Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity for students! Register an academic at the earlybird rate and bring a student for only $850. Unfortunately, Postdocs are not eligible for this offer. Both registration packages include; accommodation for the 26, 27, 28 February 2020 (on a shared basis for students) and a 24hour all-inclusive food and beverage package for the conference period. Once registered, please contact Jack Peters to obtain a special registration link for your student.
This meeting is a continuation of the Zing Conferences Bacterial Cell Biology series. In the last two decades there has been an explosion of interest in fundamental aspects of bacterial structure and function, based on advances in fluorescence and cryo-EM imaging. In the last few years, quantitative and automated methods have brought about radical changes in the breadth and depth of studies, leading to important mechanistic discoveries. Meanwhile, genome sequencing and genetic methods such as CRISPR-Cas9 and Tn-Seq have greatly expanded the range of organisms that can be studied incisively, enabling comparative studies of processes such as growth, morphogenesis and division, across diverse bacterial phyla. The conference will bring together presentations illustrating the application of advanced cell and molecular biology methods to a wide range of basic functions in bacterial cells. Advances in understanding of the fundamentals of bacterial structure and function also create opportunities for the development of novel approaches to kill or modulate the growth and behaviour of bacterial cells.
Specific sessions are likely to cover the following areas.
- Cell morphogenesis
- Cell division
- Chromosome replication and segregation
- Cell biology of transcription and translation
- Advances in imaging
- Diversity in bacterial structure and function
- Bacterial communities and signalling
- Bacterial chemical biology
Confirmed Invited Speakers
Thomas Bernhardt (Harvard University)
REGULATION OF CELL WALL REMODELING AT THE CELL DIVISION SITE
Melanie Blokesch (EPFL, Lausanne)
MOLECULAR MECHANISMS AT PLAY IN VIBRIO CHOLERAE’S ENVIRONMENTAL LIFESTYLE
Yves Brun (Université de Montréal)
Cees Dekker (Delft University of Technology)
BIOPHYSICS STUDIES ON THE SHAPING OF CHROMOSOMES
Ethan Garner (Harvard University)
SERINE KINASES, RESPONDING TO LIPID II, CONTROL THE RATE OF CELL GROWTH BY MODULATING ROD COMPLEX ACTIVITY
Stephan Gruber (University of Lausanne)
Grant Jensen (Caltech)
STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF BACTERIAL SECRETION SYSTEMS
Petra Levin (Washington University in St. Louis)
SHAPING THE CELL FROM THE OUTSIDE IN
Jun Liu (Yale School of Medicine)
Joe Lutkenhaus (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Tam Mignot (CNRS, Paris)
A MULTISCALE ANALYSIS OF BACTERIAL PREDATION
Heath Murray (Newcastle University)
IDENTIFICATION OF A BASAL SYSTEM FOR BACTERIAL CHROMOSOME ORIGIN UNWINDING
Johan Paulsson (Harvard Medical School)
Mariana Pinho (ITQB, Portugal)
DIVISION PLANE SELECTION IN STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS
Lotte Sogaard-Andersen (Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology)
REGULATION OF DYNAMIC CELL POLARITY IN MYXOCOCCUS XANTHUS BY SPATIAL CONTROL OF THE SMALL GTPase MglA
Gürol Suel (UC San Diego)
Waldemar Vollmer (Newcastle University)
PEPTIDOGLYCAN SYNTHESIS AND REMODELLING
Suzanne Walker (Harvard Medical School)
STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS CELL SIZE IS REGULATED BY CELL WALL HYDROLASE COMPLEXES
Jie Xiao (Johns Hopkins University)
Liz Sockett (Nottingham University)
The conference should attract all of the major players in the bacterial cell biology field, of which there are probably 50 or so significant groups world wide. It will also attract many microbiologists with a general interest in microbial cell function who would badge themselves as molecular biologists or microbial biochemists.
The talks will cover a wide range of topics and PhDs, post-docs and group leaders will all benefit by being brought up to date with developments across the field.
Bacterial cell biology underpins important applied research areas such as infectious disease, antimicrobial discovery and development, and synthetic biology, but it is not really taught as a discipline in its own right, now that microbiology degree courses have all but disappeared. The modern discipline, which has emerged in the last 20 or so years, covers a wide range of technical methods and can be highly quantitative, as well as covering a diversity of organisms and mechanistic problems. The conference presentations will collectively provide a comprehensive grounding in all major facets of the field, bringing new comers to field, at all levels (pre- and post-doctoral, and group leaders switching fields), up to speed.
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