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Animal-Microbe Symbioses
Gordon Research Conference

Host-Microbe Associations at the Foundation of the Biosphere


June 11-16, 2017


Mount Snow
West Dover, VT Site Information


Edward G. Ruby

Vice Chair:
Ute Hentschel

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 14, 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

We are entering an era in which the critical functions of microbes in the biological world are increasingly recognized. One of the largest roles microorganisms play is in their associations with multicellular hosts and, while the history of microbiology has to this point concentrated on pathogenic interactions, both scientists and the public are now aware of the even greater impact that they have on the health and evolution of their plant and animal partners.

The GRC on Animal-Microbe Symbioses seeks to promote the presentation and discussion of the most important and timely research in this exciting area of biology. The range of topics is broad, covering theoretical to the applied approaches, using examples involving viruses, fungi, protists and bacteria, found in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. The conference invites junior and senior scientists alike to attend and participate fully in the examination of these topics, and to return to their own work with new insights, ideas and collaborations.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Animal-Microbe Symbioses" 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 February 11, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Contextual Symbiosis
    (Joerg Graf / Martin Blaser / Vince Young)
  • Symbiosis in the Anthropocene
    (Christina Tobin Kahrstrom / Tobias Rees / Ruth Gates / Gloria Dominguez-Bello)
  • Creating a Conceptual Framework
    (Joao Xavier / Toby Kiers / Joan Strassmann)
  • He Says, She Says: The Host's Perspective
    (Jo Handelsman / June Round / Katrine Whiteson / Thomas Bosch)
  • Emerging Model Systems
    (Luis Teixeira / Hinrich Schulenburg / Rodrigo Almeida)
  • Getting It Right: The Ecology of Specificity
    (Daniel Distel / Nicole Dubilier / Martin Polz / Margaret McFall-Ngai)
  • IMAGEne That! Visualizing Symbiotic Interactions at the Micron Scale
    (Angela Douglas / Gary Borisy / Anders Meibom)
  • Diversity Rules: Multi-Kingdom Symbioses
    (Andreas Schramm / Nancy Moran / Heidi Goodrich-Blair / Marilyn Roossinck)
  • Solving Problems with Symbioses
    (Jessica Metcalf / Mark Morrison / Liping Zhao)
  • Power Hour
    (Ute Hentschel)
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