Sensory Transduction in Microorganisms, Ventura Beach CA, January 17-22, 2016

The 2016 STIM GRC will explore recent advances in understanding microbial systems of signal transduction. Focus will be placed on intracellular networks, intercellular competition and cooperation, and multicellularity in the bacterial world. Topics will include gene regulation, mechanisms of motility, energy monitoring, and community behavior. These areas will be addressed through cutting-edge applications of molecular genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and chemical biology as well as structural, imaging and biophysical approaches. Emerging directions such as synthetic biology and the engineering of signaling networks for biotechnology will be explored. Invited speakers will include both established and early-stage investigators. In addition, poster presenters will compete for short late-breaking topic talks. We will also host a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) for postdocs and graduate students to precede the GRC meeting. Participants will enjoy the Conference's open and collegial atmosphere that provides valuable opportunities to engage in scientific discussion and foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

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The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by September 17, 2015. Please check back for updates.

  • Chemosensory Systems
    (Gerald Hazelbauer / Brian Crane / Tino Krell)
  • Community Behavior
    (Peggy Cotter / William Loomis / Christopher Hayes / Caroline Roper / Joao Xavier)
  • Biofilms and Pathogens
    (Tracy Raivio / Christine Josenhans / Birgit Scharf / Zemer Gitai)
  • Cell Surfaces
    (Tarek Msadek / Cynthia Whitchurch / Suckjoon Jun / Nassos Typas)
  • Signaling Networks
    (Gladys Alexandre / Craig Ellermeier / Sean Crosson / Monica Gerth)
  • Synthetic and Systems Biology of Signaling Networks
    (Christopher Rao / Victor Sourjik / Judith Armitage / Amy Schmid / Ann Stock)
  • Energy Monitoring
    (John Helmann / Jacqueline Barton / Rebecca Parales / Dianne Newman)
  • Mechanisms of Motility
    (Grant Jensen / Nicolas Biais / Ken Jarrell / Howard Berg / Lotte Sogaard-Andersen / Douglas Weibel)
  • Small Molecule Signaling
    (Fitnat Yildiz / Joanne Santini / Michael Fischbach / Urs Jenal)

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Martin Delahunty

Global Director, Nature Partner Journals, Nature Research

Working within Nature Research's Open Research Group, I am Global Director for Nature Partner Journals based in London. I have responsibility across five global office locations to develop Nature Partner Journals, a new series of online-only, open access journals, published in collaboration with world-renowned partners. Launched in April 2014, the portfolio now includes 14 titles including 'npj Biofilms and Microbiomes'. I have a Degree in Natural Sciences specializing in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration from The Open University. Within the broader medical publications community, I serve as Secretary and Trustee for the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals.