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Microbial Population Biology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Ecology, Evolution and Applications in Microbial Population Biology


July 18-19, 2015


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH


Helena Mendes-Soares

Associate Chair:
Elizabeth Jerison

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 focus of this meeting will be 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 presentation and 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.


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 pmUsing Experimental Evolution to Understand Our Microbial World
Discussion Leader: Zachary Blount (Michigan State University, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:55 pmKele Cable (University of Minnesota, USA)
"Systems of Experimental Evolution, 1890-1920"
3:55 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 4:10 pmMarcus Dillon (University of New Hampshire, USA)
"The Rate and Molecular Spectrum of Spontaneous Mutations in Divided Bacterial Genomes"
4:10 pm - 4:15 pmDiscussion
4:15 pm - 4:25 pmWesley Loftie-Eaton (University of Idaho, USA)
"Temporal Dynamics in the Evolution of Plasmid Persistance"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThe Genomics of Microbial Populations and Communities
Discussion Leader: Roxana Hickey (University of Idaho, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmGlen D'Souza (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany)
"Less Is More: Selective Advantages Can Explain the Prevalent Loss of Biosynthetic Genes in Bacteria"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmValerie De Anda (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico)
"The Evolutionary Ecology of the Sulfur Cycle: Metagenomic Analyses of Microbial Mats and Stromatolites from Cuatro Cienegas"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmJulio Diaz Caballero (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Selective Sweeps Drive Pseudomonas aeruginosa Evolution in the Cystic Fibrosis Lung"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmKarl Heilbron (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"The Genomics of Compensation to Spontaneous Mutation Accumulation in Hypermutator Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmRohan Maddamsetti (Michigan State University, USA)
"Synthetic Long-Read Sequencing of Recombinant E. coli Genomes Isolated from an Evolution Experiment"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmMeike Wortel (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
"Evolutionary Pressures on Microbial Metabolic Strategies in the Chemostat"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amThe Influence of Organismal Interactions on Microbial Ecological Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Luis Zaman (University of Washington, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amEric Bruger (Michigan State University, USA)
"Quorum Sensing Stabilizes Cooperation Against Cheating in Vibrio harveyi"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amAlita Burmeister (Michigan State University, USA)
"A Honeypot Model of Host-Virus Interactions"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amEvgeni Frenkel (Harvard University, USA)
"Crowded Growth Promotes Semi-Stable Coexistence on Shared Resources in Laboratory Yeast"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amKevin Hockett (University of Arizona, USA)
"Independent Domestication of a Tailed Bacteriophage into a Killing Complex in Pseudomonas"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amGina Lewin (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Long-Term Enrichment and Evolution of Cellulolytic Microbial Communities from Leaf-Cutter Ant Refuse Dumps"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amKayla Peck (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
"Host-Range Expansion of MERS-Coronavirus and Key Determinants of Receptor Permissivity"
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 Path Forward for Early Career Microbiologists
Discussion Leader: Helena Mendes-Soares (IBEST - University of Idaho, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmPanel Discussion
"What Constitutes a Successful Career in the Academic World?"
  • Elizabeth Ostrowski (University of Houston, USA)
  • Christina Burch (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
2:15 pm - 2:30 pmClosing Remarks
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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