August 28, 2015

2:00pm – 7:00pm

Program and Beverage Tickets Pickup (Meridian Ballroom Foyer)

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Reception (Meridian Ballroom Foyer)

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Dinner (Meridian Ballroom)

8:10pm – 8:15pm

Opening Remarks (Meridian Ballroom)

Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD
Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs

August M. Watanabe Professor of Medical Research
Director, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Indiana University School of Medicine

8:15pm – 9:15pm

Opening Oral Sessions (Meridian Ballroom)

“No pain, no gain: how the anesthetic propofol increases susceptibility to microbial infection”

Nancy Freitag, University of Illinois Chicago

“Code Breaking and Signal Jamming as Approaches to Disrupt Pathogenic Behavior”

Michael Federle, University of Illinois Chicago

August 29, 2015

7:00am – 8:30am

Continental Breakfast (Meridian West & Foyer)

8:30am – 9:30am

Oral Session I: Sensing and Interacting with the Environment
Moderator: Mark Mandel, PhD

“Airway Infections: Where good bugs go wild”

Ryan Hunter, PhD. University of Minnesota

“Applications of Whole Genome Sequencing to Track the Spread of Infections in Hospitals”

Evan Snitkin, PhD. University of Michigan

“Gut Reactions: Evolution and Dynamics of Human Intestinal Microbes”

Patrick Degnan, PhD. University of Illinois Champagne Urbana

9:30am – 9:45am

Break (Meridian West & Foyer)

9:45am – 10:45am

Oral Session II: Finding New Treatments for Microbial Diseases
Moderator: Greg Anderson, PhD

“New Antibiotics from Nature’s Chemical Inventory”

Tim Wencewicz, PhD. Washington University in St Louis

“Identification of a New Cellular Target for Broadly Inhibiting Influenza Virus Infections”

Jacob Yount, PhD. The Ohio State University

“Analysis of a Vibrio cholerae stress response using RNAseq”

Jyl Matson, PhD. University of Toledo

10:45am – 12:00pm

Poster Session I: (Circle Suite Center & West Meridian Ballroom)

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Box Lunch (Meridian West & Foyer)

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Panel Discussion (Meridian Ballroom)
Moderator: Margaret Bauer, PhD

“Careers in Microbiology: what’s out there, and how to position yourself for them – a panel discussion with leaders from Academia, Industry, and Government.”

Panelists: Drs. Virginia Miller, Tricia Humphreys, Carolyn Deal and Karen Bush

1:00pm – 2:45pm

Oral Session III: Graduate and Postdoctoral Student Oral Presentations
Moderator: David Nelson, PhD

“A multidrug resistance plasmid contains the molecular switch for type VI secretion in Acinetobacter baumannii

Brent Weber. Washington University St. Louis

“Fungal Recognition Mediated by C-Type Lectin Receptors Dectin-1 and Dectin-2 Is Regulated by E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Cbl-b”

Juan Tang. The Ohio State University

“Phosphatase and tensin homolog controls macrophage endotoxin tolerance”

Nicky Byers-Glosson, PhD. Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis

“The endoplasmic reticulum stress sensor IRE1α is a key regulator of neutrophil effector function”

Basel H. Abuaita, PhD. University of Michigan

“Characterization of the cytotoxic and proteolytic activities of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia type II secreted proteases”

Ashley L. DuMont, PhD. Northwestern University

2:45pm – 3:00pm

Break (Meridian West & Foyer)

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Oral Session IV: Living Inside the Enemy
Moderator: Frank Yang, PhD

“Bursting out: role of a Calcium Dependent Protein Kinase in host cell egress by the opportunistic pathogen Toxoplasma gondii

Gustavo Arrizabalaga, PhD. Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis

“Mi casa es su casa: how an intracellular symbiont maintains a persistent infection”

Irene Newton, PhD. Indiana University Bloomington

“Mechanisms of Mycobacterium tuberculosis pH-driven pathogenesis”

Robert Abramovitch, PhD. Michigan State University

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Poster Session II: (Circle Suite & West Meridian Ballroom)


Free Evening

August 30, 2015

7:30am – 8:25am

Continental Breakfast (Meridian West & Foyer)

8:25am – 8:30am

Announcement of Poster Competition Award Winners

8:30am – 9:30am

Oral Session I: Understanding How the Host Influences Pathogen Survival
Moderator: Henrique Serezani, PhD

“Staphylococcus aureus suppression of immune responses via metabolic cofactors

Francis Alonzo, PhD. Loyola University in Chicago

“Microbial Functional Amyloids – pushing Staphylococcus aureus to new places”

Blaise Boles, PhD. University of Iowa

“Complement receptor 4 mediates Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection of human amnion epithelia”

Jennifer Edwards, PhD. Nationwide Children’s Hospital

9:30am – 10:15am

Break (Meridian West & Foyer)

10:15am – 10:55am

Oral Session II: Smart Bugs - Strategies for Sensing their Surroundings
Moderator: Stacey Gilk, PhD

“The multi-faceted nature and importance of Legionella pneumophila secretion: Beyond Dot/Icm type IV secretion”

Nick Cianciotto, PhD. Northwestern University

“From Bacterial Pathogenesis to ER Homeostasis: Fic Proteins in Cellular Signaling”

Seema Mattoo, PhD. Purdue University

10:55am – 11:00am

Introduction of Keynote Speaker (Dr. Stanley Spinola)

11:00am – 11:50am

Keynote Address

“Yersinia pestis – models, bottlenecks and dogma”

Virginia Miller, PhD. University of North Carolina

11:55am – 12:00pm

Closing Comments and Announcement of the Next MMPC