Abercrombie Meeting 2022

September 2022

The series of Abercrombie meetings have been held since the death of Michael Abercrombie in 1979. Michael was a pioneer in the field of investigating cell behaviour using timelapse microscopy. Abercrombie meetings are held only every five years and therefore offer an excellent opportunity to review the major advances in our understanding of cell motility and look to the new emerging concepts in the field.

Scientific Organisers

  • Dr Brian Stramer

    King's College London, UK
    Brian is a group leader at the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics at King's College London. He received his Ph.D. in 2003 in Cell, Molecular and Developmental biology from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and subsequently received a US/UK Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellowship to work in the laboratory of Paul Martin at the University of Bristol. In 2008, he obtained an independent group leader position at King's College London where he started his work on the basic mechanisms of cell migration and its roles during embryogenesis.

  • Dr Gaudenz Danuser

    UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
    Gaudenz Danuser is an engineer (geodetic and electrical engineering/computer science) who started to transition into cell biology as a postdoctoral fellow in the Program for Architectural Dynamics of Living Cells at the MBL in Woods Hole. He has primarily focused his research on the question how chemical and mechanical signals integrate in the regulation of cytoskeleton dynamics and membrane trafficking. Currently, his lab’s main interest relates to the roles shape regulation play in the enhanced proliferation and survival of the metastatic cell, and how shape cues may confer drug resistance. To address these questions the lab develops quantitative imaging methods and mathematical models of the dynamic intersection between cell architecture, signaling, and behavioral outputs. He is a devoted teacher in areas of computational cell biology, machine learning, cellular biophysics, and the theory of measurement applied to cell biology both at the institutional and international level. He currently is appointed as the chairman of the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he is also the Director of the Cecil H. and Ida Green Center of Systems Biology. 

  • Professor Ewa Paluch

    University of Cambridge, UK
    Ewa is a physicist who transitioned towards cellular biophysics during her Masters and PhD at the Curie Institute in Paris. She started her research group in 2006 at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden (joint appointment with the IIMCB, Warsaw), with a focus on investigating the mechanics of the cellular actin cortex and its contribution to the control of cell shape. Early projects in the lab focused on investigating the regulation and function of blebs in cell migration. In 2013, Ewa was appointed Professor of Cell Biophysics at the MRC LMCB, University College London, and in 2018, she was elected Chair of Anatomy at the University of Cambridge, UK. The Paluch lab is currently located at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. The lab combines cell biology, biophysics, super-resolution imaging, morphometric analysis, and modelling to investigate the principles underlying cellular shape control. The lab aims to understand how cells control their own mechanical properties and shape during processes such as cell division, cell migration, and tissue morphogenesis.