PVMS 2020: A Gathering of Valley Microbes

Thank you for a successful PVMS 2020!

Mrinalini Ghoshal and Liv Dedon, Best Posters

Another great microbial symposium is in the books. Thanks to everyone who made PVMS 2020 a huge success! Over 150 people from all around the Pioneer Valley shared their latest microbial research. Relive the day in photos and catch up on Twitter at #PVMS2020. A special thank you to our keynote speakers, Drs. Wendy Mok, John Gibbons, and Peter Chien, for taking the time to share and discuss their research at this year’s symposium. And congratulations to all our PVMS 2020 winners! Best talk was awarded to Charles Bridges (UConn), with Irene Kurtz (UMass) receiving the runner-up. Best poster was tied between Liv Dedon and Mrinalini Ghoshal (both UMass), and Everett Webster (Mount Holyoke) and Sarah Osman (UMass) tied for runners-up.  

Charles Bridges, Best Talk

Stay tuned for PVMS 2021!

What’s next? PVMS 2021 will be here before we know it. Please stay tuned for a feedback form so we can continue to improve the symposium. If you have other feedback, or if you’re interested in being more involved, as an organizer or participant, feel free to email us at valleymicrobes@umass.edu. Here’s to another year of microbial discoveries, and we’ll see you next year at PVMS 2021!

Register for PVMS 2020 by December 9th!

The PVMS 2020 organizing committee is busy crafting an exciting symposium schedule!

PVMS 2020 will feature everything microbial under the sun, including host-microbe interactions, microbial evolution, protein folding, virology, microbial genetics, biochemical physiology, microbial ecology, biogeochemical cycling, and more!

We have an exciting lineup of keynote speakers that are sure to get you thinking about microbes in new ways.

Want to join the microbial celebration?

Be sure to register for PVMS by December 9th to unlock our early-bird special (only $20).

Announcing PVMS 2020 Keynote Speakers!

We’re pleased to announce the keynote speakers for PVMS 2020! We hope you will join us for what is shaping up to be an amazing event!

Don’t forget to submit your abstracts by November 1, and register by December 17!


Dr. Peter Chien (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UMass Amherst) studies regulated protein degradation and quality control using biochemistry, structural biology, and cell biology.

You won’t want to miss Dr. Chien’s recent work, where his team characterized the mechanism of DnaA recognition by Lon, which is crucial for bacteria to coordinate replication with nutrient availability and to halt the cell during acute stress.



Dr. Wendy Mok (Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics, UConn) investigates how bacterial persisters survive lethal antibiotic treatments and contribute to infection relapse.

Read Dr. Mok’s recent work showing that after a single exposure to an antibiotic, bacterial fluoroquinolone persisters can develop enhanced antibiotic resistance.





Dr. John Gibbons (Department of Food Science, UMass Amherst) studies the impact of domestication on the genomes and phenotypes of beneficial microbes used in  traditional fermented foods, and the genetic basis of virulence in Aspergillus fumigatus.

Check out Dr. Gibbons’ recent work characterizing the population genomics of the opportunistic fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus.

PVMS 2020: Save the Date!

The Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium organizing committee is happy to announce PVMS 2020! The next iteration of our symposium will be held on January 25, 2020. Interested potential participants may either click here to register, or select the registration link at the top of the page. We can’t wait to see you all again this year! Additional details to follow shortly! Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@ValleyMicrobes) for all breaking symposium news.

PVMS 2019: A Microbial Celebration

Thank you for a successful PVMS 2019!

Thank you to everyone who made PVMS 2019 a resounding success! Over 130 microbially-inclined folks from all around the Pioneer Valley shared and discussed their cutting-edge research. Relive the day in photos and catch up on Twitter at #PVMS2019.

A big thank you to our keynote speakers, Drs. Mandy Mueller, Sarah Hird, and Marco Keiluweit, for sharing their fascinating work and microbial insights.

Special congratulations to our PVMS 2019 award winners, Elisa Bello (Best Talk, pictured left) and Korin Albert (Best Poster, pictured right).



Stay tuned for PVMS 2020!

What’s next? PVMS 2020 is coming up next January! If you have suggestions for PVMS 2020, or would like to help organize, please email us at valleymicrobes@umass.edu.

Here’s to another year of microbial discoveries, and we’ll see you next year!

Countdown to PVMS 2019!

We’re a month away from PVMS 2019!

The PVMS organizing committee is busy crafting an exciting schedule filled with exciting microbiology research from all over the Pioneer Valley. We’re days away from announcing the schedule!


While you wait, here is some exciting work from our keynote speakers!


Dr. Mandy Muller (UMass Amherst) studies viruses and how they affect host cell behavior.

You won’t want to miss her recent research showing how nuclease escape elements can protect RNA from cleavage by viruses.


Dr. Sarah Hird (UConn) studies the evolution and ecology of host-associated microbiota.

Read her recent review arguing that evolutionary biology needs wild microbiomes.



Dr. Marco Keiluweit (UMass Amherst) studies the microbial biogeochemistry of soils.

Check out his work studying how pockets of anaerobic conditions in soils can lead to carbon stabilization, and what microbes have to do with it.

PVMS registration ends today, December 17th!

Today is the last day for early-bird registration for PVMS 2019!

Between our exciting keynote speakers and soon-to-be-announced presenter lineup, PVMS 2019 has something to offer for every microbially-inclined person in the Pioneer Valley.

Want to join the microbial celebration?

Be sure to register for PVMS by today, December 17th to unlock our early-bird special (only $20). See you there on January 18, 2019!

Last call for PVMS registration is December 17th!

We’re just days away from the PVMS registration deadline of December 17th!

PVMS 2019 promises to be a day full of engaging presentations and riveting posters. As the only regional microbial symposium for the greater Pioneer Valley, PVMS is a fantastic networking opportunity for students and scientists at all levels to come together and celebrate microbes. Need more convincing? Check out our keynote speakers!

Want to join the microbial celebration?

Be sure to register for PVMS by December 17th to unlock our early-bird special (only $20). See you there on January 18, 2019!