MENU
SEP 8 - 10 2020 Opens: 6:00 AM PDT
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar

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.

Use #LRmicro to follow the conversation! 


Speakers
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Co-Founder and CEO, Ichor Biologics
  • Research Microbiologist/Bioinformatician, US Department of Agriculture's Dairy Forage Research Center
  • Associate Professor, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina Central University
  • Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center
  • Professor, CSIC, Chairman, Head of the Evolutionary and Systems Virology Group, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology
  • Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky
  • Associate Processor, Genomics Department, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside
  • Co-founder and CEO of Biotia, Research Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
  • Director R&D, Microbiome Product Development
  • Professor and Chair Department of Microbiology, Professor in Department of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Associate Research Scientist, Center for Infection and Immunity, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
  • PhD candidate Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Minnesota
  • Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Louisville
  • HHMI Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow in Jesse Bloom's lab, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Research Fellow, Semmelweis University, Academic Trainee, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Show Resources
You May Also Like
SEP 07, 2021 6:00 AM PDT
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
SEP 07, 2021 6:00 AM PDT
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
LabRoots is excited to bring academia and industry, research experts, virologists, microbiologists, healthcare professionals, and leading biomedical scientists under one roof at our 7 th Ann...
NOV 12, 2020 6:00 AM PST
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
NOV 12, 2020 6:00 AM PST
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
Ten years ago LabRoots launched a new system of learning for a global scientific audience. Now, the 2020 Clinical Diagnostics and Research Virtual Event will again bring together clinicians,...
NOV 11, 2021 6:00 AM PST
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
NOV 11, 2021 6:00 AM PST
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
Twelveyears ago LabRoots launched a new system of learning for a global scientific audience. Now, the 2021 Clinical Diagnostics and Research Virtual Event will again bring together clinician...
SEP 10, 2020 9:30 AM EDT
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
SEP 10, 2020 9:30 AM EDT
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
AGBT Precision Health is going virtual on September 10-11, 2020. The Precision Health meeting is free of charge to everyone who registers before July 30th. Following this date, registration...
MAR 24, 2021 6:00 AM PDT
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
MAR 24, 2021 6:00 AM PDT
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
LabRoots is pleased to announce the 4th Annual 2021 Cannabis Sciences Virtual Event . LabRoots will host the event on March 24, 2021. The Cannabis Sciences planning committee will be plannin...
FEB 10, 2021 6:00 AM PST
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
FEB 10, 2021 6:00 AM PST
Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
LabRoots is pleased to announce the 10th annual Laboratory Animal Science (LAS) Virtual Conference which will take place on February 10th 2021. This is the premier on...
Agenda
Scheduled
  • Keynote Presentation: A Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine
    SEP 08, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
    Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
    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
  • Keynote Presentation: Single-cell virus sequencing of influenza infections that trigger innate immunity
    SEP 08, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
    Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
    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
The following webinars will be readily on-demand when the event starts
  • 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
Scheduled
  • Keynote Presentation: Human Monoclonal Antibodies for Emerging Agents
    SEP 09, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
    Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
    Keynote Presentation: Human Monoclonal Antibodies for Emerging Agents
    James Crowe, M.D.
    Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center
  • Keynote Presentation: Causes and consequences of immune gene diversity in plants
    SEP 09, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
    Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
    Keynote Presentation: Causes and consequences of immune gene diversity in plants
    Detlef Weigel, Executive Director
    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
The following webinars will be readily on-demand when the event starts
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Continuing Education: Florida CE | P.A.C.E. CE
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Continuing Education: Florida CE | P.A.C.E. CE
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Continuing Education: Florida CE | P.A.C.E. CE
  • 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 M. Bickhart, PhD
    Research Microbiologist/Bioinformatician, US Department of Agriculture's Dairy Forage Research Center
  • Optimizing the extraction of human microbiome samples
    Optimizing the extraction of human microbiome samples
    Dominic O'Neil
    Director R&D, Microbiome Product Development
  • 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
    Continuing Education: Florida CE | P.A.C.E. CE
  • 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
  • Influenza - September 8th
    • Genomics of Respiratory Viruses
    • Keynote Presentation: Single-cell virus sequencing of influenza infections that trigger innate immunity
      SEP 08, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
      Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
      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
    • Novel Respiratory Virus Vaccines
    • 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
    • Keynote Presentation: A Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine
      SEP 08, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
      Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
      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
  • Immunology - September 9th
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
      Continuing Education: Florida CE | P.A.C.E. CE
    • 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
    • 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
    • Keynote Presentation: Causes and consequences of immune gene diversity in plants
      SEP 09, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
      Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
      Keynote Presentation: Causes and consequences of immune gene diversity in plants
      Detlef Weigel, Executive Director
      Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
    • 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
    • Keynote Presentation: Human Monoclonal Antibodies for Emerging Agents
      SEP 09, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
      Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
      Keynote Presentation: Human Monoclonal Antibodies for Emerging Agents
      James Crowe, M.D.
      Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center
  • Immunology
    • Vertebrate Adaptive Immune Systems
    • 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
      Continuing Education: Florida CE | P.A.C.E. CE
  • 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
  • Microbial Communities - September 10th
    • Evolution and Heterogeneity within Biofilms and other Microbial Communities
    • Optimizing the extraction of human microbiome samples
      Optimizing the extraction of human microbiome samples
      Dominic O'Neil
      Director R&D, Microbiome Product Development
    • Microbiome-Based Diagnostics and Therapeutics
    • 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
  • Microbial Communities
    • 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
      Continuing Education: Florida CE | P.A.C.E. CE
  • Infectious Disease
    • 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 M. Bickhart, PhD
      Research Microbiologist/Bioinformatician, US Department of Agriculture's Dairy Forage Research Center
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

      Dr. Alvarez is an Assistant Professor, in the division of Infectious Diseases at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where his work focuses on the antibody-mediated mechanisms that correlate with HIV-1 suppression in HIV-1 controller patients. Dr. Alvarez has over 20 years experience conducting translational research in the infectious disease space. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Ichor Biologics, a pre-clinical biotechnology start-up that is dedicated to accelerating therapeutics in the infectious disease space.  Dr. Alvarez received his BSc. in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from Boston University, an MSc. in the Immunology of Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD from King's College London in Molecular Virology. 

    • Derek M. Bickhart, PhD
      Research Microbiologist/Bioinformatician, US Department of Agriculture's Dairy Forage Research Center
      Biography

        Dr. Bickhart is a Research Microbiologist/Bioinformatician at the US Department of Agriculture’s Dairy Forage Research Center, where his work focuses on genome assembly of livestock species and their associated microbiomes. He has 10 years of experience in the field of Bioinformatics and Genome Informatics, and applies new technologies and algorithms to solve problems in agricultural production systems. Dr. Bickhart has been a contributor or team leader for many of the recently released reference genomes for agricultural species. The goal of this research is to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems by enabling predictive modeling of animal production with the inclusion of animal and microbial genomic information.

      • Jesse D. Bloom, PhD
        Associate Professor, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
        Biography

          Jesse Bloom is a professor at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Bloom lab uses a mix of experiment and computation to study the evolution of viruses. Jesse received his PhD in Caltech where he worked with Frances Arnold, and then performed postdoctoral work with David Baltimore also at Caltech. Jesse started his own research group at the Fred Hutch in 2011.

        • Candice M. Brown, PhD
          Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, West Virginia University School of Medicine
          Biography

            Dr. Candice M. Brown is an assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. She received her PhD in Genetics and Genomics from Duke University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, Davis and the University of Washington. She joined the Center for Basic and Translational Stroke Research at West Virginia University in October 2014. The goal of her research is to understand how sex differences modify interactions between the brain and the immune system, with an emphasis on the brain’s vascular system. Recent studies have focused on longitudinal changes in the gut microbiome and the enteric nervous system in animal models of sepsis, ischemic stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

          • Lindsey M. Costantini, PhD
            Assistant Professor, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina Central University
            Biography

              Dr. Costantini completed her doctorate degree in Biomedical Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Costantini’s research focus integrates her background in cellular and molecular biology and virology with high-resolution microscopy approaches. At North Carolina Central University, Dr. Costantini’s research lab studies the replication and lifecycle of human herpesvirus, Kaposi’s Sarcoma Herpesvirus. More specifically, the viral DNA replication machinery and the factors that may influence viral replication.

            • James Crowe, M.D.
              Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center
              Biography

                Dr. James Crowe is Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center and the Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt. His laboratory studies the human immune response to infection for a wide variety of major human pathogens, including many emerging infections. His research group uses a very broad array of techniques including molecular and cellular biology, single-cell biology and synthetic genomics, state-of-the-art imaging and flow cytometry, bioinformatics, and bioengineering approaches to attack scientific problems at the forefront of immunity research. The group has been recognized widely as a leader in antibody sciences, for instance as the Best Academic Research Team, 11th Annual Vaccine Industry Excellence Awards, World Vaccine Congress, recipient of the 2019 Merck Future Insight Prize for Pandemic Preparedness, and large-scale research grants and contracts from NIH and DoD, including the DARPA Pandemic Prevention Program (P3).

              • Santiago F. Elena
                Professor, CSIC, Chairman, Head of the Evolutionary and Systems Virology Group, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology
                Biography

                  Santiago Elena is CSIC professor and chairman of the Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I2SysBio), where he is the head of the Evolutionary and Systems Virology group.  In addition, he is an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute (NM, USA).  He graduated in Biochemistry from the University of Valencia and did a PhD thesis on Evolutionary Genetics of RNA viruses.  He did a postdoc in the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University and a sabbatical stay in the Section of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at UC San Diego.  His work has always focused on the study of the mechanisms by which RNA viruses adapt to their hosts and how this adaptation results in the manipulation of cellular resources for their own benefit.  For this work, he combines experimental evolution, advanced molecular biology, molecular epidemiology, and mathematical modeling.  Among other merits, he is an elected member of the European Organization for Molecular Biology (EMBO), the Chinese Academy of Agronomic Sciences (CAAS), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAA&S).

                • Michael Goodin, PhD
                  Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky
                  Biography

                    Michael Goodin employs live-cell imaging to investigate the cellular biology of plant-adapted rhabdoviruses, and other RNA viruses. He has made seminal contributions particularly regarding the mechanism of nuclear transport of viral proteins, their ability to modify nuclear membranes, and identification of host factors implicated in cell-to-cell movement. He is presently focused on the identification and characterization of emerging plant viruses in Brazil, including the mite-transmitted coffee ringspot virus. Like zoonotic viruses, plant viruses, particularly those with arthropod vectors, share the ability to jump species barriers, which results in their “emergence” into new host populations. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley, graduate research at The Pennsylvania State University, and received his undergraduate degree from Brock University. He communicates how fundamental principles of science are relevant to everyday life via original essays posted on his blog at greenorangecafe.org.

                  • Gang Fang
                    Associate Processor, Genomics Department, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
                    Biography

                      Gang Fang is an Associate Professor in the Genomics Department at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also part of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. The Fang lab pioneered the fast growing field of bacterial epigenomics, and developed the foundational methods that enabled the effective use of Single Molecule Real-Time (SMRT) sequencing technology for direct detection of DNA modifications. Since 2012, his lab has characterized the epigenomes of hundreds of bacterial species, identifying novel epigenetic mechanisms regulating bacterial gene expression, virulence, biofilm formation and sporulation etc. Recently, his lab pioneered the use of DNA methylation for high resolution microbiome analysis. Dr. Fang received his PhD degree in University of Minnesota in 2012, his MS degree in University at Buffalo, 2007, and his BS degree in Fudan University, 2005. Dr. Fang received multiple awards including: Joint Mayo Clinic - IBM Research Traineeship (2007), Best Network Model Award, Sage Congress (2010), Walter Barnes Lang Fellowship (2011), Best Dissertation Award at University of Minnesota (2012), Kavli Frontiers in Science Fellow (2013), Nash Family Research Scholar, Friedman Brain Institute (2016), Hirschl Research Award, Irma T. Hirschl Trust (2018).

                    • Juliet Morrison, PhD
                      Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside
                      Biography

                        Dr. Juliet Morrison is an Assistant Professor at the University of California Riverside. Her research combines immunological and virological methods with computational analysis to address questions at the host-pathogen interface. A major interest of the Morrison Lab is understanding how emerging and re-emerging viruses antagonize innate immune pathways to promote their replication. They also use virus-encoded interferon antagonists as tools to define previously unknown aspects of interferon signaling regulation. Another interest of Professor Morrison is using tissue deconvolution algorithms and immunological tools to study the dynamics of lung immune cell populations during influenza virus infections, and spleen and liver immune cell populations during dengue virus infections. Her goal is to translate these findings into host-targeted influenza and flavivirus therapeutics.

                      • Niamh O'Hara, PhD
                        Co-founder and CEO of Biotia, Research Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
                        Biography

                          Dr. O'Hara has developed cutting edge next-gen sequencing-based technology for hospitals and spent five years commercializing this technology. She has led unprecedented, large-scale metagenomics work characterizing the microbiome of ambulances across the US, hospital environments, the urine microbiome, and SARS-CoV-2 samples. She completed a postdoc in health tech business at Cornell Tech (2018), a postdoc at Fordham University in Bioinformatics (2015), a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Stony Brook University (2014), and a BA at NYU (2005). Dr. O'Hara has published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of metagenomics, genomics, evolutionary biology and ecology in top ranked journals such as Molecular Ecology, Microbiome, and Evolution. Her work has been featured in GenomeWeb, Popular Science, the Huffington Post, and WIRED.

                        • Dominic O'Neil
                          Director R&D, Microbiome Product Development
                          Biography

                            Dominic O’Neil has over 13 years of experience in the biotechnology industry. Before joining QIAGEN, he gained molecular biology expertise at several companies, including three years at the Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome Research in Cambridge, MA, where he participated in the completion of the initial draft of the human genome. Dominic joined Digene (which later became part of QIAGEN) in 2004 to work on new technology research and development, focusing in particular on sample preparation and diagnostic applications. In 2011, he joined the QIAGEN R&D group in Hilden as a Senior Scientist to work on solutions for next-generation sequencing. He is now the Director R&D for Microbiome Product Development.

                          • 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

                              Peter Palese is a Professor of Microbiology and the Chair of the Department of Microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  His research is in the area of RNA-containing viruses with a special emphasis on influenza viruses. Specifically, he established the first genetic maps for influenza A, B, and C viruses, identified the function of several viral genes, and defined the mechanism of neuraminidase inhibitors (which are now FDA-approved antivirals).  He was also a pioneer in the field of reverse genetics for negative strand RNA viruses, which allows the introduction of site-specific mutations into the genomes of these viruses.  This technique is crucial for the study of the structure/function relationships of viral genes, for investigation of viral pathogenicity and for development and manufacture of novel vaccines.  An improvement of this technique has been effectively used by him and his colleagues to reconstruct and study the pathogenicity of the highly virulent, but extinct, 1918 pandemic influenza virus.  Work in collaboration with Dr. Adolfo Garcia-Sastre has revealed that most negative strand RNA viruses possess proteins with interferon antagonist activity, enabling them to counteract the antiviral response of the infected host.   In recent years most of the efforts by Dr. Palese and by his collaborators at Mount Sinai, Dr. Adolfo Garcia-Sastre and Dr. Florian Krammer, have been directed at developing a Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine. Since the beginning of the year there has been a shift in directions as work on COVID-19 has become central to the efforts by Dr. Palese. Dr. Palese is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

                            • Angela L. Rasmussen, PhD
                              Associate Research Scientist, Center for Infection and Immunity, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
                              Biography

                                Dr. Rasmussen is a virologist studying host responses to infection by combining classical virology with modern systems biology approaches. Her research objectives are to identify host response signatures predictive of infection severity or disease outcome and host pathways to target drug development or repurposing. She is particularly interested in viruses that are highly pathogenic, newly emergent or likely to emerge because of climate change, land development, or ecological disruption. Dr. Rasmussen has employed Collaborative Cross (CC) mouse models, which provide an expanded range of disease presentations, to study viral disease characteristics. At the University of Washington, she developed a CC mouse model of Ebola virus disease, utilizing the diversity of CC mouse disease phenotypes to study genetic and transcriptomic factors underlying disease severity in humans. She is currently evaluating CC mouse models towards investigation of sex-specific host responses to viral infection, as well as to investigate disease presentation in other viruses that pose a major threat to global public health, such as dengue virus, influenza virus, and SARS-CoV-2. Ultimately, these host response profiles can be used for translational or biodefense applications, such as diagnosing infection, predicting disease severity, informing vaccine design, and developing or repurposing host-targeted drugs to impair virus replication or reverse pathology.

                              • David Roe
                                PhD candidate Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Minnesota
                                Biography

                                  I am a Ph.D. candidate in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Minnesota. My advisor, computer scientist Rui Kuang, and I are interested in discovering how high-throughput sequencing technologies can be used to understand the complex genetics of the KIR (killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors).

                                • Melissa L. Smith, PhD
                                  Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Louisville
                                  Biography

                                    Dr. Melissa Smith is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Louisville. She joined the faculty there in July of this year, after spending the prior four years managing the Genomics Technology Core team at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Smith's personal research focuses on utilizing cutting edge genomics technologies to investigate host-pathogen interactions. Specifically, she has been using single molecule, real-time (SMRT) sequencing methods to define mechanisms of viral immune evasion and profile host immune repertoires for more than six years. Ongoing work in her laboratory utilizes the long, phased reads provided by SMRT sequencing to reconstruct and profile the incredibly complex immune loci in the human genome (HLA, Ig, TCR) as well as viral surveillance and evolution, including SARS-CoV2 and HIV.

                                  • Tyler Starr, PhD
                                    HHMI Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow in Jesse Bloom's lab, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
                                    Biography

                                      Dr. Tyler Starr is an HHMI Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow in Jesse Bloom’s lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. He researches the molecular evolution of viral and immune genes, combining computational evolutionary analyses with high-throughput experimental assays to characterize the effects of amino-acid mutations on protein function. These experiments highlight biochemical constraints on protein function, inform the design of vaccines and antibody therapeutics, and illuminate the evolutionary forces that shape key viral and immune proteins.

                                    • Imre Varju, MD, PhD, MPH
                                      Research Fellow, Semmelweis University, Academic Trainee, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
                                      Biography

                                        Imre Varju is a Fulbright Scholar in medical science and a Health Communication Specialist with nearly 10 years of experience working with Neutrophil Extracellular Traps, with a special focus on their contribution to immunothrombosis. He obtained his MD and PhD at Semmelweis University, Hungary, completed postdoctoral trainings at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the National Institute for Biological Standards for Control, UK and at Harvard Medical School, and obtained his MPH at Columbia University. On top, he has been working as a Health Education Strategist at FCB Health New York.  

                                      • Detlef Weigel, Executive Director
                                        Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
                                        Biography

                                          Detlef Weigel, a German-American scientist, is currently Executive Director of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Royal Society, and recipient of several scientific awards, most recently the Novozymes Prize of the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The first major finding from his lab was that an Arabidopsis gene could dramatically accelerate flowering of trees; this established a proof of concept for Arabidopsis genetics as a platform for biotechnological discoveries. His group later discovered the first plant microRNA mutant and identified the factor that we now know to be the long sought-after mobile flower-inducing signal. Detlef was also one of the first to exploit natural genetic variation for understanding how the environment affects plant development. In recent years, this work has come to incorporate questions at the interface of evolution and ecology: How can wild plants adapt to climate change, and how do they manage to keep their pathogens at bay? In this research, he draws on the fruits of a collaborative effort initiated over a decade ago to sequence the genomes of over 1,000 natural A. thaliana strains (The 1001 Genomes Project). Detlef has an extensive record of service to the scientific community, having served on a series of editorial and advisory boards. He is a forceful advocate of open access publishing and founding Deputy Editor of eLife. He is a co-founder of three biotech startups.

                                        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

                                        Sponsored by

                                        For information on becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, please click here.


                                        C.E. Credits

                                        The speakers below have been approved for Continuing Education Credits. To redeem your credits, locate the presentation you watched and click on the CE buttons for further direction. For more general information regarding continuing education, the processes to receive credits, and the accreditation bodies, Click here


                                        Committee

                                        To download the Program Committee brochure here.


                                        • Meredith Ashby, PhD

                                          Meredith Ashby is the Director of Market Strategy for Microbial Genomics, Cancer and Immunology at Pacific Biosciences. She completed her Ph.D. at Caltech mapping the gene regulatory networks that direct sea urchin development just as the sea urchin genome was being sequenced ...

                                          See more See less
                                        • Ivan Brukner

                                          Dr Ivan Brukner entered into genomic era back in 1989 (ex-Yugoslavia), trying to describe and solve repeating sequence "branching motif problem" in building whole genome sequence. Next 5-10 years, his research was targeting sequence-dependent DNA structural problems, where ...

                                          See more See less
                                        • Garth D. Ehrlich, PhD, FAAAS

                                          Dr. Ehrlich is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCoM) in Philadelphia, PA, USA. He also directs: the Center for Genomic Sciences (CGS); the Center for Advanced Microbial Processing ...

                                          See more See less
                                        • Jennifer Fettweis, PhD

                                          Jennifer M. Fettweis, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Research Alliance for Microbiome Science (RAMS) Registry and assistant professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Virginia Commonwealth University. From 2009-2019, she ...

                                          See more See less
                                        • Matthew Flegal

                                          Matt entered the research field over 20 years ago as a lab animal technician at the TSI/Mason contract research facility. He has worked at both contract facilities such as TSI and OREAD Biosafety as well in industry at Pharmacia, Pfizer, and Sanofi-Aventis. During that period he ...

                                          See more See less
                                        • Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD

                                          Dr. García-Sastre is Professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Medicine and in the Tisch Cancer Center at Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai (ISMMS) in New York,. He is also Director of the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute at ISMMS, and Principal ...

                                          See more See less
                                        • Emily Hollister

                                          Dr. Emily Hollister is a microbial ecologist and serves as the Vice President for Information Technology & Analytics at Diversigen, Inc. Prior to joining Diversigen, Dr. Hollister served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology & Immunology at Baylor College of ...

                                          See more See less
                                        • Jonas Korlach

                                          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 ...

                                          See more See less
                                        • Stephen S. Morse, PhD, FAAM, F.A.C.E.

                                          Stephen S. Morse, Ph.D., is Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where he also serves as Director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology certificate and as chair of the Columbia University Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) ...

                                          See more See less
                                        • Marilyn Roossinck

                                          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 ...

                                          See more See less
                                        • John Thomas

                                          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 ...

                                          See more See less
                                        Help

                                        General LabRoots Questions

                                        email support@labroots.com  

                                        Virtual Events and Webinars

                                        Supported Configurations

                                        • Operating System Internet Explorer Firefox Chrome Safari
                                          Vista IE8+ FF10+ Chrome15+
                                          Windows 7 IE8+ FF10+ Chrome15+
                                          Windows 8 IE10 FF10+ Chrome15+
                                          Mac OS X   FF10+ Chrome15+ Safari5.1+
                                        • Cookie settings: session cookies enabled
                                        • Browser configuration must have JavaScript enabled
                                        • Adobe Flash player 10.2 or later

                                        To watch our webinars and virtual events a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or an updated version of Internet Explorer is required.

                                        Internet Connection

                                        • A minimum of 100Kbps is recommended for audio-only events
                                        • A minimum of 300Kbps is recommended for speaker on-video events

                                        Computer Equipment

                                        • Screen Resolution: Minimum 1024x768
                                        • Video Card: 65,000 colors minimum
                                        • Sound card and speakers (or headphones) for hearing webcast in full format
                                        • Audio Card: 16-bit minimum
                                        • RAM: 512MB of free RAM

                                        Firewall Protocol

                                        • HTTP on port 80 or HTTPS on port 443
                                        • Adobe RTMP on port 1935, 80, or 443 with automatic fall-back to RTMPT (RTMP tunneling) on ports 1935, 80 or 443
                                        • RTMPE (RTMP encrypted) on ports 1935, 80 or 443

                                        Work-At-Home Attendees

                                        • If a corporate VPN is used, confirm that your network traffic is not directed over the company VPN. If it is, please turn off the VPN while attending the virtual event.

                                        For A Seamless Experience

                                        When using a mobile device, FREE Mobile Apps are available:

                                        - For viewing Webinars:

                                        - For viewing Virtual Events

                                        Attendee Guide

                                        • To learn more about how the virtual event works for attendees, download the Attendee Guide (PDF).

                                        Virtual Event and Webinar Support:

                                        Continuing Education (CME/CE) Support

                                        Loading Comments...
                                        Show Resources
                                        Event Countdown
                                        • 0 Days
                                        • 0 Hours
                                        • 0 Minutes
                                        • 0 Seconds
                                        Attendees
                                        • See more