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Microbial Adhesion & Signal Transduction (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Microbial Behaviors in Complex Communities and Host Environments


July 22-23, 2017


Salve Regina University
Newport, RI Site Information


Salim T. Islam & Bevin McGeever

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 24, 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.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by April 22, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Microbial Adhesion and Signal Transduction is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present as well as discuss novel and cutting-edge research on microbial interactions, communication, and pathogenesis.

The focus of this multidisciplinary meeting is to explore the latest unpublished findings involving cell- and community-level interactions undertaken by microbes, the systems responsible, and the downstream effects on environmental persistence and host pathogenesis. Participants actively engaged in research will have the opportunity to present their latest findings and novel methodologies by oral or poster presentation with input and discussion from their contemporaries as well as experts in the field.

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 22, 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 Adhesion & Signal Transduction" 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 pmKeynote Session: Electron Transfer Between Bacteria
Discussion Leader: Matthew McCallum (University of Toronto, Canada)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmNikhil Malvankar (Yale University, USA)
"Seeing Is Believing: Imaging Bacterial Electron Transfer Reveals a New Mechanism for Signaling and Adhesion"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMicrobial Pathogenesis and Commensalism: From Genes to Germs
Discussion Leaders: Elizabeth Hughes (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA) and Fabian Rivera-Chavez (Harvard Medical School, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmCaitlin Spaulding (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
"Small-Molecule Inhibitors Against Type 1 Pili Selectively Target Uropathogenic E. coli in the Gut and Bladder"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmYael Litvak (University of California, Davis, USA)
"Mechanism of Salmonella Colonization in the Newborn Gut"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmFrancesco Boccellato (Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Germany)
"In-Vitro Regeneration of the Human Gastric Mucosa Reveals Higher Inflammatory Response to H. pylori at the Base of the Gland"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmKristof Moonens (VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology, Belgium)
"Specificity of Helicobacter pylori Towards Human Host Receptors"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmJoana Moscoso (i3S - Instituto de Investigacao e Inovacao em Saude, Portugal)
"Cyclic Nucleotides in Listeria monocytogenes and Their Role in Stress Tolerance and Pathogenesis"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmErin Smith (Washington State University, USA)
"A Brucella Type IV Effector Targets the COG Tethering Complex to Remodel Host Secretory Traffic and Promote Intracellular Replication"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMicrobial Secretion: Systems, Signalling, and Structure
Discussion Leader: Roger Klein (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amVincent van Winden (VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands)
"Mycosins Are Required for the Stabilization of the ESX-1 and ESX-5 Type VII Secretion Membrane Complexes"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amSumitra Mitra (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
"Sortase A: Towards Understanding Protein Localization-Function Relationship"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amManuela Hospenthal (Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB), United Kingdom)
"Structure of a Chaperone-Usher Pilus Reveals the Molecular Basis of Rod Uncoiling"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
Mentorship Component: Career Development / Open Science Discussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amMiranda Gray (Faculty of 1000, United Kingdom)
"Open Science and the Future of Scientific Publishing"
10:15 am - 10:25 amDiscussion
10:25 am - 10:50 amSophie Helaine (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"The Importance of Persistence"
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 pmMicrobial Interactions: From Cells to Communities
Discussion Leader: Caroline Gillis (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmGleb Pishchany (Harvard Medical School, USA)
"Interspecies Interactions Induce Antimicrobial Activity"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmPatrick da Silva (Sao Paulo State University, Brazil)
"The O-Antigen Shield as a Proper Way to Trick the Host During Bacterial Pathogenesis"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmCorey Stevens (Queen's University, Canada)
"Stuck in the Middle with You: Characterizing the Association Between Two Antarctic Microorganisms"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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