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Microbiology and Immunology 2018
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Join LabRoots in bringing the microbiology research community together at the 4th Annual Microbiology and Immunology Virtual Event! During the free, two-day event, participants will explore and discover new concepts, tools and techniques to apply to ongoing research and diagnostics. Microbiology and Immunology cover an array of industries and disciplines, encompassing various research areas including pharmaceuticals, medicine, agriculture, and space. The development of new techniques and the ability to sequence organisms without the need to grow them in the laboratory has opened up a new world of microbial diversity and complexity we know little about.

With the progress made toward learning more about the world of microbiology and disease, the need for more rapid diagnosis, increased standardization of testing and greater adaptability to manage threats from newly evolved infectious microorganisms will become more and more apparent. The combination of the new tools being developed along with advancements in basic knowledge can lead to profound changes and growth in Microbiology and Immunology.

The 2018 event will cover a range of topics, such as:

  • Disease-Specific Topics
    • C. Difficile
    • Tuberculosis
    • Respiratory and Intestinal Tract Infections
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Microbes and Alzheimer's Disease
  • Virulence and Vaccinations.
  • Multidrug Resistance Challenge
    • The Rigors of Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing
  • Biosafety
    • Environmental and Post-Disaster Concerns

​​​Our virtual conference allows you to participate in a global setting with no travel or cost to you. You can participate in exactly those parts which you are interested in and be back at your desk or bench in an instant. 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.

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 2018 Microbiology and Immunology Virtual Event. Submission is free. Submit your abstract here

Continuing Education
By participating in this virtual event and watching webcast presentations, you can earn Free Continuing Education (PACE) and/or Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. To earn educational credits, you must view an entire presentation. Following the presentation, you must click on the educational credit link provided for that particular speaker and follow the required process. Once you have completed the process, you will receive a certificate for the educational credit.

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POSTER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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. Posters should be submitted as a PowerPoint file. Presentations should incorporate illustrative materials such as tables, graphs, photographs, and large-print text. This content is not peer reviewed. Submission is free.

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT

Enter the following information to this Submission Form:

  • Poster Title
  • Your Name
  • Your Institution
  • Your Email
  • Abstract describing the poster

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed and decisions regarding acceptance will be made as abstracts are received. You will be notified within one week of receipt about acceptance. Further details and registration materials will be provided at that time. You do not have to be present in order to have a poster displayed. Only those abstracts approved by LabRoots may display posters at this event.

If accepted, you will also have the opportunity to record a 3-5 minute summary video for each poster. LabRoots will work with each individual to create these videos. Video links and email contact information will be included on each poster displayed.

Questions? Email Posters@LabRoots.com

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Agenda
  • SEP 12, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
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    Multiplex Molecular Panels in Syndromic Infectious Diseases Testing
    Speaker: Vera Tesic, MD, MS, D (ABMM), M (ASCP)
  • SEP 12, 2018 10:30 AM PDT
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    Laboratory Role in Diagnosis of Antiphospholipid Antibodies and Antiphospholipid Syndrome
    Speaker: Vladimir Vidanovic, MD
  • SEP 13, 2018 01:30 PM PDT
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    Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Bioconversion by Environmental and Host-Associated Bacteria
  • SEP 13, 2018 01:30 PM PDT
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    New PacBio Solutions for High-Resolution Microbiology & Immunology Analysis
    Speaker: Jonas Korlach, PhD
  • Infectious Diseases
  • SEP 12, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
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    Multiplex Molecular Panels in Syndromic Infectious Diseases Testing
    Speaker: Vera Tesic, MD, MS, D (ABMM), M (ASCP)
  • SEP 12, 2018 10:30 AM PDT
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    Laboratory Role in Diagnosis of Antiphospholipid Antibodies and Antiphospholipid Syndrome
    Speaker: Vladimir Vidanovic, MD
  • SEP 13, 2018 01:30 PM PDT
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    Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Bioconversion by Environmental and Host-Associated Bacteria
  • Emerging Trends in Obtaining and Analyzing Samples
  • SEP 13, 2018 01:30 PM PDT
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    New PacBio Solutions for High-Resolution Microbiology & Immunology Analysis
    Speaker: Jonas Korlach, PhD
Speakers

  • Terence Crofts, PhD
    Pathology and Immunology Postdoctoral Scholar, Dantas Lab, Washington University in St. Louis
    Biography
      Dr. Crofts is currently a post-doctoral scholar at Washington University in St. Louis working with Dr. Gautam Dantas. One focus of his research has been the metabolic fate of antibiotics in the environment, a project that ties together antibiotic resistance and bacterial metabolism. A second focus is how early life antibiotic therapy alters the developing human gut microbiota in infants as well as the host immune system using a gnotobiotic mouse model I have developed. A third focus has been studying how the human microbiome interacts with pharmaceuticals and other xenobiotics, with a focus on the mechanisms underlying drug toxicity. Prior to this he received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of California, Berkeley, working with Dr. Michi Taga studying how bacterial producers of vitamin B12 analogs use enzyme-substrate specificity to avoid incorporating incorrect lower ligands from their environment. He began his career earning joint B.S. degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemistry from the University of Illinois, where he completed an honor's research project on T-cell receptor specificity in the lab of Dr. David Kranz. He is looking forward to starting next fall at Northwestern University as a Research Assistant Professor, where he will continue to focus on understanding how the gut microbiota affects the efficacy and toxicity of pharmaceuticals, including small molecules and biologics, as well as study how microbiota in the environment respond to and modify/degrade antimicrobials.
    • Siobain Duffy
      Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources, Rutgers University
    • Kathleen England, PhD
      Sr. TB Diagnostics Advisor, Medecins Sans Frontieres
    • Jennifer Gardy, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics, Senior Scientist (Genomics), BC Centre for Disease Control, The University of British Columbia
      Biography
        Dr. Jennifer Gardy is both a scientist and a science communicator. In her scientific life, she's a Senior Scientist in Genomics at the BC Centre for Disease Control and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics. Jennifer's lab uses genome sequencing to understand how infectious diseases spread in populations. When she's not studying microbes, Jennifer works in science media. She regularly hosts episodes of CBC Television's long-running science documentary series The Nature of Things, appears as a guest host and contributor on Discovery Chanel's nightly science newsmagazine Daily Planet, and is a frequent guest on many other programs. She wrote a children's book about microbes for OwlKids Books in 2014, and regularly speaks to science graduate students about how to communicate their research effectively.
      • Jonas Korlach, PhD
        Chief Scientific Officer, Pacific Biosciences
        Biography
          Jonas Korlach was appointed Chief Scientific Officer of Pacific Biosciences in July 2012. He was previously a Scientific Fellow, supporting commercial development of the PacBio RS II system and performing research aimed at developing new applications for SMRT technologies. He co-invented the SMRT technology with Stephen Turner, Ph.D., Pacific Biosciences Founder and Chief Technology Officer, when the two were graduate students at Cornell University. Dr. Korlach joined Pacific Biosciences as the company's eighth employee in 2004. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Cornell University. Dr. Korlach is the recipient of multiple grants, an inventor on 70 issued U.S. patents and 61 international patents, and an author of over 70 scientific studies on the principles and applications of SMRT technology, including publications in Nature, Science, and PNAS. In 2013, Dr. Korlach was honored by the Obama White House as an Immigrant Innovator "Champion of Change." He received both his Ph.D. and his M.S. degrees in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology from Cornell, and received M.S. and B.A. degrees in Biological Sciences from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
        • Allison Lopatkin
          Postdoctoral Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
          Biography
            Allison J. Lopatkin, PhD, works as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Medical Engineering and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Infectious Disease and Microbiome group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, as a member of the Collins Lab. She completed her PhD training in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, and her BS training in Applied Mathematics at the University of Rochester. Allison's work uses quantitative methods to study the spread of antibiotic resistance within bacterial populations, including synthetic biology approaches and mathematical modeling. Her current research interests include evolutionary dynamics of bacterial communities, leveraging horizontal gene transfer to target pathogens, and adjuvant discovery to extend the efficacy of existing antibiotics.
          • Mohammad Qadir, PhD
            President & Chief Scientific Officer, Fusion Genomics
            Biography
              Dr Qadir's training is in genetics and molecular biology. Dr Qadir has over 17 years of research experience. The last ten were at the British Columbia Cancer Agency where he worked with world-renowned experts in genomics and drug development. Dr Qadir is the co-inventor of the CHILDSeq-Sarcoma assay and CHILDDecode (part of FUSIONCloud™). Dr Qadir oversees all the scientific aspects of research and development efforts at FUSION GENOMICS and also serves as the interface for all collaborators.
            • Kevin Redding, PhD
              Professor, School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University
              Biography
                Kevin Redding received a B.A. in biochemistry from Rice University in 1987 and a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from Stanford University in 1993, working with Robert Fuller. He was an National Science Foundation (NSF) Plant Biology Postdoctoral Fellow and a Human Frontiers in Science Postdoctoral Fellow and worked with Jean-David Rochaix at the University of Geneva. He started his academic career at the University of Alabama in 1998, received a DuPont Young Professor award and NSF CAREER award. After a one-year stint at the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique in Paris as a Fulbright Scholar, he joined ASU in 2008. His current research interests are in structure/function studies of photosynthetic reaction centers, re-engineering photosynthetic electron transfer, and fundamental processes in heliobacteria.
              • Rusty Rodriguez, PhD
                CEO, Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies
                Biography
                  For the past 25 years Rusty has been a leading expert in plant-fungal symbiosis while effectively managing research laboratories in academic and government institutions. He is a leading expert in plant-fungal symbiosis and is commonly asked to speak at scientific conferences around the globe. Based on his scientific expertise, successes in management and knowledge of the agriculture industry, Rusty was a natural fit for CEO. He provides the great leadership and innovative thinking that keeps us on the leading edge of science in agriculture.
                • Vera Tesic, MD, MS, D (ABMM), M (ASCP)
                  Assistant Professor of Pathology, Assistant Director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology Laboratories, The University of Chicago Medicine
                  Biography
                    Vera Tesic, MD, MS, D (ABMM), works as an assistant professor of pathology and assistant medical director of clinical microbiology and immunology laboratories, at the University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, Illinois. She completed her training in pathology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by a fellowship in clinical microbiology at the University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories. Her areas of interest include application of new technologies into clinical laboratory practice and implementation of cost effective diagnostic tests for infectious diseases, with a particular focus on syphilis testing.
                  • Vladimir Vidanovic, MD
                    Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, University of Illinois at Chicago
                    Biography
                      He is the director of Coagulation and director of Point-of-Care Testing at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in Chicago, and Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine attending physician in the same institution. From 2015-2017 he held the position of Interim Director of Clinical Pathology. He is also the Laboratory Medical Director at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago.
                    • Laura Zinke, PhD
                      Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of California Davis
                      Biography
                        Dr. Zinke is a microbial and viral ecologist, interrogating links between these tiny entities and larger geochemical cycling on earth. She studied biology at Texas A&M as an undergraduate, she characterized marine sediment microbial communities as a PhD student at the University of Southern California, and is now exploring viral communities in agricultural soils at the University of California, Davis as a post-doc.
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                      Committee

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                      • Committee Chair: Tony Rook, MS

                        Tony A. Rook leads the Microbiology Resource Center at The Sherwin-Williams Company in Cleveland, OH, USA, where he has built a world-class Microbiology Center of Excellence to focus on global preservation strategies, continuous improvement of industrial hygiene practices, and ...

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                      • Ivan Brukner, PhD

                      • Philip Geis, PhD

                      • Clyde Schultz, PhD

                      • Radhakrishna Tirumalai, PhD

                        Radhakrishna Tirumalai, PhD US Pharmacopeial Convention Dr. Tirumalai has been at the USP since 2003 and is currently a Principal Scientific Liaison in the Global Science and Standards Division. He is the Staff Liaison to the USP Expert Committees on Microbiology, and Toxicology ...

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                      • Emily Hollister, PhD

                        Dr. Hollister is a microbial ecologist and bioinformaticist. She is interested in quantifying and characterizing microbial communities from a wide variety of environments, including the human body. Utilizing high throughput, next-generation DNA and RNA sequence approaches, her ...

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                      • Glenn Tillotson, SVP

                        Glenn is a Senior Vice President at Cempra Inc in Chapel Hill, USA. He is trained in medical microbiology and infectious diseases and almost 30 of pharmaceutical industry experience in various areas including clinical research, commercialization, scientific communications ...

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                      • Marilyn Roossinck, PhD

                        Dr. Roossinck received a PhD in 1986 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Microbiology and Immunology, studying Hepatitis B virus, on an National Institutes of Health fellowship. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University, where she began studying ...

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                      • Bradley Ford, MD, PhD

                        Bradley Ford received his M.D. and Ph.D. (Physiology and Biophysics) degrees from SUNY Stony Brook, followed by a Clinical Pathology residency and postdoctoral training in basic and clinical microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests include ...

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                      • Fred Russell Kramer, PhD

                      • John Thomas, PhD

                        Professor Emeritus John G. Thomas, PhD, is recognized as an "International Educator and Global Microbiologist " (www.globalbugs.com) having lectured in more than 43 countries while a clinical microbiologist in pathology (Professor), dentistry (Clinical Professor) and Graduate ...

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                      • James Snyder, PhD, DABMM, FAMM

                        James W. Snyder, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Chief of Microbiology at the U of L Hospital. Dr. Snyder earned his Ph.D. in Biology (Medical Microbiology) from the University of Dayton. Dr. Snyder serves as the American Society ...

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                      • Neil Osheroff, PhD

                        Neil Osheroff received a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Hobart College in 1974 followed by a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Northwestern University in 1979. His doctoral dissertation on the mechanism of action of cytochrome c was under the direction of ...

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