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Microbial Population Biology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Dealing with Diversity: Microbial Evolution and Ecology in the Lab, Field, and Clinic


July 8-9, 2017


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH Site Information


Elizabeth Jerison & Julio F. Diaz Caballero

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was June 10, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Microbial Population Biology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

This meeting will focus on microbial evolution and ecology, from genome evolution to host-pathogen coevolution to ecological interactions among populations. The seminar will be held prior to the GRC on Microbial Population Biology, and will include a Q&A with senior scientists in the field from inside and outside academia.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 8, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

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


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmMicrobial Diversity
Discussion Leader: Julio Diaz Caballero (University of Toronto, Canada)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmOpening Remarks
4:00 pm - 4:10 pmJessica Lee (University of Idaho, USA)
"How a Few Individuals Can Change the World: Phenotypic Heterogeneity Allows Methylobacterium Populations to Survive Formaldehyde Stress"
4:10 pm - 4:15 pmDiscussion
4:15 pm - 4:25 pmRenan Almeida (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Identification of Pseudomonas syringae Type III Effector Sequences Associated with Adaptation to Distinct Plant Families"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThe Evolution of Communities / Microbial Population Dynamics
Discussion Leaders: Zachary Blount (BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, USA) and Sarah Hammarlund (University of Minnesota, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmLisa Bono (Yale University, USA)
"The Role of Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics in Host-Range Expansion"
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion
7:45 pm - 7:55 pmRebecca Ansorge (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany)
"Resolving Strain Variability and Transmission Modes in Natural Host-Associated Symbiont Communities"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmRobin Green (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA)
"Nutrient-Limitation Triggers Social Behavior and Catalyzes the Formation of a Simple Community in Yeast"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:25 pmGabriel Leventhal (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Microbial Interactions Drive Species Diversification Through Local Adaptations"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmAlex Nguyen Ba (Harvard University, USA)
"Long-Term Lineage Tracking in Microbial Populations"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmMrudula Sane (National Centre for Biological Sciences, India)
"Antagonistic Pleiotropy Under Genetic Drift"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmEisha Mhatre (University of Jena, Germany)
"Taking the Road Less Travelled - Effective Selection of Growth Yield Strategies in Spatially Structured Environments"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:25 pmJasmine Ono (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Evolutionary Rescue to High Concentrations of Drug Depends on Ploidy in Yeast"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amViral Evolution / Microbial Evolution in Health
Discussion Leaders: Alita Burmeister (Yale University, USA) and Manoshi Datta (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amAlison Feder (Stanford University, USA)
"Tracking Evolutionary Dynamics over Time to Uncover Hidden Population Structure in Within-Host Simian-HIV Populations"
9:10 am - 9:15 amDiscussion
9:15 am - 9:25 amSamuel Diaz-Munoz (New York University, USA)
"Viral Coinfection Is Shaped by Host Ecology and Virus-Virus Interactions Across Diverse Microbial Taxa and Environments"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:40 amJames Van Leuven (University of Idaho, USA)
"Attenuating Epistasis via Codon Deoptimization in phiX174"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 9:55 amKatherine Xue (University of Washington, USA)
"Parallel Evolution of Influenza Across Spatiotemporal Scales"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:10 amInès Levade (Université de Montréal, Canada)
"Evolution of Acute Cholera Infections on Human Time Scales"
10:10 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:25 amHannah Jordt (University of Washington, USA)
"The 'Staying Power' of Plasmids: The Evolution of Plasmid Persistence and Host Permissiveness and Their Effects on the Emergence of Multi-Drug Resistance"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:40 amAvemaria Obasi (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
"Multi-Drug Resistant Stenotrophomonas maltophilia Isolated from a Pharmaceutical Wastewater in Lagos Nigeria"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 10:55 amAndrei Papkou (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"How Does Genetic Background Predetermine Emergence of De Novo Resistance in Staphylococcus aureus?"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Discussion Leader: Elizabeth Jerison (Stanford University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Careers in Microbial Population Biology"
  • Sergio Peisajovich (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • B. Jesse Shapiro (University of Montreal, Canada)
  • Rachel Whitaker (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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