Abstract Submission and Poster Guidelines

All attendees are welcome to participate with poster presentations. We highly encourage participation from graduate students and post-doctoral scientists. Lead authors of the top 10 poster abstracts will be invited to present a 3-minute lightning talk describing their work. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Abstract Guidelines
All abstracts will be posted on this website for viewing prior to the Symposium. Please be advised that all accepted abstracts are considered public information and by submitting an abstract you agree to license the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to include it on the Fall Symposium website.  
Abstracts must be received by September 20, 2019 and should:
  • Relate to the subject of the symposium
  • Report results of original research or other activity of significant merit
  • Must not be simply a review or progress report but must contain useful and new information
  • Must not include references or footnotes

In order to provide a uniform look to all poster abstracts, we ask that the following guidelines be used:
  • Written in the third person
  • Submitted as a Microsoft Word Document
  • One paragraph in length
  • Body of abstract with a word count of no more than 200
  • In final form with no grammatical, typographical, or factual errors

Please format your submission per the example below by following the instruction in red:
Provide a 1.25” margin.
Use Times New Roman 12 in bold for the abstract title.
Use Times New Roman 10 for author and institution identification (use italic for institutions).
Presenting author’s name should be underlined
Proper contact email should follow author names
Use Times New Roman 12 for rest of abstract body and indent first line five spaces.
Text should be left justified
Entire abstract should be single-spaced

Resulting abstract should follow the example below:

Relative and Absolute Abundance Measurements for Phosphoproteomics Workflows
Shin-Cheng Tzeng, Matthew R. Meyer and Bradley S. Evans. Email: stzeng@danforthcenter.org 
Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry Facility, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, USA.

     Reversible phosphorylation is one of the primary mechanisms for the regulation of protein function in living organisms. Phosphorylation modulates a wide array of cellular processes including metabolism, cell growth, extracellular signaling, and apoptosis. Understanding the importance of phosphorylation in cellular regulation and protein function is a primary endeavor in life science research. The use of mass spectrometry for the identification and quantification of phosphorylation sites is an invaluable tool for elucidating the dynamics of cell signaling and behavior. To achieve in-depth phosphoproteomic analysis, enrichment for phosphopeptides using immobilized metal affinity or metal oxide affinity chromatography and fractionation of sample by strong cation exchange, hydrophilic interaction, or high pH reverse phase chromatography to reduce sample complexity are often utilized. Isobaric chemical tags, such as TMT or iTRAQ, can be used for identifying differentially expressed proteins across samples of multiple conditions or time course. With the multiplex capability of isobaric tags, currently, up to 10 samples can be combined and simultaneously quantified with high precision. Targeted method for sensitive and accurate quantification of peptide of interests in unknown samples can then be developed using stable isotope dilution mass spectrometry (SID-MS) utilizes isotope labeled peptide standards.

If you do not receive acknowledgement for your abstract submission or you wish to make any essential revisions to an abstract already submitted, please DO NOT RESUBMIT your abstract as this may lead to duplication. Please have the contact person or corresponding author email Jenny Nguyen with details of any revisions or queries.

Poster Guidelines

Posters must be printed on poster paper and should have dimensions of no more than 48” h x 42” w. You must print your poster prior to the Symposium. There are no poster printers available onsite.

Poster boards will be supplied. Space is limited so please submit abstracts early.

The Poster session will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 4:45-6:30 during the networking reception. Poster presenters are asked to be by their posters to answer questions.  

Submission Process

Email your poster abstract to Jenny Nguyen.  Be sure to indicate:

  • if you want to participate in the poster contest. You can submit more than one poster but only one poster may be in the contest. Faculty can submit posters but are not eligible for the contest. Top three winning posters will be awarded $100.00 each.
  • if you would like to be considered to participate in the lightning round presentation contest based on your abstract if selected.
  • Note: Only students and postdocs are eligible to participate. Top three winning talks will be awarded $100.00 each. Talks are 3 minutes with a two slide maximum. Talks over 3 minutes will be disqualified.

The presenting author/person who submitted the abstract and poster assumes full responsibility for the content and we assume that all co-authors are aware of this content. 

Again, if you have any questions please email Jenny Nguyen.

Click here to email your abstract as a Microsoft Document. Remember: if you would like to be part of the poster contest and/or are willing to participate in the lightning round presentation contest, please include this in the body of your email.
For questions, please contact Tam McGuire by email at tmcguire@danforthcenter.org or by phone at 314-587-1403.