EpiCypher 2021: Biological and Clinical Frontiers in Epigenetics

November 7 - 12, 2021

EpiCypher2021: Biological and Clinical Frontiers in Epigenetics

November 7 - 12, 2021

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SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZERS Mark Bedford, PhD University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Or Gozani, PhD Stanford University Brian Strahl, PhD University of North Carolina

This exciting five-day conference will offer the opportunity to interact with leading experts in the chromatin, transcription and epigenetic fields and will foster the exchange of scientific ideas between meeting participants in a relaxing and casual environment. The meeting will blend talks from invited speakers from academics and industry and many talks from submitted abstracts. Join us at the beautiful luxury oceanfront Meliá Paradisus Playa del Carmen all-inclusive resort in the Mayan Riviera of Mexico.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Kristian Helin, PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Steven Henikoff, PhD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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This year’s conference will be held at the luxury all-inclusive Meliá Paradisus Playa del Carmen resort. Registration fees include five nights of lodging, food and drink, and all conference materials.

GUESTS Adult and children guests are encouraged and welcome! Guests will receive accommodation for the duration of the conference and all-inclusive plan benefits for a special reduced rate. Maximum 1 adult guest per paid conference attendee. Maximum room occupancy 2 adults and 2 children.

EpiCypher2021: Biological and Clinical Frontiers in Epigenetics

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This meeting brings together academic and industry scientists to discuss the latest findings in the field. Talks will cover a broad range of epigenetics and chromatin biology topics, ranging from basic molecular mechanisms to therapeutic efforts. In addition, there will be discussions around the elucidation of novel mechanisms, new tools, and other breaking topics in epigenetics and chromatin research.

Many talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

More details will be posted in 2021


Abstracts can be submitted at the time of registration for the conference. All abstract submissions are welcomed to present a poster. You may also designate if would like to be considered for a talk.


Many talks will be chosen from the submitted abstracts across all career levels (from graduate students and postdocs to new and established investigators).

Keynote Speakers

Kristian Helin, Ph.D.

Dr. Helin’s laboratory studies the function of epigenetics and chromatin structure in diverse cellular processes, and how changes to these pathways influence the development of human diseases.

The Helin lab has made seminal contributions to our understanding of chromatin associated proteins and modifying complexes in transcription, cellular differentiation, and development. The overarching goal of his work is to leverage chromatin biology to reveal novel targets for therapeutic development.

Steven Henikoff, Ph.D.

Dr. Henikoff’s laboratory is focused on understanding the role of chromatin architecture in regulating gene expression. His work has provided fundamental insight toward the complex mechanisms underlying epigenetic processes, and how chromatin interacts with various proteins to control transcription.

As part of this work, Dr. Henikoff has also developed multiple high-impact chromatin profiling and genomics tools, many of which have become an invaluable resource in molecular biology.


Currency: Mexican Peso Mexico Tourism Page: Link

Visa / Passport Requirements: Travelers to Mexico are required to have a valid passport. Mexico does not require a visa for travel of citizens from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Japan or the European Schengen Agreement countires. Citizens from other countries may require travel visas. You will be expected to briefly present your passport upon arrival to the airport as well as at the resort.


Cancun International Airport (CUN) is the closest airport to the Meliá Paradisus Playa del Carmen Resort.

Travel Awards: Several travel awards of $500 will be available. You will need to be registered for the conference and be a student or postdoc to qualify.


Meliá Paradisus Playa del Carmen Link 5 Avenida, Playa del Carmen Playa del Carmen, Mexico 77710 Click here to view on Google Maps Toll Free: +1-855-238-2319 or (52) 984 877 3900 Email: paradisus.playadelcarmen@melia.com

Meliá Paradisus Playa del Carmen is an all-inclusive luxury resort located right on the Caribbean Sea in Mexico's Mayan Riviera. The resort consists of two hotels that share amenities (restaurants, bars, etc). La Perla is a luxurious adults-only area of the resort, while La Esmeralda is the exciting family-friendly section.

Weather On any given day during November along the Mayan Riviera, you can expect early morning temperatures to be around 73° F (23° C). Temperatures in Playa del Carmen typically rise during the day, to an average of 85° F (30° C) in the early afternoon. By early evening, temperatures generally decline to around 75° F (24° C). In November, the chance of rain is around 15%.

Guest Information We offer and encourage you to bring guests to enjoy this resort with you! Guests enjoy the same amenities provided to conference attendees. Maximum 1 adult guest per paid conference attendee. Maximum room occupancy 2 adults and 2 children. See registration page for guest rates. Guest rates will be announced when registration opens.

Amenities In addition to five nights lodging, all meals, drinks, and conference materials are included in the registration price. Attendees will have access to all amenities the property offers, including:

  • A special cocktail reception
  • 24 hour room service (including drinks)
  • Unlimited dining
  • All drinks at the multiple on-site bars and the in-room mini-bar

Meliá Paradisus Playa del Carmen offers different dining spaces so you can enjoy a true culinary experience during your stay in the Mayan Riviera. The property boasts more than twenty restaurants and bars, featuring a range of Caribbean, Latin American Creole and Italian cuisines.

See the hotel web page (Link) for a complete description, a list of amenities, as well as more images of this beautiful property.

Reserve Your Spot(s)

We hope you'll join us! Spots are limited. Payment is not necessary at this time. We will contact you with more details in the future. Thanks!