Schedule

The 2019 Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium

Friday, January 18, 2019 – Integrative Sciences Building, UMass Amherst campus, Amherst, MA

Link to PVMS Program (pdf)

Link to PVMS Abstract Book (pdf)


9:00 – 9:30 am    Registration and Coffee Break
9:30 – 9:35 am    Opening Remarks, Dr. James Holden, Chair, Microbiology, UMass Amherst

9:35 – 10:50 am    Session 1

  • 9:35 – 10:05 am    Dr. Mandy Muller, Microbiology, UMass Amherst: Manipulation of RNA stability: a cornerstone of the viral-host battle
  • 10:05 – 10:20am   Megan Littlehale, Mount Holyoke College: Channel proteins are implicated in ATP synthase clearing from the forespore engulfing membrane during early stages of sporulation in Bacillus subtilis
  • 10:20 – 10:35 am   Emily Bechtold, Microbiology, UMass Amherst: Life on the Leaves: Understanding Dynamic Plant Microbe Relationships on Pasture Grass
  • 10:35 – 10:50 am   Ezgi Özcan, Food Science, UMass Amherst: Human milk oligosaccharides alter the metabolism of gut microbes in a modeled ecosystem

10:50 – 11:10 am   Coffee Break

11:10 – 12:10 pm   Session 2

  • 11:10 – 11:25 am     Nathaniel Howitz, Chemical Engineering, UMass Amherst: A Scalable Approach to Logic Gate Design using TAL Effector-Based Synthetic Repressors
  • 11:25 – 11:40 am     Jessica Grant, Biological Sciences, Smith College: Development and Field Testing of Highly Sensitive qPCR Assays to Detect Ross River Virus and other Arboviruses in Mosquitoes
  • 11:40 – 11:55 am     Ying Zhou, Biology and Biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute: The role of RNase E in mRNA metabolism in Mycobacterium smegmatis
  • 11:55 – 12:10 pm     Danielle Andrzejewski Lesperance, Molecular and Cell Biology, UConn: Exploring the role of microbiome-pathogen interactions during disease in D. melanogaster

12:10 – 1:40 pm   Lunch

1:40 – 2:55 pm   Session 3

  • 1:40 – 2:10 pm        Dr. Sarah Hird, Molecular and Cell Biology, UConn: The Avian Microbiome: Past, Present and Future
  • 2:10 – 2:25pm         Dr. David Walker, Microbiology, UMass Amherst: Re-examining electron transfer in anaerobic microbial environments
  • 2:25 – 2:40 pm       Elisa Bello, Biology, Amherst College: Examining the Role of External Nutrient Availability on the Expression of a Vibrio cholerae Metabolic Virulence Factor in the Model Host System Drosophila melanogaster
  • 2:40 – 2:55 pm       Agnes Weiner, Biological Sciences, Smith College: Using single-cell ‘omics to study biodiversity and population genetics of testate amoebae

2:55 – 4:45 pm   Poster Session and Coffee Break  (details in Program & Abstract Book)

  • 2:55-3:50 pm   Even numbered posters
  • 3:50-4:45 pm   Odd numbered posters

4:45 – 6:00 pm   Session 4

  • 4:45 – 5:00 pm       Smriti Pandey, Biochemistry, Mount Holyoke College: Probing the molecular mechanism of ProQ-RNA interactions using a bacterial three-hybrid assay
  • 5:00 – 5:15 pm        Jasmine Moss, Microbiology, UMass Amherst: Testing glucosylceramide transferase as a potential target for developing anti-giardial therapy
  • 5:15 – 5:30 pm        Michele Bellerose, Microbiology and Physiological Systems, UMass Medical: Mycobacterium tuberculosis susceptibility and survival under antibiotic pressure
  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm       Dr. Marco Keiluweit, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, UMass Amherst: Spatial Variations in Microbial Processes Controlling Carbon Oxidation Rates in Soils

6:00 – 6:15 pm   Closing Remarks and Prizes
6:15 – 7:30 pm    Refreshments

 


PVMS 2019 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mandy Muller 

Department of Microbiology

UMass Amherst

 

 

Dr. Sarah Hird

Department of Molecular & Cell Biology

University of Connecticut

 

 

Dr. Marco Keiluweit

School of Earth & Sustainability and Stockbridge School of Agriculture

UMass Amherst