Conferences and Lab Guests


Prof. Vierling, Dr. Patrick Treffon,  Yadwinder Kuar and Fabian Suri-Payer will be presenting at the ASBMB meeting in Philadelphia, April 2-5.  Prof. Vierling organized mini-symposium sessions and a spotlight session.

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology selected Yadwinder and Fabian to receive a 2022 Student Chapter Travel Award to attend the ASBMB annual meeting.


Dr. Patrick Treffon went to the Plant Biology 2019, ASPB Meeting, San Jose, CA, from August 3-7, 2019. His takl was entitled: Regulation of S-Nitrosation of Arabidopsis S-Nitrosoglutathione Reductase (GSNOR) by Thioredoxins and its Implications in Nitric Oxide Homeostasis

Prof. Vierling attends the Acclimation & Chloroplast Biology from Genes to Systems, August 4-8, outside of Munich, Germany.

Prof. Vierling attends the Plant Oxygen Group Conference, July 10-12 – Munich, Germany.

Dr. Patrick Treffon went to the MaxQuant Workshop in Madison, Wisconsin, 07- 24-26- 2019

Plants of the Future meeting at New York University- June.

  • Tianxiang Liu Presentation Title: “Mitochondrial ATP Synthase Subunit d is Essential for Normal Growth and Stress Tolerance in Arabidopsis

Dr. Minsoo Kim spoke at the 2019 Interdisciplinary Plant Group Symposium on Plant Signaling in Biotic and Abiotic Stress. The conference will be held at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.


Dr. Patrick Treffon travels to China to visits Dr. Shengbao Xu, Associate professor in Northwest A&F University of China and Dr. Huiru Peng, Professor, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.

Dr. Patrick Treffon attends the 7th Plant Nitric Oxide International Meeting in Nice, France in October.

Tienxiang Liu joins the lab as a guest scientist from China.

Prof. Vierling attends the 3rd Annual CSSI sponsored Workshop on Small Hsps, Quebec August 26-28.

Prof. Vierling attends the VISCEA II 2018 outside of Florence, Italy in July.

Dr. Minsoo Kim presents, “mTERF18/SHOT1 protein is involved in mitochondrial nucleoid organization by binding to mitochondrial DNA and ATAD3 proteins in Arabidopsis”, Gordon Research Conference in Italy- July

Prof. Vierling works at Oxford University in England from June 10- July 3rd.

Prof. Vierling spends part of her sabbatical in Australia February – April.

Dr. Patrick Treffon attends the NE ASPB Meeting, UMass in April.

Dr. Minsoo Kim presents, “mTERF18/SHOT1 protein is involved in mitochondrial nucleoid organization by binding to mitochondrial DNA and ATAD3 proteins in Arabidopsis” at the NEASPB meeting at UMass Amherst- April.


Prof. Vierling attends the Plant Oxygen Group meeting in Turkey, September 10-13.  POG program2017-9-10

Amherst Regional Middle School Teacher Elliott Kelly works in the Vierling Lab for six weeks this summer learning about Microscopy and techniques he can take back to the middle school.

Prof. Vierling, Minsoo Kim and Patrick Treffon attend International Conference on Arabidopsis Research, St. Louis, June 19-23.

Dr. Patrick Treffon attends the Plantae Conference, New Haven, April 22-23.


Prof. Vierling attends the Gregor Mendel Institute Seminar and GMI’s 15th Anniversary, November 29- Dec.4th.

Prof. Vierling attends the Second International Workshop on The small HSP World, CEUB, Centro Residenziale Universitario di Bertinoro, Italy, October 12-15, 2016

Prof. Vierling attends the 6th Plant Nitric Oxide International Meeting, Granada Spain, September 13- 17.

Prof. Vierling attends the Translational Control Meeting at cold Spring Harbor, NY from September 6-10.

Prof. Vierling and Dr. Kim attend the Gordon Research Conference, Dover, VT, June 19-23.

Prof. Vierling speaks at the UGA Plant Center 30th Anniversary Joe L. Key Symposium, Atlanta, May 11-12.


Prof. Vierling speaks at the New England Vegetable and Berry Conference, December 2015.

Prof. Vierling visits Braunschweig, Germany to see a cell culture lab and Vienna for a Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology GmbH Scientific Advisory Board Meeting, November.

Prof. Vierling presents: “Dissecting mechanisms of heat stress tolerance,” Instituto de Biotechnologia – UNAM, Cuernavaca, Mexico.  October 12, 2015.

Fionn McLoughlin – PhD, presented, Different classes of chaperones coordinate protein refolding and degradation at Plant Biology 2015, July 26-30.

Damian Guerra – PhD, presented S-nitrosylation of conserved cysteine residues modulates activity and stability of S-nitrosoglutathione reductase (GSNOR) at the Proteins 2015 Gordon Research Conference, June 14th-19th 2015 in Holderness, NH.

Prof. Vierling presents: Surviving Proteotoxic and Redox Stress at High Temperatures, IPG Symposium, University of Missouri, May 27-29, 2015.

Prof. Vierling travels to Germany to visit Kristina Kühn’s lab at Humboldt University of Berlin University and then on to Warclaw, Poland for the 9th International conference for Plant Mitochondrial Biology, May 15 – 24, 2015.

Mary Fowler- Undergraduate, presents Defining HSP101 function in plant heat stress tolerance at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference, April 21, 2015.

Prof. Vierling attends the NEASPB Conference at Northeastern University, April 11 and 12, 2015.

Prof. Vierling travels to the University of Oxford to meet with Justin Benesch and Italy for the SPOT – ITN conference, March 2015.

Minsoo Kim PhD- Worked on measuring translation efficiency and oxygen consumption of mitochondria isolated from Arabidopsis in Kristina Kühn’s lab at Humboldt University of Berlin.


Tereza Ticha – Department of Biochemistry, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, nitric oxide in plants – December.
Justin Benesch visits, September 30 – October1.
Prof. Vierling travels to China and Australia, September 12-29.
Nathen Bopp attends The 9th European Workshop on the Molecular Biology of Cyanobacteria, Netherlands, September 7-11.
Kieth Ballard attends The 28th Annual Symposium of the Protein Society, California, July 27 – 30.
Angela Blais attends the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research 2014, Vancouver Canada, July 27 – August 1.
Damian Guerra attends the 5th Plant Nitric Oxide Club Meeting, Munich, Germany, July 24-25.

Damian Guerra visits the Laboratory of Wolfram Weckwerth at the University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, July 27-30.
Indu Santhanagopalan attends FASEB: Protein folding in the cell, Vermont Academy, Saxtons River, VT July 20 – 25.
Visiting Research Scientists Eman Basha works in the lab from June 24 until July 25.
Members of the Vierling lab attend BMB/BMP Retreat at UMASS Worcester, Friday, June 13th.
The Vierling Lab hosts Sara Suzuki from Johns Hopkins- through the ICE REU summer program, beginning June 2.
Professor Vierling reviewed departmental program at Virginia Tech, April 5.
Professor Vierling gives guest lecture at the University of Maryland, May 7.
Professor Vierling and Prof. Alejandra Covarrubias attend the NEA SPB Conference, March 29 -30.
Professor Vierling participates in a seminar series at the University of Florida, March 17-19.
Professor Alejandra Covarrubbias-Robles (Biotechnology Institute of the National University of Mexico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)  arrives to work in the Vierling Lab from March – August.
Professor Vierling co-advisor for student at the University of Pittsburgh, February 22-24.


Professor Vierling attends EMBO Meeting, November 19- 24, 2013, Vienna.
Professor Vierling attends the SPOT-ITN Meeting, November 2-9, 2013, Amsterdam.

Professor Vierling and Liyan Zhang attends Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation in Plants – A satellite meeting of Plant Biology 2013, Providence, RI, July 25, 2013.

Yichen Zhang, Keith Ballard, Indu Gopalan and Nathan Bopp attend the 27th Annual Symposium of the Protein Society, July 20 – 23.  Indu presents: ROLE OF OLIGOMERIC STATUS IN THE MECHANISM OF SMALL HEAT SHOCK PROTEINS

Professor Vierling and Liyuan Zhang attends the American Society of Plant Biologists Conference, Providence RI, July 20 – 24, 2013.  Presents:”Mutation of eIF5B results in loss of thermotolerance in Arabidopsis”.

Professor Vierling attends the International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnology, Taipei, May 22- 27, 2013.

Indu Gopalan and Prof. Vierling attend the EMBO conference “The biology of molecular chaperones: From molecules, organelles and cells to misfolding diseases”, Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy, May 17 – 22, 2013.

Damian Guerra, Yichen Zhang and Liyuan Zhang attend “Emerging Technologies in Proteomics”, Proteomics and Mass Spectromy Facility, UMass Medical School, Shrewsbury, MA, April 24, 2013.

Dr. Vierling, Fionn McLoughlin, Damian Guerra, Liyuan Zhang and Stephanie Craig attend: “Translating Fundamental Research into Crop Improvements” The 77th Annual Meeting of the Northeast Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists – Universtiy of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts on Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21, 2013.  Liyuan will  present a poster.  The abstract title is “Mutation of eIF5B results in loss of thermotolerance in Arabidopsis”

Dr. Elizabeth Vierling visited the University of Pennsylvania March 28, 2013.  Presented: “Capturing denaturing proteins:small heat shock protein structure and activity”.

Dr. Elizabeth Vierling attended the SPOT ITN Conference January 26 – 30, Frankfurt, Germany.  Presented: “Plant molecular chaperones and heat stress response”.


Professor Vierling spoke at the University of Toronto, Toronto, March 21 – 24. Presented:
Defining the mode of substrate interaction with sHSPs and University of Toronto, Scarborough: Chaperones and stress tolerance in plants

Dr. Elizabeth Vierling attended Molecular Chaperones and Stress Responses , Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, May 1 – 5. Presented: Substrate recognition by the small HSP chaperones

Dr. Elizabeth Vierling attended the International Temperature Symposium, Earl S. Tupper Research and Conference Center, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Republic of Panama Panama, May 30- May 31. Presented: Molecular Basis of High Temperature Tolerance: Molecular chaperones are part of the story

Dr. Huiru Peng attended Plant Biology 2012, Austin TX, July 20-24. Presented: Mutation os eIF5B results in loss of thermotolerance in Arabidopsis

Dr. Kerstin Petersen attended the Gordon Conference- Mitochondria & Chloroplasts. July 29 – August 3, 2012 Bryant University, Smithfield, RI. Presented work on Chloroplast ClpB.

Keith Ballard attended FASEB Protein Folding in the Cell, July 29-August 3 Saxtons River, Vermont. Presented: Small Heat Shock Protein-Substrate Binding Sites Identified by Cross-Linking and Mass Spectrometry

Yichen Zhang and Indu Gopalan attended Protein-Folding Diseases: Models & Mechanisms, The Broad Institute, in Cambridge, MA, organized by Susan Lindquist (MIT) and Vivian Siegel (The Broad Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of Disease Models & Mechanisms), September 14, 2012.

Hosted Ian Buell from NanaoString Technologies, September 19, 2012.

Lab attended UMASS Symposium on Cellular Complexity, Ocotober 23, 2012.

Professor Vierling attends the International Plant Molecular Biology Congress, Jeju, Korea, October 19- 27, 2012.

Professor Vierling attends the SPOT-ITN Meeting, November 24-28, 2012, Jerusalem.

Professor Vierling attends the GMI Scientific Advisory Board Meeting, November 28- December 2, 2012, Vienna.