The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Microbial Stress Response will be held in conjunction with the Microbial Stress Response Gordon Research Conference at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. The goal of this 2-day GRS is to provide a platform for early-career scientists to showcase unpublished research on how bacteria evade and/or respond to stress and to promote the formation of a collaborative research community among graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty. In addition to a keynote presentation and a mentorship panel, we will have two sessions consisting of talks, chosen from the submitted abstracts.
Our first full session of talks (on Day 1) is entitled "All things considered: A global view on how extracellular environments and population interactions shape bacterial stress responses" and will feature a broad set of topics including but not limited to: (1) Microbe-Host Interactions, (2) Stress dynamics within Microbial Communities, including Quorum sensing and Biofilm formation, (3) Bacterial Persistence, Sporulation and Subpopulation responses, and (4) Microbial cell surface recognition elements and Signal Transduction. The second full session (on Day 2) is entitled "Small things considered: A focused view of how molecular interactions shape the bacterial stress response" and will present a more molecular view, on topics including, but not limited to: (1) Science at the Single-Cell level, (2) Gene silencing, DNA damage and replication effects, (3) Molecular responses to bacteriophage infection and antibiotic challenge, and (4) Regulation by signaling molecules, including the stringent response, small RNAs, and transcription/translation factors.
Poster presentations illustrating the diverse systems used for survival under stress will be held on both days of the seminar. With a view of enhancing our perspective on potential careers in microbiology, the Mentoring panel will be composed of faculty and/or staff scientists from diverse academic institutions, scientists from industry, and researchers at government institutions. An informal Q&A session with these professionals on Day 2 of the GRS will contribute to the professional development of all GRS attendees.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 14, 2018. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.