Biology senior honors thesis student Sarah Nessen '18 and BCBP senior honors thesis student Itai Muzhingi '18, both working in the lab, traveled to Chicago, IL for Vibrio2017: The Biology of Vibrios, an international conference organized by the American Society for Microbiology. The conference included researchers from around the world who study the ecology, evolution, pathogenesis, genomics, and symbiotic mechanisms of this important bacterial group.
At the conference, Sarah presented an invited talk entitled, “Regulatory mechanisms affecting consumption of a short chain fatty acid that mediates symbiosis in Vibrio fischeri” on the lab’s new collaboration with Mark Mandel of the University of Wisconsin-Madison to understand molecular mechanisms affecting symbiosis with the Hawaiian bobtail squid. Sarah also received a travel award from the American Society for Microbiology to present her work! Others who contributed to the talk included Stephany Flores-Ramos ’17, Kyra Raines ’20, Abigail Mesfin ’20, and Sarah Wishloff ’19.
A couple of images of Sarah giving her talk to a fairly large crowd. She was the only undergraduate to speak at the conference!
Itai presented a poster entitled “Regulatory domains in the hybrid sensor kinase CrbS modulate direct activation of acetyl-CoA synthase transcription in the pathogen Vibrio cholerae.” At the end of the conference, he won an award – for graduate students! He received the “Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Award in –Omics and Regulation”! This was just one of five poster awards presented at the conference! Others contributing work presented in the poster include Cecilia Prado, Duy Nguyen, and Franny Diehl. (Unfortunately Itai wasn't there to receive the certificate, so here he is in our hallway in our hallway in Amherst!
Lastly, Alix Purdy presented work by a number of previous students in the lab, entitled “Protein acetylation alters metabolite-dependent virulence of Vibrio cholerae in a Drosophila model of infection” with co-authors Kalle Liimatta ’16, Emily Flaherty ’19, Gabby Ro ’19, and Cecilia Prado.
Congrats everyone on a great conference!