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Microbial Population Biology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar


July 20-21, 2013


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH


Betul Kacar

Associate Chair:
Gabriel G. Perron

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Microbial Population Biology 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 Gordon Research Seminars constitute a unique platform for early-career scientists to share their work, to foster scientific collaboration, and promote a greater connectivity among the next generation of population biologists. This GRS on Microbial Population Biology will be the first of its kind and will focus on a broad array of current issues in the field such as host-pathogen interactions, new models in experimental evolution, synthetic biology, bacteria metagenomics and bacterial communication. The seminar will be held prior to the GRC on Microbial Population Biology and will culminate with a the presentation of Q&A session with two invited speakers who will share their experience in the field.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Microbial Population Biology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:00 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 pmMicrobial Evolution
Discussion Leader: Fred Inglis (ETH Zurich)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmEric Bruger (Michigan State University)
"Quorum sensing inhibits invasion by social cheaters in Vibrio harveyi"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pmDiscussion
4:05 pm - 4:25 pmBen Kerr (University of Washington)
"The right base at the right time: adaptation in changing environments"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 8:40 pmSystems and Synthetic Biology
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmDiscussion Leader: William Harcombe (Harvard University)
7:35 pm - 7:50 pmXiao Yi (University of Minnesota)
"Adaptation in fluctuating environment: from biochemistry to ecology"
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:10 pmHuei-Yi Lai (Institute of Molecular Biology, Taiwan)
"Mode of protein evolution revealed by substituting orthologous essential genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmChristopher Wylie (Brown University)
"Epistasis mediated by cooperative protein folding"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:30 pmExperimental Evolution
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion Leader: Anita Melnyk (University of Ottawa)
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmDanna Gifford (University of Oxford)
"Genetic basis of evolvability in rifampicin-resistant strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmZachary Blount (Michigan State University)
"Evidence of speciation in an experimental population of E. coli following the evolution of a key adaptation"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 10:10 amEcological Interactions (Practice and Theory)
9:00 am - 9:05 amDiscussion Leader: Luis Zaman (Michigan State University) "Introduction"
9:05 am - 9:20 amJustin Meyer (Harvard Medical School)
"Phage Lambda fitness landscape revealed by high throughput sequencing techniques"
9:20 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:40 amEvan Snitkin (National Human Genome Research Institute)
"Genomic insights into the fate of colistin resistance and Acinetobacter baumannii during patient treatment"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:00 amManoshi Datta (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Range expansions favor the maintenance of cooperation in an experimental microbial metapopulations"
10:00 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 11:00 amMicrobial Evolution and Genomics
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion Leader: Jesse Shapiro (Harvard University)
10:20 am - 10:35 amHelena Mendes-Soares (University of Idaho)
"Comparative functional genomics of vaginal lactobacilli"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amSergey Kryazhimskiy (Harvard University)
"Influence of epistasis on adaptability in yeast"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:00 pmKeynote Speaker
Discussion Leader: Tami Lieberman (Harvard Medical School)
1:30 pm - 1:55 pmKeynote Speaker: Sheri Simmons (Marine Biological Laboratories)
1:55 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:40 pmMentorship Session
Q&A with Ben Kerr and Sheri Simmons
2:40 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.
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