Bits, Photons & Cells: Exploring Novel Technologies to Unravel Cell Dynamics in Zebrafish

Friday, January 12, 2024

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub San Francisco

Join us for an exciting symposium that explores the latest technological advancements to understand cell dynamics in zebrafish.

From omics to microscopy, technological innovation is pushing the limits of observability, allowing us to delve into previously inaccessible insights, thus reshaping our understanding of how cells form organs and tissues. This symposium aims to be a forum to discuss these advances, providing a platform for dialogue, collaboration, and discovery.

The “Bits, Photons & Cells” symposium aims to gather like-minded scientists passionate about creating and applying state-of-the-art technologies and methods. Our focus is on the emergence of cell identity in zebrafish, but the implications reach far beyond this model organism.

Highlights Include:

  • An in-depth look at pioneering tools and datasets developed by the CZ community, such as Zebrahub, CZ CELLxGENE, Napari, Aydin, DaXi, and more. Opportunities for networking and collaboration within an active and engaged scientific community.
  • Hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and discussions led by experts.

Designed to foster collaborative research in a vibrant and innovative setting.

Join us for an inspiring and educational day, where cutting-edge technology meets curiosity and collaboration.


Carl-Philipp Heisenberg

Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)

Emma Lundberg, Keynote Speaker

Associate Professor, Stanford University

Didier Stainier

Director, Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research

Srigokul Upadhyayula

Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley


(all times in Pacific Time)

8:00–9:00 AM
Registration & breakfast
9:00 AM
Welcome remarks
9:10–9:55 AM
Keynote address
Emma Lundberg, Ph.D. Stanford University
9:55–10:40 AM
Didier Stainier, Ph.D. Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research
10:40–11:00 AM
Coffee break
11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Submitted talks
Christian Mosimann, Ph.D. University of Colorado School of Medicine
Jan Kaslin, Ph.D. ARMI/Monash University
Filippo Del Bene, Ph.D. INSERM/Institut de la Vision
12:00–1:30 PM
1:30–2:15 PM
Srigokul Upadhyayula UC Berkeley
2:15–3:00 PM
CZ Biohub technology / discussion
3:00–3:30 PM
Coffee break
3:30–4:30 PM
Submitted talks
Stephen Ekker, Ph.D. University of Texas Austin
Stephanie Woo, Ph.D. UC Merced
Mark Pownall, Ph.D. UCSF
4:30–5:15 PM
Carl-Philipp Heisenberg, Ph.D. Institute of Science and Technology Austria
5:15 PM
Concluding remarks
5:30–7:00 PM
Scientific Organizing Committee
Merlin Lange CZ Biohub SF
Loïc Royer CZ Biohub SF

In-person attendees: please register by Monday, January 2.

Virtual attendees: please register at least two days in advance, if possible.