Conference Programme

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Day One

8.00 - 9.00: Registration
9.00 - 9.10: Welcome

Scientific Session 1: Control of bacterial virulence (chaired by David Grainger)

9.10 - 9.40: Peggy Cotter (UNC Chapel Hill, USA)
“Are contact-dependent inhibition (CDI) system-encoding genes facultative, multi-coloured greenbeards?”
9.40 - 9.55:

Jainaba Manneh (Birmingham, UK)
“A general mechanism for control of Vibrio cholera gene expression in response to host colonisation”

9.55 - 10.10: Kristine Arnvig (UCL, UK)

“DrrS, a small RNA regulator of cell wall synthesis and secretion in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

10.10 - 10.25: Jonathan Pruneda (LMB, Cambridge, UK)

“How pathogenic bacteria subvert the host ubiquitin system with CE clan effector proteins”

10.25 - 10.40: Jessica Rooke (Birmingham, UK)

“Understanding the interaction of the Salmonella autotransporter ApeE with host-derived lipids”


Coffee Break: Aston Webb Great Hall

11.20-11.35:  Winner of the Junior Award for Microbiology 2017 - Vera Pader (Imperial College, UK) (chaired by Peggy Cotter)

Scientific Session 2: Model organism gene expression and RNA biology (chaired by Ramesh Wigneshweraraj)

11.35-12.05:   Kai Papenfort (LMU München, Germany)

“From strings of nucleotides to collective behaviour: lessons from Vibrio cholerae

12.05-12.20:  Emma Denham (Warwick, UK)

“Mapping the in vivo RNA interactome of the Gram Positive model organism Bacillus subtilis reveals new sRNA functions”

12.20-12.35:  Nancy Mulvenna (Imperial College, UK)

“Host(ile) takeover: characterisation of four Bacillus subtilis phage SPO1 proteins implicated in host acquisition”

12.35-12.50:  Ángela Mérida-Floriano (Seville, Spain)

“Heterogeneous expression of SOS regulon genes”


Lunch: Aston Webb Great Hall

Scientific Session 3: Controlling bacterial cell structure (chaired by Andy Lovering)

14.00-14.30: Jeff Errington (Newcastle, UK)

“Immune cells can protect bacteria from β-lactam killing by promoting an L-form switch”

14.30-14.45:  Joao Monteiro (ITQB, Lisbon, Portugal) 

“MurJ recruitment to the division septum drives peptidoglycan incorporation to midcell in Staphylococcus aureus

14.45-15.00:  Calum Jukes (Newcastle, UK)

“The great divide: how a motile cytoskeleton drives bacterial cell division”

15.00-15.15: Gabriella Kelemen (UEA, UK)

“Bacterial intermediate filament-like proteins in Streptomyces: assembly and function”

15.15-15.30: Matt Bush (John Innes Centre, UK)

“Multi-layered inhibition of Streptomyces development: BldO is a dedicated repressor of whiB


Coffee Break: Aston Webb Great Hall

Scientific Session 4: Molecular biology of human pathogens 1 (chaired by David Roper)

16.00-16.30:  Jan-Willem Veening (Lausanne, Switzerland)
“Identification of a unique cell cycle regulator in Streptococcus pneumoniae by en masse GFP localization, Tn-seq and CRISPRi phenotyping”

Simon Dove (Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA)
“Pervasive targeting of nascent transcripts by Hfq in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

17.00 - 19.00: Poster session 

BBQ and Social: Biosciences Quad

Day Two

Scientific Session 5: Antibiotics and resistance mechanisms (chaired by Tracy Palmer)

9.10-9.40:  Gilles Van Wezel (Leiden, Netherlands)
“Regulatory networks that control antibiotic production in Streptomyces”
9.40-9.55:   Prateek Sharma (Birmingham, UK)
“Regulation and mechanisms of multiple antibiotic resistance in Escherichia coli
9.55-10.10:  Georgia Isom (Birmingham, UK)
“MCE domain proteins : conserved inner membrane lipid-binding proteins required for outer membrane homeostasis”
10.10-10.25:  Paul Hoskisson (Strathclyde, UK)
“Expanding gene families helps generate the metabolic robustness required for antibiotic biosynthesis” 
10.25-10.40: Jess Blair (Birmingham, UK)
“Targeting efflux pumps to combat antimicrobial resistance: the importance of functional redundancy”

Coffee Break: Aston Webb Great Hall

Scientific Session 6: Emerging paradigms in pathogen biology (chaired by Edward Wallace)


Carmen Buchrieser (Institute Pasteur, France)
“Post-transcriptional regulatory networks in Legionella pneumophila: key to the survival in extra-and intracellular environments” 

11.50-12.05:  Helen O’Hare (Leicester, UK)
“A novel mechanism of amino acid sensing in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
12.05-12.20: Merve Zeden (Imperial College, UK)
“Uncovering the molecular mechanism for the requirement of CyclicDi-AMP for the growth of Staphylococcus aureus
12.20-12.35:  Fatima Ulhuq (Dundee, UK)
“A novel type VII substrate of Staphylococcus aureus
12.35-12.50:  Robin May (Birmingham, UK)
“How do phagocytes expel microbial invaders? Probing the mechanism of pathogen vomocytosis”

Lunch: Aston Webb Great Hall

Scientific Session 7: Replication and cell division (chaired by Stephen Price)

14.00-14.30: Erin Goley (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
“Cytoskeletal regulation of cell wall metabolism for division in Caulobacter crescentus
14.30-14.45:  Estelle Crozat-Brendon (Cambridge, UK)
“MatP acts as a cohesine and timer of Ter segregation in E. coli
14.45-15.15:  Thorsten Allers (Nottingham, UK)
“Life without DNA replication origins”

Coffee Break: Aston Webb Great Hall

Scientific Session 8: Molecular biology of human pathogens 2 (chaired by Bill Horsnell)

15.45-16.15: M. Stephen Trent (University of Georgia, USA)
“The Power of Asymmetry:  Architecture and Assembly of the Gram-Negative Outer Membrane Lipid Bilayer”
16.15-16.30:   Sarah Sherrington (Birmingham, UK)
“Adaptation to acidic environments induces unmasking of beta-glucan in Candida albicans
16.30-17.00:  Miguel Valvano (Queens University Belfast, UK)
“If you don't kill me I cheat: Bacterial antibiotic hijacking in the extracellular space”
  Closing remarks

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