Welcome to WntTalks

Welcome to WntTalks


Following the cancellation of the 2021 Wnt GRC meeting, we felt that it was important to get the Wnt community together and provide a platform for trainees and Wnt researchers to present their work.

The plan is to have online Zoom talks, for an initial series of ~6 bi-weekly sessions, starting on April 8, 2021 (see schedule below). If you are interested in giving a talk please submit your title and abstract to wnttalks@gmail.com.

The setup is similar in philosophy to the early Wnt meetings – prioritizing trainees and early career scientists presenting their work. There will be two talks per session, each talk allotted a total of 30 minutes (20 min talk and 10 min discussion).

Importantly, to accommodate the international nature of the community, each speaker will present TWICE within a 24-hour period (see schedule and time zones below). The fourth WntTalk session will be on Thursday June 3, 4PM and June 4th, 12 AM UTC (UTC time: http://www.timebie.com/std/utc.php). This allows an audience from Europe, Americas and Asia/Australia to join one or the other talk.

After the talks, participants are invited to mingle at our dedicated Wnt Talks space,


Spring Session #1 (UTC time)ZOOM LINK Session #1Spring Session #2 (UTC time)ZOOM LINK Session #2Speaker 1TitleSpeaker 2Title
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 8:00:00 AMThursday, April 8, 2021, 11:00:00 PMJia Yu, (PDF, David Virshup lab)“Structural Basis of WLS/Evi-Mediated Wnt Transport and Secretion”Kenta Kawasaki, (PDF, Toshi Sato lab)“Wnt independency and morphology of colon tumors”
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 4:00:00 PMFriday, April 23, 2021, 12:00:00 AMShreyasi Mukherjee (Graduate student, Zorn lab, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center,)SOX transcription factors direct TCF-independent Wnt/ß-catenin transcription.

Renee Conway, graduate student (Spence lab, University of Michigan)“R-SPONDIN2+ Mesenchymal Cells Form the Bud Tip Progenitor Niche During Human Lung 

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 9:00:00 AMThursday, May 6, 2021, 4:00:00 PMKarol Kaiser
Bryja lab,
Brno, Czech Republic

current position: postdoc
Doetsch lab in Basel

Title: Meis1-Wnt5a axis – The story of two choroid plexusesMartti Maimets
PDF, Jensen lab, BRIC and DanStem, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Title: Mesenchymal-epithelial crosstalk shapes regional differences in the intestine via Wnt and Shh signalling
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 8:00:00 AMThursday, May 20, 2021, 11:00:00 PMKazuhiro Murakami, Kanazawa University (Nick Barker
A Genome-Scale CRISPR screen reveals
novel factors regulating Wnt-
dependent renewal of mouse gastric
epithelial cells.
Chunhua Wan, Monash University
(Ron Firestein lab)
“TOPFLASH does not light the way – Endogenous Wnt/β-catenin reporters identify therapeutic targets for Colorectal Cancer”.
Thursday, June 3, 2021, 4:00:00 PMFriday, June 4, 2021, 12:00:00 AMMyan Do, UCSD (Karl Willert lab) “A FZD7-specific antibody-drug conjugate induces solid tumor regression in preclinical models”.Vidhya Munnamalai 
Assistant Professor, 
The Jackson Laboratory 
“Making sense from Incoherence: How the Wnt pathway segregates domains in the
cochlea through an incoherent feedforward circuit.”
Thursday, June 17, 2021, 9:00:00 AMhttps://nus-sg.zoom.us/j/87561449390?pwd=NUljbE1sbERoQzdad3JkUUxacFFBdz09Thursday, June 17, 2021, 4:00:00 PMhttps://utoronto.zoom.us/j/9650806286Tiemei Li,
Postdoctoral fellow,
Bienz Lab
Cambridge UK
A tripartite complex between Axin and GSK3β bound to the cytoplasmic tail of LRP6 in Wnt signalosomesHazel Quinn, Walter Birchmeier lab, current affiliation
Post-doctoral researcher
Brisken Laboratory
Lausanne, Switzerland
YAP and β-Catenin Cooperate to Drive Oncogenesis in Basal-like Breast Cancer

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