Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:00AM - 6:30PM

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The San Diego Microbiology Group (SDMG) Annual Symposium 2017 agenda includes 8 sessions featuring the research from the San Diego area and surrounding Southern California region, a poster session, lunch and happy hour. This day-long symposium invites scientists from all levels of academia (undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctorate fellows, and professors alike) and local biotechnology companies to attend and experience exciting local research in microbial sciences. Funds in part provided by the ASM Advance Your Science Program.

Event Details

9:00-9:30 Registration with coffee & pastries
9:30-9:50 Opening Remarks by Elio Schaechter

Session I: Host-Pathogen Interactions
9:50-10:20 David Gonzalez
10:20-10:50 Manuela Raffatellu

10:50-11:15 Break with coffee

Session II: Microbial ecology
11:15-11:45 Jeff Bowman
11:45-12:15 Rachel Dutton
12:15-12:45 Forest Rohwer

12:45-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:00 Poster session with coffee

Session III: The microbial cell
3:00-3:30 Elizabeth Villa
3:30-4:00 Sukjoon Jun
4:00-4:50 Janelle Ayres

5:00-6:30 Social


Janelle Ayres

The Salk Institute
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Keynote Speaker

Janelle Ayres is an Associate Professor at the Salk Institute, where her lab investigates the effect of the host microbiome and immune responses on host-pathogen interactions.

Elio Schaechter

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Opening Remarks

Jeff Bowman

The Scripps Institute of Oceanography
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Jeff Bowman is an Assistant Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where his lab studies marine microbial ecology and explores the structure and function of microbial communities, especially in regards to polar microbial ecology.

Rachel Dutton

UC San Diego, Biological Sciences
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Rachel Dutton is an Assistant Professor in UCSD’s Division of Biological Sciences, where her lab studies the basic mechanisms of microbial community interactions using cheese as a model system.

David Gonzalez

UC San Diego, School of Medicine
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David Gonzalez is an Assistant Professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at UCSD, where his lab uses mass spectrometry to detect and quantify factors that occur during host-pathogen interactions. These factors can be characterized in order to develop strategies for pharmacological development.

Sukjoon Jun

UC San Diego, Biological Sciences
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Sukjoon Jun is an Assistant Professor at UCSD, where his physical biology laboratory uses an experimental, computational and theoretical approach to understanding the basic quantitative principles governing the fundamental biological processes of the cell cycle.

Manuela Raffatellu

UC Irvine, School of Medicine
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Manuela Raffatellu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the UC Irvine School of Medicine and is a member of the editorial board of Infection and Immunity. Her laboratory is interested in understanding how mucosal immune responses can control infection, and how mucosal pathogens evade or exploit these responses, using Salmonella infection as a model.

Forest Rohwer

San Diego State University, Biology
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Forest Rohwer is a Professor at SDSU, and has pioneered the use of metagenomics as a means to characterize the microbes and viruses present in coral reef communities, and investigate their role in reef health and disease.

Elizabeth Villa

UC San Diego, Biological Sciences
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Elizabeth Villa is an Assistant Professor at UCSD, where her lab tackles the challenge of quantitative cell biology using cryo-electron microscopy and tomography in conjunction with cell biology tools, computational analysis, and integrative modeling.

Location and Parking

The symposium will be held in the Natural Sciences Building at the UCSD Main Campus.
Parking is available at UCSD Revelle Parking Lots 102 & 103 and La Jolla Shores Dr.

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