Membrane trafficking describes the processes of releasing, internalizing, or distributing macromolecules into and out of the cell. This vital process ensures proper cellular function and active communication within and between cells. Dysfunction of membrane trafficking systems can compromise cellular and organismal health.

The Rocky Mountain Membrane Trafficking Meeting is a student-organized one-day meeting. We invite leaders in the field to present their discoveries and cutting-edge advances to study membrane trafficking related questions. We also invite faculty from the Rocky Mountain region to present their recent work and offer students/postdocs presentations from selected abstracts. This year, the meeting will be held at the University of Colorado, Boulder featuring an all-star lineup of speakers.


Abstract submission deadline for oral presentations:
Friday, July 2nd 2021

Registration Deadline:
Friday, July 16th 2021


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Important dates and location

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed our meeting until 7/24/2021.

The conference will now be held on Saturday, July 24th 2021 at the Butcher Auditorium, Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building at the University of Colorado, Boulder (Room #A115, 3415 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80303). 
Parking permits are available upon request during registration.

Registration for this conference is Free.

The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration for an oral presentation is Friday, July 2nd 2021.

The deadline to register for the conference is Friday, July 16th 2020.


Keynote Speakers

Randy Schekman
University of California, Berkeley | HHMI

Dr. Randy Schekman is a Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Schekman earned his B.A. in Molecular Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his Ph.D. with Dr. Arthur Kornberg in biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine. He then did a postdoc with Dr. S.J. Singer at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Schekman studies how proteins and RNAs traffic through the secretory pathway. 

Maya Schuldiner
Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Maya Schuldiner is a Professor and the incumbent of the Dr. Gilbert Omenn and Martha Darling Professorial Chair in Molecular Genetics in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. She is also the Senior Advisor to the President for Scientific Education. Dr. Schuldiner earned her B.Sc. in Biology and M.Sc. in Genetics at The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. She earned her Ph.D with Dr. Nissim Benvenisty at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. She then did a postdoc with Dr. Jonathan S. Weissman at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Schuldiner utilizes high throughput genetic screens to study how proteins are trafficked to specific organelles and how organelles communicate with each other.


Santiago Di Pietro
Colorado State University

Dr. Di Pietro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University. Dr. Di Pietro did both his undergraduate and Ph.D (with Dr. Jose A. Santome) at the University of Buenos Aires. He then did a postdoc with Drs. Greg Payne and Esteban Dell’Angelica at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Di Pietro studies how proteins are internalized into the cell and trafficked towards lysosomes and lysosome related organelles. 

Matthew Kennedy
University of Colorado, Denver

Dr. Kennedy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Colorado Denver, Anschtuz Medical Campus. He earned his B.Sc. in Chemistry at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, and his Ph.D with Dr. James B. Hurley at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He then did postdocs with Dr. Graeme Davis at the University of California, San Francisco, and Dr. Michael Ehlers at Duke University. Dr. Kennedy uses optogenetics tools to study protein trafficking in neurons.

Jared Rutter
University of Utah | HHMI

Dr. Rutter is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah, a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute and and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He earned his B.Sc. in Molecular Biology at Brigham Young University and his Ph.D with Dr. Steven L. McKnight at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He then spent 18 months as the Sara and Frank McKnight Independent Fellow of Biochemistry. Dr. Rutter studies the connection between mitochondrial metabolism and cellular homeostasis.

Gia Voeltz
University of Colorado Boulder | HHMI

Dr. Voeltz is a Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She earned her B.A. in Biochemistry at the University of Calilfornia, Santa Cruz, and her Ph.D with Dr. Joan Steitz at Yale University. She then did a postdoc with Dr. Tom Rapoport at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Voeltz studies how the endoplasmic reticulum's shape and function are coordinated, and how ER tubules regulate functions of other organelles at membrane contact sites. 


Start Time End Time Event
8:00 9:00 Breakfast and poster setup
9:00 9:05 Opening remarks
9:05 9:45 Keynote: Randy Schekman-HHMI/University of California, Berkeley
9:45 9:55 Discussion
9:55 10:15 Coffee break
10:15 10:25 Student/Postdoc-Selected from abstracts
10:25 10:30 Discussion
10:30 10:40 Student/Postdoc-Selected from abstracts
10:40 10:45 Discussion
10:45 11:05 Gia Voeltz-HHMI/University of Colorado Boulder
11:05 11:10 Discussion
11:10 11:20 Student/Postdoc-Selected from abstracts
11:20 11:25 Discussion
11:25 11:45 Santiago Di Pietro-Colorado State University
11:45 11:50 Discussion
11:50 13:00 Lunch
13:00 13:10 Student/Postdoc-Selected from abstracts
13:10 13:15 Discussion
13:15 13:25 Student/Postdoc-Selected from abstracts
13:25 13:30 Discussion
13:30 13:50 Jared Rutter-HHMI/University of Utah
13:50 13:55 Discussion
13:55 14:05 Student/Postdoc-Selected from abstracts
14:05 14:10 Discussion
14:10 14:30 Matt Kennedy-University of Colorado Denver
14:30 14:35 Discussion
14:35 14:45 Student/Postdoc-Selected from abstracts
14:45 14:50 Discussion
14:50 15:10 Coffee break
15:10 15:50 Keynote: Maya Schuldiner-Weizmann Institute of Science
15:50 16:00 Discussion
16:00 17:30 Poster
17:30   Adjourn

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Organizers / Contacts

Haoxi Wu
University of Colorado Boulder |

Tricia Nguyen
University of Colorado Boulder |


The GoldLab Foundation

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