115th ITC:
Evolutionary mitochondrial biology: molecular, biochemical, and metabolic diversity

This International Titisee Conference will focus on mitochondria. Mitochondria were a part of the earliest eukaryotes and, over billions of years, have undergone tremendous lineage-specific evolution, today exhibiting remarkable molecular, biochemical, and metabolic diversity. While animal mitochondria contain a high copy number of their circular genome, other organisms' mitochondrial genomes exhibit a wide array of physical forms, they also differ in their gene arrangements and modes of expression. Still other organisms have lost substantial portions of their mitochondrial genome, including genes encoding parts of the respiratory chain, in extreme cases dispensing with the mitochondrial genome in its entirety. Mitochondria can exhibit variant configurations of the respiratory chain, with alternative electron donors and acceptors, all designed to preserve bioenergetics and promote survival under diverse environmental conditions.

The 115th ITC brings together investigators studying mitochondria from a phylogenetically broad range of eukaryotes, with the goal of exploring the mechanistic basis and physiological consequences of their diversity.



Vamsi K. Mootha (Boston, MA, USA)
Michael W. Gray (Halifax, NS, Canada)



March 29-April 2, 2017
(Participation by invitation only)



Afasizhev, Ruslan (Boston, MA, USA)
Alfonso, Juan (Columbus, OH, USA)
Balaban, Robert S. (Bethesda, MD, USA)
Balk, Janneke (Colney, Norwich, United Kingdom)
Burger, Gertraud (Montreal, QC, Canada)
Calvo, Sarah (Boston, MA, USA)
Cardoso Pereira, Inês A. (Oeiras, Portugal)
Chouchani, Edward T. (Boston, MA, USA)
Stuart J. Ferguson (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Gabaldón Estevan, Toni (Barcelona, Spain)
Gawryluk, Ryan M. (Halifax, NS, Canada)
Hand, Steven C. (Baton Rouge, LA, USA)
Harsman, Anke (Bern, Switzerland)
Huynen, Martijn A. (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Jackman, Jane E. (Columbus, OH, USA)
Karnkowska, Anna (Warsaw, Poland)
Ke, Hangjun (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Kita, Kiyoshi (Tokyo, Japan)
Kunji, Edmund (Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Lane, Nick (London, United Kingdom)
Lang, Franz Bernd (Montréal, QB, Canada)
Lavrov, Dennis V. (Ames, IA, USA)
Lill, Roland (Marburg, Germany)
Lukeš, Julius (České Budejovice, Czech Republic)
Metcalf, William W. (Urbana, IL, USA)
Meyer, Etienne (Potsdam, Germany)
Murphy, Michael P. (Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Patel, Maulik (Nashville, TN, USA)
Rand, David M. (Providence, RI, USA)
Roger, Andrew J. (Halifax, NS, Canada)
Roth, Mark B. (Seattle, WA, USA)
Smith, David R. (London, ON, Canada)
Stairs, Courtney (Uppsala, Sweden)
Steyn, Adrie J.C. (Durban, South Africa)
Storey, Kenneth B. (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
Tachezy, Jan (Prague, Czech Republic)
Takenaka, Mizuki (Ulm, Germany)
Tarassov, Ivan (Strasbourg, France)
Tsaousis, Anastasios (Canterbury, United Kingdom)
Van der Giezen, Mark (Exeter, United Kingdom)

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116th ITC:
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Roy Kishony (Haifa, Israel)
David A. Relman (Stanford, CA, USA)


October 25-29, 2017

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