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The UC Irvine Center for Epigenetics & Metabolism (CEM) will hold its biennial international symposium "Epigenetic Control and Cellular Plasticity" beginning Oct. 4, 2018.

The event is part of a series of symposia on epigenetics and chromatin research that are 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: Oct. 4-5, 2018

Location: Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, Irvine, Calif.


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, Oct. 4.

  • $100 — Students (undergraduate and graduate)
  • $200 — Academics (faculty, postdoctoral scholars, university staff)
  • $400 — Non-academics 

Registration is closed. For questions, please contact the Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism at


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

Symposium sessions

  • Nuclear Organization
  • Stem Cells and Epigenetics
  • Epigenetics of Complex Networks
  • Epigenetics and Cancer
  • Metabolism and Epigenetics


Thomas Südhof Stanford University
Robert Tjian UC Berkeley
Geeta Narlikar UC San Francisco
Brad Cairns University of Utah
Clodagh O’Shea Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Kevin Struhl Harvard University
Joseph Ecker Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Steve Jacobsen UCLA
Alexei Aravin California Institute of Technology
Valerio Orlando King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Mei Kong UC Irvine
Alon Goren UC San Diego
Thomas Jenuwein Max Planck Institute
Katalin Fejes Tòth California Institute of Technology
Joseph Takahashi University of Texas Southwestern
Stephen Smale UCLA
Diana Hargreaves Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Tentative schedule

Thursday, Oct. 4
8:30 a.m.–9 a.m. Registration
9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Symposium (includes lunch)
6 p.m. Cocktails
7 p.m. Dinner
Friday, Oct. 5
9 a.m.–2 p.m. Symposium (includes lunch)

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 ›


Wen Ding
Administrative Assistant
Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism

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Listen to Paolo Sassone-Corsidirector of UC Irvine's Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism, as he previews the 2016 symposium and discusses why epigenetics is such a hot topic today on YouTube.


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