The Dynamic DNA Structures in Biology Conference

June 26–30, 2022
Nova Scotia, Canada


June 26-30, 2022

Launched in 2008, this FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) brings together a research community interested in understanding how non-canonical DNA structures impact health and disease.

Attendees comprise researchers focused on the biochemistry and genetics of major genome transactions, nucleic acid chemistry, genomic architecture, and genomic instability in health and disease. Additionally, this conference is of interest to professionals in the pharmaceutical and gene editing industries due to the well-recognized roles of dynamic DNA structures in promoting human disease.

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Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: May 26, 2022
Early Registration Deadline: May 26, 2022
Housing Deadline: June 3, 2022
Cancellation Deadline: June 5, 2022
Registration Closing Deadline: June 22, 2022


The conference's main themes are: 1) Explore the formation, resolution, properties, and consequences of dynamic DNA structures; 2) Define novel mechanisms that promote the formation and resolution of dynamic structures within the genome; 3) Examine emerging research technologies as therapies for repeat expansion diseases.

Conference sessions will present the latest research findings and promote active discussion on:
  • Exploring Expandable Repeats and Human Disease
  • Understanding RNA-mediated Genome Instability
  • Mechanisms of Structure-induced Genome Instability
  • Examining Dynamics at Stalled Replication Forks
  • Exploring G Quadruplexes and Telomeres
  • Application of Gene Editing Technologies to Repeat Expansion Diseases
  • Single Molecule Analysis of Replication and Repair Structures
  • Insights into Chromosome Rearrangements/Fragility

The conference covers eight platform sessions and two poster sessions. It includes a “Meet the Experts” session for trainees and junior faculty to receive career and scientific advice, and a Career Development Workshop, "Transitioning to Independence."

View the preliminary agenda.

Keynote Lecture

There will be two keynote lectures: Susan Lovett, PhD (Brandeis University) and Tom Petes, PhD (Duke University).



Lorraine Symington, PhD

Professor, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY



Karen Usdin, PhD

Section Chief, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD

Kirill Lobachev, PhD

Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Poster Information

For in-person posters used during the poster session, the Poster board size is 4 feet tall (122 cm) and 8 feet wide (243 cm) so the size of the poster itself needs to be less than that. More instructions will be provided in an email one week prior to the event. 

Registration Fees

Early registration is available until May 26, 2022
Students: $1119 
Invited Speakers: $1269 

Regular registration fees start on May 27, 2022
Students: $1269 
Invited Speakers: $1269 

Reimbursement allocations are up to the organizers of each conference and depend on external funding availability, and therefore are not guaranteed. If you would like to be considered for partial reimbursement, please complete this form. If you are selected to receive any reimbursements for your registration and/or travel, you will be contacted via email with further instructions. Please note that this process will take several weeks after the conference occurs. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this process.

Travel and Lodging

Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre - 36 Treasure Drive Western Shore, Nova Scotia B0J 3M0, Canada

Single/double $140 CAD/night (exclusive of taxes/fees). The cutoff date is June 3, 2022. The conference registration fee does not include lodging. Please book your lodging through either option below: 
Online or by phone at 1(800) 565-5075 - Choose “GROUP ID 2713” for the discounted rate either online or on the phone. 

Lodging reservations should only be made using the options above. Any solicitation by third-party lodging companies is not endorsed by FASEB. 

Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) (56 miles / 88.6 km from hotel)

The airport provides information on ground transportation options here.

To request a rideshare with other participants click here. Please note that participation is completely voluntary and the responsibility of the individual. FASEB will not be matching or assigning rides. FASEB is not responsible for any liability or financial obligation that may arise from voluntary matching made using rideshare options.

Great rates: Enjoy specially negotiated rates which may also be honored for extended stays based on availability. 
Be in the center of activity: Enjoy quick and easy access to all conference functions and networking opportunities.
Additional protection: FASEB may be able to assist you with any issues that arise with the hotel.

For those traveling to Canada, there are specific travel requirements that must be followed and adhered to. These topics inlcude vaccination information, items needed at the border, testing, and ArriveCan. Travellers should visit this page for pertinent information.


Travel Awards

Thanks to generous support from the National Science Foundation, we are offering several travel scholarships of up to $500 to trainees or eligible young investigators who are presenting a talk and/or a poster at the meeting. Trainees/investigators from under-represented groups and/or with financial need are particularly encouraged to apply. Click here to learn more.

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Platinum Sponsor

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13ES031826-01 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.