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Microbial Stress Response (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Microbial Stress Response / Cross-Disciplinary Studies of Microbes in Changing Environments


July 26-27, 2014


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Julia Schwartzman

Associate Chair:
Pete Chandrangsu

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Microbial Stress Response 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.

2014 will be the inaugural year of the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Microbial Stress. The seminar will be held in conjunction with the 10th Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Stress. The focus of the seminar is to explore the contributions of diverse fields such as genetics, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, and mathematics, to address one unifying question: ‘how do microbes respond to stress?’ Topics of interest include but are not limited to: 1) regulatory strategies to cope with stress, 2) stress in the context of a community or host, 3) mathematical modeling of the microbial stress response, and 4) biophysical studies. During the two-day seminar, communication of cutting-edge research by a new generation of scientists beginning careers in the field will be highlighted by an emphasis on student-led scientific sessions and poster presentations. Some poster presenters will be selected for short talks, or as session chairs of scientific sessions. Additionally, leading researchers in the field of Microbial Stress will contribute to the professional development of attendees by participation in an informal mentoring session. In summary, the goal of the Microbial Stress GRS is to promote the development of an interdisciplinary, and collaborative community among the next generation of scientists in the field.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Microbial Stress Response" 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 pmKeynote Session
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmCarol Gross (University of California San Francisco)
"Manufacturing the Proteome"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I (Odd-Numbered Posters Present)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMechanisms of Stress Resistance
Discussion Leaders: Peter Chandrangsu (Cornell University) and Mehmet Berkmen (New England Biolabs)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDaniel Angst (ETH Zurich)
"Cost/Benefit Tradeoffs of tetA Expression"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmLaura Hobley (University of Dundee)
"Further Investigations of the Self-Assembling Bacterial Hydrophobin BslA that Coats the Bacillus subtilis Biofilm"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmWouter Knapen (KU Leuven)
"Antibacterial Tolerance Through Plasma Membrane Depolarization: An Essential GTPase Mediates Persistence by Activating a Pore-Forming Toxin"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmMegan Bergkessel (California Institute of Technology)
"A Small Acidic Protein Is a Novel Regulator of Gene Expression Under Stressful Conditions in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pmReception (Informal Mentoring and Networking)
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amStress Signaling
Discussion Leaders: Philip Bennallack (Brigham Young University) and Carol Gross (UC San Francisco)
9:00 am - 9:20 amErin Garcia (University of North Carolina)
"Evidence for Contact-Dependent Growth Inhibition-Mediated Interbacterial Signaling in Burkholderia"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amAnja Richter (Humboldt University)
"Cyclic di-GMP Signaling in the Control of Cellulose Biosynthesis in Escherichia coli Biofilms"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amYolanda Montoya Townsley (University of California, Santa Cruz)
"Temperature Affects c-di-GMP Signaling and Biofilm Formation in Vibrio cholerae"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amKerry Boyle (Sloan Kettering Institute)
"Integration of Metabolic and Quorum Sensing to Achieve Metabolic Prudence in the Regulation of Bacterial Virulence Factors"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II (Even-Numbered Posters Present)
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmStress in the Host Environment
Discussion Leaders: Mary Beth Saffo and Pratik Shah (Harvard University/Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmJohn Brooks (Northwestern University)
"A Network of Protein Quality Control Factors Regulate Biofilm Formation in the Symbiont, Vibrio fischeri"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmJulie Huang (Stanford University)
"Finding Its Niche: The Survival Strategies of Helicobacter pylori in the Stomach"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under award number R13 AI111919-01. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

The material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under award number DE-SC0011914.
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