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The Theobald Smith Society Spring 2022 Symposium was held 25 May 2022 at the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering and attended by 113 faculty, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students, professionals from industry and government as well as retirees from the following institutions and companies: Ambix Labs, Totowa, NJ, American Water, Camden, NJ, Applied Biocode, Cardigapp, Somerset, NJ, Centenary University, Hackettstown, NJ, Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA, Cooper Medical School, Camden, NJ, HITLAB,Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ,  New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ,  T2 Biosystems, Lexington, MA, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

9:30 am

Opening remarks by Valerie Carabetta, President, Theobald Smith Society


Invited speakers

9:45-9:55 am   Dr. Truc Do, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.           “Phenotype-guided comparative genomics identifies the complete transport pathway of the antimicrobial lasso peptide ubonodin in Burkholderia.”


9:55-10:05 am   Makayla Manfredi, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.  “Inhibiting infectivity of murine hepatitis virus A59 (MHV-A59) by targeting peptide organometallic compound to spike protein.”


10:05-10:15 am   Dr. Adriana Messyasz, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.  “Genetic and phylogenetic mechanisms that shape Acidobacteriota organic matter utilization in polar soils.”


10:15-10:25 am   Gabrielle Popencuk, Department of Biology, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.  “Investigation of novel Candida auris ERG11 mutations on triazole resistance.”


10:25-10:35 am   Indira Sawh, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ.  “Tracing the origins of repletism and identifying the honeypot ant gut microbiota.”


10:35-10:45 am   Gustavo Rios-Delgado, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.  “The role of the small RNA tsr25 in Staphylococcus aureus iron homeostasis.”


10:50-11:00 am          Young Investigator Award Presentation - Dane Parker, Center for Immunity and Inflammation, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ


11:00 am-12:00 pm   Keynote Address by Ann Stock, 2022 Waksman Award Winner: Adapting to Life in the Microbial World: Two-Component System Design Principles


12:00 – 1:00 pm         Lunch


1:00 – 2:00 pm           Poster presentations (even numbered posters)


2:00 – 3:00 pm           Poster Presentations (odd numbered posters)


3:00 – 5:00 pm           REMnet Short Course

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