2024 Conference Schedule

Sunday, July 21, 2024

5:30pWelcome and Keynote AddressShannon Hall
Dr. Mónica Medina
Penn State University
6:30pWelcome ReceptionTripp Commons

Monday, July 22, 2024

9:00aSession #1: One Health and Beneficial MicrobesShannon Hall
9:00aCommunity-embedded Systems Microbiology in Indigenous SpacesRosanna A. Alegado
University of Hawai’i Manoa
9:30aCharacterizing the Plastic Degrading Potential of the Threespine Stickleback Gut MicrobiomeSarah Pasqualetti
University of Connecticut
9:45aNeighborhood Socioeconomic Status is Associated with Low Diversity Gut Microbiomes and Multi-drug Resistant Microorganism ColonizationIbrahim Zuniga-chaves
University of Wisconsin – Madison
10:00aRefreshment BreakShannon Hall Lobby
10:30aModelling the Gut Microbiome’s Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change and Infection in ZebrafishMichael Sieler
Oregon State University
10:45aExploring Relationships Between Microbiome-derived Short Chain Fatty Acids and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology BiomarkersJessamine F. Kuehn
University of Wisconsin – Madison
11:00aTiming Matters: Colonization Order of Amphibian Bacteria Impacts Microbiome Composition on Hosts and in Co-CultureKorin Jones
University of Texas – Austin
11:15aPanelShannon Hall
12:00pLunchTripp Commons
1:00pPoster Session AGreat Hall
2:30pSession #2: Microbe-Host Interaction at a Molecular Scale Shannon Hall
2:30pFriends with Benefits: Mutualistic Symbioses in the HoneybeeDr. Irene Newton
Indiana University
3:00pA Bacterial Sialidase Mediates Early-life Colonization by a Pioneering Gut CommensalHiutung Chu
University of California – San Diego
3:15pGlycan-Binding Adhesins at the Interface of Microbe-Host InteractionsJarrod Smith
University of Oregon
3:30pGut Microbial Metabolic Pathways as Opportunities for New Therapeutic Strategies in Cardiometabolic DiseasesIna Nemet
Lemer Research Institute
3:45pAbaecin-2: A Novel Antimicrobial Peptide Changes Copper Availability and Modulates Symbiotic Interactions in a Fungus-Growing Ant MutualismHelena Heyer-Gray
University of Connecticut
4:00pRefreshment BreakShannon Hall Lobby
4:15pUncovering Novel and Conserved Mechanisms of Steinernema Entomopathogenic Nematode Colonization by Xenorhabdus BacteriaJennifer Heppert
University of Tennessee – Knoxville
4:30pThe Role of Neuropeptides in Symbiont-Mediated Development of the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid Light OrganElizabeth Heath-Heckman
Michigan State University
4:45pTrans-generational Priming Induced by a Commensal Bacterial CommunityKamalani Chock
University of California – Berkeley
6:00pDinnerTripp Commons
7:00pSocialTripp Commons

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

9:00aSession #3: Microbe-Microbe Interactions in the Context of a HostShannon Hall
9:00aMolecular Commensalism: Exploring the Role of Oral Corynebacteria in Microbiome DynamicsDr. Jens Kreth
University of Oregon
9:30aChemical and Genetic Analysis of Microbial Inter-phylum Growth CoordinationRobert Scheffler
Carnegie Science
9:45aRuminococcus torques is a Keystone Degrader of Intestinal Mucin Glycoprotein, Releasing Oligosaccharides used by Bacteroides ThetaiotaomicronSadie Schaus
University of Michigan
10:00aRefreshment BreakShannon Hall Lobby
10:30aThe Dual Facets of a Honeybee Gut Symbiont Frischella PerraraYulin Song
University of Texas – Austin
10:45aCutaneous Chemistry: How Small Molecules Direct Bacteria-Fungi InteractionsUyen Thy Nguyen
11:00a(p)ppGpp-mediated Resistance to an Antimicrobial Secondary Metabolite Promotes Gut FitnessMark Heggen
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Flash Talks I

P92B: Targeted Genomic Searches to Mine Gene Cluster Evolution in Host-associated Microbes

P74B: Discovery of a Brain-resident Microbiome in Salmonids, a Potential Niche Adaption

P184B: Symbiosis Leads to Neurotoxicity in Rough-Skinned Newts

P137B: Combining Comparative and Developmental Approaches Towards the Mammalian Microbiome: Signatures of Phylosymbiosis are Detectable Across [I]Peromyscus[/I] Mice During the Early Weaning Period

P131B: Resident Fungi as Gatekeepers of Skin Health
Shannon Hall

Marc Chevrette
University of Florida

Amir Mani Varnoosfaderani
University of New Mexico

Samantha Westcott
University of California San Diego

Elizabeth N. Rudzki
University of Pittsburgh

Caitlin H. Kowalski
University of Oregon
12:00pLunchTripp Commons
1:00pPoster Session BGreat Hall
2:30pSession #4: Ecology and Evolution of Microbe-Host InteractionsShannon Hall
2:30pIntegrating Beneficial Microbes into Disease EcologyDr. Corlett Wood
University of Pennsylvania
3:00pAn Unusual Mechanism of Genetic Organization in a Polyploid and Polykaryotic Obligate Fungal MutualistSoleil E. Young
University of Wisconsin – Madison
3:15pThe Pregnancy Gut Microbiome is Unique but Stable Across Trimesters in Wild BaboonsChelsea Southworth
University of Notre Dame
3:30pAcquisition and Environmental Filtering of Introduced Floral Microbes in the Blue Orchard BeeAlexia N. Martin
University of California – Davis
3:50pUpwelling Drives Differences in Thermal Tolerance for Tropical Eastern Pacific CoralsVictoria Glynn
McGill University
4:05pLocal and Global Profiling of Genome Variation in a Prevalent Human Gut ActinobacteriumCecilia Noecker
Minnesota State University
4:20pNovel Families of Chlamydiae Bacteria Form Stable Facultative Endosymbioses with Dictyostelium AmoebaMische Holland
University of Pittsburgh
4:35pFree Evening

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

9:00aSession #5: Environmental and Social Drivers of Microbiome Composition & FunctionShannon Hall
9:00aImpacts of Flooding and Infrastructure Neglect on the Human Gut MicrobiomeDr. Elizabeth Mallott
Washington University – St. Louis
9:30aCnidarian hosts as habitats: Heat Modifies Host Acid-Base Homeostasis and Endosymbiotic FunctionLuella Allen-Walker
University of Pennsylvania
9:45aA Combination of Metabolic Costs and Biogeography Drive the Retention or Loss of the T6SS Within a Symbiotic PopulationAlecia Septer
University of North Carolina
10:00aRefreshment Break Shannon Hall Lobby
10:30aProlonged Delays in Human Microbiota Transmission After a Controlled Antibiotic PerturbationKatherine S. Xue
Stanford University
10:45aMetabolic Functional Redundancies May Dampen Microbiome Functional ‘Service Outages’ Resulting from Diet-Induced Species LossesKayla Cross
Ohio State University
11:00aThe Impact of Environment and Host Biology on the Functional Potential of the Hosts’ Gut MicrobiomeCarla Wagener

Flash Talks II

P84C: Metaproteome Analysis of the Coral Holobiont Demonstrates Algal Symbiont Quiescence Under Thermal Stress

P105C: Mechanisms Through Which Symbiotic Fungi Impact Bumble Bee Health

P126C: Dissecting Gut Microbiome and Pathogen Contributions to Clostridioides difficile Colonization Outcomes

P66C: A Conserved Genetic Basis for Commensal-host Specificity Based on Live Imaging of Colonization Dynamics

P150C: Treatment with Orally-administered Bacteroides Fragilis Modulates Gene Expression of Gut Barrier Proteins and Fecal Bacterial Community Structure
Shannon Hall

Shrinivas Nandi
Rutgers University

Danielle Rutkowski
University of California Davis

Skye Fishbein
Washington University in St. Louis

Karina Gutierrez-Garcia
Carnegie Institution for Science

Kathryn Conn
Pathogen & Microbiome Institute
12:00pLunchTripp Commons
1:00pPoster Session CGreat Hall
2:30pSession #6: Microbe-Host Interactions at a Molecular Scale Shannon Hall
2:30pConvergent Pathways to Host-microbe Specificity through Activation of Symbiotic Biofilm in Vibrio fischeriMark Mandel
University of Wisconsin – Madison
3:00pSystematic Investigation of Bile Salt Hydrolase Activity in Human Gut Bacteria Reveals Production of Conjugated Secondary Bile AcidsLauren Lucas
University of Wisconsin – Madison
3:15pExamining Mechanisms of Asexuality Inducing Symbiont Effector Proteins Laura Fricke
University of Minnesota
3:30pDuodenal Bacteria Cultured from Bangladeshi Children with EED Impair Offspring Immunity and Intestinal HomeostasisKali Pruss
3:45pMacromolecular Interactions at the Interface of a Ubiquitous SymbiosisSergio López-Madrigal Indiana University
4:00pRefreshment Break Shannon Hall Lobby
4:15pHuman Nasal Microbionts Differentially Influence Innate Immune Signaling during Colonization of Human Nasal EpitheliumAndrea Boyd
Baylor University College of Medicine
4:30pInvestigating the Impact of Microbiome-derived Acids on Host-pathogen Interactions in DrosophilaSneha Agrawal
Johns Hopkins University
4:45pA Tale of Two Protists: Modeling Microbial Eukaryotic Interactions in the Murine Gut Using Commensal Entamoeba
and Tritrichomonas spp.
Marienela Heredia
University of Wisconsin – Madison
6:00pEvening Keynote: Developing Microbiome-directed Therapeutics for Treating Childhood UndernutritionShannon Hall
Dr. Jeffery Gordon
Washington University – St. Louis
7:00pBanquetTripp Commons
8:00pReception Tripp Commons

Thursday, July 25, 2024

9:00aSession #7: Harnessing/Constructing Beneficial MicrobesShannon Hall
9:00aDietary Lipids as Modulators of Microbiome FunctionDr. Elizabeth Johnson
Cornell University
9:30aDirected Evolution of the Drosophila Microbiome for Improved Intestinal Health and Lifespan ExtensionMatthew Ulgherait
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
9:45aIdentifying Predictors of Short-Chain Fatty Acid Response for Precision Nutrition Guidelines Regarding Dietary Fiber IntakeAngela Poole
Cornell University
10:00aRefreshment Break Shannon Hall Lobby
10:15aHost Inflammation-dependent Colonization Resistance by 502A to Prevent MRSADaniel Y. Kim
University of Pennsylvania
10:30aCo-zorbs: Motile, Multispecies Biofilms Aid Transport of Diverse Bacterial SpeciesShruthi Magesh
University of Wisconsin – Madison
10:45aThe Interplay Between Gut Microbiota Dynamics and Butyrate Production in Protection Against Antinociceptive ToleranceIzabella Sall
University of New Hampshire
11:00aMicrobiota Metabolism of Intestinal Amino Acids Impacts Host Nutrient Homeostasis and PhysiologyCJ (Chun-Jun) Guo
Cornell University
11:15aAwards & Closing RemarksShannon Hall