EpiCypher 2021: Biological and Clinical Frontiers in Epigenetics

November 7 - 12, 2021 • Opal Sands Resort • Clearwater Beach, FL

EpiCypher 2021: Biological and Clinical Frontiers in Epigenetics

November 7 - 12, 2021 • Opal Sands Resort • Clearwater Beach, FL


Register for EpiCypher 2021


Kristian Helin, PhD The Institute of Cancer Research, London
Steven Henikoff, PhD Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Mark Bedford, PhD University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Or Gozani, MD 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 and epigenetics 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 luxury oceanfront Opal Sands Resort in beautiful Clearwater Beach, Florida.

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Early registration is available until September 15, 2021.

Early Registration - Single Occupancy *: $2,600

Early Registration - Double Occupancy **: $1,650

Late Registration is available until October 15, 2021.

EpiCypher 2021: Biological and Clinical Frontiers in Epigenetics will be held at the luxury Opal Sands Resort. Registration fee includes five nights of luxury beachfront lodging, breakfast each day, dinners and poster session receptions throughout the conference, opening night and closing night receptions, conference fees and all conference materials.

* Single Occupancy: private room for a single conference attendee.
** Double Occupancy: room with two beds shared by two people. Roommates can be specified upon registration, or assigned by the conference organizers prior to the conference.

GUESTS Adult and children guests are encouraged and welcome!
Please contact us at EpiCypher 2021@epicypher.com for additional information.



EpiCypher 2021: Biological and Clinical Frontiers in Epigenetics 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 later in the year when the program is complete.



Abstracts can be submitted at the time of registration for the conference. All conference attendees submitting an abstract are encouraged to present a poster. You may also designate if would like to be considered for a short talk. If you have already registered, you may submit an abstract up until the abstract submission deadline (October 15, 2021) by emailing it to EpiCypher 2021@epicypher.com.


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.

Confirmed Speaker List

Scott Armstrong Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Sung Hee Baek Seoul National University
Brad Bernstein Harvard Medical School
Emily Bernstein Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Peter Brown University of Toronto
Xiaodong Cheng MD Anderson Cancer Center
Ernesto Guccione Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Nada Jabado McGill University
Steve Jacobsen University of California, Los Angeles (HHMI)
Jian Jin Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Peter Jones Van Andel Research Institute
Steve Josefowicz Weill Cornell Medical School
Cigall Kadoch Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Neil Kelleher Northwestern University
Bob Kingston MGH / Harvard Medical School
Ryan Kruger Foghorn Therapeutics
Tatiana Kutateladze University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Chao Lu Columbia University
Hiten Madhani University of California, San Francisco
Karen Maegley Pfizer
Michael McCabe GSK
Ari Melnick Weill Cornell Medical School
Danesh Moazed Harvard Medical School (HHMI)
Catherine Musselman University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Bing Ren  University of California, San Diego
Roland Schüle Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Xiaobing Shi Van Andel Research Institute
Yang Shi Oxford University
Jikui Song University of California, Riverside
Marc Timmers Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Patrick Trojer Constellation Pharmaceuticals
Jessica Tyler Weill Cornell Medical School
Ben Tu University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Greg Wang University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Hong Wen Van Andel Research Institute
Jerry Workman Stowers Institute for Medical Research



EpiCypher 2021: Biological and Clinical Frontiers in Epigenetics will be held at Opal Sands Resort, a luxury oceanfront hotel on beautiful Clearwater Beach, Florida.
430 South Gulfview Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL
Phone: 727-450-0380

Some attendees will be staying at the nearby Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach, also an oceanfront luxury resort, about a four minute walk from the Opal Sands.
301 S Gulfview Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Phone: 727-373-1234

If you have a preference for the Hyatt Regency, please let us know upon registration by contacting us at EpiCypher 2021@epicypher.com

Arrival by Air:
Clearwater Beach is served by two nearby commercial airports: Tampa International Airport (TPA), which is around 40 minutes from Opal Sands, and St. Pete - Clearwater Interational Airport (PIE), which is approximately 30 minutes from Opal Sands. TPA is larger and has more airline and flight options. Uber, Lyft and taxi service are the best options for travel from either airport to Clearwater Beach.

Arrival By Car:
If you are driving your personal vehicle to EpiCypher 2021, Parking at Opal Sands has been discounted to $15 per night (payable directly to the hotel) for the duration of the conference.


On any given day during November along the West Coast of Florida, you can expect early morning temperatures to be near 60° F (16° C). Temperatures in Clearwater Beach typically rise during the day, to an average of 75° F (24° C) in the early afternoon. The water in the Gulf of Mexico near Clearwater Beach averages 72° F (22° C) in November, and the chance of rain is approximately 15%.

Both the Opal Sands and the Hyatt Regency are full service, 4-star oceanfront luxury resorts. Service at each hotel is exceptional and the amenities include: multiple restaurants and bars on site, outdoor pool, room service, fitness center, spa, laundry service and Wi-Fi internet. Please refer to the website for each venue for specific details.

Extended Stay:
If you would like to extend your stay at the either the Opal Sands or the Hyatt, the group room rate is available to conference attendees two days prior to and two days following the conference. Please contact the hotel directly via email or at the at phone number listed above (by phone, ask for "Reservations Desk") and tell them that you are attending EpiCypher 2021.

Last updated: 06/02/2021