This year's keynote speakers are Columbia University professors of biological sciences Marty Chalfie and Tulle Hazelrigg.
Marty Chalfie was the co-recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP. His lab uses the nematode C. elegans to investigate aspects of nerve cell development and function. He has published over 100 papers of which at least 25 have over 100 citations. In addition to the Nobel Prize, he received the E. B. Wilson Medal in 2008 and the Golden Goose Award in 2012. Chalfie received his undergraduate degree and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Harvard University.
Tulle Hazelrigg's lab addresses questions about the propagation and differential of germ cells using Drosophilia. Hazelrigg made her own contribution to GFP research: she was among the first to attach GFP to other proteins, allowing scientists to watch where individual proteins go within a cell. She is married to Marty Chalfie.