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Microbial Stress Response (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Detecting and Exploring Microbial Behavior and Physiology


July 16-17, 2016


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Julia L. Willett & Philip R. Bennallack

Meeting Description

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

2016 will be the second meeting of the Microbial Stress Response GRS, which will be held in conjunction with the Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Stress Response. The meeting will integrate research across basic and applied scientific fields to explore topics including but not limited to: 1) microbial responses to biotic and abiotic stress, 2) microbial stress responses in interspecies environments, 3) stress-induced changes in microbial lifestyles, and 4) detecting microbial stress responses. The two-day seminar will include cutting-edge research presented by young scientists as well as a mentoring panel composed of leading researchers in microbiology and microbial stress. Speakers and discussion leaders will be chosen from submitted abstracts.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Microbial Stress Response" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final 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 pmKeynote Session: Mechanism and Regulation of Biofilm Formation
Discussion Leader: Julia Willett (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmFitnat Yildiz (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
"Mechanism and Regulation of Biofilm Formation"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmStress-Induced Changes in Microbial Lifestyles
Discussion Leader: Saumya Gopalkrishnan (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmGleb Pishchany (Harvard Medical School, USA)
"Interspecies Interactions Induce Antimicrobial Activity"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmChristina Savage (University of Kentucky, USA)
"DNA-Binding Protein SpoVG Influences Regulation of Glycerol Metabolism by Borrelia burgdorferi When Inside the Tick Midgut"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmJason Yang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Broad Institute, USA)
"Antibiotic-Induced Host Metabolites Alter Antibiotic Susceptibility"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmPaul Price (Brigham Young University, USA)
"Deciphering the Language of Symbiotic Compatibility"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amDetecting Microbial Stress Responses
Discussion Leader: Magdalena Steinrueck (IST Austria, Austria)
9:00 am - 9:20 amKelley Gallagher (John Innes Centre, United Kingdom)
"Regulation of Sporulation in the Model Organism Streptomyces venezuelae"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amBrett Babin (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Non-Canonical Amino Acids for Selective Proteomics: Physiology of an Antibiotic-Tolerant Biofilm Subpopulation"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amSander Govers (KU Leuven, Belgium)
"Stochastic Survival-Assay Reveals Rapid Sister Cell Differentiation During Clonal Growth"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amElizabeth Selleck Fiore (Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary / Harvard Medical School, USA)
"Identification of the Intrinsic Resistome of Enterococcus faecalis"
10:50 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: Philip Bennallack (Brigham Young University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:25 pmPanel Discussion
"Careers in Science"
  • Christine Dunham (Emory University, USA)
  • Amy Gehring (Williams College, USA)
  • Christopher Hayes (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Michael Laub (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Fitnat Yildiz (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmClosing Remarks
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

The view, opinions, and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author(s) and should not be construed as an official Department of the Army position, policy, or decision, unless so designated by other documentation.

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Award Number: DE-SC0015453.

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13 AI126973-01 from the National Institute of Allergy, and Infectious Diseases. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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