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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Microbiology and Immunology 2018

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:

  • Infectious Diseases
    • C. Difficile
    • Tuberculosis
    • Respiratory and Intestinal Tract Infections
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Microbes and Alzheimer's Disease
  • Developments in Virology, Virulence and Vaccinations.
  • New Methods and Emerging Trends
    • The Rigors of Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing
  • Ecology & Evolution
    • Environmental and Post-Disaster Concerns
  • Applied Microbiology


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). 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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Speakers
  • Assistant Professor of Pathology, Assistant Director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology Laboratories, The University of Chicago Medicine
  • Director, The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, Office of Research, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food & Drug Administration
  • Research Health Scientist, Providence VA Medical Center
  • Chief, Surveillance, Epidemiology, Assessment & Evaluation Section Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch California Department of Public Health
  • Pathology and Immunology Postdoctoral Scholar, Dantas Lab, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Medical Director, Infectious Disease, Tricore Reference Laboratories, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources, Rutgers University
  • Professor, Center for Vaccine Development, University of Maryland Baltimore
  • Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics, Senior Scientist (Genomics), BC Centre for Disease Control, The University of British Columbia
  • Director of Global Product Management, Genome Analysis, QIAGEN
  • Chief Scientific Officer, Pacific Biosciences
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Director Microbiome Product Development, QIAGEN
  • Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Associate Dean and Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate Education, Virginia Tech
  • President & Chief Scientific Officer, Fusion Genomics
  • Professor, School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University
  • Professor of Biology, San Diego State
  • CEO, Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies
  • Head of Culture Collections, National Infection Service, Public Health England (PHE)
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, QIAGEN
  • Post Doctoral Researcher, University of California Davis

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Posters

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

LabRoots Policy

Agenda
  • SEP 12, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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    Accelerating Tuberculosis Elimination with Genomics
    Speaker: Jennifer Gardy, PhD
  • SEP 12, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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    Advancing Metagenomic Tools for Monitoring Antibiotic Resistance and Pathogen Gene Markers in Water and the Environment
    Speaker: Amy Pruden, PhD
  • SEP 12, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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    How Phage Create an Immune System: BAM Immunity & Transcytosis
    Speaker: Forest Rohwer, PhD
  • SEP 12, 2018 07:30 AM PDT
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    Keynote Presentation: Multiplex Molecular Panels in Syndromic Infectious Diseases Testing
    Speaker: Vera Tesic, MD, MS, D (ABMM), M (ASCP)
  • SEP 12, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
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    Antimicrobial Stewardship - Its Role in Managing Antibiotic Resistance
    Speaker: Haley Appaneal, Pharm D.
  • SEP 12, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
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    The Persistence of Pertussis and the Prognostic Value of Bordetella Detection
    Speaker: Karissa Culbreath, PhD, D(ABMM)
    Sponsored By: DiaSorin
  • 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 12, 2018 12:00 PM PDT
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    Antimicrobial Resistance Identification, Strain Typing, and Assay Design with CLC Genomics Workbench
    Speaker: Jonathan Jacobs, PhD
    Sponsored By: QIAGEN
  • SEP 12, 2018 12:00 PM PDT
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    ONETest PathoGenome: A Target Hybridization-Based Next-Generation Sequencing Assay to Tackle Undiagnosed Infections
  • SEP 12, 2018 01:30 PM PDT
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    Connect Across 1000s of Expertly Curated Genomics Datasets Using QIAGEN's Immunology Focused DiseaseLand Database
    Speaker: Lucy Williams, PhD
    Sponsored By: QIAGEN
  • SEP 12, 2018 01:30 PM PDT
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    The NCTC 3000 Project: Mapping the Genetic Codes of 3000 Pathogenic Bacteria
    Speaker: Julie Russell
  • SEP 13, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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    The Evolution of Diverse, Ubiquitous CRESS DNA Viruses
    Speaker: Siobain Duffy
  • SEP 13, 2018 07:30 AM PDT
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    Keynote Presentation: Tracking the Resistome in One Health Surveillance
    Speaker: Patrick McDermott, MS, PhD
  • SEP 13, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
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    Viruses in Soils - What Do We Know, and Where Do We Go From Here?
    Speaker: Laura Zinke, PhD
  • SEP 13, 2018 10:30 AM PDT
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    Understanding and Inhibiting Horizontal Gene Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance
    Speaker: Allison Lopatkin
  • SEP 13, 2018 12:00 PM PDT
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    Disrupting Sexually Transmitted Diseases by Leveraging Innovative Technologies for Prevention: An Overview of Global and Local STD Trends and Impact
    Speaker: Joan Chow
  • SEP 13, 2018 12:00 PM PDT
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    Outer Membrane Remodeling of Attenuated Salmonella to Create a Mucosal Vaccine Against Acinetobacter Baumannii
    Speaker: James Galen, PhD
  • SEP 13, 2018 12:00 PM PDT
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    Symbiotic Programing of Plants for Stress Tolerance with Fungal Endophytes: Altering the Future of Food Security, Political Stability and Poverty
    Speaker: Rusty Rodriguez, PhD
  • 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
    Sponsored By: PacBio
  • Infectious Diseases
  • SEP 12, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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    Accelerating Tuberculosis Elimination with Genomics
    Speaker: Jennifer Gardy, PhD
  • SEP 12, 2018 07:30 AM PDT
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    Keynote Presentation: Multiplex Molecular Panels in Syndromic Infectious Diseases Testing
    Speaker: Vera Tesic, MD, MS, D (ABMM), M (ASCP)
  • SEP 12, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
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    The Persistence of Pertussis and the Prognostic Value of Bordetella Detection
    Speaker: Karissa Culbreath, PhD, D(ABMM)
    Sponsored By: DiaSorin
  • 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 12, 2018 01:30 PM PDT
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    Connect Across 1000s of Expertly Curated Genomics Datasets Using QIAGEN's Immunology Focused DiseaseLand Database
    Speaker: Lucy Williams, PhD
    Sponsored By: QIAGEN
  • Applied Microbiology
  • SEP 12, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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    Advancing Metagenomic Tools for Monitoring Antibiotic Resistance and Pathogen Gene Markers in Water and the Environment
    Speaker: Amy Pruden, PhD
  • SEP 12, 2018 12:00 PM PDT
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    Antimicrobial Resistance Identification, Strain Typing, and Assay Design with CLC Genomics Workbench
    Speaker: Jonathan Jacobs, PhD
    Sponsored By: QIAGEN
  • SEP 13, 2018 07:30 AM PDT
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    Keynote Presentation: Tracking the Resistome in One Health Surveillance
    Speaker: Patrick McDermott, MS, PhD
  • SEP 13, 2018 12:00 PM PDT
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    Symbiotic Programing of Plants for Stress Tolerance with Fungal Endophytes: Altering the Future of Food Security, Political Stability and Poverty
    Speaker: Rusty Rodriguez, PhD
  • Ecology & Evolution
  • SEP 12, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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    How Phage Create an Immune System: BAM Immunity & Transcytosis
    Speaker: Forest Rohwer, PhD
  • SEP 12, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
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    Antimicrobial Stewardship - Its Role in Managing Antibiotic Resistance
    Speaker: Haley Appaneal, Pharm D.
  • SEP 13, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
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    Viruses in Soils - What Do We Know, and Where Do We Go From Here?
    Speaker: Laura Zinke, PhD
  • 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 12, 2018 12:00 PM PDT
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    ONETest PathoGenome: A Target Hybridization-Based Next-Generation Sequencing Assay to Tackle Undiagnosed Infections
  • SEP 13, 2018 10:30 AM PDT
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    Understanding and Inhibiting Horizontal Gene Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance
    Speaker: Allison Lopatkin
  • SEP 13, 2018 01:30 PM PDT
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    New PacBio Solutions for High-Resolution Microbiology & Immunology Analysis
    Speaker: Jonas Korlach, PhD
    Sponsored By: PacBio
  • New Methods and Emerging Trends
  • SEP 12, 2018 01:30 PM PDT
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    The NCTC 3000 Project: Mapping the Genetic Codes of 3000 Pathogenic Bacteria
    Speaker: Julie Russell
  • SEP 13, 2018 12:00 PM PDT
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    Disrupting Sexually Transmitted Diseases by Leveraging Innovative Technologies for Prevention: An Overview of Global and Local STD Trends and Impact
    Speaker: Joan Chow
  • Virulence and Vaccinations
  • SEP 13, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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    The Evolution of Diverse, Ubiquitous CRESS DNA Viruses
    Speaker: Siobain Duffy
  • SEP 13, 2018 12:00 PM PDT
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    Outer Membrane Remodeling of Attenuated Salmonella to Create a Mucosal Vaccine Against Acinetobacter Baumannii
    Speaker: James Galen, PhD
Speakers

  • 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.
    • Patrick McDermott, MS, PhD
      Director, The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, Office of Research, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food & Drug Administration
      Biography
        Dr. Patrick McDermott is Director of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) at the Food & Drug Administration. NARMS was established in 1996 and is an interagency collaborative effort between the FDA, USDA and CDC that tracks antibiotic resistance in bacteria from retail meats, food producing animals and human clinical cases of infection. He led studies to develop the first standardized antimicrobial susceptibility testing methods for Campylobacter, conducted work to show the impact of antimicrobials in animals, and coordinated the implementation of whole genome sequencing into NARMS national surveillance. His collaborative work aims to understand the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne microorganisms, how they emerge and spread, and the impact of interventions designed to limit resistance in food animal production. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and recipient of the FDA's Francis Kelsey award for excellence and courage in protecting the public health.
      • Haley Appaneal, Pharm D.
        Research Health Scientist, Providence VA Medical Center
        Biography
          Dr. Appaneal is a clinician scientist with expertise in infectious diseases, antibiotic stewardship, and pharmacy practice (Pharm D). She completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center in July 2012 and subsequently a two-year VA funded post-doctoral fellowship for PharmDs in July 2014. Her fellowship training was in ID clinical outcomes with a focus on the appropriate use and safety of antibiotics. Since completing her fellowship, Dr. Appaneal has been a health services investigator at Providence VAMC with the Rhode Island ID (RIID) Research Program and a core member of the Providence VAMC's Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Her research focuses in improving the quality of patient care nationally through reduction of inappropriate antibiotic use.
        • Joan Chow
          Chief, Surveillance, Epidemiology, Assessment & Evaluation Section Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch California Department of Public Health
          Biography
            Dr. Chow has been a Specialist with The University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine and with the California Department of Public Health-Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch since 1997. Her areas of interest have been in evaluation of new chlamydia diagnostic technologies, surveillance for reproductive health complications including pelvic inflammatory disease associated with chlamydia infections in women, chlamydia and gonorrhea prevalence monitoring in family planning populations, development of chlamydia/gonorrhea screening guidelines, and evaluation of quality improvement interventions aimed at increasing chlamydia screening, and other STD quality measures.
          • 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.
            • Karissa Culbreath, PhD, D(ABMM)
              Medical Director, Infectious Disease, Tricore Reference Laboratories, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
              Biography
                Dr. Culbreath earned her PhD at Vanderbilt followed by a fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Dr. Culbreath joined Tricore Reference Laboratories in Albuquerque New Mexico in 2010. Since 2011, she has served as Medical Director at Tricore and additionally since 2013 as Associate Professor, Department of Pathology University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
              • Siobain Duffy
                Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources, Rutgers University
              • James Galen, PhD
                Professor, Center for Vaccine Development, University of Maryland Baltimore
                Biography
                  For over 15 years, Dr. Galen has focused on the construction of attenuated bacterial vaccines and their use as live vectors to deliver foreign antigens to the immune system. His work has had broad applications to the development and pre-clinical testing of a variety of live vaccines against both eukaryotic and prokaryotic pathogens, including the etiological agents for malaria, SARS, plague, anthrax, tetanus, enteric fever, and most recently infections caused by Clostridium difficile. Dr. Galen has been involved in instrumental research on the development of plasmid-based expression systems for delivery of foreign antigens from both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. He has invented two novel systems: - Antigen transport system for export of antigens out to the surface of attenuated S. Typhi. - Plasmid stabilization and selection system that removes the need for plasmid selection using antibiotics and guarantees plasmid retention in vivo after introduction into live vector strains. Dr. Galen's work has resulted in multiple patents issued in both the United States and abroad. Recent efforts have focused on the design and development of novel vaccines and therapeutic treatments against enteric disease caused by Clostridium difficile. On the vaccine side, Dr. Galen has worked on the development of a live oral vaccine designed to elicit toxin neutralizing antibodies against the three known toxins of C. difficile: Toxin A (TcdA), toxin B (TcdB), and binary toxin (CDT). On the therapeutic treatment side, he is collaborating on a unique project to engineer a probiotic strain of yeast called Saccharomyces boulardii to efficiently and stably deliver in situ therapeutically relevant levels of a novel tetravalent neutralizing antibody against CDI enterotoxins TcdA and TcdB, to interrupt recurrent disease.
                • 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.
                  • Jonathan Jacobs, PhD
                    Director of Global Product Management, Genome Analysis, QIAGEN
                    Biography
                      Jonathan Jacobs Ph.D. has over 18 years of experience in bioinformatics, molecular genetics, and microbial genomics. In 1999, he received his BSc. in Plant Biology from the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture, and in 2006 he earned his PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Jacobs was then awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, where his research focused on epigenetic control of gene expression. Following his postdoc, he obtained several patents in cell line engineering while a scientist in MedImmune's Antibody Discovery & Protein Engineering group. He later went on to join MRIGlobal to lead applied genomics programs. For eight years, Dr. Jacobs led MRIGlobal's pathogen genomics and bioinformatics team, developing systems for mobile pathogen diagnostics, microbial forensics, and point-of-need field testing. He was also the genomics team lead for U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency's S2S/PanGIA program: a deployable metagenomics system for use in clinical diagnostic and environmental surveillance laboratories. Dr. Jacobs joined QIAGEN in 2018 as Director of Global Product Management, Genome Analysis, where he is leading the development road-map for CLC bio, a portfolio of enterprise level bioinformatics software solutions.
                    • 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.
                        • Dominic O'Neil
                          Director Microbiome Product Development, QIAGEN
                        • Amy Pruden, PhD
                          Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Associate Dean and Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate Education, Virginia Tech
                          Biography
                            Amy Pruden is the W. Thomas Rice Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on bringing a microbial ecological perspective to understanding and advancing design and management of environmental systems. Pruden is a leading expert on water-based pathogens and antibiotic resistance. In 2012-2013, she led a Water Research Foundation expert workshop and report on Opportunistic Pathogens in Premise Plumbing: Epidemiology, Microbial Ecology, and Engineering Controls, in which a multi-stakeholder framework for public health protection was developed. In 2016, she co-organized a workshop sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at Emory University, From Watersheds to Showerheads: Improving Legionella Risk Management in the 21st Century. Her current research, funded by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, focuses on how engineering design shapes the composition of the microbiome of tap water and implications for control and spread of Legionella, Naegleria fowleri, and antibiotic resistance genes. She has authored over 120 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and is currently PI on a USDA AFRI project aimed at developing computational tools for identifying critical control points for mitigating the spread of antibiotic resistance. Dr. Pruden is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering and the Paul L. Busch Award for innovation in water research. She holds a B.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in environmental science, both from the University of Cincinnati.
                          • 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.
                              • Forest Rohwer, PhD
                                Professor of Biology, San Diego State
                                Biography
                                  Being a marine microbial ecologist, Dr. Forest Rohwer sees a coral reef as a finely-tuned community in which the microbes and viruses are major players. Recognizing their importance, he pioneered the use of metagenomics as a means to characterize these previously inscrutable organisms and to investigate their role in coral reef health and disease.
                                • 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.
                                  • Julie Russell
                                    Head of Culture Collections, National Infection Service, Public Health England (PHE)
                                    Biography
                                      Julie joined the UK's Public Health Laboratory Service in 1990 after working for a few years in clinical diagnostic microbiology laboratories within the National Health Service. Initially she developed and organised proficiency testing schemes for food microbiology, then later her role expanded to include water microbiology. Organisational change meant that she now works for Public Health England and from 2012 has been the Head of Culture Collections, a biological resource centre with global reach. She studied for her first degree in Manchester, higher degree at the University of Surrey and has particular interest in the preservation of bacteria and in scientific communication.
                                    • 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.
                                      • Lucy Williams, PhD
                                        Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, QIAGEN
                                        Biography
                                          Dr. Williams is a Senior Bioinformatician at Omicsoft. Her responsibilities include product development as well as customer relations for Qiagen's DiseaseLand, GeneticsLand, and OncoLand products. Prior to OmicSoft, Dr. Williams was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. She did her post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, where she used genetics and genomics to study how transcriptional responses are fine-tuned for proper innate immune responsiveness. She also received her PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of North Carolina and has a BS in Biochemistry and Genetics from Texas A&M University.
                                        • Laura Zinke, PhD
                                          Post Doctoral Researcher, University of California Davis
                                          Biography
                                            Laura Zinke is a viral and microbial ecologist, with a specialty in environmental systems. A Texas native, she received her BS in Biology from Texas A&M University in 2013. She then pursued a PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC). While at USC, she studied the relationships between microbial ecology and geochemistry in marine sediments under the advisement of Drs. Jan Amend and Brandi Kiel Reese. This work led her to the tropical Pacific Ocean and the Baltic Sea, where she participated in research cruises (no swimsuits required). Currently, Laura is a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Joanne Emerson's viral ecology lab at the University of California, Davis. She currently investigates viral communities in agricultural soils and how these communities impact living entities and abiotic soil properties.
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