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Webinar: Live Cell Imaging

Cell-Cell Interactions

Cells communicate and interact with one another to transmit signals and initiate reactions that facilitate coordinated events. These interactions are critical in almost every aspect of physiology, from transmitting neuronal signals that allow us to sense hot and cold to initiating immune responses that fight against infection.

Recent advances in live-cell imaging have allowed us to view these cell-cell interactions in real time and broadened our understanding and appreciation for the complexity of this cross-talk between cells.

In this exciting webinar organized by Cell Press and sponsored by Leica Microsystems, you will hear from renowned scientists who use live-cell imaging to study not only how cell-cell communication facilitates neuronal and immune cell interactions, but also how these modes of communication can be altered in the context of infection to promote pathogen transmission.  


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Who should attend?

This web-based seminar is designed for a broad audience. Are you a researcher in the fields of cell or developmental biology? Or are you just interested in learning more about how cells communicate and interact with one another? This web-based seminar is for you.


Jeff Lichtman, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Dr. Jeff Lichtman is a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. He is interested in the mechanisms that underlie synaptic competition between neurons that innervate the same target cell. Such competitive interactions are responsible for sharpening the patterns of neural connections during development and may also be important in learning and memory formation. His laboratory studies synaptic competition by visualizing synaptic rearrangements directly in living animals using modern optical imaging techniques.


Quentin Sattentau

Professor of Immunology, University of Oxford

Dr. Quentin Sattentau is a Professor of Immunology at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford. He uses live and fixed cell imaging techniques to investigate the molecular cell biology of HIV-1 interactions with its target cells. His laboratory previously showed that HIV-1 induces a "virological synapse" in T cells to promote cell-cell spread of the virus and is currently investigating the interactions between HIV-1-infected T cells and macrophages.



  • Kara Lassen, Scientific Editor, Cell
  • Ella Hinson, Scientific Editor, Cell Host & Microbe