2018 Suddath Symposium: The Chemical Ecology of Microbiome Interactions

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The majority of Earth’s biodiversity lies in the microbial realm.

While some microbes act as pathogens, many serve as beneficial members in a network of ecological interactions - a microbiome. These interactions provide essential services to humans and ecosystems by transforming chemicals, for example through the consumption of greenhouse gases, detoxification, and nutrient cycling.  

The diversity and physiology of microbiomes are also driven by chemicals, including compounds that act as signals or weapons in microbial social interactions. It can be argued that “chemical” exchange is in fact the language of microbiomes. 

 The 2018 Suddath Symposium showcases microbiome research unified by the goal of understanding the chemistry and ecology of microbe-microbe and microbe-host interactions. This topic spans diverse fields, including biomedicine and genomics, chemical ecology, biogeochemical cycling, environmental science, biophysics, and the evolution of microbial interactions, including those involving pathogens. The symposium is intended to spark discussion of concepts that span systems and will therefore feature leaders in both environmental and human microbiome research.

The Suddath Symposium is held annually to celebrate the life and contribution of F.L. "Bud" Suddath by discussing the latest developments in the fields of bioengineering and bioscience. The speakers include leading researchers across the world. This successful symposium has been taking place for 26 years! Each year the symposium topic changes.

Confirmed Speakers

Bonnie Bassler, Ph.D. - Princeton University
Seth Bordenstein, Ph.D. - Vanderbilt University
Jon Clardy, Ph.D. - Harvard Medical College
Neha Garg, Ph.D. - Georgia Tech
Karine Gibbs, Ph.D. - Harvard University
JC Gumbart, Ph.D. - Georgia Tech
Joel Kostka, Ph.D. - Georgia Tech
Mary Ann Moran, Ph.D. - University of Georgia
Tim Read, Ph.D. - Emory University
Rebecca Vega Thurber, Ph.D. - Oregon State University
Mary Voytek, Ph.D. - NASA
Marvin Whiteley, Ph.D. - Georgia Tech

Symposium Chairs: Brian Hammer, Ph.D. and Frank Stewart, Ph.D.

Early registration $25 through January 2, 2018 - all attendees
Regular registration $35 beginning January 3, 2018 - all attendees

For complete symposium info and registration, visit: Suddath Symposium website

The 2018 Suddath Symposium is supported by the Parker H. Petit Institute of Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech.

The Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, an internationally recognized hub of multidisciplinary research at the Georgia Institute of Technology, brings engineers, scientists, and clinicians together to solve some of the world’s most complex health challenges. With 19 research centers, more than 180 faculty members, and $24 million in state-of-the-art facilities, the Petit Institute is translating scientific discoveries into game-changing solutions to solve real-world problems.


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