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Scientific Program

Friday October 21, 2022

We expect that everyone, who is able, is vaccinated for covid19 with the most recent booster. 

Morning in JRC 101


9:00-9:10 AM   Welcome


9:10-10:10 AM   Prions and Prion-Like Diseases, ASM Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Jason Bartz, Creighton University


10:10-10:20 AM   Break


10:20-10:50 AM   The scoop on poop and its role in managing antibiotic resistance, Keynote Lecture, Dr. Adina Howe, Iowa State University


Applied, Environmental, and Food Microbiology Graduate Talks


11:00-11:15 AM   Characterization and Identification of Microbial Communities in Agricultural Drainage Ditches and Bioaugmentation Potentials for Enhanced Denitrification, Hao Wang, University of Minnesota


11:15-11:30 AM   How do fertilizer and tillage intensities impact soil microbiomes? Debarshi Dasgupta, North Dakota State University


11:30-11:45 AM   Impacts of earthworm invasion on nitrification in a northern hardwood forest in Minnesota Takamitsu Ohigashi, University of Minnesota


Noon: Lunch Career Panel (Dr. Torey Looft, USDA-ARS; Dr. Sean Coleman, Wartburg College; more to come)


Afternoon in HSSC

Applied, Environmental, and Food Microbiology Graduate Talks


1:15-1:30 PM   Comparison of antibiotic resistance genes between Iowa swine manures , Tim Neher, Iowa State University


1:30-1:45 PM   CRISPRi to identify Pseudomonas putida gene networks essential for rhizosphere microbiome assembly, Marissa Roghair Stroud, Iowa State University


1:45-2:00 PM   Evaluation of Effectiveness of Swine Manure Treatment Alternatives to Mitigate Tetracycline Resistant Bacteria, Puja Bajracharya, Iowa State University


2:00-2:15 PM   Physiological Antibiotic Resistance Outcomes in Bacteria Exposed to Wastewater, Alejandra Chavez, Iowa State University


Break 2:15-2:30 PM


2:30-2:45 PM   Effects of Environmental Biofilms on Steel Corrosion, Zachary Burton, Iowa State University


2:45-3:00 PM   Invasive Earthworm Affect Soil Microbial Structure, Chang Liu, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities


3:00-3:15 PM   Kin rivalry among swimming sibling colonies of Bradyrhizobium diazoefficiens USDA 110, Armaan Kaur Sandhu, South Dakota State University


3:15-4:00 PM   Applied, Environmental, and Food Microbiology Poster Session, HSSC first floor atrium


Medical, Veterinary, and Cellular Microbiology Graduate Talks

4:00-4:15 PM  Pseudomonas aeruginosa senses secreted interspecies signals via a c-di-GMP and cAMP-controlled signaling module, Kaitlin Yarrington, University of Iowa


4:15-4:30 PM   A Mouse model for Torque Teno Sus Virus1 (TTSuV1), Md-Tariqul Islam, North Dakota State University 


4:30-4:45 PM   Comparison of multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg 2015-2017 outbreak isolates linked to dairy beef calves, Selma Burciaga, USDA-ARS


4:50-5:20 PM War and Peace: Polymicrobial interactions during cystic fibrosis airway disease Keynote Speaker Dr. Dominique Limoli, University of Iowa


6:00 PM Dinner Grinnell College Golf Course


Saturday October 22, 2022


8:00-8:30 AM   NCB Board Meeting in HSSC A1231

8:30-9:00 AM   Breakfast HSSC first floor


Applied, Environmental, and Food Microbiology Undergraduate Talks


9:00-9:15 AM   Genomic and Proteomic analysis of Microbacterium foliurom phages Rosadiaz and Babydotz, Lola Sibaud, Minnesota State University- Moorhead


9:15-9:30 AM   Qualitative Screening of Bacteria Isolated from the Roots of Invasive grass, Phragmites australis and Native grass, Phragmites americanus for Plant Growth Promoting Traits, Cade Wizceb, University of Wisconsin- River Falls


9:30-9:45 AM  Determining the functional role of the GOX1969 protein in Gluconobacter oxydans Ky Ariano, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse 


9:45-10:30 AM Poster session HSSC first floor atrium


Medical, Veterinary, and Cellular Microbiology Undergraduate Talks


10:30-10:45 AM  A role for T6SS in virulence of Burkholderia cepacia in plants, Lexie Matte, St. Norbert College


10:45-11:00 AM  Cryptococcus neoformans Utilizes Multiple Acetyl-CoA-Generating Pathways During Infection: Genetic interactions among acetyl-CoA synthetase, ATP-citrate lyase, and 2-ketobutyryl CoA synthetase, Kathryn Alden, University of Iowa


11:00-11:15 AM   Plasmodium falciparum detection from filtered urine samples via Loopamp Malaria PAN/Pf kit –pregnant women from Ghana, Navneet Kaur, Marquette University


11:15-11:30 AM  CAR-T Cell Therapy Targeting MCT11 in Exhausted T Cells, Stephanie Lewis, Luther College


11:30-11:45 AM  Searching for Novel Antifungal Treatments and Regulatory Pathways via the Characterization of a Fluphenazine Derivative Against C. albicans, Aracely Miron-Ocampo, University of Iowa


11:45 Closing remarks

Box lunches available

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