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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Program Committee

Program Chairs

Eric Stabb is a Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Georgia-Athens. His research focuses on pheromone-mediated signaling in the bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri, as well as mechanisms of colonization and interspecies signaling in V. fischeri’s symbiotic light-organ association with the bobtail squid Euprymna scolopes.

Beth Lazazzera is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics department at UCLA. She has worked in bacterial communication for approximately 20 years. Her primary interests are identifying extracellular communication molecules used by Gram-positive bacteria and understanding the processes controlled by this communication.

Program Advisory Committee

Helen Blackwell is a professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The goal of her lab’s research is to devise novel chemical tools to decode and interfere with bacterial communication pathways.

Steve Diggle is an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has published over 50 articles on bacterial cell-to-cell communication. His specific research interests involve using bacterial quorum sensing to test predictions of evolutionary and ecological theory.

Steve Hagen is a professor of Physics at the University of Florida. He is interested in the physical aspects of bacterial quorum sensing, including the role of noise and stochasticity in quorum sensing networks, the spatial and temporal capabilities and limits of quorum sensing communication, and the ways that quorum sensing networks integrate environmental information of different types.

Brian Hammer is associate professor of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His lab studies molecular mechanisms important for bacterial cooperation and conflict with members of the communities they inhabit. He uses genetics and genomics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and ecological approaches with a focus on the waterborne pathogen Vibrio cholerae.

Heidi Kaplan is an associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She is interested in the cell-cell communication and transduction of quorum signaling and has focused primarily on surface-associated single- and multi-species bacterial communities, termed biofilms. Her research has used Myxococcus xanthus, Clostridium difficle, and Entercoccus faecils.

Kendra Rumbaugh is an associate professor at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. Her lab focuses on the contribution of quorum sensing to bacterial pathogenesis and the interactions of P. aeruginosa autoinducers (N-acyl homoserine lactones) with eukaryotes.