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4th Bacterial Cell Biology Conference

#Bacterialcell23


12 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Heath Murray
Newcastle University
Jie Xiao
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Synopsis

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This will be the 4th Conference on Bacterial Cell Biology. 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. Quantitative and automated methods have brought about radical changes in the breadth and depth of questions that could be explored, while 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. Many of these bacterial cell biology systems are being successfully reconstituted using purified components, leading to the discovery of molecular mechanisms underpinning cellular functions. 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.

Key Sessions

  • Spatial Organization of Cellular Structures
  • Advances in Nanoimaging
  • Genome Organization and Transcription
  • Genome Processes
  • Cell Division Dynamics
  • Cell Wall Construction and Destruction
  • Cell Growth and Cell Cycle
  • Cell Shape and Morphogenesis

Early Career Researcher Bursary

Due to the generous pledges from our invited speakers and sponsors, the conference chairs have setup an ECR bursary. At least 20x $800 registration discounts have been set aside for early career researchers (ECR’s defined as graduate students & postdocs), and scientists from underrepresented minority backgrounds (URMs). Interested parties should email an oral/poster abstract submission to Conference Manager Jack Peters. The conference chairs will be reviewing the submissions on an ad hoc basis.
Please click here to apply. 
*cannot be used in conjunction with 'student offer'

Student & Postdoc Offer

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity for students and postdocs! Fully paying academics can bring a student or junior postdoc for only $890. Both registration packages include; accommodation for the 12, 13, 14 February 2023 (on a shared basis for students/postdocs) 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 or junior postdoc. 

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Anjana Badrinarayanan (NCBS)
SEARCHING FOR HOMOLOGY
Melanie Blokesch (EPFL) *The EMBO Keynote Lecture*
MOLECULAR SECRETS OF PANDEMIC VIBRIO CHOLERAE
Pamela Brown (University of Missouri)
Eli Cohen (Imperial College London)
CAMPYLOBACTER JEJUNI EVOLVED AN EXTRA-LARGE BASAL DISK TO ESCAPE STICKY SITUATIONS
Yves Dufrêne (LIBST)
SEEING AND TOUCHING THE BACTERIAL CELL SURFACE AT THE NANOSCALE
Jeff Errington (Newcastle University)
WHY CELLS DIE WHEN PEPTIDOGLYCAN SYNTHESIS IS PERTURBED
Ethan Garner (Harvard University)
PROBING THE UNDERLYING MECHANISMS AND FORCES THAT DRIVE CELL DIVISION
Stephan Gruber (UNIL-Sorge District)
Christine Jacobs-Wagner (Stanford University)
GOVERNING PRINCIPLES OF BACTERIAL CELL CYCLE REGULATION THROUGH CELL AND NUCLEOID SIZE SENSING
Sangjin Kim (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
BACTERIAL CELL BIOLOGY OF mRNA DEGRADATION
Tung Le (John Innes Centre)
MULTITUDES OF CTP-BINDING DOMAIN: BACTERIAL CHROMOSOME SEGREGATION, CELL DIVISION, AND GENE EXPRESSION REGULATION
Petra Levin (Washington University)
THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE SINGLE-CELL: INTRINSIC ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN THE ENTEROBACTERACEAE 
Martin Loose (Institute of Science and Technology Austria) *The EMBO Junior Young Investigator Lecture*
IN VITRO RECONSTITUTION OF ESCHERICHIA COLI DIVISOME ACTIVATION
Jan Löwe (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology)
STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY OF BACTERIAL CELL DIVISION COMPLEXES
Houra Merrikh (Vanderbilt University)
RNA POLYMERASE DYNAMICS AND MUTAGENESIS IN BACTERIA DURING INFECTION
Cecile Morlot (Institut de Biologie Structurale)
CLICK AND COLLECT AT HIGH RESOLUTION TO REVEAL SECRETS OF CELL WALL SYNTHESIS
Mariana Pinho (ITQB)
A NEW MECHANISM FOR COORDINATION OF BACTERIAL CHROMOSOME SEGREGATION AND DAUGHTER CELL SEPARATION
Kumaran Ramamurthi (NIH)
DEVELOPMENTAL CHECKPOINTS THAT MEDIATE BACTERIAL CELL SURFACE MORPHOGENESIS
Rodrigo Reyes (McGill University)
MOLECULAR CIRCUS: HOW THE REPLISOME COUPLES UNWINDING AND SYNTHESIS WHILE JUGGLING DNA POLYMERASES
Nina Salama (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
Henrik Strahl (Newcastle University)
LYSIS-INDEPENDENT KILLING BY CELL WALL-TARGETING ANTIBIOTICS
Sven van Teeffelen (Université de Montréal)
DETERMINANTS OF RATE OF CELL-ENVELOPE GROWTH IN ROD-SHAPED BACTERIA
Elitza Tocheva (University of British Columbia)
CELL ENVELOPE DIVERSITY IN EARLY BRANCHING PHYLA
Xindan Wang (Indiana University)
ORGANIZATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE MULTIPARTITE GENOME IN AGROBACTERIUM TUMEFACIENS
Stephanie Weber (McGill University)
BACTERIAL CONDENSATES UNDER STRESS
Allison Williams (University of California, San Francisco)
Wenqi Yu (University of South Florida)
SPATIAL REGULATION OF SURFACE PROTEINS IN STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS

Target Audience

The conference will attract the major players in the bacterial cell biology field, of which there are probably 50 or so significant groups worldwide. It will also attract many microbiologists with a general interest in microbial cell function who would badge themselves as molecular biologists or microbial biochemists. 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 discipline. 

Educational Need

Bacterial cell biology underpins important applied research areas such as infectious disease, antimicrobial discovery and development, and synthetic biology, but it is rarely taught as a discipline in its own right, especially with the decline of offered degrees in microbiology. 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, encompassing 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 participants to field at all levels (pre- and post-doctoral, as well as group leaders switching fields).

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4th Bacterial Cell Biology Conference

#Bacterialcell23


12 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Heath Murray
Newcastle University
Jie Xiao
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Speakers

Invited Speakers

Anjana Badrinarayanan

NCBS

Melanie Blokesch

EPFL *The EMBO Keynote Lecture*

Pamela Brown

University of Missouri

Eli Cohen

Imperial College London

Yves Dufrêne

LIBST

Jeff Errington

Newcastle University

Ethan Garner

Harvard University

Stephan Gruber

UNIL-Sorge District

Christine Jacobs-Wagner

Stanford University

Sangjin Kim

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tung Le

John Innes Centre

Petra Levin

Washington University

Martin Loose

Institute of Science and Technology Austria *The EMBO Junior Young Investigator Lecture*

Jan Löwe

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Houra Merrikh

Vanderbilt University

Mariana Pinho

ITQB

Kumaran Ramamurthi

NIH

Rodrigo Reyes

McGill University

Nina Salama

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Henrik Strahl

Newcastle University

Elitza Tocheva

University of British Columbia

Sven van Teeffelen

Université de Montréal

Xindan Wang

Indiana University

Stephanie Weber

McGill University

Allison Williams

University of California, San Francisco

Wenqi Yu

University of South Florida

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4th Bacterial Cell Biology Conference

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12 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Heath Murray
Newcastle University
Jie Xiao
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Programme

Please note, although the below is the most up to date version of the conference programme, it is still subject to change. A final version of the programme will be circulated to all participants in the weeks before the conference. 


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4th Bacterial Cell Biology Conference

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12 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Heath Murray
Newcastle University
Jie Xiao
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Prices

Early Bird Full Price Additional Adult Additional Child Extra Night Adult Extra Night Child
Academic $1923 $1973 $716 $216 $303 $72
Industry $1923 $1973 $716 $216 $303 $72
Student $1649 $1699 $716 $216 $303 $72

All registration fees include 3 nights accommodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are detailed below.

What's Included in our Registration Fees?

Our registration fees are inclusive of the following at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun hotel during the conference period only:

- Conference registration 
- 3 nights’ fixed accommodation (12, 13, 14 February 2023) on a single basis for academics and industry, on a shared basis for students 
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours 
- Unlimited alcoholic beverages, cocktails and soft drinks available by the glass at all restaurants and bars according to their operational hours
- Gala Dinner 
- 24 hour room service
- Guest room mini bar (replenished daily)
- Complimentary WIFI in both conference rooms and your guest room

What's Included in our Accompanying Adult Fees?

Our accompanying adult fees are inclusive of the following at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun hotel during the conference period only:

- 3 nights’ fixed accommodation (12, 13, 14 February 2023) on a shared basis with a conference participant 
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours
- Unlimited alcoholic beverages, cocktails and soft drinks available by the glass at all restaurants and bars according to their operational hours
- Gala Dinner 
- 24 hour room service
- Guest room mini bar (replenished daily)
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: Accompanying guests are not permitted access to the conference.

What's Included in our Accompanying Child Fees?

Our accompanying child fees are inclusive of the following at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun hotel during the conference period only:

- 3 nights’ fixed accommodation (12, 13, 14 February 2023) on a shared basis with the parent/s
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours
- Unlimited soft drinks available by the glass at all restaurants and bars according to their operational hours
- Gala Dinner 
- 24 hour room service
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: Accompanying child fees are applicable for children aged 5-12 years. Children 4 years or younger stay free of charge with a parent. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun). Please kindly ensure your child / children are supervised at all times during conference and related events.

Childcare services are available at the hotel, please contact your Conference Manager for further information.

What's Included in our Extra Night Fees?

Our extra night fees are inclusive of the following at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun hotel:

- 1 night’s accommodation for 1 person
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours
- Unlimited alcoholic beverages, cocktails and soft drinks available by the glass at all restaurants and bars according to their operational hours
- 24 hour room service
- Guest room mini bar (replenished daily)
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: The extra night price is only applicable 1 night pre/post the conference dates. If you wish to extend your stay further, this is possible to book via Fusion, but please contact your Conference Manager for assistance and prices. Extra night child fees are applicable for children aged 5-12 years. Children 4 years or younger stay free of charge with a parent. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun).

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4th Bacterial Cell Biology Conference

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12 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Heath Murray
Newcastle University
Jie Xiao
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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4th Bacterial Cell Biology Conference

#Bacterialcell23


12 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Heath Murray
Newcastle University
Jie Xiao
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Venue

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive

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Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún All Inclusive Blvd. Kukulcan km 16.5 Zona Hotelera 77500 Cancun Q.R. Mexico
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport

This stylish hotel features contemporary Mexican architecture, including one of the largest and most impressive thatched-roof "palapas" in the entire country. There are cultural activities, arts and crafts and sports programs to keep you constantly entertained, plus time to relax and enjoy the Mayan culture, soak up the Caribbean sunshine and revel in the international ambiance that settles in after the sun goes down.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from the aromatic Asian delights at Kaumbu, traditional fare at El Mexicano, delicious international cuisine at Kalmia Buffet or perhaps sample the sumptuous Italian dishes at Rosato. There are also several other dining opportunities such as the Cevichería, Pizzeria, Sushi Corner, pool and lounge bar areas. The Gala Night with either a Mayan or Caribbean theme takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast of local cuisine, an open bar and amazing local entertainment.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel Facilities

Lagoon Pool
Extensive Health Club and Spa
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout hotel and conference areas

Location

Cancun is a delightful combination of natural beauty, islands, ecological reserves and white sandy beaches. However, besides sun, sand and sea, this destination also offers an infinite variety of underwater activities to choose from: the diving, snorkelling and fishing here are outstanding and you will find an undersea world packed with tropical fish that live on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Sports enthusiasts might choose one of the many eco-tourism activities, such as cycling or hiking through the tropical forest or kayaking through mangroves, or something a little more adventuresome, like zip lining through the treetops.

Apart from the more well-known ancient Mayan archealogical sites such as Tulum, Cobá and Chichén Itzá you may like to visit the Aktun Chen caverns, voted one of the Top 10 underwater walks by National Geographic described as a truly magical experience.

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4th Bacterial Cell Biology Conference

#Bacterialcell23


12 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Heath Murray
Newcastle University
Jie Xiao
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Transportation

Cancun International airport is just a short 20 minute journey from the Fiesta Americana Condesa and is easily accessible from almost every country in the world with many major international airlines providing direct or interconnecting flights on a daily basis.

Airport tansfer information will be available shorlty.

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4th Bacterial Cell Biology Conference

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12 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Heath Murray
Newcastle University
Jie Xiao
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Local Activities

Several activities are available within the resort. Timetables vary daily so please check with the hotel for the latest activities program.

  • Daily fitness activities: yoga, zumba, beach workout
  • In the water: water aerobics, pool volley
  • Workshops: making sushi, art with rice and towels, margaritas, paella making, pizza making (fiesta kids)
  • Classes; dance, spanish lessons
  • Friendly competitions; beach volley, beach soccer, cornhole

There are also many other activities, trips and excursions to consider in and around the local area, depending on the time you have available. Please find a few suggestions below:

  • AQUA World, situated across the street from the hotel. They provide a vast array of water based activites including diving, fishing, snorkeling, hoverboards and boat tours. Take a look at their website for inspiration: https://aquaworld.com.mx/en
  • Trips to Mayan historical sites such as Tulum and Chichen Itzá
  • Arts and crafts markets
  • Jungle tours and eco parks such as Xcaret
  • Golfing at 2 18-hole, par 72 courses: Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus (less than 30 minutes away)

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4th Bacterial Cell Biology Conference

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12 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Heath Murray
Newcastle University
Jie Xiao
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Group Activities

Details will be available soon.

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4th Bacterial Cell Biology Conference

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12 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Heath Murray
Newcastle University
Jie Xiao
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Childcare

The Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive is very welcoming for families.
The hotel has a Fiesta Kids Club and Teen Club, multiple swimming pools (including a dedicated kids pool), a daily schedule of organised activities; and live entertainment.

Kids Club
The Fiesta Kids Club offers activities for children ages 4 to 12. The fun includes Foosball tables, a ball pit, and cultural activities such as pinata making. Children under age 4 are welcome in the kids' club if supervised by an adult.

Teen Club
Teens have a dedicated area of their own, complete with video games and game tables. It is designed for ages 13 and up; children under 12 are welcome to visit the club with an adult.

Babysitting
Babysitting service is available for $15 USD for one child, $18 USD for two children, or $20 for three children. If you need a babysitter after 10 p.m., an extra $15 USD is required to pay for the nanny's transportation service. All fees include VAT.
Please note that these prices are subject to change so please do enquire with Jack Peters if you would like to find out further details.

Accommodation
Cribs/cots and rollaway beds are available. Please note that rollaway beds cannot be added to a room with two double beds, but cribs/cots can be added to any room. Connecting rooms are available for large groups; the master suites (x16) and governor suites (x2) have access to the room next door, allowing them to easily become family suites. Please contact us for upgrade rates (subject to availability).

We allow accompanied children entry to the conference room as long as no disruption is caused to other attendees.

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4th Bacterial Cell Biology Conference

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12 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Heath Murray
Newcastle University
Jie Xiao
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Oral Presenters

We have several oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a talk, please register for the conference and upload your abstract when prompted to do so. You will be able to monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account and you will also receive an email if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Please use the abstract template provided (see below) and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length.

If you are accepted for a talk, we recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches. Regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference website.

Your Presentation

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to our AV technician who will be present in the conference room. We advise running through your presentation at least 30minutes prior to your session commencing to ensure your slides and any videos or animations appear as expected. We prefer our speakers to run their presentation from the master PC or Mac, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop then please notify us prior to the session. A HDMI or VGA cable is usually available on the podium.

Our AV technician will apply your microphone and provide a combined slide advancer and laser pointer.

We ask all speakers to adhere to their time slots and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters as their time decreases.

Please make sure your presentation adheres to the following guidelines.

Aspect Ratio: On Screen Show (16:9)
File Type: Please save your presentation in PPT, PPTS or Keynote format.

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4th Bacterial Cell Biology Conference

#Bacterialcell23


12 Feb 2023 - 15 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

Heath Murray
Newcastle University
Jie Xiao
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Posters

We have several poster opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register for the conference and upload your abstract when prompted to do so. You will be able to monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account and you will also receive an email if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Please use the abstract template provided (see below) and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length.

Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore we may be unable to display your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.

Displaying & Presenting Your Poster

Please bring your poster to registration and hand this to a member of the Fusion team. They will advise of your poster number and display your poster for you. 

Your poster will remain on display for the duration of the conference, allowing presenters to take advantage of the refreshment breaks and free time for valuable networking opportunities, in addition to the official poster session.

Please check the programme and note the date and time of the poster session(s). Your poster will be judged during the poster session and prizes will be awarded at the Gala Dinner.

Posters will be taken down by the Fusion team and will be ready for collection at the Fusion desk on the final day of the conference.

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