Mechanisms and Consequences of Invertebrate-Microbe Interactions

Organized by Bruno Lemaitre of EPFL-Lausanne, Nicole M. Gerardo of Emory University and Jason Rasgon of Pennsylvania State University, the three-day conference will:
• Host scientists ranging from molecular biologists to evolutionary ecologists and studying diverse aspects of invertebrate-microbe interactions in different systems (e.g., squid, leeches, flies, nematodes, bees);
• Develop a comprehensive understanding of host-microbe interactions, which is integral to limiting the ability of organisms, particularly insects, to spread diseases that impact human health and destroy crops;
• Integrate mechanistic, genomic, ecological and applied approaches.

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Keynote Address
Nicole Dubilier, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany
The Taming of Toxins: Symbionts of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Mussels Use an Arsenal of Highly Abundant and Diverse Toxins for Host Colonization and Persistence

Bruno Lemaitre, EPFL-Lausanne, Switzerland
The Drosophila Gut: Innate Immunity in Epithelia

Emily Troemel, University of California, San Diego, USA
Host/Pathogen Interactions in C. elegans Intestinal Defense

Thomas Bosch, Zoologisches Institut der Universität zu Kiel, Germany
Immune Response in the Basal Metazoan Hydra

Raymond John St. Leger, University of Maryland, USA
Entomopathogenic fungi

Heidi Goodrich-Blair, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Xenorhabdus Bacteria: Enemies and Allies of Invertebrates

Jonathan Ewbank, Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy, France
Innate Immunity in C. elegans

Nancy A. Moran, Yale University, USA
Functions and Ecology of the Bacteria Living in the Guts of Honey Bees and Bumble Bees

WonJae Lee, Seoul National University, South Korea
Gut-Microbe Interactions in Drosophila

Takema Fukatsu, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
Insights into Host-Endosymbiont Interactions Provided through Genomics

Nicole Gerardo, Emory University, USA
Complex Interactions between Endosymbionts and Immunity

Margaret J. McFall-Ngai, University of Wisconsin, USA
How Vibrio Colonize Squid and How Squid Select Vibrio

Joerg Graf, University of Connecticut, USA
Colonization within the Leech-Commensal System

Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
Fighting Malaria with Engineered Symbiotic Bacteria from Vector Mosquitoes

Frank Jiggins, University of Cambridge, UK
Drosophila-Virus Arm Race

Todd A. Schlenke, Emory University, USA
Drosophila-Wasp Coevolution: From Ecology to Mechanism

Brian P. Lazzaro, Cornell University, USA
Evolutionary Genetics of Drosophila-Bacteria Interactions

David S. Schneider, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Warping Disease Space to Improve Recovery from Infections

Serap Aksoy, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Tsetse Flies, Trypanosomes and Endosymbionts

George Dimopoulos, Johns Hopkins University, USA
The Influence of Mosquito-Microbe Interactions on Vector Competence

Jason Rasgon, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Symbiont-Mediated Control of Insect Vectors

26 Jan - 30 Jan 2014
Tahoe City
United States of America
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