We are pleased to share with you the Schedule for PVMS 2023! Please take a moment to visit the schedule and discover the impressive and varied collection of microbial presentations on March 25th. Additionally, don’t forget to explore the Program and Abstract Book using the following links:

Link to PVMS Program (pdf)

Link to PVMS Abstract Book (pdf)

Also, please note that registration is still available at the door. We look forward to seeing you at PVMS 2023!


PVMS has postponed and rescheduled the event to take place on March 25th. We look forward to meeting everyone on this new date

Stay tuned for the event schedule and more updates on the website. Feel free to reach out to us with any question and concerns at valleymicrobes@umass.edu


Due to the snow storm warning, PVMS has been postponed. We are considering March 25th as the new date of our symposium, but we will update you again once the date is finalized. Our top priority is to ensure the safety of all attendees and to provide a comfortable experience for everyone. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this unforeseen situation.

Additionally, we will release a schedule as soon as we confirm the attendance of our keynote speakers, considering the tentative change in the event’s date.

Feel free to reach out to us with any question and concerns at valleymicrobes@umass.edu


Oscar Vargas-Rodriguez, UConn Health

Dr. Vargas-Rodriguez’s lab studies the interaction between bacterial pathogens and their infected host, particularly by investigating the role of translation factors, aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRS), during infection as putative targets for therapeutics.

Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn, UMass Lowell

Dr. Gignoux-Wolfsohn’s lab focuses on the persistence of biodiversity in the midst of environmental disturbances caused by climate change, studying oysters as sentinel biofilters for human pathogens as well as resistance to stony coral tissue loss disease.

Begüm D. Topçuoğlu, Bristol Myers Squibb

Dr. Topçuoğlu is a UMass Amherst alum who studied in Jim Holden’s lab where she studied the physiology of thermophiles in hydrothermal vents. She is currently a senior scientist and computational biologist at Bristol Myers Squibb helping with the evaluation of potential new medicines and therapeutic approaches by using state-of-the-art computational tools and predictive analytics.


In light of the current COVID-19 situation, PVMS has been postponed to Saturday, March 5th. We hope to be able to meet everyone in-person once the omicron-driven COVID-19 wave passes. Online registration will also be open till Friday, February 18th.

Feel free to reach out to us with any question and concerns at valleymicrobes@umass.edu