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.


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