The weekly DNA Dynamics Webinar Series, Social DNAing, sponsored by the Cancer Genomics and Epigenomics Program of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University, aims to provide a virtual meeting room for the genomic instability community across the world.

The series will begin on June 18th, 2020. The talks begin at noon EST (US) every Thursday via Zoom. No recording is currently available.

Organized by

Shan Zha, MD, PhD

Jean Gautier, PhD


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Upcoming Webinars

October 22, 2020

Evi Soutoglou, PhD, University of Sussex
"How to maintain the integrity of the repetitive genome"

October 29, 2020

John Diffley, PhD, Francis Crick Institute
"Stalled Replication Forks and Checkpoints"

November 5, 2020

Keith Caldecott, PhD, University of Sussex
"DNA Strand Breakage and Human Genetic Disease"

November 12, 2020

Alberto Ciccia, PhD, Columbia University
"Interrogating the DNA damage response at higher resolution"

November 19, 2020 - Rising STARS

Eunhee Choi, PhD, Columbia University
"Spindle checkpoint regulators in insulin signaling"

Alejandro Álvarez-Quilón, PhD, The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
"Endogenous DNA 3' Blocks Are Vulnerabilities for BRCA1 and BRCA2 Deficiency"

Peter Ly, PhD, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
"Mechanisms of Complex Genome Rearrangements from Cell Cycle Errors"

Additional Upcoming Webinars


December 3, 2020

Ralph Scully, PhD, Harvard Medical School
"Mechanisms of stalled fork repair in mammalian cells"

December 10, 2020

Petr Cejka, PhD, University of Lugano
"Activation of the meiotic MHL1-MLH3 nuclease for crossover formation"

December 17, 2020

Agata Smogorzewska, PhD, Rockefeller University


Past Speakers

June 18, 2020
Lorraine Symington, PhD, Columbia University
"Role of the Mre11 complex in sensing and repairing DNA damage"

June 25, 2020
Lee Zou, PhD, Harvard Medical School, MGH Cancer Center
"The ATR signaling pathway: from basic research to targeted cancer therapy"

July 2, 2020
Roger Greenberg, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
"Chromatin accessibility: a new vulnerability in homologous recombination deficient cancers"

July 9, 2020
Sue Jinks-Robertson, PhD, Duke University
"Topoisomerase and genetic instability: lessons from yeast"

July 16, 2020
Ivan Ahel, PhD, University of Oxford
"ADP-ribosylation signalling in regulation of genome stability"

July 23, 2020 - Rising STARS
Brooks Crickard, PhD, Columbia University (Recommended by Eric Greene)
"Rad54 drives ATP-hydrolysis dependent DNA sequence alignment during homologous recombination"

Nikhil Bhagwat, PhD, University of California at Davis (Recommended by Neil Hunter)
"An essential role for SUMO in meiotic DSB formation revealed by global proteomics"

Yi Yin, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (Recommended by the organizer)
"Development of a full-fledged mapping platform for mitotic crossover by single-cell multi-omics"

July 30, 2020
Taekjip Ha, PhD, Johns Hopkins University & HHMI
"Very fast CRISPR on demand"

August 6, 2020
Orlando D. Schärer, PhD, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
"Replicative and TLS Polymerases in ICL Repair"

August 13,  2020
Neil Hunter, PhD, University of California at Davis
"MutS and MutL Make out in Meiosis"

August 20, 2020
Steven Henikoff, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & HHMI
"Genome-wide mapping of protein-DNA interaction dynamics"

August 27, 2020
David Cortez, PhD,
 Vanderbilt University
"New insights into genome maintenance during replication"

September 3, 2020
Anja Groth, PhD, University of Copenhagen
"Chromatic replication and genome maintenance"

September 10, 2020 - Rising STARS

Pierre Billon, PhD, Columbia University (Recommended by Alberto Ciccia)
"Detection of Marker-Free Precision Genome Editing and Genetic Variation through the Capture of Genomic Signatures"

Aakash Basu, PhD, Johns Hopkins University (Recommended by Taekjip Ha)
"Measuring DNA mechanics on the genome scale"

Kumar Somyajit, PhD, University of Copenhagen (Recommended by Jiri Lukas)
"Hypoxia disrupts replicating genomes

September 17, 2020
Daniel Durocher, PhD, The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
"53BP1 recognition by RIF1: some answers and a new puzzle"

September 24, 2020
Wei Yang, PhD, National Institutes of Health (NIDDK)
"Programmed DSBs in initiation of V(D)J recombination"

October 1, 2020
Philippe Pasero, PhD, University of Montpellier
"Unintended Consequences of Replication Stress"

October 8, 2020
Kristijan Ramadan, PhD, University of Oxford
"DNA-protein crosslink proteolysis repair"

October 15, 2020
Karlene Cimprich, PhD, Stanford University
"The Causes and Consequences of Replication Stress"