The 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Bacterial Cell Surfaces will present cutting-edge research on the molecular and cellular aspects of the structure and function of the bacterial cell envelope and surface. The conference will bring together an international group of researchers who are key contributors to the field of cell envelope biology. The sessions will highlight late-breaking discoveries in cell division and morphogenesis, peptidoglycan metabolism, membrane dynamics, surface polymers, protein transport and secretion, signal sensing and stress responses, antimicrobials targeting cell envelope processes, and how the bacterial surface influences polymicrobial and host-microbe interactions. The conference will feature a diverse group of scientists and will include both established and early-stage investigators, who are at the forefront of their fields. Short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts and will feature junior scientists (graduate students, post-docs).
We will continue the well-received Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) that precedes the meeting to be held June 27-28, 2020. The GRS is organized by junior scientists (graduate students, post-docs) and highlights the work of their peers. The Seminar is a unique forum for trainees to present and exchange cutting-edge science among themselves and with leaders of the field. GRS participants will nominate some of their speakers for short talks at the GRC.
The collegial atmosphere at this conference, with programmed discussion sessions and opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, stimulates open scientific discussions and fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, contributing to future advances on the fundamental understanding of the Bacterial Cell Surface.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- Exploring the Bacterial Cell Envelope
- Modifying the Bacterial Cell Surface
- Cell Division and Morphogenesis
- Stress Responses and Signaling Across the Cell Envelope
- Mechanisms of Surface Recognition
- Transport Through the Envelope
- Type VI and Type VII Secretion
- How the Surface Influences Bacterial Communities
- Biophysical Methods to Improve Antimicrobial Therapies