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Animal-Microbe Symbioses (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Initiation and Maintenance of Mutualisms


June 10-11, 2017


Mount Snow
West Dover, VT


Tera Levin & Hassan S. Salem

Meeting Description

This year, the Animal-Micobe Symbioses Gordon Research Conference will be accompanied for the first time with a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). The GRS is a meeting organized by early-career scientists for early-career scientists. This seminar will bring together postdocs, graduate students, and others with comparable levels of expertise to present and discuss their findings at the forefront of symbiosis research through posters and oral contributions. The meeting will feature a stimulating and welcoming environment, ideal for fostering collaborations, conceiving new research directions, and networking with peers and mentors before attending the larger GRC meeting.

Like the associated Gordon Conference, the GRS is broad in scope, focused on beneficial relationships between hosts and microbes. Topics will include (but are not limited to) the genetics and genomics of symbionts and their hosts; impacts of symbiosis on host life history, evolution, and ecology; and the mechanisms of multilevel, multispecies interactions. Consequently, the meeting will unite researchers from genetics, genomics, chemistry, animal physiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Participants in the GRS are strongly encouraged to present their work at the associated Gordon Conference, which will immediately follow the GRS.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Animal-Microbe Symbioses" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). 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: How to Identify the Function of Your Favorite Microbial Symbiont
Discussion Leader: Piotr Lukasik (University of Montana, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmAngela Douglas (Cornell University, USA)
"How to Identify the Function of Your Favorite Microbial Symbiont"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDiversification and Evolution in a Symbiotic World
Discussion Leader: Jarrett Lebov (Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Oregon, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmPiotr Lukasik (University of Montana, USA)
"Multiple Independent Splits of a Nutritional Endosymbiont into Symbiotic Consortia"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmSandra Breum Andersen (NYU Langone Medical Center, USA)
"Social Interactions Drive Evolution of Iron Metabolism of Pathogens During Long-Term Infection"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmJennah Dharamshi (Uppsala University, Sweden)
"Novel, Diverse and Abundant Chlamydia Discovered in Loki's Castle Deep Marine Sediments"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmBrandon Seah (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany)
"Sulfur-Oxidizing Symbiotic Bacteria Without Known Pathways for Autotrophic CO2 Fixation"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmAniek Ivens (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"Specificity in a Multilevel Mutualistic Network of Ants, Trophobionts and Their Interacting Microbiomes"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmAsher Leeks (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Relatedness or Transmission Mode: Why Are Some Symbionts More Beneficial than Others?"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMolecular Mechanisms Underlying Mutualisms
Discussion Leader: Jennah Dharamshi (Uppsala University, Sweden)
9:00 am - 9:15 amJarrett Lebov (Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Oregon, USA)
"Experimental Adaptation of an Environmental Bacterium to the Zebrafish Digestive Tract"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amLucie Kesnerova (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
"Disentangling Metabolic Functions of Honey Bee Gut Bacteria"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amLizbeth Sayavedra (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiolgy, Germany)
"Understanding Symbiont Colonization in Deep-Sea Mussels Using Differential Gene Expression"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amTakanori Nishino (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
"A Novel Symbiotic Organ on the Hindleg of Megymenum gracilicorne (Insecta: Hemiptera: Dinidoridae) Associated with Fungal Symbionts"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amSarah McAnulty (University of Connecticut, USA)
"Catch and Release: Differential Hemocyte Binding in the Squid-Vibrio Symbiosis"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amPhilipp Weber (University of Vienna, Austria)
"Cell Growth and Chromosome Segregation in Longitudinally Dividing Nematode Symbionts"
10:55 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 Leaders: Aniek Ivens (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Sarah McAnulty (University of Connecticut, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Careers in Symbiosis"
  • Edward Ruby (University of Hawaii, USA)
  • Zakee Sabree (The Ohio State University, USA)
  • Elizabeth Vallen (Swarthmore College, USA)
  • Emily White (Nature Microbiology, United Kingdom)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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