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Microbial Population Biology
Gordon Research Conference

Dates

July 21-26, 2013

Location

Proctor Academy
Andover, NH

Organizers

Chair:
Paul Turner

Vice Chair:
Michael Travisano

Meeting Description

The 2013 Gordon Conference on Microbial Population Biology will present cutting-edge research on the evolutionary biology of microbial populations and communities. The Conference will feature a wide range of topics, such as experimental evolution, evolutionary medicine, environmental microbiology, mathematical theory, astrobiology, microbiomes and systems biology. Invited speakers represent a variety of scientific disciplines, including genomics, phylogenetics, industrial applications, biochemistry, molecular ecology and genetics, structural biology and synthetic biology. The Conference will bring together a collection of investigators who are at the forefront of their fields, and will provide opportunities for junior scientists and graduate students to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. Some poster presenters will be selected for short talks. The Conference features programmed discussion sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, providing an avenue for interactions among scientists from different disciplines and for cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas represented.

Related Meeting

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

Contributors

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmEvolutionary medicine
Discussion Leader: Paul Turner (Yale University)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmHelen Fryer (Oxford University)
"Microbial evolution in patches"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmAndrew Read (Pennsylvania State University)
"How to evolution-proof vaccines and antimicrobial drugs"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSystems Biology
Discussion Leader: Gabriel Perron (University of Ottawa)
9:00 am - 9:20 amGabriel Perron (University of Ottawa)
"Multiscale evolution of antibiotic resistance in microbial communities"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 10:00 amJesse Bloom (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center)
"Stability-mediated epistasis constrains the evolution of an influenza protein"
10:00 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amSergio Peisajovich (University of Toronto)
"Mutational re-wiring of signaling networks"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmBetul Kacar (Georgia Tech University)
"Observing adaptation in modern bacteria after replacement of an endogenous gene with its ancient homolog"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCRISPRs
Discussion Leader: Rachel Whitaker (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmRachel Whitaker (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
"CRISPR-driven coevolutionary dynamics in simulated and natural populations"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:30 pmRodolphe Barrangou (North Carolina State University)
"CRISPR evolution and tracking of microbial populations"
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pmDavid Bikard (Rockefeller University)
"CRISPR: from barriers to horizontal gene transfer to biotechnological tools"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMicrobial Population Biology Theory
Discussion Leader: Alexander Lobkovsky (NIH)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAlexander Lobkovsky (NIH)
"Deciphering the mechanisms responsible for the diversity of gene repertoires of prokaryotes"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 10:00 amLindi Wahl (University of Western Ontario)
"Interface of theory and experiment in microbial evolution: testable predictions generated by theory, and rich new theories inspired by experiment"
10:00 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amThierry Emonet (Yale University)
"Trade-offs and phenotypic diversity in bacterial chemotaxis"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmClaus Wilke (University of Texas at Austin)
"The role of population structure in adaptive evolution"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIndustry/Synthetic Biology and Short Talks
Discussion Leader: Jamie Bacher (Total Gas & Power Limited)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmJamie Bacher (Total Gas & Power Limited)
"Industrial applications for microbial population biology"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:30 pmTimothy Lu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Synthetic Biology: Fundamentals and Applications"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 8:55 pmShort Talk from GRS participant: Justin Meyer (Harvard University)
8:55 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:20 pmShort Talk from GRS participant: Manoshi Datta (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMutation and Mutation Rates
Discussion Leader: Paul Turner (Yale University)
9:00 am - 9:20 amShort Talk from GRS participant: Evan Snitkin (National Human Genome Research Institute)
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 10:00 amMichael Desai (Harvard University)
"Genetic variation and the fates of individual mutations in 40 adapting yeast populations"
10:00 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amSiobain Duffy (Rutgers University)
"How reasonable is reversibility? Mutational and substitution bias in viruses"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmWilliam Hanage (Harvard University)
"Everythinggene is everywhere, but the environment selects"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEnvironmental Microbiology
Discussion Leader: Susanna Remold (University of Louisville)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmSusanna Remold (University of Louisville)
"Biogeography of household Pseudomonas"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:30 pmBritt Koskella (University of Exeter)
"Bacteria-phage coevolution within a long-lived host"
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pmMartin Polz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Why are bacterial genomes in environmental populations so diverse?"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmInteractions, from Genes to Communities
Discussion Leader: Zakee Sabree (Ohio State University)
9:00 am - 9:20 amZakee Sabree (Ohio State University)
"The Genomic Consequences of Intimate and Ancient Insect-Bacterial Associations"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 10:00 amDavid Baltrus (University of Arizona)
"Two steps forward, one back: How side effects of HGT shift adaptive and phenotypic landscapes"
10:00 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amAvigdor Eldar (Tel-Aviv University)
"Social evolution drives the diversification of quorum sensing"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmMark Siegal (New York University)
"Robustness vs. adaptive heterogeneity: lessons from high-throughput phenotyping of budding yeast"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMicrobes to the Extreme
Discussion Leader: Roy Kishony (Harvard University)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmRoy Kishony (Harvard University)
"Adaptive evolution of microbial infections"
7:55 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:30 pmEric Gaucher (Georgia Tech University)
"What resurrected proteins tell us about ancient life and how we can be confident about these inferences"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmVictoria Orphan (Caltech)
"Quantifying the influence of spatial structure on the carbon and nitrogen metabolism of energy-limited anaerobic methane-oxidizing consortia"
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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