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BAM Division Workshop

Session Session Name Session Description International Convener Local Convener
(Republic of Korea)
Invited Speakers
BAM-01 Gene Expression
and Regulation
Gene expression regulation is a key process for bacterial adaptation to dynamic environmental changes in their habitats. This session will focus on the molecular mechanisms of bacterial posttranslational regulation including protein folding, polymerization, and proteolysis during growth and survival under complex conditions. Rosalba Lagos (Chile)
Universidad de Chile
Eun-Jin Lee
Korea University
Franz Narberhaus (Germany)
Ruhr University Bochum /
Jean-François Collet (Belgium)
Institut de Duve
BAM-02 Domestication of the
‘As-Yet-Uncultured’
Cultivating microorganisms that represent abundant and important microbial lineages in diverse habitats provides foundation for omics-based researches and opportunities for novel discovery. In this session, recent progresses in the cultivation of ‘as-yet-uncultured’ microbes will be presented, focusing on methodologies and applications to diverse environments. Cameron Thrash (USA)
University of Southern California
Jang-Cheon Cho
Inha University
BAM-03 Host-Pathogen Interaction Elucidating molecular events at the interface between host and pathogenic invaders is crucial to come up with better strategies for infection control. This session will discuss mechanisms by which host immunity responds to bacterial infection and commensal microbes residing at the infection sites affect host responses against infection. Petra Dersch (Germany)
Universität Münster
Sang Sun Yoon
Yonsei University
BAM-04 Secondary Metabolism Most secondary metabolites are typically synthesized by multi-enzyme complexes encoded in secondary metabolite biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) in microbes. The secondary metabolism is also closely connected to the primary metabolism, which provides the precursor molecules controlled by subtle and precise transcriptional and translational regulatory networks. Recent genomic studies have indicated that individual microbial species generally possess many BGCs, which have a vast potential to produce a diverse array of metabolites and were ‘silent’ in laboratory growth conditions. Understanding the secondary metabolism in the microbes has attracted major attention due to the rapid rise in antibiotic-resistant pathogens. This session will highlight the most recent research on all aspects of microbial secondary metabolism, including natural and synthetic systems. Zixin Deng (China)
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Yeo Joon Yoon
Ewha Womans University
Pinghua liu(USA)
Boston University
BAM-05 Gene Regulation
and RNA Biology
RNA molecules should be monitored for integrity during bacterial growth. In this session, molecular mechanism by which bacteria monitor and degrade nonfunctional RNAs and its implication in pathogenesis will be discussed. Sue Lin-Chao (Taiwan)
Academia Sinica
Kangseok Lee
Chung-Ang University
BAM-06 Metabolic
Engineering and
Synthetic Biology
Metabolic engineering can be defined as the practice of developing microbial cell factories through rational reengineering of cellular networks. Synthetic biology creates biological tools and parts that can be used to reconstruct metabolic pathways. In this session, we will discuss the development of metabolic engineering strategies promoted by synthetic biology. Hal Alper (USA)
University of Texas at Austin
Sung Ho Yoon
Konkuk University
BAM-07 Microbial
Interactions within
Diverse Populations
Microbe interacts with each other in a complex and ever-changing environment. In this session, current idea of molecular mechanism of signal transduction in various microbial communities including biofilm will be discussed. Non-growing or persistent bacteria are emerging threats in microbial infection and antibiotic therapy. In this session, signaling molecules and genetic mechanisms of bacterial persistence and its implication in virulence will be discussed. E. Peter Greenberg (USA)
University of Washington
Kyu-Ho Lee
Sogang University
BAM-08 Molecular Basis for
Bacterial Pathogenesis
Pathogenic bacteria utilize diverse mechanisms to induce a variety of host responses. Understanding the molecular basis of the nature of pathogen and host interaction is critical for prevention and treatment of infections. In this session, we will explore the molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, strengthening host responses to bacterial pathogens, and modulation of immune responses by pathogens. Eliora Z. Ron (Israel)
Tel Aviv University
Eun-Kyeong Jo
Chungnam National University
Anat A. Hershkovitz (Israel)
Tel Aviv University
BAM-09 Human Microbiome
and Health
Human microbiota has been recognized as an essential components of incidence of multiple chronic human diseases. In this session, we will explore host-microbes interaction from different points of view and understand the specific role of microbiota in developing chronic diseases. Liping Zhao (USA)
Rutgers University
GwangPyo Ko
Seoul National University
BAM-10 Translational Microbiome Research The microbiome is an integral part of our body. In the session, the consequent discoveries of human microbiome studies, i. e. next-generation probiotics and pharmabiotics with pharmacological efficacies, natural or genetically modified, will be discussed. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) is an innovative treatment that has resolved between 80 and 91 percent of infections caused by recurrent C. difficile that does not respond to antibiotics. In this session, some other benefical effects of FMT as well as C. difficile treatment will be discussed. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown (USA)
Arizona State University
Jin-Woo Bae
Kyung Hee University
BAM-11 Non-Human Microbiomes Earth is the world of microbes and all living creatures on earth have complex connection with the microbes, but much less attention has been focused on the roles of the microbes. Recent state of the art tools, such as NGS, multi-omics analyses and deep learning algorithms are allowed to investigate the microbial community and find keystone taxa with biological functional roles in ecology systems. This session will look at the most recent discovering in microbiome system and function in various ecosystem including soil, plant, ocean environments. Itzik Mizrahi (Israel)
Ben-Gurion University
of the Negev
Youn-Sig Kwak
Gyeongsang National University
BAM-12 Antimicrobial Resistance Antimicrobial resistance has been one of the most serious global health issues these days. This session will focus on the "environment resistome", which is a reservoir of AMR to be disseminated to clinical settings by horizontal gene transfer. Fernando Baquero (Spain)
Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal
Chang-Jun Cha
Chung-Ang University
BAM-13 Bacterial Evolution and Gene Transfer To be described Uri Gophna (Israel)
Tel Aviv University
Jihyun F. Kim
Yonsei University
BAM-14 Phylogenomics of Prokaryotic Diversity The framework for modern bacterial taxonomy has been shifted from 16S rRNA gene to whole genome sequences. Using the simple and robust bioinformatics tools, the classification and identification have never been more objective. However, the lack of high-quality genome sequences for both cultured and uncultured species hampers the use of genome data in metagenomics. In this session, the speakers will discuss the future of bacterial taxonomy and phylogenomics in light of new methods and concepts. Ramon Rossello-Mora (Spain)
Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies
Jongsik Chun
Seoul National University
Kostas T. Konstantinidis(USA)
Georgia Institute of Technology
BAM-15 Going Viral: Hidden Modulators of Biodiversity Viral metagenomics is the study of viral genetic material sourced directly from the environment rather than from a host or natural reservoir. In this session, viral diversity in the environment that is often missed in studies targeting specific potential reservoirs will be discussed. Francisco Rodriguez-Valera (Spain)
Universidad Miguel Hernández
Sung-Keun Rhee
Chungbuk National University
Rotem Sorek (Israel)
Weizmann Institute
BAM-16 Extremophiles and Archaea Extremophiles survive and thrive in extreme environment of pH, temperature, salt concentration, pressure, etc. The sesseion will highlight recent advances and insights on extremophile research, including viruses of extremophile, ecology, molecular biology, physiology, and biotechnology. David Prangishvili (France)
Institut Pasteur
Sung Gyun Kang
University of Science & Technology
Takuro Nunoura(Japan)
JAMSTEC
BAM-17 Food Bacteriology and
Lactic Acid Bacteria
Lactic acid bacteria play an important role in foods for flavor enhancement or health promotion but also other areas of industrial microbiology. This session will cover recent discoveries and achievements in biotechnology of lactic acid bacteria for example as food starter cultures, probiotics, and drug-delivery systems, but also their importance for industrial chemical production will be highlighted. Michael Sauer(Austria)
BOKU
(University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences)
Nam Soo Han
Chungbuk National University
BAM-18 Biocatalysts and Protein Engineering Biocatalysts refers to the use of enzymes and whole cells with particular catalytic activities. It has been widely exploited in the fine and bulk chemical, food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, textile, pulp, and paper industries. Given the advances in enzymatic techniques, the rise of green and sustainable chemical manufacturing has been taken more seriously. In this session, we will discuss about the recent advances in biocatalysts development and also new technologies to speed up the protein engineering processes. Huimin Zhao (USA)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Seung-Goo Lee
Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology
Jiangyun Wang(China)
Institute of Bioghysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
BAM-19 Biodegradation and Bioremediation Microorganisms have been, for long, harnessed for remediation of environments contaminated with various xenobiotic substances. Over years, the focus has been shifted from use of axenic cultures to more holistic, ecological approaches, and the list of target pollutants have been expanded to include a much broader array of substances. This session will discuss such recent advances in microbial biodegradation and bioremediation technologies. Yoichi Kamagata (Japan)
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Sukhwan Yoon
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
BAM-20 New Insights into Phage-Bacteria Interactions It has been long been known that phages reprogram the cellular machinery of bacteria during infection. The topics discussed in this session will include the molecular mechanisms by which the phages trick bacterial cells or hijack bacterial proteins into their own survival. Joseph Bondy-Denomy (USA)
University of California San Francisco
You-Hee Cho
CHA University
Karen L. Maxwell
(Canada)
University of Toronto

MEM Division Workshop

Session Session Name Session Description International Convener Local Convener
(Republic of Korea)
Invited Speakers
MEM-01
(IMA)
Fungal Genomics This session covers recent research trends to investigate physiology and diversity of fungal organisms having importance in medicine, agriculture, and industry using cutting-edged genomics approaches. Gustavo Goldman (Brazil)
Universidade de São Paulo
Yong-Hwan Lee
Seoul National Univeristy /
Yong-Sun Bahn
Yonsei University
Wieland Meyer (Australia)
University of Sydney
Yun Chen (China)
Zhejiang University
MEM-02 Clinical Mycology This session covers recent research trends to elucidate molecular and pathobiological mechanisms of major and emerging human fungal pathogens causing superficial and systemic mycosis and their clinical implications. Aaron Mitchell (USA)
Carnegie Mellon University
Yong-Sun Bahn
Yonsei University
James Andrew Alspaugh (USA)
Duke University
MEM-03
(ICFM)
Food Mycology
This session covers recent research trends to understand diverse roles of fungi in daily food, focusing on food safety and fungal biotechnology. Ludwig Niessen (Germany)
Lehrstuhl für Technische
Mikrobiologie
Hyang Burm Lee
Chonnam National University
Naresh Magan (UK)
Cranfield University
Giancarlo Perrone (Italy)
ISPA-CNR
Simon Avery (UK)
University of Nottingham
Emilia Rico (USA)
BCN Research Laboratories, Inc.
MEM-04 Mushroom Genomics and Engineering The session speakers will deliver current advances in the mushroom science, mushroom genomics and emerging new applications. Arend Van Peer (Netherlands)
Wageningen University
Hyeon-Su Ro
Gyeongsang National University
Ursula Kuees (Germany)
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
MEM-05 Plant Pathogenic Fungi This session covers recent advances in molecular genetics and pathogenesis of important plant pathogenic fungi.   Zhonghua Ma (China)
Zhejiang University
Hokyoung Son
Seoul National University
Huiquan Liu (China)
Zhejiang University
MEM-06 Signal Pathway in Host-
Fungi Interaction
This session covers recent advance for studying molecular signaling in host-fungal pathogen interactions.  Chang Hyun Khang (USA)
University of Georgia
Jaehyuk Choi
Incheon National University
Cong Jiang (China)
Northwest A&F University
Wende Liu (China)
Zhejiang University
MEM-07 Fungal Metabolic
Engineering
This session covers recent advances in the directed modulation of metabolic pathways in yeasts and filamentous fungi for enhanced production. Jean-Marc Daran (Netherlands)
Delft University of Technology
Ji-Sook Hahn
Seoul National University
Young-Su Jin (USA)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Jon Manguson (USA)
Joint BioEnergy Institute
Nick Wierckx (Germany)
Institute of Bio- and Geosciences IBG-1: Biotechnology
Irina Borodina (Denmark)
Technical University of Denmark
MEM-08
(ICPA)
Taxonomy and
Application of Penicillium
& Aspergillus
Modern taxonomy and biotechnology of Trichocomaceae including Penicillium, Aspergillus, Monascus etc. Jos Houbraken (Netherlands)
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute
Seung-Beom Hong
National Institute of Agricultural Science
Amanda Chen (China)
Peking Union Medical College Hospital
Cobus Visagie (South Africa)
University of Pretoria
Jens Frisvad (Danmark)
Technical University of Denmark
Takashi Yaguchi (Japan)
Chiba University
Vit Hubuka (Czech Republic)
Czech Academy of Sciences
MEM-09 Metals in Fungal
Physiology and Virulence
This session is focused on the role of metal homeostasis in fungal physiology and virulence of pathogenic fungi. Dennis Thiele (USA)
Duke University School of Medicine
Cheol-Won Yun
Korea University
Ling Lu (China)
Nanjing Normal University
Kang Lok Lee
(Korea)
Gyeongsang University
MEM-10 Mycobiome and
Commensal Fungi in Human
The session focuses on what is currently known about the mycobiome (the fungal microbiome) and the commensal fungi, which are the parts of the mycobiome in health and disease. Annika Scheynius (Sweden)
Karolinska Institutet
Won Hee Jung
Chung-Ang University
Soo-Chan Lee (USA)
University of Texas at San Antonio
Carol Munro (UK)
University of Aberdeen
Hao Li (Singapore)
ASTR
MEM-11
(ICY)
Fungal Systems and
Synthetic Biology
This session introduces state-of-the-art topics on both basic and applied research for integrated genomics and synthetic biology by top-notch yeast and fungal scientists. Hiroshi Takagi (Japan)
Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Hyun Ah Kang
Chung-Ang University
Ulrich Kück (Germany)
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Jun-ichi Maruyama (Japan)
University of Tokyo
Xinqing Zhao (China)
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
MEM-12 Evolutionary genomics of
symbiosis in microbial
eukaryotes
This symposium focuses on the evolutionary genomics and the evolution of symbiotic interactions (mutualism, parasitism or commensalism) between microbial eukaryotes and their partners. Cheong Xin Chan (Australia)
The University of Queensland
Hwan Su Yoon
Sungkyunkwan University
Takuro Nakayama (Japan)
Tohoku University
MEM-13 Microalgal Biotechnology This session will cover several key topics on biotechnology of microalgae, including bioprospecting, testing of strains in mass cultivation, and various genomics efforts, along with recent metabolic engineering strategies. Juergen Polle (USA)
Brooklyn College of the
City University of New York
Eon Seon Jin
Hanyang University
Choul-Gyun Lee
Inha University
DanXiang Han (China)
Institute of Hydrobiology
Han Min Woo (Korea)
Sungkyunkwan University
MEM-14 Host- Plasmodium
Interactions
Biology and host interaction
of Plasmodium.
Laurent Rénia (Singapore)
Agency for Science, Technology,
and Research
Eun-Taek Han
Kangwon National University
MEM-15 Functional Genomic
Analysis of Pathogenic
Protozoa
This session presents recent progresses in genomic analysis of pathogenic protozoa including Trichomonas, Acanthamoeba, Giardia, and Toxoplama. Petrus Tang (Taiwan)
Chang Gung University
Soon-Jung Park
Yonsei University
Wei-Chen Lin (Taiwan)
Chang Gung University
Workshop I
(ICTF)
Fungal Taxonomy This workshop covers recent research trends of fungal diversity, systematics and phylogenomics of fungi. Kevin D. Hyde (Thailand)
Mae Fah Luang University /
Robert A Samson (Netherlands)
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute
Young-Joon Choi
Kunsan University /
Hyang Burm Lee
Chonnam National University
Rajesh Jeewon (Mauritius)
University of Mauritius
Sybren de Hoog (Netherlands)
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute
Kerstin Voigt (Germany)
University of Jena
Andre Santiago (Brazil)
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Lei Cai (China)
Institute of Microbiology, CAS
Workshop II
(ICY)
Non-conventional Yeasts This workshop covers recent research trends of functional genomics, physiology, and industrial application of various non-Sacchromyces yeasts. Andriy Sibirny (Ukraine)
Institute of Cell Biology
Jung Hoon Shon
Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology
Deithard Mattanovich (Austria)
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
Akihiko Kondo (Japan)
Kobe University
Volkmar Passoth (Sweden)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Michael O. Agaphonov (Russia)
Bach Institute of Biochemistry

VIR Division Workshop

Session Session Name Session Description International Convener Local Convener
(Republic of Korea)
Invited Speakers
VIR-01 Vaccines & Viral Vectors Much progress has been made towards the development of novel vaccines and vaccination approaches. Viral vectors have been studied as potential tools to deliver vaccines as they present advantages over traditional vaccines in that they stimulate a broad range of immune responses including cell mediated immunity. This session will cover the advancements of current vaccination strategies and new trials of viral vectored vaccines in preclinical and clinical studies. Dan H. Barouch (USA)
Havrvard Medical School
Man Ki Song
International Vaccine Institute
VIR-02 Viral Ecology Viral ecology defines and explains the ecology of viruses by examining their interactions with their hosting species, including the types of transmission cycles that have evolved, encompassing principal and alternate hosts, vehicles, and vectors. This session will cover the concepts that viral infections represent areas of overlap in the ecology of viruses, their hosts, and their vectors. George F. Gao (China)
Chinese CDC
Hyo-Jeung Kang
Kyungpook National University
VIR-03   Herpesvirus Herpesviruses are ubiquitous in nature and infect a range of animals, from oysters to humans. Over 100 herpesvirus species have so far been identified, but considering that at least one herpesvirus has been discovered in each mammalian species investigated, it is very likely that hundreds other herpesviruses will eventually be revealed. In humans, these large dsDNA viruses cause some well-known conditions, including chickenpox, cold sores, and genital herpes, and also include viruses that can lead to cancer. This session will discuss comprehensive aspects of herpesviruses. Zhi-Ming Zheng (USA)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Jin Hyun Ahn
Sungkyunkwan University
VIR-04 Prion & Neurotopic Viruses A neurotropic virus is said to be neuroinvasive if it is capable of accessing or entering the nervous system and neurovirulent if it is capable of causing disease within the nervous system. This session will discuss in detail the mechanisms of replication and spread to the nervous system of neurotropic viruses. Inga Zerr (Germany)
University of Goettingen
Eun-Kyoung Choi
Hallym University
VIR-05 Antivirals & Gene Therapy Antivirals and gene therapy provide comprehensive measures of the broader field of chemicals and nucleic acid and their use in treating viral infections. In this session, participants will discuss how antivirals and gene therapy may bridge the gap between basic science and important clinical applications of the technology, providing a systematic, integrated review of the advances in nucleic acid-based antiviral drugs and the potential advantages of new technologies over current treatment options. Mark Itzstein (Australia)
Griffith University
Jae-Ouk Kim
International Vaccine Institute
VIR-06 Influenza Virus: Pathogenesis & Transmission Influenza viruses are a highly contagious respiratory pathogen and infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs of many different animal hosts including humans. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death to humans. This session will focus on the mechanisms of influenza pathogenesis and transmission in detail. Yoshihiro Kawaoka (USA)
University of Wisconsin
Man-Seong Park
Korea University
VIR-07   Hepatitis Viruses This session will discuss both basic and medical aspects of the biology of hepatitis viruses. Basic research topics of interest include all aspects of the viral life cycle (e.g. viral entry, intracellular capsid transport and disassembly, viral gene expression/regulation, protein processing/regulation, viral genome replication, particle assembly and egress) and viral-host interactions. Medical research topics of interest include but are not limited to viral pathogenesis, epidemiology, immunology, therapies and emergence of drug-resistant variants. Marc Windisch (Korea)
IPK
Kyong-Min Kim
Aju University
VIR-08 SFTS & Emerging Viruses This session will discuss public health impacts of emerging viruses that cause severe and/or lethal diseases in humans and animals. Topics of interest include but are not limited to virus discovery, mechanisms of virus entry, assembly, protein translation, transcription and replication, pathogenesis, immunology, ecology, and epidemiology. Basic and translational research on the development of preventive vaccines and antiviral drugs and therapeutic interventions is also welcome. Edward Holmes (Australia)
University of Sydney
Nam-Hyuk Cho
Seoul National University
VIR-09 Innate Immunity & Immune Evasion The innate immune system is one of the two main immunity strategies found in vertebrates (the other being the adaptive immune system). The innate immune system is an older evolutionary defense strategy, relatively speaking, and it is the dominant immune system response found in plants, fungi, insects, and primitive multicellular organisms. Lin-Fa Wang (Singapore)
Duke-NUS
Kyung-Soo Inn
Kyung Hee University
VIR-10 Influenza Virus: Virus-host Interaction To be described Wendy Barclay (UK)
Imperial College
Young-Ki Choi
Chungbuk National University
VIR-11 DNA Viruses This session will discuss public health impacts of DNA viruses that cause severe diseases in hosts. Topics of interest include but are not limited to mechanisms of virus entry, assembly, protein translation, transcription and replication, pathogenesis, immunology, ecology, epidemiology, and the development of preventive vaccines and antiviral drugs. Rozanne M. Sandri-Goldin (USA)
University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine)
Jae Myun Lee
Yonsei University
VIR-12   Coronavirus & Paramyxovirus With recent discovery of human metapneumovirus and novel coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, paramyxoviruses and coronavirus are considered as human pathogens of potential pandemic. This session will cover topics of mechanisms of pathogenesis and transmission and ecology of paramyxoviruses and coronavirus. Paul Young (Australia)
University of Queensland
Joo-Yeon Lee
Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
VIR-13 Viral Adaptive Immunity During viral infection, adaptive immunity contributes to the elimination of viruses and the termination of the infection. Moreover, successful adaptive immune responses result in protective immunity with long-term memory. In this session, topics on anti-viral adaptive immunity will be presented and discussed, including antibodies, B cells, helper T cells, and cytotoxic T cells. Hong Tang (China)
Institut Pasteur of Shanghai CAS
Eui-Cheol Shin
Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
Sang-Jun Ha (Korea)
Yonsei University
VIR-14   Viral Epidemiology To be described Peter Daszak (USA)
EcoHealth Alliance
Keun Hwa Lee
Jeju National University
VIR-15   Hanta & Arboviruses Hantaviruses are enzootic viruses that maintain persistent infections in their rodent hosts without apparent disease symptoms. The spillover of these viruses to humans can lead to one of two serious illnesses, hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. In recent years, there has been an improved understanding of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and natural history of these viruses following an increase in the number of outbreaks in the Americas. In this session, current concepts regarding the ecology of and disease associated with these serious human pathogens are discussed including other aspects of arbovirus infection, such as an integration of the ecology and evolution of host-virus ecosystems through modeling and hypothesis-driven research with the risk of emergence, host switching/spillover, and disease transmission to humans. Richard Yanagihara (USA)
University of Hawaii
Jin-Won Song
Korea University
Shee-Mei Lok (Singapore)
National University of Singapore
VIR-16 RNA Viruses RNA viruses reproduce less accurately. They usually lack proofreading and have the highest mutation rates of any organisms on Earth. These mutation rates mean that a large complex genome is not possible because their high error rates would cause offspring requiring a large gene set to be nonfunctional. RNA viruses therefore have small genomes and fewer genes. The advantage of such a high error rate is that RNA viruses are capable of rapidly outmaneuvering the host immune system. This session will cover all aspects of the fundamental biology of RNA viruses. Ruth Ruprecht (USA)
Southwest National Primate Research Center, TX
Joo-Shil Lee
Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
VIR-17 Advanced Sequencing & Diagnostics To be described W. Ian Lipkin (USA)
Columbia University
Jeong-Ki Kim
Korea University
VIR-18 Biodefense Measures A bioterrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs to cause illness or death. These germs are often found in nature. These biological agents, such as anthrax, botulism, Ebola and other hemorrhagic fever viruses, plague, or smallpox, spread through the air, water, or in food. Sometimes, they can be very hard to detect. This session will discuss medical measures to protect people against bioterrorism. Gustavo Palacios (USA)
USAMRIID
Jeong, Seong Tae
Agency of Defense Development
Marc Lecuit(France)
Institut Pasteur
VIR-19 Veterinary viruses To be described Yilma Tilahun (USA)
University of California, Davis
Joong-Bok Lee
Konkuk University
Paul Ling (USA)
Baylor College of Medicine
VIR-20 Late Breakers To be described Deyin Guo (China)
Sun Yat-Sen University
Ki-Soon Kim
Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Bridging Session

Session Description Invited Speakers
CRISPR and Designer Microbes Presentation on the basic science and the targeted genome-editing technology of CRISPR-Cas systems. This session will cover the discovery, development, and application of genome-editing techniques using CRISPR-Cas systems including the bacterial immunity, some designed microbes, and new therapeutics for the human diseases. Virginijus Siksnys (Lithuania)
Vilnius University
Blake Wiedenheft(USA)
Montana State University
Alan R. Davidson (Canada)
University of Toronto
Preparedness for Disease X Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and pandemic risks continue to pose a threat to public health around the world. Rapid urbanization increased mobility and global economic interdependence exacerbate this threat and add to the challenge of containment. Being adequately prepared to detect, manage and respond to emerging infectious disease outbreaks has never been so imperative. Tomoyoshi Nozaki (Japan)
The University of Tokyo
Feng Shao (China)
National Institute of Biological
Sciences, Beijing
Ren Sun (USA)
University of California Los Angeles
Polymicrobial Host Interaction - Getting to Know Each Other It is being recognized that the majority of microbial infections are associated with interactions of various types of microbial pathogens including viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites in the same host. The interaction between the different microbes, polymicrobial interactions, often influences disease progress and severity, as well as drug susceptibility of the microbe and the host. This session aims to promote exchanging information and to recognize the significance regarding recent research about polymicrobial interactions with the host.  Marvin Whiteley (USA)
Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT)
Takema Fukatsu(Japan)
National Institute of Advanced
Industrial Science and Technology
(AIST)
Jennifer Bomberger (USA)
University of Pittsburgh
Microbiome – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Presentation on basic, applied, and translational research on the functions and underlying mechanism of virome, bacteriome, and mycobiome. This session will provide the state-of-art lectures on basic understanding complicated host-microbes interaction and potential application to biomedical sciences. Rob Knight (USA)
University of California at San Diego
(UC San Diego)
Paul W O’Toole (Ireland)
University College Cork
Jun Yu (Hong Kong)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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