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Microbial Population Biology
July 27 - August 1, 1997
Plymouth State College
Plymouth, NH

Contributors
The organizers are very grateful to the following for their financial support:

Gordon Research Conferences
National Science Foundation
Burroughs Wellcome Foundation
Merck Research Laboratories
New England Biological Laboratories
Procter & Gamble
DuPont

Sunday July 27,1997

  • 2:00 - 11:00 p.m. Registration
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner

SESSION I. EVOLUTION OF VIRUSES AND PHAGES

  • 7:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Announcements: Julian Adams and Conference Staff
  • 7:45p.m.-8:15p.m. lntroduction - Chair : Allan Campbell - Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University
  • 8:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Roger Hendrix - Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
    Genetic mosaicism in natural isolates of temperate bacteriophages
  • 8:50 p.m. - 9:20 p.m. Sebastian Bonhoeffer - Dept. Zoology, University of Oxford, U.K.
    Dynamics of HIV Infection
  • 9:25 p.m. - General Discussion - Leader: Rosemary Redfield - Dept. Zoology, University of British Columbia, Canada.
  • 9:45ish p.m. Reception

Monday, July 28,1997

  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

SESSION II. ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE AND EVOLUTION

  • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Introduction - Chair: Stuart Levy - Tufts University Medical School, Boston
  • 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Julian Davies - Dept. of Microbiology, University of British Columbia, Ca
    Origins of Antibiotic Resistance
  • 10:05 - 10:30 a.m. Break and Group Photograph (Weather Permitting)
  • 10:30 - I 1:00 a.m. Femando Baquero Morales - Servicio de Microbiologia, Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Madrid, Spain
    Selective environments and the diversity of resistance mechanisms
  • 11:05 - 11:35 a.m. Timothy Palzkill - Dept. of Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine.
    Role of protein plasticity in, ß-Iactamase evolution
  • 11:40 a.m. General Discussion - Leader: B. Levin - Dept. Biology, Emory University
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 - 6:00 p.m. Free Time & Poster Viewing
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner

SESSION Ill. EVOLUTION IN LONG TERM LABORATORY CULTURES

  • 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Introduction - Chair: Michel Blot - lnstitut de Biologie, Université de Grenoble, France
  • 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. Richard Lenski - Center for Microbial Ecology, Michigan State University
    Dynamics of adaptation and divergence during 10, 000 generations of evolution in E coli
  • 8:35 - 9:05 p.m. Roberto Kolter - Dept. Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School
    GASPing for life in stationary phase
  • 9:10 p.m. General Discussion - Leader: Susan Rosenberg - Dept. Biochemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Tuesday, July 29,1997

  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

SESSION IV. EVOLUTION OF VIRULENCE/PATHOGENICITY

  • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Introduction - Chair: Peter Reeves - Dept. Microbiology, University of Sydney, Australia
  • 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Matthew Waldor- Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, New England Medical Center
    Horizontal transfer events in the evolution of pathogenic V. cholerae
  • 10:05 - 10:30 a.m. Break (and group photo if necessary)
  • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Thomas Cebula - Food and Drug Administration, Washington D.C.
    Significance of mutator phenotype among E. coli and S. typhimurium pathogens
  • 11:05 - 11:35 a.m. Daniel Dykhuizen - Dept. Ecology and Evolution, S.U.N.Y. Stonybrook
    The lyme disease agent as a stealth pathogen
  • 11:40 a.m. General Discussion - Leader: Richard Goldstein - Boston University Medical School
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Free Time & Poster Viewing
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner

SESSION V. GENOME STRUCTURE

  • 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Introduction Chair: John Roth - Dept. of Biology, University of Utah
  • 8:05 - 8:35 p.m. Ruth Hall - C.S.I.R.O., North Ryde Australia
    The role of gene cassettes and integrons in genome evolution
  • 8:40 - 9:10 p.m. Abigail Salyers - Dept. of Microbiology, University of Illinois
    Congugative transposons: a new family of integrative gene transfer elements
  • 9:15 p.m. General Discussion - Leader: Howard Ochman - Dept. Biology, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.

Wednesday, July 30,1997

  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

SESSION VI. APPLICATION OF THE INFORMATION FROM GENOME PROJECTS TO QUESTIONS IN MICROBIAL EVOLUTION.

  • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Introduction - Chair: Paul Sharp - Dept. Genetics, University of Nottingham, U.K.
  • 9:35 - 10:05 a.m. Steve Oliver - Manchester Biotechnology Center, Manchester U.K. M60 1QD UK
    Gene and genome evolution in yeast
  • 10:05 - 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 - I 1:00 a.m. Henry M. Krisch - CNRS, Toulouse, France
    The Role of Genomic Polymorphism in the Evolution of the T-even Bacteriophages
  • 11:05 - 11:35 a.m. Gary Olsen - Dept. Microbiology, University of Illinois, Urbana
    Tracing the histories of genes in prokaryotes
  • 11:40 a.m. General Discussion - Leader: George Weinstock - Dept. Biochemistry, University of Texas Medical School, Houston
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Free Time & Poster Viewing
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner

SESSION VIl. MACROEVOLUTIONARY QUESTIONS AND MICROBES

  • 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Introduction - Chair: Daniel Hartl - Dept. Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
  • 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. Margaret Saks - Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
    An experimental approach to the question of the evolution of the genetic code
  • 8:35 - 9:05 p.m. Nancy Moran - Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
    Evolution of prokaryotic endosymbionts in insects
  • 9:05 p.m. General Discussion - Leader: Peg Riley - Dept. Biology, Yale University

Thursday, July 31, 1997

  • 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

SESSION VIll. HORIZONTAL TRANSFER

  • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Introduction - Chair: Elizabeth Raleigh - New England Bio Labs, Beverly MA
  • 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Ichizo Kobayashi - University of Tokyo, Department of Molecular Biology
    Sex and selfish genes
  • 10:05 - 10:30 Break
  • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Miroslav Radman - Institut Jacques Monod, Paris France
    Control of Interspecies recombination and the definition of species
  • 11:05 - 11:35 a.m. Michael Lorenz - Universität Oldenberg, Germany
    Natural transformation in the soil
  • 11:40 a.m. General Discussion - Leader: David Shub - Dept. Biology, S.U.N.Y. Albany
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Free Time & Poster Viewing
  • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner

SESSION IX - KEYNOTE LECTURE

  • 7:45 - 8:00 p.m. Elections for new chair and Introduction - Julian Adams
  • 8:00 - 8:45 P.M. KEYNOTE LECTURE - John Maynard Smith - School of Biological Sciences, University of Sussex,U.K.
    Population structure and evolution in prokaryotes
  • 8:45 - 9:00 p.m. Discussion/Response - Richard Moxon - Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford
  • 9:00 p.m. Open Discussion - Leader: Julian Adams

 
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