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Microbial Adhesion & Signal Transduction
Gordon Research Conference

At the Frontier of Research into Microbial Behaviors in Complex Communities and Host Environments


July 23-28, 2017


Salve Regina University
Newport, RI Site Information


Nina R. Salama & Christoph Dehio

Vice Chairs:
Renee M. Tsolis & Petra Dersch

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 25, 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

The Gordon Conference on Microbial Adhesion and Signal Transduction focuses on microbial adherence and how microbial interactions drive biological processes through signal transduction cascades. Themes covered in the conference include (but are not limited to) bacterial-bacterial interactions and communication, bacterial and single cell eukaryote interactions (both symbiotic and pathogenic) with plant, animal, and human hosts, gene regulation and regulatory networks, cell signaling and information processing, cell structures and assembly, cell biology, and microbial evolution. The 2017 meeting aims to particularly highlight new research on metabolite signaling and response by host and pathogen, heterogeneity in niches and phenotypes, and new methods and applications. The first topic reflects an emerging appreciation of the importance of metabolites derived from both host tissues and members of the microbiome as major signaling molecules. The second topic has emerged from recent advances in imaging that include single cell methods, novel reporters and high resolution mapping of host tissues to reveal heterogeneity within bacterial populations that have relevance for pathogenicity and persistence. The last topic recognizes the role of new methodologies (e.g. gene editing, super resolution microscopy, synthetic biology) in driving advances in our field. Speakers will represent researchers using a diversity of approaches to study microbial adherence and signal transduction including bacterial genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, evolutionary biology, cell biology, infection biology, imaging, biophysical analysis of cells and surfaces, material science and mathematical modeling. This diversity, coupled with the intimate setting provided by the GRC, makes an ideal venue for interaction between scientists trained in widely different fields and serves to promote interdisciplinary collaborations.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Microbial Adhesion & Signal Transduction" 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 March 23, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Bacterial Nanomachines
    (John Mekalanos / Marek Basler / Melanie Blokesch / Gabriel Waksman)
  • Bacterial Effectors and Toxins
    (Craig Roy / Ivan Dikic / Jorge Galan / Elizabeth Hartland)
  • Complex Microbial Communities and Intracommunity Interactions
    (Laurie Comstock / Andrew Goodman / Matthew Parsek / Raphael Valdivia)
  • Cell Surface Structures and Adhesins
    (Petra Dersch / Scott Hultgren / Olaf Schneewind / Lotte Sogaard-Andersen / Stephen Trent)
  • Metabolite Signaling and Response by Host and Pathogen
    (Renee Tsolis / Alexis Kaushansky / Sebastian Winter)
  • New Methods and Applications
    (Michael Gilmore / Steven Projan / Man-Wah Tan / Joerg Vogel)
  • Interface Between Microbes and the Immune System
    (Denise Monack / Anne Muller / Victor Torres / Elaine Tuomanen)
  • Heterogeneity in Niches and Phenotypes
    (Joan Mecsas / Kenn Gerdes / Wolf-Dietrich Hardt / Ralph Isberg / Sophie Helaine)
  • Host-Pathogen Crosstalk
    (Xavier Nassif / Lalita Ramakrishnan / Philippe Sansonetti)
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