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Sensory Transduction in Microorganisms
Gordon Research Conference

Sensing and Signaling: From Single Molecules to Host-Microbe Interactions


January 14-19, 2018


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information


Igor Zhulin

Vice Chair:
Sean D. Crosson

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 17, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2018 STIM GRC will explore recent advances in understanding fundamental mechanisms, pathways and systems in microbial signal transduction. Focus will be placed on bacterial receptors and cognate intracellular networks that involve phosphorelays, signaling by cyclic nucleotides, reactive metabolites and quorum sensing. Topics will include gene regulation by sensory input, the assembly and regulation of motility apparatuses, chemotaxis, energy monitoring, community behavior, quorum sensing, biofilm formation, regulation of pathogenicity, and interactions with the host. These areas will be addressed through cutting-edge applications of molecular genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and chemical biology as well as structural, imaging and biophysical approaches. Emerging directions, such as the engineering of signaling networks, will be explored. Invited speakers will include both established and early-stage investigators. In addition, poster presenters will compete for short late-breaking topic talks. We will also host a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) for postdocs and graduate students to precede the GRC meeting. Participants will enjoy the Conference's open and collegial atmosphere that provides valuable opportunities to engage in scientific discussion and foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Sensory Transduction in Microorganisms" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by September 14, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Host-Microbe Interactions
    (Birgit Scharf / Peggy Cotter / Karen Ottemann / Vanessa Sperandio)
  • Sensing
    (Tino Krell / Marie Elliot / Pete Greenberg / John Helmann / Christopher Rao / Karina Xavier)
  • Small Molecule Signaling
    (Urs Jenal / Angelika Grundling / Regine Hengge / Jade Wang)
  • Two-Component Systems
    (Ann Stock / William Degrado / Eduardo Groisman / Kirsten Jung)
  • Chemoreceptors
    (Victor Sourjik / Brian Crane / Gerald Hazelbauer / Shuang-Jiang Liu / Sandy Parkinson)
  • Regulation of Motility
    (Judith Armitage / Michio Homma / Kelly Hughes / Barbara Kazmierczak / Keiichi Namba)
  • Cell Surfaces and Biofilms
    (Morgan Beeby / Lori Burrows / George O'Toole / Thomas Silhavy / Fitnat Yildiz)
  • Cell-Cell Interactions
    (Lotte Sogaard-Andersen / Rasika Harshey / John Kirby / Lee Kroos / Tam Mignot)
  • Systems, Models, Networks
    (Ariane Briegel / Thierry Emonet / Caroline Harwood / Michael Laub)
  • Power Hour
    (Ariane Briegel)
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