Important Dates

May 11, 2017
Abstract Submission Opens

May 18, 2017 
Online Registration Opens

August 8, 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline
Travel Grant Application Deadline 

September 7, 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline

September 25, 2017
Hotel Reservation Deadline    

Program Chairs
Eric Stabb, Chair, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Beth Lazazzera, Chair, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

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Preliminary Program

Program by Day


Monday, October 16, 2017 

Welcome Remarks and Keynote Speaker
Paul Williams, University of Nottingham

Session 1: Diversity of Signals: Moderator Helen Blackwell

Carrie Harwood, University of Washington; Plant-Derived Quorum Sensing Signals
Gary Dunny, University of Minnesota; Enterococcal Sex Pheromone Signaling in The Natural Environment

2 presentations selected from Abstracts

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Session 2: Social Evolution of Microbial Signaling: Moderator Steve Diggle 
Josie Chandler, University of Kansas: Cooperation and Competition in the Evolution of Signaling
Sam Brown, Georgia Tech; Quorum-Sensing as a Solution to - and Source of - Social Dilemmas

4 presentations selected from Abstracts

Mentoring Lunch for Students and Postdocs

Session 3: Signaling in Microbial Development: Moderator Heidi Kaplan
Rosie Alegado, University of Hawaii; Signaling in Choanoflagellate development
Deborah Hogan, Dartmouth University: Effects of Bacteria on Fungal Development and Virulence 
Didier Lereclus, INRA; National Institute of Agricultural Research, Cell-Cell Communication Orchestrates the Development of Bacillus Thuringiensis During the Infection Cycle

4 presentations selected from abstracts

Poster Session 1

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Session 4: Signaling During Infection: Moderator Kendra Rumbaugh 
Nancy Freitag, University of Illinois-Chicago; Listeria Peptide Pheromone and Escape from Host Vacuole
Katherin Lemon, Forsyth Institute; Nose Picking for Progress: Mining the Nasal Microbiome for New Insights into Pathobionts

4 presentations selected from abstracts

Networking Lunch for Faculty and Industry Leaders

Session 5: Regulatory Networks: from Environments to Signals to Outputs: Moderator Steve Hagen

Cynthia Collins, Rensselaer Polytechnic: Engineering Synthetic Signaling Circuits
Joao Xavier, Memorial Sloan-Kettering: Computational Analyses Tying Networks to Behaviors
James Boedicker, University of Southern California,  The Robustness of Quorum Sensing Activation to Crosstalk within Multispecies Communities

5 presentations selected from abstracts

Poster Session 2

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Session 6: Subversion of Signaling Circuits: Moderator Brian Hammer
Herman Sintim, Purdue University: Inhibiting Cyclic Dinucleotide Signaling in Bacteria and Immune Cells with Small Molecules
Laurence G. Rahme, Harvard University; Anti-Virulence Therapeutics that Target Bacterial Cell-Cell Signaling

2 presentations selected from Abstracts

Session 7: The Ecology of Bacterial Social Behaviors: Moderator Beth Lazazzera

Vittorio Venturi, International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotech: Signaling in Plant-Associated Microbes
Marvin Whiteley, University of Texas: The Ecology of Pseudomonas Signaling

3 presentations selected from abstracts

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