School of Medicine

Update: Due to the current public health crisis, our Symposium has been rescheduled for October 2021. Additional details are forthcoming.


The UC Irvine Center for Epigenetics & Metabolism (CEM) will hold its biennial international symposium "Epigenetic Control and Cellular Plasticity" on October 8th and 9th, 2020.

The event is part of a series of symposia on epigenetics and chromatin research aimed at bringing together the scientific community in the field. The two-day symposium will focus on how epigenetic control and chromatin remodeling contribute to various processes that lead to cellular plasticity. Understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for this level of control will bring essential information for future strategies in pharmacology, stem cell biology, and therapeutics.

Date: October 8th and 9th, 2020 

Location: Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, CA 


Early registration is recommended because the symposium will be limited to 225 participants. The registration fee includes participation in all sessions, lunches, coffee breaks on both days, as well as a reception and dinner on Thursday, October 8th, 2020.  

The Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism is pleased to lower registration fees from the 2018 International Symposium.

Registration deadline: TBD

  • $80.00 — Students (undergraduate and graduate)
  • $150.00 — Academics (faculty, postdoctoral scholars, university staff)
  • $300.00 — Non-academics 


This meeting is organized by the Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism, together with INSERM Unité 1233.

Symposium sessions

  • Chromatin and Transcription
  • Metabolism
  • Neuroscience
  • Stem Cells

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, October 8th

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
  • 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Symposium (includes lunch)
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Cocktails
  • 7:00 pm                 Dinner

Friday, October 9th

  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Symposium (includes lunch)


  • Patrick Allard, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
  • Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Ph.D. Salk Institute
  • Sharon Dent, Ph.D. University of Texas 
  • Andrew Dillin, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 
  • Martin Hetzer, Ph.D. Salk Institute
  • Axel Imhof, Ph.D. University of Munich
  • Michael Karin, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
  • Andreas Ladurner, Ph.D. University of Munich
  • Karolin Luger, Ph.D. University of Colorado
  • Ashby Morrison, Ph.D. Stanford University 
  • Danny Reinberg, Ph.D. New York University
  • Bing Ren, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
  • Claire Rougeulle, Ph.D. Paris Diderot University 
  • Yongsheng Shi, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
  • Joanna Wysocka, Ph.D. Stanford University

Parking and Directions

The Beckman Center is located at 100 Academy Drive, Irvine, CA 92617, near the intersection of California Avenue and University Drive. Parking is free. Please view directions at › 


Lauren Stokes, Ed.D.
Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism