The Mechanisms of Microbial Transcription GRC is a premier, international scientific conference focused on advancing the frontiers of science through the presentation of cutting-edge and unpublished research, prioritizing time for discussion after each talk and fostering informal interactions among scientists of all career stages. The conference program includes a diverse range of speakers and discussion leaders from institutions and organizations worldwide, concentrating on the latest developments in the field. The conference is five days long and held in a remote location to increase the sense of camaraderie and create scientific communities, with lasting collaborations and friendships. In addition to premier talks, the conference has designated time for poster sessions from individuals of all career stages, and afternoon free time and communal meals allow for informal networking opportunities with leaders in the field.
The 2023 Mechanisms in Microbial Transcription GRC will focus on transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation in microbes. Regulation of gene expression at the level of RNA synthesis and RNA management is critical for the response to environmental stimuli, cell-cell communication, and development. Transcription is carried out by a molecular machine called RNA polymerase, which is highly conserved in sequence, structure, and function from bacteria to humans. Regulation of the activity of RNA polymerase is the central node and can occur at multiple steps of the transcription cycle. In recent years, research on microbial transcription has expanded rapidly due to new atomic-level structures of RNA polymerases and their respective transcription factors as well as systems-wide profiling of gene regulatory events. The paradigms that emerge from studies of transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation in microbes inform our understanding of transcription in all cells. In addition, RNA polymerase is a proven target for antimicrobial therapy. Thus, principles that emerge from investigations of RNA polymerase and its regulation in microbial systems permit development of new strategies to control microbial pathogens.
This conference will be attended by a diverse group of internationally renowned investigators presenting cutting-edge research related to the central theme of microbial transcription. Attendees can expect a wide range of talks from systems-level analysis of transcription in cells to structural, biochemical and single molecule studies. The meeting will also explore spatiotemporal regulation of RNA, transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulatory networks, and connections between cell topology and gene expression. We encourage junior scientists to attend this meeting, as there will be numerous opportunities to interact with established investigators, foster new collaborations, and learn the current state of the field. In addition, poster presenters will have an opportunity to highlight their posters in 1-2 slides. Short talks will be selected from the poster abstracts, giving attendees the opportunity to present within sessions. Abstracts that wish to be considered for an oral presentation, should indicate thus and be submitted by April 1st, 2023. We encourage friendly exchange of ideas during the discussion sessions and stimulating scientific discourse and networking during free time and informal gatherings.
The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include 9 sessions and the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.