Welcome to the Southeastern Regional Lipid Conference
November 7-9, 2018

Keynote Speakers

Rosalind Coleman, MD

 Dr. Coleman’s lab focuses on energy metabolism in knockout mice and in differentiated hepatocytes, myocytes, and fat cells in culture. Her studies include glucose and fatty acid use, responses to insulin, and the effects of physiological stresses like fasting, exercise, cold exposure, and high fat diets. She is particularly interested in the activation of long-chain fatty acids and their partitioning into pathways of complex lipid synthesis versus beta-oxidation. Her laboratory has also cloned and characterized novel glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferases, the first step in the synthesis on triacylglycerol and phospholipids. Her studies of mice that are deficient in lipid synthetic enzymes has shown the importance of specific isoforms in the development of hepatic steatosis and NASH, diet-induced obesity, and hormonally induced insulin  resistance. Recent studies have demonstrated that acyl-CoAs are compartmentalized within cells and that compartmentalization may depend on specific interacting protein partners. 

Hong-Gang Wang, Ph.D.

Hong-Gang (HG) Wang is Lois High Berstler Professor of Pediatrics & Pharmacology and Director of Pediatric Molecular Oncology Program at Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania. He received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and completed postdoctoral fellowship at Burnham Institute, San Diego, California. In 1998, he joined the Drug Discovery Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, as Assistant Professor, advancing to the rank of Professor, before moving to Penn State College of Medicine in 2008. Research in his laboratory aims to better understand the fundamental mechanisms that control apoptosis and autophagy. In addition, targeting of these two closely related but distinct self-destructive processes for anticancer drug discovery and development is another major interest of his research group. In the past several years, his laboratory has been actively investigating the connection of sphingolipid metabolism to autophagy, endolysosomal trafficking, and regulated cell death. Dr. Wang has been instrumental in contributing to our knowledge of apoptosis and autophagy in the context of cancer development and therapy. The body of his scientific work, encompassing a total of 147 articles, has been cited over 24,000 times with an h-index of 65. This speaks to his long-lasting and important impact on the cell biology community.

Setting the Standard

Abtract Submission

SERLC's uniqueness resides in selecting abstracts submitted by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for oral and poster presentations, making this meeting a training platform for the next generation of lipid scientists. Abstract merit scoring will be utilized for the selection of many travel awardees.

Abstract Template

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The deadline for abstract submission is
September 12, 2018.


The Southeastern Regional Lipid Conference (SERLC) is one of the largest and most established academic meetings on lipid biology research in the United States. The main themes are sphingolipids, phospholipids, and eicosanoids, their analysis by state of the art lipidomics, and their biological functions in cell signaling, cell biology and in physiological and pathophysiological processes, including metabolic and infectious diseases, immunology and cancer.


Photo Contest


The winner of the photo contest will have their accommodations covered and their picture featured on the cover of the 2018 SERLC Conference Booklet.
Please submit entries for the photo contest directly to:
Deadline to submit photos:
Oct 20, 2018 

Contact Us



CHAIR: CHAIR: Guanghu Wang, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Kentucky, Guanghu.Wang@uky.edu

CO-CHAIR: Natalia Krupenko, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, UNC at Chapel Hill, Natalia_Krupenko@unc.edu