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Sensory Transduction in Microorganisms (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Novel Ideas on Bacterial Sensing of Environmental Cues and Functional Responses


January 16-17, 2016


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA


Dan Bretl & Cynthia L. Darnell

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Sensory Transduction in Microorganisms 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.

The 2016 STIM GRS will focus on recent advances in cutting-edge molecular genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry to better understand signaling networks, intercellular communication, and multicellularity in the bacterial world. Specific topics will include gene regulation, mechanisms of motility, community behavior, as well as sensory transduction in two-component signaling systems, chemotaxis systems, and non-canonical signaling networks. The meeting will conclude with a mentorship panel focusing on scientific careers in a diversity of settings.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Sensory Transduction in Microorganisms" 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 pmTwo-Component and Chemotactic Signal Transduction
Discussion Leader: C. Keith Cassidy (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmCynthia Darnell (Duke University, USA)
"Systems Biology Approaches to Understanding Stress in Archaea"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pmDiscussion
4:05 pm - 4:20 pmJessica Gullett (The University of Tennessee, USA)
"Regulation of Bacterial Chemotaxis and Cell Length at Division by a Multifunctional CheA1 Histidine Kinase"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNovel Models and Signaling Systems
Discussion Leader: Daniela Keilberg (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmRandy Lacey (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA)
"Ethylene Stimulates Phototaxis in Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 Through the Ethylene Receptor SynETR1"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmBonnie Chaban (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"Building a Bigger Motor – Understanding the Diversity and Evolution of the Epsilon-Proteobacteria Flagellar Motor"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmShuangyu Bi (Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Germany)
"Engineering Chemoreceptors to Detect Novel Molecules"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmKatie Thornton (University of York, United Kingdom)
"Exploring Archaeal Swimming Patterns in 3D with Digital Holographic Microscopy"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amSignaling, Microbial Physiology and Pathogenesis
Discussion Leader: Susanne Brenzinger (Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:20 amPaula Corsini (University College London, United Kingdom)
"The Regulation of Arsenic Metabolism"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amMichael Gebhardt (University of Chicago, USA)
"GigA and GigB Comprise a Signalling Axis Controlling Antibiotic Resistance, Environmental Stress Resistance and Virulence in Acinetobacter baumannii"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amShumin Tan (Tufts University School of Medicine, USA)
"Exploiting Reporter Strains to Unravel Mycobacterium tuberculosis Sensing and Response to Environmental Cues"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amJulie Huang (Stanford University, USA)
"Finding Its Niche: Survival Strategies of Helicobacter pylori in the Stomach"
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: Jonathan Willett (University of Chicago, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Career Discussion"
  • Nicolas Biais (Brooklyn College, USA)
  • Jennifer Leeds (Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, USA)
  • Tracy Raivio (University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Janet Wilson (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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