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Microbiology at Cornell Symposium

Monday, October 9, 2017
Stocking Hall Conference Center

4th Annual Microbiology Symposium

This all-day symposium will feature short talks and a poster session highlighting on-going research projects of labs on campus and beyond Cornell.

Symposium Schedule, October 9, 2017

 8:30 – 9:00am      BREAKFAST (148 Stocking Hall)

Short Talks, Session 1, 146 Stocking Hall (Auditorium):

 9:00 – 9:10am      Esther Angert - Welcome and opening remarks

 9:10 – 9:25am      Heng Zhao - Single amino acid changes in RNA polymerase that differentially affect alternative sigma factor activity in Bacillus subtilis

 9:25 – 9:40am      Shannon Murphy - Zinc modulates transcription of a Vibrio cholera wall hydrolase

 9:40 – 9:55am      Roland Wilhelm - Re-interpreting the ecophysiology of Caulobacter

 9:55 – 10:10am    Francine Arroyo - Population structure of a polyploid bacterial gut symbiont

10:15 – 10:45am   Coffee Break and Student Awards (148 Stocking Hall)

Short Talks, Session 2, 146 Stocking Hall (Auditorium):

11:00 – 11:15am      Anthony Hay - It's so degrading! A longitudinal look at local compost

11:15 – 11:30am      Elliot Jackson - A highly prevalent and persistently infectious densovirus discovered among sea stars from the East Coast of the United States

11:30 – 11:45am      Dan Buckley - Unearthing the microbial ecology of the soil carbon cycle

11:45 – 12:00pm      Melanie Smee - Life and death in the phyllosphere: effects of plant-associated bacteria on insect pests

12:00 – 12:15pm      Steven Higgins - Phylogenomics reveals dynamic evolution of fungal nitric oxide reductases and their potential roles in secondary metabolism

12:15 – 12:30pm      Ian Hewson - The northeastern Pacific asteroid wasting disease and mass mortality, 2013 - 2015: A tango of potential pathogens, precipitation, and perception

12:30 – 1:30pm         LUNCH (148 Stocking Hall)

 1:30 – 2:00pm          Celebrating the Intellectual Contributions of Dr. Eugene L. Madsen

                                        Esther Angert, William Ghiorse, Christopher DeRito, Clifford Kraft and Ian Hewson

                                   Presentation of the Madsen Memorial Plaque to the Department of Microbiology

 2:00 – 3:30pm          Posters and Networking (148 Stocking Hall)

Microbiology Symposium Registration

Presentation Title Submissions

For ORAL PRESENTATION, please enter the Title and Presenter. For POSTER PRESENTATION, please enter the Title and Authors.

Selections for oral presentations will be made by Oct. 5.
Please direct questions to Esther Angert at