2019 Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference

MMPC 2019 Program

Friday, September 20, 2019 through Sunday, September 22, 2019
Renaissance Toledo Downtown, 444 N. Summit Street, Toledo, OH 43604 - BOOK NOW

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Friday, September 20, 2019

4:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Registration - Renaissance Hotel

5:00 - 6:00 p.m

Welcome Reception - Renaissance Hotel Prism Room

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Dinner - Renaissance Hotel Mosaic Ballroom

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Opening Session - Welcoming remarks and presentations by previous co-chairs

  • Timothy Yahr (U. Iowa): Regulation of Type 3 secretion in P. aeruginosa
  • Craig Ellermeier (U. Iowa): Innate immune resistance by σv in C. difficile and B. subtilis

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

7:15 - 8:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast (Prism Room)

8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Oral Session I - Host-Pathogen Interactions (Mosaic Ballroom)

  • Judy Smith (U. Wisconsin): Manipulation of the host unfolded protein response by Brucella
  • Ana Flores Mireles (U. Notre Dame): Host-pathogen interactions in catheter-associated UTIs
  • Andrew Olive (Michigan State U.): Genetic approaches to identify host-pathogen interactions during Mycobacterium tuberculosisinfection
  • Selected abstract from trainee

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Coffee break

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Oral Session II - New Strategies to Combat Infectious Diseases (Mosaic Ballroom)

  • Michael Olson (S. Illinois U. Carbondale): Interference of quorum sensing by Staph sp.
  • Peter Freddolino*(U. Michigan): Molecular simulations/modeling of bacterial regulatory networks
  • Lindsay Kalan (U. Wisconsin): Microbiome metabolomic analyses of chronic wounds
  • Selected abstract from trainee
  • Selected abstract from trainee

11:00 AM - 12:30 p.m.

Poster Session I

Odd numbered posters (Exhibit Hall)

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch (box lunches provided)

  • Interactive Career Panel (Mosaic Ballroom)

1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Oral Session III - Eukaryotic Pathogens (Mosaic Ballroom)

  • Heather Conti (U. Toledo): Mucosal immune responses to C. albicans
  • Geoff Hart (U. Minnesota): Antibody and NK cell cooperation to clear Plasmodium falciparum
  • Felipe Santiago-Tirado (U. Notre Dame): Therapeutic development against Cryptococcus capsule
  • Selected abstract from trainee
  • Selected abstract from trainee

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Poster Session II with happy hour

Even numbered posters (Exhibit Hall)

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Peggy Cotter, Ph.D.Keynote Address (Mosaic Ballroom)

Peggy Cotter (U. North Carolina):
Burkholderia CDI/CDS system cooperation, competition, and DNA transposition

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast (Prism Room)

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Oral Session IV - Viral Pathogens (Mosaic Ballroom)

  • Malathi Krishnamurthy (U. Toledo): Role of Rnase-L in innate immune responses to viral infections
  • Rachel Katzenellenbogen (Indiana U. Sch Med): HPV oncogene E6 activation of host telomerase
  • Justin Richner (U. Illinois Chicago): Lipid nanoparticle mRNA vaccine against Dengue fever
  • Collin Kieffer (U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign): Real-time imaging of HIV infection/pathogenesis

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.

Coffee break

10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Oral Session V - Bacteria vs. Host: Who Wins? (Mosaic Ballroom)

  • Robert Lochhead (Med. Coll. Wisconsin): Fibroblast-like synoviocytes as key immune effectors in human and murine Lyme arthritis
  • Alan Hauser (Northwestern U): Bloodstream infections by Pseudomonas aeruginosa: A dead end?
  • Carrie Shaffer (U. Kentucky): Versatility of the Helicobacter pylori cag type IV secretion system
  • Select abstract from trainee
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Oral Session VI - Immune Responses and Clearance of Pathogens (Mosaic Ballroom)

  • Kou-San Ju (Ohio State U.): Microbial compounds as new antibiotics and bioactive compounds
  • Jill Steinbach-Rankins (U. Louisville): Use of peptide-PLGA nanoparticles to disrupt oral biofilms
  • Chris Montgomery (Nationwide Children's-Ohio State U.): Host immunity to S. aureus infections
  • Selected abstract from trainee

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*Schedule subject to change

Last Updated: 7/2/19