Hydroidfest 2016 Organizers

Meeting Co-Organizers

Dr. Celina Juliano

Assistant Professor

University of California, Davis


Celina is the on-site co-organizer. Celina is using Hydra as a model to study stem cells and regeneration. You can read more about Celina and her research at juliano.faculty.ucdavis.edu

Dr. Christine Schnitzler

Assistant Professor

University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience


Christy is one of our co-organizers and will host the next meeting at Whitney labs. Christy uses evolutionary and functional genomics in Hydractinia to explore fundamental biological processes, such as stem cell-mediated regeneration, innate immunity, and cellular senescence. Read more about Christy at www.whitney.ufl.edu/christineschnitzler/

Committee Members

Dr. Robert Steele


University of California, Irvine


Rob is our wise advisor. Work in Rob's lab addresses how communication between cells is used to regulate the composition and pattern of tissues in Hydra. You can read more about Rob and his research at www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=2387

Mr. Christophe Dupre

PhD Candidate

Columbia University


Chris is our graduate student representative and meeting report writer. He is using Hydra to understand how a nervous sytem creates behavior and is using state of the art live imaging techniques to make these observations. You can read more about Chris at www.columbia.edu/cu/biology/faculty/yuste/

Dr. Juris Grasis

Post-Doctoral Fellow

San Diego State University


Juris is our post-doc representative and meeting website and social media administrator. He is using Hydra as a model for host-holobiont interactions, with a focus on viral interactions. You can read more about Juris and his research at www.jurisgrasis.com