damon Poburko, Glen Tibbits, Gamze Akarsu, Alia Arslanova, Hosna Babini, Seyedeh Dina Hosseini Baygi, Josh Ham, Jess Hercus, Cheayeong Keum, Gurpreet Moroak, Shefali Vishwakarma, Ece Yucel, Kelly Zheng