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Viruses & Cells (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

The Interplay Between Viruses and Their Hosts Through Molecular Recognition, Establishment of Infection and Cellular Response


May 13-14, 2017


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Sayantan Bose & Victoria Meliopoulos

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by April 15, 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 February 13, 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 Viruses and Cells 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 Viruses and Cells GRS seeks to focus on new basic research in the field of virology through the young scientists of today that advance our understanding of viruses and their intricate interactions with cells. Oral presentations will be chosen from submitted abstracts and all attendees are encouraged to present posters. Talks and posters will span all facets of basic and applied virology, including but not limited to virus entry; the machinery of virus replication; control of transcription and translation; assembly, transport and exit of viral particles; viral pathogenesis; antivirals and vaccines; evolution and selection; innate and adaptive immunity; and viral oncogenesis. Discussion leaders, who are experts in the topics covered in each session will engage the audience and lead lively and stimulating discussions following each presentation. The poster sessions will provide opportunities for one-to-one discussion of research findings, as well as networking and setting up collaborations amongst peers in a congenial and informal setting. All presenters are encouraged to discuss new unpublished research in front of an international audience, in line with the spirit of Gordon Research Conferences. Providing attendees with a chance to engage with experienced leaders in academia, industry and other fields is one of the primary goals of Viruses and Cells GRS. This GRS will provide opportunities for early career researchers to interact with established leaders in their field in a collegiate environment, through keynote talks and a career development session. Prospective participants are encouraged to apply early, as the associated GRC is usually oversubscribed much before its deadline. It should be noted that preference for acceptance into the meeting will be given to those submitting poster/talk abstracts. To be considered for a talk, please submit your abstract by February 13, 2017. We will attempt to provide support up to the costs of registration for speakers, contingent on fundraising efforts. All scientists at career stages similar to that of a graduate student or post-doc are invited to join.

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 February 13, 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 "Viruses & Cells" 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

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Paramyxovirus Entry into Cells: A Nano Machine at Work
Discussion Leader: Sayantan Bose (Harvard Medical School, USA)
3:15 pm - 3:50 pmRobert Lamb (Northwestern University / Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA)
"Paramyxovirus Entry into Cells: A Nano Machine at Work"
3:50 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmEstablishing Viral Infection
Mechanisms of viral entry into cells, replication of viral genomes and viral oncogenesis.
Discussion Leader: Gayathri Manokaran (University of Melbourne, Australia)
5:30 pm - 5:45 pmBenedetta Assetta (Brown University, USA)
"Mechanistic Study of 5-HT2 Receptors Dependent Entry of JCPyV in Human Glial Cells"
5:45 pm - 5:50 pmDiscussion
5:50 pm - 6:05 pmRobert Orchard (Washington University, School of Medicine, USA)
"CD300lf and Ceramide Synthesis Are Required for Murine Norovirus Entry"
6:05 pm - 6:10 pmDiscussion
6:10 pm - 6:25 pmNicholas Taylor (University of Basel, Switzerland)
"Transformation of the Bacteriophage T4 Baseplate upon Host Cell Attachment"
6:25 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:45 pmGraham Williams (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
"Influenza A Nucleoprotein-RNA Interactions Required for Viral Replication"
6:45 pm - 6:50 pmDiscussion
6:50 pm - 7:05 pmNicolas Cifuentes (University of Kentucky, USA)
"Imaging the Replication and Assembly of the Human Metapneumovirus (HMPV) Genome"
7:05 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:25 pmReut Nuri (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
"The Giant Mimivirus - 1000 Proteins Are Not Enough"
7:25 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amCellular Responses to Infection
Innate immune response, vaccines and antivirals, and pathogenesis.
Discussion Leader: Grace Manley (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:15 amNicholas Meyerson (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"TRIM25 Senses and Restricts the Influenza A Virus Ribonucleoprotein Complex"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amJonathan Guito (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA)
"Novel Interferon Antagonist Activities from Human-Pathogenic and -Nonpathogenic Filoviruses"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amAndy Wullaert (VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research, Belgium)
"Unraveling In-Vivo Innate Immune Responses to Murine Norovirus Infection"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amCharise Garber (Washington University in St Louis, USA)
"T-Cell Activation of Microglia Prevents Complete Cognitive Recovery from WNV Encephalitis"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amNicholas Lennemann (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Intracellular Barriers to Dengue and Zika Virus Infection"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amGonzalo Moratorio (Institut Pasteur, France)
"Attenuation of RNA Viruses by Redirecting Their Evolution in Sequence Space"
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: The Fork in the Road: Navigating Important Career Decisions in Academia, Industry and Publishing
Eminent representatives of academia, industry and publishing will lead enriching discussions on career paths for early career scientists.
Discussion Leader: Valerie Cortez (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:35 pmStacey Schultz-Cherry (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA)
"Advancing in Academia"
1:35 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 1:55 pmAshley York (Nature Reviews Microbiology, United Kingdom)
"Exploring Scientific Publishing"
1:55 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:15 pmRichard Peluso (Merck, USA)
"Navigating Biotech Industry"
2:15 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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