Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) & WoW Workshop

WoW-NAIST Workshop

The 2nd Symposium on International Collaborative Laboratories – “Toward the mutual international collaboration between UBC and NAIST”

Feb. 26 – 27, 2015 – Michael Smith Lab, UBC

The Working on Walls (WoW) Training Program and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) collaborated on a 2-day workshop.

NAIST is a Japanese national university located in Kansai Science City, a border region between Nara, Osaka, and Kyoto. Founded in 1991, NAIST consists solely of graduate schools in 3 integrated areas: information science, biological sciences, and materials science.

Visitors from NAIST – Dr. Demura’s lab:

Thursday Feb. 26, 2015

  •  9:30-11 am     Working on Walls meeting (MSL room 101) Presenters:
    • Dr. Yoshimi Nakano
    • Dr. Hitoshi Endo
    • WoW Trainee
  • 11:30 – 12:30 pm    Lunch in MSL Room 237
  • 12:30 – 1:30   Special Seminar MSL Theatre – Yuan Ruan (Wasteneys lab) “CLASP: a microtubule-based integrator of the hormone-mediated transition from cell division to elongation”
  • 2-3 pm   UBC – NAIST symposium (MSL lecture theater) Presenters:
    • Prof. Kenji Kohno
    • Prof. Taku Demura
    • Dr. Misato Ohtani
    • Dr. Mathias Schuetz
  • 3-3:30 pm   Coffee (MSL foyer)
    • Prof. Carl Douglas
    • Prof. Hiroshi Takagi
    • Dr. Masato Miyake (overview of NAIST-UBC collaboration)
  • 5:30 pm   Dinner at The Point Grill Building 4 – 2205 Lower Mall, Marine Drive Residence

Friday February 27, 2015

  • 9-9:30 am   Coffee  (MSL room 101)
  • 9:30-12 pm   UBC – NAIST workshop (MSL room 101)
    Outstanding questions in cell wall biology
    Landmark paper(s) discussion in groups;

    • Transcription factors
    • Cellulose
    • Lignin
    • Pectin/hemicellulose (Matrix)
      What are the biggest outstanding questions?
  • 12-1:00 pm   Lunch (MSL room 101)
  • 1-2:30 pm   UBC – NAIST workshop (MSL room 101)
    • Group discussion to develop research objectives and methods needed to address outstanding questions.
  • 2:30-3 pm   Coffee (MSL room 101)
  • 3-5 pm   UBC – NAIST workshop (MSL room 101)
    • Round table discussion and sharing of research ideas developed from each group.

Saturday February 28, 2015

  • Departure of NAIST researchers

 

 last updated: March 2, 2015