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Bacterial Cell Surfaces (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Assembly and Function of Bacterial Surfaces from the Molecular to Intercellular Scales


June 25-26, 2016


Mount Snow
West Dover, VT


Thomas Bartlett & Tatyana A. Sysoeva

Meeting Description

The Bacterial Cell Surfaces GRC has always prided itself on emphasizing the work of junior scientists. This year, for the first time, a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will be held alongside this conference. The GRS is a meeting run by junior investigators, for junior investigators. This seminar will bring together post-docs and graduate students in a stimulating yet relaxed environment, ideal for fostering collaborations, networking with colleagues, and conceiving new research directions. Seminar attendees will be able to present their work to their peers in an intimate setting prior to the larger GRC meeting.

Like the associated conference, the GRS is broad in scope, but focused on the cell surface. Topics include (but are not limited to) envelope biogenesis, maintenance, and degradation; transport of small molecules, proteins, and other polymers; transduction of chemical and mechanical signals; cell division and morphogenesis; and compartmentalization, subcellular localization, and surface structures. Consequently, this seminar will unite cell biologists, geneticists, biochemists, microscopy and imaging specialists, structural biologists, and more. Contributors to the GRS are strongly encouraged to present their work at the GRC, which will immediately follow the GRS.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Bacterial Cell Surfaces" 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: Insights into Membrane Biogenesis and Signal Transduction
Discussion Leaders: Thomas Bartlett (Princeton University, USA) and Tatyana Sysoeva (Duke University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:25 pmThomas Silhavy (Princeton University, USA)
"Insights into Membrane Biogenesis and Signal Transduction"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmStructure of Cellular Envelope and Its Dynamics
Discussion Leaders: Matthew Jorgenson (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA) and Antoine Delhaye (Institut de Duve, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 7:50 pmRobert Turner (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
"The Structure, Architecture and Organisation of Peptidoglycan"
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:10 pmGeorge Liechti (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, USA)
"Pathogenic Chlamydia Lack a Classical Sacculus but Synthesize a Narrow, Midcell Peptidoglycan Ring, Regulated by MreB, for Cell Division"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmTanja Fischer (Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany)
"Electron Microscopy of the Surface Structures and Appendages of the Pelagic Flavobacterium Formosa"
8:30 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 8:50 pmEva Wollrab (Institut Pasteur, France)
"Bacterial Cell-Wall Expansion Studied by High-Precision Video Microscopy"
8:50 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmEmma Dawson (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
"Dynamin-Like Proteins Contribute to Membrane Integrity and Acid Tolerance in Helicobacter pylori"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amSecretion and Surface Attachment Mechanisms
Discussion Leaders: Jing Yan (Princeton University, USA) and Salvatore Nocadello (Northwestern University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:20 amSander Van der Verren (Free University of Brussels, Belgium)
"Structural and Mechanistic Insights into the Curli Secretion Pathway Channel CsgG"
9:20 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:40 amIrina Afonina (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
"Sortase-Assembled Ebp Pili Impede Horizontal Gene Transfer in Enterococcus faecalis"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:00 amPaula Szymczak (Chr. Hansen A/S, Denmark)
"Phage Adsorption to the Bacterial Cell Wall Receptors of Two Dairy Species"
10:00 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:20 amJason Paxman (La Trobe University, Australia)
"The Unexpected Architecture of the Autotransporter UpaB Allows a Dual Mode of Action"
10:20 am - 10:25 amDiscussion
10:25 am - 10:40 amCourtney Ellison (Indiana University, USA)
"Role of Tad Pili and Their Retraction in Surface-Contact Stimulation of Holdfast Deployment in Caulobacter crescentus"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
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 pmCellular Envelope and Antimicrobials
Discussion Leaders: Karine Nozeret (Institut Pasteur, France) and Angela Schlegel (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmSaurabh Mishra (Indian Institute of Science, India)
"Global Study of Beta-Lactam Stress Response of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in WhiB4 Dependent Manner"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmJon Weeks (University of Oklahoma, USA)
"Defining the Rules of Uptake of Antibiotics in Gram-Negative Pathogens: Outer Membrane Permeability vs. Active Efflux"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmDanielle Hindes-Baranova (Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, USA)
"Antibody Binding to Vibrio cholerae Lipopolysaccharide Triggers Membrane Perturbation and Signal Transduction Pathway(s)"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13 AI126686-01 from the National Institutes 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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