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SEP 8 - 10 2020

Microbiology Virtual Week 2020

LabRoots is excited to bring academia and industry, research experts, virologists, microbiologists, healthcare professionals, and leading biomedical scientists under one roof at our 6th Annual Microbiology Virtual Week, held on September 8-10, 2020!

Microbiology Virtual Week 2020 will offer a 3-day content-rich program offering invited lectures, thought-provoking discussions and posters to explore global developments for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Infectious Diseases, discoveries in Microbiology & Immunology research to improve human, animal, and plant health, including virology, pathogenesis, genomics and epidemiology, microbial communities and biofilms, and research to find improved vaccines, diagnostics, and antiviral drugs for Influenza.

This year's event will include the following topics and tracks:

Immunology:

  • Plant Response to Disease
  • Bacterial Immunologies
  • Vertebrate Adaptive Immune Systems
  • Immunopathology

Infectious Disease:

  • Virology
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Point of Care Diagnostics

Influenza:

  • Novel Respiratory Virus Vaccines
  • Genomics of Respiratory Viruses

Microbial Communities:

  • Microbiome-Based Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Evolution and Heterogeneity within Biofilms and other Microbial Communities
  • Multi-level Omics Data Integration

Modeling Approaches:

  • Machine-learning approaches (identifying and characterizing unannotated genes from the bacterial genomic 'dark matter')
  • Predicting Pathogen Evolution

Our virtual conference allows you to participate in a global setting with no travel or cost to you. The event will remain open 6 months from the date of the live event.  The webinars will be available for unlimited on-demand viewing.  This virtual conference also offers increased reach for the global microbiology community with a high degree of interaction through live-streaming video and chat sessions.

Like the 2019 conference, this event will be produced on our robust platform, allowing you to watch, learn and connect seamlessly across all desktop or mobile devices. Equipped with gamification and point system, you can now move around the entire event, earning points for a chance to win one of LabRoots' most popular T-shirts.

Call for Posters — Virtual poster sessions offer the opportunity to present data to a global audience via a PDF poster and video summary and discuss results with interested colleagues through email. Plan now to have your poster included in the 2020 Microbiology Virtual Week. Submit your free abstract here.

Continuing Education - LabRoots is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. By attending this event, you can earn 1 Continuing Education credit per presentation for a maximum of 50 credits.

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Speakers
  • Raymond A. Alvarez, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Co-Founder and CEO, Ichor Biologics
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Derek Bickhart, PhD

    Research Microbiologist/Bioinformatician, US Department of Agriculture's Dairy Forage Research Center
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Jesse D. Bloom, PhD

    Associate Professor, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Candice M. Brown, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, West Virginia University School of Medicine
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Cindy Chen, PhD

    Applications Lead
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Lindsey M. Costantini, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina Central University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • James Crowe, MD

    Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Will Dampier, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Drexel University College of Medicine
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Joshua Earl, PhD

    Head of Bioinformatics, Drexel University College of Medicine
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Santiago F. Elena

    Professor, CSIC, Chairman, Head of the Evolutionary and Systems Virology Group, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Gang Fang

    Associate Processor, Genomics Department, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Ioan Filip, PhD

    Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Svetlana Y. Folimonova

    Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, University of Florida
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Michael Goodin, PhD

    Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Joerg Graf, PhD

    Professor and Associate Department Head, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut
    BIOGRAPHY
  • K. Leigh Greathouse, PhD, MPH, MS, RD

    Assistant Professor, Baylor University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD

    Deputy Director, Vaccine Research Center, Chief, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Jonathan Jacobs, PhD

    PhD Director of Global Product Management, Genomic Analysis QIAGEN Digital Insights
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Masaru Kanekiyo, DVM, PhD

    Head, Molecular Immunoengineering Unit, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, Vaccine Research Center, NIAID
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Gael Kurath, PhD

    Research Virologist, Fish Health Section, USGS Western Fisheries Research Center
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Erin Longbrake, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Neurology, Yale University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Dmitry Lyumkis, PhD

    Assistant Professor Laboratory of Genetics The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Amy Mathers, MD, D(ABMM)

    Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University of Virginia
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Andreas Missel, PhD

    Director R&D, QIAGEN GmbH
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Juliet Morrison, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Niamh O'Hara, PhD

    Co-founder and CEO of Biotia, Research Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Dominic O'Neil

    Director of Microbiome Product Development, QIAGEN
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Peter Palese, PhD

    Professor and Chair Department of Microbiology, Professor in Department of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Angela L. Rasmussen, PhD

    Associate Research Scientist, Center for Infection and Immunity, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
    BIOGRAPHY
  • William Rawlinson, PhD

    Director of Serology and Virology Division (SAViD), Director Organ and Tissue Donor screening laboratory, Director NSW State Reference Laboratory for HIV, Chair Biosecurity Quality Assurance
    BIOGRAPHY
  • David Roe

    PhD candidate Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Minnesota
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Brajesh Singh

    Professor, Western Sydney University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Melissa L. Smith, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Louisville
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Tyler Starr, PhD

    HHMI Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow in Jesse Bloom's lab, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Chad Steele, PhD

    Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology Tulane University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Imre Varju, MD, PhD, MPH

    Research Fellow, Semmelweis University, Academic Trainee, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Quan Wang, PhD

    Assistant Professor Principal Investigator ShanghaiTech University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Detlef Weigel, Executive Director

    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
    BIOGRAPHY
  • K. Eric Wommack

    Fellow American Academy for Microbiology, Deputy Dean and Assoc. Dean for Research & Graduate Education, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Delaware
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Renhong Yan, PhD

    Postdoctoral Researcher Westlake University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Mark A. Yondola, PhD

    Vice President, Research and Development, Calder Biosciences, Inc.
    BIOGRAPHY

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Agenda
  • Plant Microbiome: Harnessing Core Microbiome for Sustainable Agricultures
    SEP 10, 2020 3:00 PM PDT
    Plant Microbiome: Harnessing Core Microbiome for Sustainable Agricultures
    Brajesh Singh
    Professor, Western Sydney University
    BIOGRAPHY
    Sponsored By: QIAGEN
  • Dynamic live yeast and bacterial cell imaging using CellASIC ONIX2 microfluidic platform
    SEP 10, 2020 2:00 PM PDT
    Dynamic live yeast and bacterial cell imaging using CellASIC ONIX2 microfluidic platform
    Cindy Chen, PhD
    Applications Lead
    BIOGRAPHY
    Sponsored By: MilliporeSigma
  • Keynote Presentation: Evolution of host-specific virulence in an RNA virus of Pacific salmonid fish
    SEP 10, 2020 1:00 PM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: Evolution of host-specific virulence in an RNA virus of Pacific salmonid fish
    Gael Kurath, PhD
    Research Virologist, Fish Health Section, USGS Western Fisheries Research Center
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Bacterial strain typing and genomics characterization of multi-drug resistance with QIAGEN CLC Genomics Workbench
    SEP 10, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
    Bacterial strain typing and genomics characterization of multi-drug resistance with QIAGEN CLC Genomics Workbench
    Jonathan Jacobs, PhD
    PhD Director of Global Product Management, Genomic Analysis QIAGEN Digital Insights
    BIOGRAPHY
    Sponsored By: QIAGEN
  • Optimizing the extraction of human microbiome samples
    SEP 10, 2020 11:00 AM PDT
    Optimizing the extraction of human microbiome samples
    Dominic O'Neil
    Director of Microbiome Product Development, QIAGEN
    BIOGRAPHY
    Sponsored By: QIAGEN
  • Keynote Presentation: Squeezing out understanding from sequences: Genome to Phenome Connections in Viruses of Microbes
    SEP 10, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: Squeezing out understanding from sequences: Genome to Phenome Connections in Viruses of Microbes
    K. Eric Wommack
    Fellow American Academy for Microbiology, Deputy Dean and Assoc. Dean for Research & Graduate Education, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Delaware
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Congenital Cytomegalovirus - An Unrecognized and Preventable Problem: Fundamentals of Prevention, Diagnosis and Management
    SEP 10, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
    Congenital Cytomegalovirus - An Unrecognized and Preventable Problem: Fundamentals of Prevention, Diagnosis and Management
    William Rawlinson, PhD
    Director of Serology and Virology Division (SAViD), Director Organ and Tissue Donor screening laboratory, Director NSW State Reference Laboratory for HIV, Chair Biosecurity Quality Assurance
    BIOGRAPHY
    Sponsored By: DiaSorin Molecular LLC
  • Keynote Presentation: Discovery of a gene-microbiome interaction in lung cancer: lessons learned and future directions
    SEP 10, 2020 7:30 AM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: Discovery of a gene-microbiome interaction in lung cancer: lessons learned and future directions
    K. Leigh Greathouse, PhD, MPH, MS, RD
    Assistant Professor, Baylor University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • SEP 10, 2020 6:00 AM PDT
    Structure-guided design of SARS-CoV-2 antivirals
    Quan Wang, PhD, Renhong Yan, PhD
    Sponsored By: Thermo Fisher Scientific
    Quan Wang, PhD
    Assistant Professor Principal Investigator ShanghaiTech University
    BIOGRAPHY
    Renhong Yan, PhD
    Postdoctoral Researcher Westlake University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • A novel strategy to investigate longitudinal changes within the gut microbiome: Insights from mouse models of sepsis and Alzheimer's disease
    A novel strategy to investigate longitudinal changes within the gut microbiome: Insights from mouse models of sepsis and Alzheimer's disease
    Candice M. Brown, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, West Virginia University School of Medicine
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Challenges in tracking horizontal gene transfer of antimicrobial resistance
    Challenges in tracking horizontal gene transfer of antimicrobial resistance
    Amy Mathers, MD, D(ABMM)
    Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University of Virginia
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Host responses to SARS-CoV-2
    Host responses to SARS-CoV-2
    Angela L. Rasmussen, PhD
    Associate Research Scientist, Center for Infection and Immunity, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Identifying and linking antimicrobial resistance genes in metagenomes with new DNA sequencing technologies
    Identifying and linking antimicrobial resistance genes in metagenomes with new DNA sequencing technologies
    Derek Bickhart, PhD
    Research Microbiologist/Bioinformatician, US Department of Agriculture's Dairy Forage Research Center
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Insights into Aquatic Biofilm Dynamics by High-Throughput Identification of Bacterial Isolates and Full-Length 16S rRNA Gene Surveys
    Insights into Aquatic Biofilm Dynamics by High-Throughput Identification of Bacterial Isolates and Full-Length 16S rRNA Gene Surveys
    Joerg Graf, PhD
    Professor and Associate Department Head, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Long read sequencing of the 16S-23S rRNA operon to characterize gut microbial changes associated with multiple sclerosis
    Long read sequencing of the 16S-23S rRNA operon to characterize gut microbial changes associated with multiple sclerosis
    Erin Longbrake, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Neurology, Yale University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Precision infectious disease discovery using next-generation sequencing and AI to provide insights into respiratory, urine, and stool samples
    Precision infectious disease discovery using next-generation sequencing and AI to provide insights into respiratory, urine, and stool samples
    Niamh O'Hara, PhD
    Co-founder and CEO of Biotia, Research Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Visualizing viral replication of oncogenic human herpesviruses
    Visualizing viral replication of oncogenic human herpesviruses
    Lindsey M. Costantini, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina Central University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Immunoprotective vs. immunopathogenic responses during fungal-associated allergic airway inflammation
    SEP 09, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
    Immunoprotective vs. immunopathogenic responses during fungal-associated allergic airway inflammation
    Chad Steele, PhD
    Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology Tulane University
    BIOGRAPHY
    Sponsored By: LUMINEX
  • Keynote Presentation: Human Monoclonal Antibodies for Emerging Agents
    SEP 09, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: Human Monoclonal Antibodies for Emerging Agents
    James Crowe, MD
    Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Using cryo-EM for designing next-gen therapeutics against HIV
    SEP 09, 2020 7:30 AM PDT
    Using cryo-EM for designing next-gen therapeutics against HIV
    Dmitry Lyumkis, PhD
    Assistant Professor Laboratory of Genetics The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    BIOGRAPHY
    Sponsored By: Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Keynote Presentation: Causes and consequences of immune gene diversity in plants
    SEP 09, 2020 6:00 AM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: Causes and consequences of immune gene diversity in plants
    Detlef Weigel, Executive Director
    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
    BIOGRAPHY
  • A New KIR Haplotype MSA Empowers Two New Interpretation Algorithms
    A New KIR Haplotype MSA Empowers Two New Interpretation Algorithms
    David Roe
    PhD candidate Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Minnesota
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Bacterial Epigenomes: Technology, Pathogens and Microbiome
    Bacterial Epigenomes: Technology, Pathogens and Microbiome
    Gang Fang
    Associate Processor, Genomics Department, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Environmental stress shapes the evolution of a plant viruses towards a mutualistic relationship with its host
    Environmental stress shapes the evolution of a plant viruses towards a mutualistic relationship with its host
    Santiago F. Elena
    Professor, CSIC, Chairman, Head of the Evolutionary and Systems Virology Group, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Fc gamma receptor activation during viral infections: a double-edged sword
    Fc gamma receptor activation during viral infections: a double-edged sword
    Raymond A. Alvarez, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Co-Founder and CEO, Ichor Biologics
    BIOGRAPHY
  • How Plant Virology Informs Emergence of Zoonotic Viruses Such as SARS-COV-2
    How Plant Virology Informs Emergence of Zoonotic Viruses Such as SARS-COV-2
    Michael Goodin, PhD
    Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Immune-derived extracellular traps in COVID-19 and other infections
    Immune-derived extracellular traps in COVID-19 and other infections
    Imre Varju, MD, PhD, MPH
    Research Fellow, Semmelweis University, Academic Trainee, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Leveraging SMRT sequencing to resolve complex immune loci
    Leveraging SMRT sequencing to resolve complex immune loci
    Melissa L. Smith, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Louisville
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Lung immune cells as drivers of influenza outcomes
    Lung immune cells as drivers of influenza outcomes
    Juliet Morrison, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Understanding the role of virus-host interactions in tissue tropism of plant viruses
    Understanding the role of virus-host interactions in tissue tropism of plant viruses
    Svetlana Y. Folimonova
    Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, University of Florida
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Applications of Machine Learning to Predict Clinical Provenance of Haemophilus influenzae
    Applications of Machine Learning to Predict Clinical Provenance of Haemophilus influenzae
    Joshua Earl, PhD
    Head of Bioinformatics, Drexel University College of Medicine
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Deep Learning by Analogy: Applying Text and Image Processing Techniques to Sequence Analysis
    Deep Learning by Analogy: Applying Text and Image Processing Techniques to Sequence Analysis
    Will Dampier, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Drexel University College of Medicine
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Deep mutational scanning of SARS-CoV-2 receptor binding domain reveals constraints on folding and ACE2 binding
    Deep mutational scanning of SARS-CoV-2 receptor binding domain reveals constraints on folding and ACE2 binding
    Tyler Starr, PhD
    HHMI Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow in Jesse Bloom's lab, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Development of Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Universal Influenza Virus Vaccines Conformationally Stabilized by Targeted Dityrosine Crosslinking
    Development of Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Universal Influenza Virus Vaccines Conformationally Stabilized by Targeted Dityrosine Crosslinking
    Mark A. Yondola, PhD
    Vice President, Research and Development, Calder Biosciences, Inc.
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Nanoparticle-based next-generation influenza vaccines
    Nanoparticle-based next-generation influenza vaccines
    Masaru Kanekiyo, DVM, PhD
    Head, Molecular Immunoengineering Unit, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, Vaccine Research Center, NIAID
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Recombination, lineage-specific mutations and the emergence of SARS-CoV-2
    Recombination, lineage-specific mutations and the emergence of SARS-CoV-2
    Ioan Filip, PhD
    Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Keynote Presentation: Structure-based Vaccine Design for COVID-19 and other Respiratory Viruses
    SEP 08, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: Structure-based Vaccine Design for COVID-19 and other Respiratory Viruses
    Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD
    Deputy Director, Vaccine Research Center, Chief, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Keynote Presentation: Single-cell virus sequencing of influenza infections that trigger innate immunity
    SEP 08, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: Single-cell virus sequencing of influenza infections that trigger innate immunity
    Jesse D. Bloom, PhD
    Associate Professor, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Keynote Presentation: A Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine
    SEP 08, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
    Keynote Presentation: A Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine
    Peter Palese, PhD
    Professor and Chair Department of Microbiology, Professor in Department of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Digital PCR using QIAGEN's QIacuity system: an introduction
    SEP 08, 2020 6:00 AM PDT
    Digital PCR using QIAGEN's QIacuity system: an introduction
    Andreas Missel, PhD
    Director R&D, QIAGEN GmbH
    BIOGRAPHY
    Sponsored By: QIAGEN
  • Modeling Approaches - September 8th
    • Machine-Learning Approaches
    • Digital PCR using QIAGEN's QIacuity system: an introduction
      SEP 08, 2020 6:00 AM PDT
      Digital PCR using QIAGEN's QIacuity system: an introduction
      Andreas Missel, PhD
      Director R&D, QIAGEN GmbH
      BIOGRAPHY
      Sponsored By: QIAGEN
    • Deep Learning by Analogy: Applying Text and Image Processing Techniques to Sequence Analysis
      Deep Learning by Analogy: Applying Text and Image Processing Techniques to Sequence Analysis
      Will Dampier, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Drexel University College of Medicine
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Applications of Machine Learning to Predict Clinical Provenance of Haemophilus influenzae
      Applications of Machine Learning to Predict Clinical Provenance of Haemophilus influenzae
      Joshua Earl, PhD
      Head of Bioinformatics, Drexel University College of Medicine
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Predicting Pathogen Evolution
    • Recombination, lineage-specific mutations and the emergence of SARS-CoV-2
      Recombination, lineage-specific mutations and the emergence of SARS-CoV-2
      Ioan Filip, PhD
      Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University
      BIOGRAPHY
  • Influenza - September 8th
    • Novel Respiratory Virus Vaccines
    • Keynote Presentation: A Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine
      SEP 08, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
      Keynote Presentation: A Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine
      Peter Palese, PhD
      Professor and Chair Department of Microbiology, Professor in Department of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Keynote Presentation: Structure-based Vaccine Design for COVID-19 and other Respiratory Viruses
      SEP 08, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
      Keynote Presentation: Structure-based Vaccine Design for COVID-19 and other Respiratory Viruses
      Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD
      Deputy Director, Vaccine Research Center, Chief, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Deep mutational scanning of SARS-CoV-2 receptor binding domain reveals constraints on folding and ACE2 binding
      Deep mutational scanning of SARS-CoV-2 receptor binding domain reveals constraints on folding and ACE2 binding
      Tyler Starr, PhD
      HHMI Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow in Jesse Bloom's lab, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Nanoparticle-based next-generation influenza vaccines
      Nanoparticle-based next-generation influenza vaccines
      Masaru Kanekiyo, DVM, PhD
      Head, Molecular Immunoengineering Unit, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, Vaccine Research Center, NIAID
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Development of Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Universal Influenza Virus Vaccines Conformationally Stabilized by Targeted Dityrosine Crosslinking
      Development of Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Universal Influenza Virus Vaccines Conformationally Stabilized by Targeted Dityrosine Crosslinking
      Mark A. Yondola, PhD
      Vice President, Research and Development, Calder Biosciences, Inc.
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Genomics of Respiratory Viruses
    • Keynote Presentation: Single-cell virus sequencing of influenza infections that trigger innate immunity
      SEP 08, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
      Keynote Presentation: Single-cell virus sequencing of influenza infections that trigger innate immunity
      Jesse D. Bloom, PhD
      Associate Professor, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
      BIOGRAPHY
  • Immunology - September 9th
    • Vertebrate Adaptive Immune Systems
    • A New KIR Haplotype MSA Empowers Two New Interpretation Algorithms
      A New KIR Haplotype MSA Empowers Two New Interpretation Algorithms
      David Roe
      PhD candidate Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Minnesota
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Leveraging SMRT sequencing to resolve complex immune loci
      Leveraging SMRT sequencing to resolve complex immune loci
      Melissa L. Smith, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Louisville
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Keynote Presentation: Human Monoclonal Antibodies for Emerging Agents
      SEP 09, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
      Keynote Presentation: Human Monoclonal Antibodies for Emerging Agents
      James Crowe, MD
      Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Immunoprotective vs. immunopathogenic responses during fungal-associated allergic airway inflammation
      SEP 09, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
      Immunoprotective vs. immunopathogenic responses during fungal-associated allergic airway inflammation
      Chad Steele, PhD
      Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology Tulane University
      BIOGRAPHY
      Sponsored By: LUMINEX
    • Immunopathology
    • Lung immune cells as drivers of influenza outcomes
      Lung immune cells as drivers of influenza outcomes
      Juliet Morrison, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Immune-derived extracellular traps in COVID-19 and other infections
      Immune-derived extracellular traps in COVID-19 and other infections
      Imre Varju, MD, PhD, MPH
      Research Fellow, Semmelweis University, Academic Trainee, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Fc gamma receptor activation during viral infections: a double-edged sword
      Fc gamma receptor activation during viral infections: a double-edged sword
      Raymond A. Alvarez, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Co-Founder and CEO, Ichor Biologics
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Using cryo-EM for designing next-gen therapeutics against HIV
      SEP 09, 2020 7:30 AM PDT
      Using cryo-EM for designing next-gen therapeutics against HIV
      Dmitry Lyumkis, PhD
      Assistant Professor Laboratory of Genetics The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
      BIOGRAPHY
      Sponsored By: Thermo Fisher Scientific
    • Plant Response to Disease
    • How Plant Virology Informs Emergence of Zoonotic Viruses Such as SARS-COV-2
      How Plant Virology Informs Emergence of Zoonotic Viruses Such as SARS-COV-2
      Michael Goodin, PhD
      Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Environmental stress shapes the evolution of a plant viruses towards a mutualistic relationship with its host
      Environmental stress shapes the evolution of a plant viruses towards a mutualistic relationship with its host
      Santiago F. Elena
      Professor, CSIC, Chairman, Head of the Evolutionary and Systems Virology Group, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Understanding the role of virus-host interactions in tissue tropism of plant viruses
      Understanding the role of virus-host interactions in tissue tropism of plant viruses
      Svetlana Y. Folimonova
      Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, University of Florida
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Keynote Presentation: Causes and consequences of immune gene diversity in plants
      SEP 09, 2020 6:00 AM PDT
      Keynote Presentation: Causes and consequences of immune gene diversity in plants
      Detlef Weigel, Executive Director
      Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Bacterial Immunologies
    • Bacterial Epigenomes: Technology, Pathogens and Microbiome
      Bacterial Epigenomes: Technology, Pathogens and Microbiome
      Gang Fang
      Associate Processor, Genomics Department, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
      BIOGRAPHY
  • Infectious Disease - September 10th
    • Virology
    • Visualizing viral replication of oncogenic human herpesviruses
      Visualizing viral replication of oncogenic human herpesviruses
      Lindsey M. Costantini, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina Central University
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Host responses to SARS-CoV-2
      Host responses to SARS-CoV-2
      Angela L. Rasmussen, PhD
      Associate Research Scientist, Center for Infection and Immunity, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
      BIOGRAPHY
    • SEP 10, 2020 6:00 AM PDT
      Structure-guided design of SARS-CoV-2 antivirals
      Quan Wang, PhD, Renhong Yan, PhD
      Sponsored By: Thermo Fisher Scientific
      Quan Wang, PhD
      Assistant Professor Principal Investigator ShanghaiTech University
      BIOGRAPHY
      Renhong Yan, PhD
      Postdoctoral Researcher Westlake University
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Congenital Cytomegalovirus - An Unrecognized and Preventable Problem: Fundamentals of Prevention, Diagnosis and Management
      SEP 10, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
      Congenital Cytomegalovirus - An Unrecognized and Preventable Problem: Fundamentals of Prevention, Diagnosis and Management
      William Rawlinson, PhD
      Director of Serology and Virology Division (SAViD), Director Organ and Tissue Donor screening laboratory, Director NSW State Reference Laboratory for HIV, Chair Biosecurity Quality Assurance
      BIOGRAPHY
      Sponsored By: DiaSorin Molecular LLC
    • Keynote Presentation: Evolution of host-specific virulence in an RNA virus of Pacific salmonid fish
      SEP 10, 2020 1:00 PM PDT
      Keynote Presentation: Evolution of host-specific virulence in an RNA virus of Pacific salmonid fish
      Gael Kurath, PhD
      Research Virologist, Fish Health Section, USGS Western Fisheries Research Center
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Antimicrobial Resistance
    • Identifying and linking antimicrobial resistance genes in metagenomes with new DNA sequencing technologies
      Identifying and linking antimicrobial resistance genes in metagenomes with new DNA sequencing technologies
      Derek Bickhart, PhD
      Research Microbiologist/Bioinformatician, US Department of Agriculture's Dairy Forage Research Center
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Challenges in tracking horizontal gene transfer of antimicrobial resistance
      Challenges in tracking horizontal gene transfer of antimicrobial resistance
      Amy Mathers, MD, D(ABMM)
      Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University of Virginia
      BIOGRAPHY
  • Microbial Communities - September 10th
    • Microbiome-Based Diagnostics and Therapeutics
    • Precision infectious disease discovery using next-generation sequencing and AI to provide insights into respiratory, urine, and stool samples
      Precision infectious disease discovery using next-generation sequencing and AI to provide insights into respiratory, urine, and stool samples
      Niamh O'Hara, PhD
      Co-founder and CEO of Biotia, Research Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
      BIOGRAPHY
    • A novel strategy to investigate longitudinal changes within the gut microbiome: Insights from mouse models of sepsis and Alzheimer's disease
      A novel strategy to investigate longitudinal changes within the gut microbiome: Insights from mouse models of sepsis and Alzheimer's disease
      Candice M. Brown, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, West Virginia University School of Medicine
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Long read sequencing of the 16S-23S rRNA operon to characterize gut microbial changes associated with multiple sclerosis
      Long read sequencing of the 16S-23S rRNA operon to characterize gut microbial changes associated with multiple sclerosis
      Erin Longbrake, MD, PhD
      Assistant Professor of Neurology, Yale University
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Keynote Presentation: Discovery of a gene-microbiome interaction in lung cancer: lessons learned and future directions
      SEP 10, 2020 7:30 AM PDT
      Keynote Presentation: Discovery of a gene-microbiome interaction in lung cancer: lessons learned and future directions
      K. Leigh Greathouse, PhD, MPH, MS, RD
      Assistant Professor, Baylor University
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Evolution and Heterogeneity within Biofilms and other Microbial Communities
    • Insights into Aquatic Biofilm Dynamics by High-Throughput Identification of Bacterial Isolates and Full-Length 16S rRNA Gene Surveys
      Insights into Aquatic Biofilm Dynamics by High-Throughput Identification of Bacterial Isolates and Full-Length 16S rRNA Gene Surveys
      Joerg Graf, PhD
      Professor and Associate Department Head, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut
      BIOGRAPHY
    • Optimizing the extraction of human microbiome samples
      SEP 10, 2020 11:00 AM PDT
      Optimizing the extraction of human microbiome samples
      Dominic O'Neil
      Director of Microbiome Product Development, QIAGEN
      BIOGRAPHY
      Sponsored By: QIAGEN
    • Dynamic live yeast and bacterial cell imaging using CellASIC ONIX2 microfluidic platform
      SEP 10, 2020 2:00 PM PDT
      Dynamic live yeast and bacterial cell imaging using CellASIC ONIX2 microfluidic platform
      Cindy Chen, PhD
      Applications Lead
      BIOGRAPHY
      Sponsored By: MilliporeSigma
    • Plant Microbiome: Harnessing Core Microbiome for Sustainable Agricultures
      SEP 10, 2020 3:00 PM PDT
      Plant Microbiome: Harnessing Core Microbiome for Sustainable Agricultures
      Brajesh Singh
      Professor, Western Sydney University
      BIOGRAPHY
      Sponsored By: QIAGEN
    • Multi-level Omics Data Integration
    • Keynote Presentation: Squeezing out understanding from sequences: Genome to Phenome Connections in Viruses of Microbes
      SEP 10, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
      Keynote Presentation: Squeezing out understanding from sequences: Genome to Phenome Connections in Viruses of Microbes
      K. Eric Wommack
      Fellow American Academy for Microbiology, Deputy Dean and Assoc. Dean for Research & Graduate Education, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Delaware
      BIOGRAPHY
  • Infectious Diseases - September 10th
    • Antimicrobial Resistance
    • Bacterial strain typing and genomics characterization of multi-drug resistance with QIAGEN CLC Genomics Workbench
      SEP 10, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
      Bacterial strain typing and genomics characterization of multi-drug resistance with QIAGEN CLC Genomics Workbench
      Jonathan Jacobs, PhD
      PhD Director of Global Product Management, Genomic Analysis QIAGEN Digital Insights
      BIOGRAPHY
      Sponsored By: QIAGEN
Speakers

  • Raymond A. Alvarez, PhD
    Raymond A. Alvarez, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Co-Founder and CEO, Ichor Biologics
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Derek Bickhart, PhD
    Derek Bickhart, PhD
    Research Microbiologist/Bioinformatician, US Department of Agriculture's Dairy Forage Research Center
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Jesse D. Bloom, PhD
    Jesse D. Bloom, PhD
    Associate Professor, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Candice M. Brown, PhD
    Candice M. Brown, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, West Virginia University School of Medicine
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Cindy Chen, PhD
    Cindy Chen, PhD
    Applications Lead
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Lindsey M. Costantini, PhD
    Lindsey M. Costantini, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina Central University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • James Crowe, MD
    James Crowe, MD
    Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Will Dampier, PhD
    Will Dampier, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Drexel University College of Medicine
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Joshua Earl, PhD
    Joshua Earl, PhD
    Head of Bioinformatics, Drexel University College of Medicine
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Santiago F. Elena
    Santiago F. Elena
    Professor, CSIC, Chairman, Head of the Evolutionary and Systems Virology Group, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Gang Fang
    Gang Fang
    Associate Processor, Genomics Department, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Ioan Filip, PhD
    Ioan Filip, PhD
    Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Svetlana Y. Folimonova
    Svetlana Y. Folimonova
    Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, University of Florida
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Michael Goodin, PhD
    Michael Goodin, PhD
    Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Joerg Graf, PhD
    Joerg Graf, PhD
    Professor and Associate Department Head, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut
    BIOGRAPHY
  • K. Leigh Greathouse, PhD, MPH, MS, RD
    K. Leigh Greathouse, PhD, MPH, MS, RD
    Assistant Professor, Baylor University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD
    Barney S. Graham, MD, PhD
    Deputy Director, Vaccine Research Center, Chief, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Jonathan Jacobs, PhD
    Jonathan Jacobs, PhD
    PhD Director of Global Product Management, Genomic Analysis QIAGEN Digital Insights
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Masaru Kanekiyo, DVM, PhD
    Masaru Kanekiyo, DVM, PhD
    Head, Molecular Immunoengineering Unit, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, Vaccine Research Center, NIAID
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Gael Kurath, PhD
    Gael Kurath, PhD
    Research Virologist, Fish Health Section, USGS Western Fisheries Research Center
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Erin Longbrake, MD, PhD
    Erin Longbrake, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Neurology, Yale University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Dmitry Lyumkis, PhD
    Dmitry Lyumkis, PhD
    Assistant Professor Laboratory of Genetics The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Amy Mathers, MD, D(ABMM)
    Amy Mathers, MD, D(ABMM)
    Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University of Virginia
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Andreas Missel, PhD
    Andreas Missel, PhD
    Director R&D, QIAGEN GmbH
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Juliet Morrison, PhD
    Juliet Morrison, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Niamh O'Hara, PhD
    Niamh O'Hara, PhD
    Co-founder and CEO of Biotia, Research Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Dominic O'Neil
    Dominic O'Neil
    Director of Microbiome Product Development, QIAGEN
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Peter Palese, PhD
    Peter Palese, PhD
    Professor and Chair Department of Microbiology, Professor in Department of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Angela L. Rasmussen, PhD
    Angela L. Rasmussen, PhD
    Associate Research Scientist, Center for Infection and Immunity, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
    BIOGRAPHY
  • William Rawlinson, PhD
    William Rawlinson, PhD
    Director of Serology and Virology Division (SAViD), Director Organ and Tissue Donor screening laboratory, Director NSW State Reference Laboratory for HIV, Chair Biosecurity Quality Assurance
    BIOGRAPHY
  • David Roe
    David Roe
    PhD candidate Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Minnesota
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Brajesh Singh
    Brajesh Singh
    Professor, Western Sydney University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Melissa L. Smith, PhD
    Melissa L. Smith, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Louisville
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Tyler Starr, PhD
    Tyler Starr, PhD
    HHMI Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow in Jesse Bloom's lab, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Chad Steele, PhD
    Chad Steele, PhD
    Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology Tulane University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Imre Varju, MD, PhD, MPH
    Imre Varju, MD, PhD, MPH
    Research Fellow, Semmelweis University, Academic Trainee, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Quan Wang, PhD
    Quan Wang, PhD
    Assistant Professor Principal Investigator ShanghaiTech University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Detlef Weigel, Executive Director
    Detlef Weigel, Executive Director
    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
    BIOGRAPHY
  • K. Eric Wommack
    K. Eric Wommack
    Fellow American Academy for Microbiology, Deputy Dean and Assoc. Dean for Research & Graduate Education, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Delaware
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Renhong Yan, PhD
    Renhong Yan, PhD
    Postdoctoral Researcher Westlake University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Mark A. Yondola, PhD
    Mark A. Yondola, PhD
    Vice President, Research and Development, Calder Biosciences, Inc.
    BIOGRAPHY
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