Rhode Island Microbiome Symposium 2022

Deadlines for registration and poster abstract submission are January 5.

The Rhode Island Microbiome Symposium 2022 will be held virtually January 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. The event is free.

The symposium is intended to profile researchers in Rhode Island and the Northeast whose work encompasses biomedical and environmental applications of microbial communities. The symposium will include keynote speakers Alvaro Sanchez, PhD, from Yale University, and Sue Ishaq, PhD, from the University of Maine, as well as formal presentations from Rhode Island researchers, lightning talks for students and postdocs, and a poster session.

The goal of this symposium is to promote microbiome and microbial research in Rhode Island by bringing together researchers from state universities and hospitals who currently work on microbiome research or who are interested in starting microbiome research. We hope this symposium will stimulate networking and result in new collaborations, grant proposals and manuscripts. While the scope is broad to encourage participation, the general focus will be on microbiome research relevant to the State of Rhode Island such as ocean health, aquaculture and precision medicine initiatives.

Talks will be through Zoom, accessible on the day of the symposium through links on the agenda, and the virtual poster session will be conducted through Fourwaves.

Symposium Agenda

The symposium is scheduled for Friday, January 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Opening Session
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Keynote I: “Evolutionary engineering of microbial consortia” by Alvaro Sanchez, PhD, Associate professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Microbial Sciences Institute, Yale University
11:00 – Noon Session 1: Host-Associated Microbiomes
Noon-12:30 p.m. Lunch break
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Virtual Poster Session via Fourwaves
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Keynote II: “Microbes at the nexus of environmental, biological, and social research” by Suzanne Ishaq, PhD, Assistant professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Maine
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Session 2: Methods in Microbiome Research
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Session 3: Microbial Ecology and Environmental Microbiomes
5:00 p.m. Closing Session

Registration Now Open!

Register for the conference to access the Zoom webinar link.

Abstract Submissions due January 5

Abstracts may be submitted in the form of a poster and/or lightning talk (5 minutes). Lightning talks will be chosen from the list of submissions. If you are asked to give a lightning talk, you may also give a poster presentation.

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