University of Michigan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ann Arbor, USA
Presentation Title: Chaperone mediated folding by the stress induced chaperone Spy.
Collegiate Professor of Molecular Cellular Biology, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute University of Michigan
1977-1981 B.Sc. University of Saskatchewan
1981-1987 Ph.D. U Wisconsin-Madison
1993-1995 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Uni-Regensburg, Germany
1996-2006 Assist. then Assoc. Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2006-present Professor, Department of MCDB, University of Michigan
2013 AAAS Fellow
1997-2001 Pew Scholar
1989-1993 Helen Hay Whitney Fellowship
1. Eukaryotic and prokaryotic heat shock proteins are homologous
2. Disulfide bond formation is a catalyzed process
3. Protein folding can be optimized in vivo
4. Chaperone discovery and characterization
Humboldt University Berlin., Berlin, Germany
Presentation Title: Linking Bacterial Growth, Survival and Multicellularity – Small Signaling Molecules as Triggers and Drivers
Regine Hengge studied biology and obtained her doctorate at the Universität Konstanz. After carrying out post-doctoral research at Princeton University (NJ, USA), she established her own research group in molecular microbiology at the Universität Konstanz. As a Full Professor she headed the microbiology unit of the Freie Universität Berlin from 1998-2013, and since 2013 has been in a similar position at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her scientific research deals with signal transduction mechanisms and regulatory networks in bacterial biofilm formation and stress responses.
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
Presentation Title: c-di-AMP signalling in Bacillus subtilis
Jörg Stülke studied biology and obtained his doctorate at the University of Greifswald. After carrying out his post-doctoral research at the Pasteur Institute Paris, he established his own research group at the University of Erlangen. Since 2003, he has been Full Professor for Microbiology at the University of Göttingen. His lab studies the molecular biology of the model bacterium Bacillus subtilis with a focus on signal transduction by the essential second messenger cyclic di-AMP. Moreover, his lab is interested in functional annotation of the B. subtilis genome and of the genome of the artificial minimal bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides JCVIsyn3.0.
University of Groningen, Netherlands
Presentation Title: Microbial Stress meeting presentation title Preadaptation of Bacillus subtilis to mild osmostress contributes to increased antibiotic resistance
Oscar Kuipers is Professor in Molecular Genetics and heads the Dept. of Molecular Genetics at the University of Groningen since 1999. He was trained in molecular biology and biochemistry and moved to the direction of molecular genetics and synthetic biology after his PhD. He is nationally and internationally recognized in the field of antimicrobials, bacterial cell biology and bacterial gene regulation. Central topics in his research are: 1. Developing new antimicrobials. 2. Studying population heterogeneity and bistability at the single cell level. 3. Bacterial gene regulation and genomics.
University of Dundee, UK
Presentation Title: Understanding the mechanisms of biofilm formation by Bacillus subtilis.
Nicola Stanley-Wall is based at the University of Dundee. Her laboratory investigates how bacteria form multicellular communities called biofilms using the Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis. Nicola also has a strong interest in public engagement of science.
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Presentation Title: Stress-induced expression is enriched for evolutionarily young genes in budding yeasts
Verena Siewers is a Senior Researcher at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden). She obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Münster and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University of Denmark. Her research is focused on yeast synthetic biology and metabolic engineering.
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
After starting my career in biological sciences, in 2000 I established my group on Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Milano Bicocca, where I teach Courses, Masters and coordinate a PhD Programme. We are interested in the development of sustainable microbial processes, preferentially valorising residual biomasses as in the concept of biorefineries. Synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, bioprocess optimizations are applied to leverage microbial potential, including robustness against stress, to match industrial requirements and contribute to a biobased turnabout. Principles and concepts of Open Science and RRI are embedded in our research and in my teaching and communication activities.
KU Leuven - VIB
Presentation Title: Internal pH homeostasis and its involvement in evolution towards high antibiotic persistence
I am a passionate microbiologist who is fascinated by the extreme capability of bacteria to adapt, survive, and even thrive under seemingly stressful conditions. I obtained a PhD at my Alma mater, KU Leuven, and have been a postdoc at Freiburg and Cornell University. Throughout my research, I focus on mechanisms of how bacteria survive lethal antibiotic treatments, especially on those that make sense in light of evolution.
Presentation Title: Structure and Function of the Stressosome Signalling Hub
Jan Pané-Farré received his PhD from the University of Greifswald (2008), where he worked on various questions on Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis stress physiology, signal transduction and metabolism using global and gene specific approaches. He recently moved to the Philipps-University Marburg, where he continues his research on stressosome function in Gram-negative bacteria.