MDI Biological Laboratory

International African Turquoise Killifish Conference

  • September 11-12, 2021
  • Online
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African Turquoise Killifish, Nothobranchius furzeri, is a species of killifish native to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Harsh conditions led to extreme adaptation in this vertebrate system, including developmental diapause that can last for more than a year. This makes it an excellent system for studying the mechanisms that control adaptive responses and the interplay between environment and genetics. It also holds great promise for biomedical research by adding resolution to the interconnection between development, aging, and regeneration. The International African Turquoise Killifish Conference will explore these areas of study and will take place online on September 11 and 12, 2021.


Chi-Kuo Hu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Stony Brook University

Aric Rogers, Ph.D. Associate Professor

MDI Biological Laboratory

Participating Lab Groups

Adam Jones Laboratory Laboratory

University of Idaho

Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado Laboratory Laboratory

Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Alessandro Cellerino Laboratory Laboratory

Leibniz Institute on Aging

Anne Brunet Laboratory Laboratory

Stanford University

Bérénice Benayoun Laboratory Laboratory

University of Southern California

Christopher Englert Laboratory Laboratory

Leibniz Institute on Aging

Daniel Jarosz Laboratory Laboratory

Stanford University

Dario Valenzano laboratory Laboratory

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging

Hideaki Matsui Laboratory Laboratory

Brain Research Institute, Niigata University

Itamar Harel Laboratory Laboratory

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Luc Brendonck Laboratory Laboratory

Ku Leuven

Martin Reichard Laboratory Laboratory

Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences

Wei Wang Laboratory Labortory

National Institute of Biological Sciences


Registration Fee is $50.00 USD, payable by credit card in our secure online system.

Some scholarship support may be available. Request for funding support is made through the registration process. No payment is due until funding award decision is communicated.


International African Turquoise Killifish Conference

September 11-12, 2021

All times listed Eastern Time

September 11:

11:00 – 11:05 AM     Welcome and introduction: Chi-Kuo Hu (Stony Brook University) & Aric Rogers (MDI Biological Laboratory)

11:05 – 11:25 AM     Hideaki Matsui (Niigata University) Age- and α-synuclein-dependent degeneration of dopamine and noradrenaline neurons in the African killifish Nothobranchius furzeri

11:25 – 11:45 AM     Yumi Kim (Institute for Basic Science) Ribosome dynamics during aging

11:45 – 12:05 PM     Arne Lekven (University of Houston) African killifish and zebrafish as comparative models for Wnt regulation of axis patterning

12:05 – 12:45 PM    Alessandro Ori (Leibniz Institute on Aging) Using killifish and integrated omics to study the aging brain

Break 12:45 – 1:15 PM

1:15 – 1:35 PM         Berenice Benayoun (University of Southern California) Navigating the transposable element landscape of the African turquoise killifish

1:35 – 1:55 PM         Bryan Teefy (University of Southern California) Small RNA dynamics in the aging killifish reproductive system

1:55 – 2:15 PM         Jingxun Chen (Stanford University) Molecular insights into vertebrate reproductive aging from African killifish

2:15 – 2:35 PM         Andrew McKay (Genentech) An automated feeding system for the African killifish

2:35 – 3:15 PM         Daniel Jarosz (Stanford University) Quality control and aggregation in the aging proteome

3:15 – 4:00 PM         Day’s wrap up, community discussion, and social hour


September 12:

11:00 – 11:05 AM     Introduction to day 2: Chi-Kuo Hu & Aric Rogers 

11:05 – 11:25 AM     Wei Wang (National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing) Regeneration enhancers and the evolution of regenerative capacities

11:25 – 11:45 AM     Luc Brendonck (University of Leuven) African killifish: vertebrate model with invertebrate life history

11:45 – 12:05 PM     Param Singh (Stanford University) Evolution of diapause in the African turquoise killifish by remodeling ancient gene regulatory landscape

12:05 – 12:45 PM    Dario Valenzano (Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging) African killifish shed light on evolution and modulation of vertebrate lifespan

Break 12:45 – 1:15 PM

1:15 – 1:35 PM         Sara Bagnoli (Scuola Normale Superiore / Leibniz Institute on Aging) Aging is associated with a degeneration of noradrenergic-, but not dopaminergic-neurons, in Nothobranchius furzeri

1:35 – 1:55 PM         Bernadette Johnson (University of Idaho) Nothobranchius furzeri as an emerging model for mate choice: female choice revealed by animations

1:55 – 2:15 PM         Itamar Harel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) AMP biosynthesis regulates vertebrate lifespan in a sex-specific manner

2:15 – 2:35 PM         Augusto Ortega Granillo (Stowers Institute for Medical Research) Positional information modulates regeneration progression in vertebrates

2:35 – 3:15 PM         Martin Reichard (Czech Academy of Sciences) Evolutionary ecology of the turquoise killifish: insights from wild and wild-derived populations

3:15 – 4:00 PM      Day’s wrap up, community discussion, and social hour