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Invited Speakers

BAM Division Workshop

Session Session Name Session Description International Convener Local Convener
(Republic of Korea)
Invited Speakers
DW 01 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
TBA Huinam Kim
(Republic of Korea)
Korea University
Ara Koh
(Republic of Korea)
Sungkyunkwan University
DW 02 Domestication of the
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. Michaela M Salcher (Czech Republic)
Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre CAS
Jang-Cheon Cho
Inha University
Paul Carini (USA)
The University of Arizona
DW 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
Joon-Hee Lee
(Republic of Korea)
Pusan National University
DW 04 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)
University of Chile
Eun-Jin Lee
Korea University
Franz Narberhaus (Germany)
Ruhr University
Jean-François Collet (Belgium)
Institut de Duve
DW 05 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 Maxwell
University of Toronto
DW 06 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. Michael Gillings (Australia)
Macquarie University
Chang-Jun Cha
Chung-Ang University
Edward Topp
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Amy K. Cain (Australia)
Macquarie University
DW 07 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
Joel G. Belasco (USA)
NYU Langone Health
DW 08 Secondary Metabolism Most secondary metabolites are typically synthesized by multi-enzyme complexes encoded in secondary metabolite biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) in microbes. 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
Seoul National University
Pinghua Liu (USA)
Boston University
DW 09 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
Deithard Mattanovich (Austria)
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
DW 10 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
Thomas C. G. Bosch (Germany)
Kiel University
DW 11 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
DW 12 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. Sang Hoon Rhee (USA)
Oakland University
Robert J. Mitchell
Eun-Soo Kwon
(Republic of Korea)
Aging Research Center
DW 13 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. Herskovits (Israel)
Tel Aviv University
DW 14 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 of Science
DW 15 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 Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
DW 16 Bacterial Evolution and Gene Transfer Current understanding of bacterial evolution is indebted to thousands of completely sequenced genomes. Streamlined by adaptive evolution, bacterial genomes reflect the history of complex interactions and coevolution between bacteria and hosts, between bacteria, and between bacteria and the environment. Horizontal gene transfer is an important mechanism for prokaryotic genome evolution with respect to functional innovation and fitness. In the session, various aspects of bacterial genome evolution, natural or experimental, will be presented and discussed. Uri Gophna (Israel)
Tel Aviv University
Jihyun F. Kim
Yonsei University
DW 17 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
Omry Koren (Israel)
Bar Ilan University
DW 18 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
DW 19 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
Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute
Takuro Nunoura(Japan)
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
DW 20 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
Jianzhong He (Singapore)
National University of Singapore

MEM Division Workshop

Session Session Name Session Description International Convener Local Convener
(Republic of Korea)
Invited Speakers
DW 01 Fungal Metabolic
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
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Jon Magnuson (USA)
Joint BioEnergy Institute
Nick Wierckx (Germany)
Institute of Bio- and Geosciences IBG-1: Biotechnology
Irina Borodina (Denmark)
Technical University of Denmark
DW 02
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
Wieland Meyer (Australia)
University of Sydney
DW 03 Algal Symbiosis 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
DW 04
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
DW 05 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)
University of Georgia
Yong-Sun Bahn
Yonsei University
Andrew Alspaugh (USA)
Duke University School of Medicine
DW 06 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
I-Son Ng (Taiwan)
National Cheng Kung University
Han Min Woo (Republic of Korea)
Sungkyunkwan University
DW 07 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
DW 08 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)
Northwest A&F University
DW 09 Host-Plasmodium
Biology and host interaction
of Plasmodium.
Laurent Rénia (Singapore)
Agency for Science, Technology
and Research
Eun-Taek Han
Kangwon National University
Bruce Russell
(New Zealand)
University of Otago, Dunedin
DW 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. Carol Munro (UK)
University of Aberdeen
Won Hee Jung
Chung-Ang University
Soo-Chan Lee (USA)
University of Texas at San Antonio
Hao Li (Singapore)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research
DW 11
Taxonomy and
Application of 
Modern taxonomy and biotechnology of Trichocomaceae including Penicillium, Aspergillus, Monascus etc. Jos Houbraken (Netherlands)
CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Institute
Seung-Beom Hong
National Institute of Agricultural Science
Amanda Chen (China)
Microbiome Research Center, Moon (Guangzhou) Biotech Ltd.
Cobus Visagie
(South Africa)
University of Pretoria
Jens C. Frisvad (Danmark)
Technical University of Denmark
Takashi Yaguchi (Japan)
Chiba University
Vit Hubka
(Czech Republic)
Czech Academy of Sciences
DW 12 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 & Research
Hyeon-Su Ro
Gyeongsang National University
Ursula Kües (Germany)
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Hojin Ryu
(Republic of Korea)
Chungbuk National University
DW 13
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
Technical University of Munich
Hyang Burm Lee
Chonnam National University
Naresh Magan (UK)
Cranfield University
Giancarlo Perrone (Italy)
Simon Avery (UK)
University of Nottingham
Emilia Rico (USA)
BCN Research Laboratories, Inc.
DW 14 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 J. Thiele (USA)
Duke University School of Medicine
Cheol-Won Yun
Korea University
Ling Lu (China)
Nanjing Normal University
Kang-Lok Lee

(Republic of Korea)
Gyeongsang University
DW 15 Functional Genomic
Analysis of Pathogenic
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)
National Cheng Kung University
Workshop I
Fungal Taxonomy This workshop covers recent research trends of fungal diversity, systematics and phylogenomics of fungi. Rob Samson (Netherlands)
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute
Hyang Burm Lee
Chonnam National University
Gareth Wyn Griffith (UK)
Aberystwyth University
Sybren de Hoog (Netherlands)
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute
Kerstin Voigt (Germany)
University of Jena
Andre Santiago (Brazil)
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife
Lei Cai (China)
Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Workshop II
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 Sohn
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)
Research Center of Biotechnology RAS

VIR Division Workshop

Session Session Name Session Description International Convener Local Convener
(Republic of Korea)
Invited Speakers
DW 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
DW 02 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 von Itzstein (Australia)
Griffith University
Jae-Ouk Kim
International Vaccine Institute
Meehyein Kim
(Republic of Korea)
Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology
DW 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 Institute of Health
Jin Hyun Ahn
Sungkyunkwan University of School of Medicine
Timothy F. Kowalik
University of Massachusetts Medical School
DW 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
DW 05 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
Anice Lowen (USA)
Emory University
DW 06 Hepatitis & DNA Viruses • Hepatitis: This session will discuss both basic and medical aspects of the biology of hepatitis viruses. Basic research topics of inerest 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.
• 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.
Kyongmin Kim
Ajou University
Jae Myun Lee
Yonsei University
Kyun-Hwan Kim
(Republic of Korea)
Sungkyunkwan University
DW 07 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
DW 08 Innate & Adaptive Immunity • Innate : 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.
• 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.
Lin-Fa Wang (Singapore)
Duke-NUS Medical School
Eui-Cheol Shin
Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
Sang-Jun Ha
(Republic of Korea)
Yonsei University
DW 09 Influenza Virus: Virus-host Interaction Like all viruses, influenza viruses rely on the host cellular machinery to support their life cycle. In recent years, much effort has been made to discover the virus–host protein interactions and understand the underlying mechanisms. Accordingly, identification of the host functions co-opted for viral replication is of interest to understand the mechanisms of the virus life cycle and to find new targets for the development of antiviral compounds. In this session, the recent advances in our understanding of IAV–host interactions will be discussed. Wendy Barclay (UK)
Imperial College
Young-Ki Choi
Chungbuk National University
DW 10 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
DW 11 Viral Epidemiology Viral epidemiology is the scientific discipline concerned with the study of the incidence and spread of viruses in populations over time. Host, virus and environmental factors are monitored to determine the dynamics of viral infections, the ultimate goal of which is to devise intervention strategies (ref. nature).
In accordance with the paradigm shift in biomedical science, viral epidemiology that is the study of the relationships among viruses and their hosts begins adopts evolutionary methods of various information technologies. Based on computer modeling using big data genomic information, viral epidemiology may provide a more real-time and distinct view of outbreaks in the respective of the mode of transmission, transmissibility, environmental condition, and viral characteristics. In this session, cutting-edge topics of classical and molecular epidemiology will be discussed.
Peter Daszak (USA)
EcoHealth AIIiance
Keun Hwa Lee
Hanyang University College of Medicine
Stefan Fernandez (Thailand)
Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences
DW 12 Hanta Viruses & Arbo Viruses 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
DW 13 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. TBA TBA
DW 14 Advanced Sequencing & Diagnostics Genetic sequencing and diagnostics technologies has evolved over the last decade to include application of omics technologies to improve diagnosis and subsequent cares of viral infectious diseases. In this session, the diagnostic and clinical feasibility of these technologies will be discussed in terms of further applications of genome sequencing and omics approaches to assess ongoing and potential hazards of viral pathogens and clinical diseases in humans. W. Ian Lipkin (USA)
Columbia University
Jeong-Ki Kim
Korea University
Daesub Song
(Republic of Korea )
Korea University
DW 15 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. TBA Seong Tae Jeong
Agency of Defense Development
Marc Lecuit (France)
Institut Pasteur
DW 16 Veterinary Viruses Main topics in this session cover outbreak of African swine fever in Korea, eradication of historical rinderpest, elephant herpesvirus and PRRSV. Poster session will deal with new members of animal viruses from avian influenza viruses to new pestiviruses (Flaviviridae), novel mosquito-borne orthobunyaviruses, hepatitis E virus (Hepeviridae) in swine, avian gyrovirus, and novel hepaciviruses in dogs, horses, and rodents, all animal viruses having zoonotic potential and their public health impact will be subjects in this session. Tilahun Yilma (USA)
University of California, Davis
Joong-Bok Lee
Konkuk University
Hae-Eun Kang
(Republic of Korea)
Animal and plant quarantine agency

Special COVID-19 Session

Session Session Name Invited Speakers
DW 17 Viral characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 TBA
DW 18 Medical interventions using vaccine and therapeutics TBA
DW 19 Diagnosis and response for the control of COVID-19 TBA

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 (Hong Kong)
University of Hong Kong
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
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 San Diego
(UC San Diego)
Jun Yu (Hong Kong)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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