54th Annual


March 15-18, 2021

NW Developmental Biology Meeting

The 54th NW Developmental Biology Meeting will be held virtually on March 15-18, 2021.

Registration is  open!  Deadline March 8.

Abstract Submission is now closed.

Invited Speakers:

Keynote:      Geraldine Seydoux, Johns Hopkins/HHMI
Education:   Elly Vandegrift, University of Oregon

Plenary:        Celina Juliano, UC Davis

                     Jeff Rasmussen, University of Washington

                     Blake Riggs, San Francisco State University

                     Verónica Di Stilio, University of Washington

                     Kelly Monk, OHSU

                     Dan Grimes, University of Oregon

Organizers: Kryn Stankunas, University of Oregon

                    Clemens Cabernard, University of Washington

Preliminary Program

Monday March 15

     9:15      Celina Juliano
     9:45      Break
     9:50      Short Talks
   10:50      Break
   11:00      Interactive Posters I
   12:00      DEI Workshop: Brian Buchwitz
   12:40      Break
   12:45      Arthur Whitely Lecture:  Geraldine Seydoux

Tuesday March 16

     9:15      Veronica Di Stilio
     9:45      Break
     9:50      Short Talks
   10:50      Break
   11:00      Interactive Posters II
   12:00      Concurrent Workshops:
                      Publication Strategies
                      Machine Learning Image Analysis
   12:40      Break
   12:45      Short Talks
     1:30      Education Seminar: Elly Vandegrift

Wednesday March 17

     9:15      Blake Riggs
     9:45      Break
     9:50      Short Talks
   10:50      Break
   11:00      Interactive Posters III
   12:00      Education workshop: Erica Crespi
   12:40      Break
   12:45      Short Talks
     1:30     Jeff Rasmussen

Thursday March 18

     9:15      Kelly Monk
     9:45      Break
     9:50      Short Talks
   10:50      Break
   11:00      Interactive Posters IV
   12:00      Imaging Workshops
   12:40      Break
   12:45      Short Talks
     1:30      Dan Grimes



Registration Deadline: March 8.

Abstract Deadline: February 23

You must also register separately if you submit an abstract

Registration SDB Member

Faculty                    $25

Postdoc/Scientist   $10

Grad Student          $5

Undergrad              $0

Registration Non-member

Faculty                    $35

Postdoc/Scientist   $20

Grad Student          $15

Undergrad               $5

Housing SDB Member

Faculty                    $280

Postdoc/Scientist   $135

Grad Student          $80

Undergrad               $70

Housing Non-member

Faculty                   $330

Postdoc/Scientist  $160

Grad Student         $110

Undergrad              $75

The Society for Developmental Biology subsidizes the meeting and registration fees are scaled to benefit members of the SDB. SDB membership renewals are processed automatically. New membership applications require at least two weeks to process, however, applicants may use their provisional SDB member ID found in their confirmation email to submit an abstract and register. You must be a member of SDB to be considered for Talk and Poster Prizes.

Research scientists and techs should register as postdoc/scientist.

Off Site Housing

Friday Harbor Suites

Discount Rates: call 360-378-3031 and mention NWDB

Queen Studio: $127.50
King Deluxe Studio: $136
Queen Suite: $144.50

Double Queen Suite: $161.50

King Suite: $153.00

Two Bedroom Suite: $195.50


Getting to Friday Harbor Laboratories

By Car and Ferry to Friday Harbor

Most attendees travel to the FHL by car and ferry.  All ferry service leaves from Anacortes, Washington, approximately 17 miles/ 27 km west of Interstate 5. Driving time from Seattle to Anacortes (80 miles) is about 90 minutes and from Vancouver to Anacortes (150 km) is about two hours.  Ferry spots are limited, so reservations are recommended.


Parking is available at the Anacortes ferry terminal, and many attendees leave their vehicles and walk on the ferry. If you choose this option, plan to arrive about 30 minutes early. The distance from town to the FHL is ~ 1.5 miles and walkable (20 min).

WA State Ferry Schedule

Ferry Reservations

From SeaTac Airport in Seattle to Friday Harbor

Kenmore Airlines offers flights from Boeing Field or Lake Union near downtown Seattle, to the Friday Harbor Airport or Marina for about $330 round trip. For those with flights arriving at Seattle's SeaTac airport, Kenmore Air has a ground transportation option to connect with their flights.

Presentation Information

Talks are 12 minutes with 3 minutes for questions.  
Posters will be presented virtually in Remo. More information and instructions will be provided after poster presenters have been selected. 
To be considered for talk or poster prizes you must be a member of SDB!