May 11, 2017

Vanderbilt Epithelial Biology Center Symposium to be May 15

Clotilde Théry, Ph.D., research director of the Institut Curie in Paris, and Margaret Robinson, Ph.D., a professor and researcher at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research in England, will give keynote addresses May 15 at the 2017 Vanderbilt Epithelial Biology Center Symposium.

The symposium, which features six other talks by Vanderbilt graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 1220 MRB III. A poster session will be held during the lunch break.

At 10 a.m. Théry will describe her studies of small vesicles called exosomes, which are secreted by immune and tumor cells and play many roles in communication between tumors and the immune system.

At 4 p.m. Robinson will discuss her studies of coated vesicles, which transport molecules from one cell membrane compartment to another. Their formation and cargoes are determined by proteins and protein complexes called adaptors, which can be hijacked by pathogens and when mutated can cause genetic disorders.

To register and reserve lunch, visit the center’s website at or