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13 September 2018

  • Registration 8:30 onwards
  • 8.30-9:30 Coffee and refreshments
  • 9:25 Welcome: Dr Meera Unnikrishnan
  • Session 1:

Chairs: Dr Arnaud Kengmo Tchoupa & Dr Freya Harrison

9:30-10:00 Invited speaker Dr Alan McNally, University of Birmingham

10:00-10:15 Dean Walsh, University of Nottingham, Can the widely used biocide triclosan protect Staphylococcus aureus from antibiotic treatment?

10:15-10:30 Christopher Furniss, Imperial College London, The DSB system is a novel target for the treatment of beta-lactamase-producing Gram-negative pathogens

10:30- 10:45 Rininta Firdaus, University of Nottingham, Extracellular Loop4 of meningococcal outer membrane protein PorA induces a G1 cell cycle arrest through the Akt signaling pathway

10:45- 11.00 Coffee

  • Session II:

Chairs: Dr Esther Sweeney & Dr Chrystala Constantinidou

11.00-11:30 Invited speaker Dr Nicholas Waterfield, University of Warwick

11:30-11:45 Joseph J Wanford, University of Leicester, Establishment of an ex vivo, organotypic spleen slice culture model to study the dynamics of S. pneumoniae intracellular replication

11:45-12:00 Aurelija Grigonyte, University of Warwick, Engineering bacteriophages to increase their localisation at specific tissue types

12:00-12:15 Christopher Icke, University of Birmingham, Structural determination of the extracellular protein CexE from Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli.

12:15-14:00: Lunch and Discussion/Exbhibitors/Posters

  • Session III:

Chairs: Ilyas Alav & Prof David Roper

14:00-14:30 Invited speaker Dr Ivo Gomperts Boneca, Institut Pasteur

14:30-14:45 Alexia Hapeshi, University of Warwick, A stilbenoid antimicrobial with anti-biofilm effects on S. aureus

14:45-15:00 James Brown, University of Nottingham, A multiplatform approach to investigate the penetration, accumulation and efflux of antimicrobial agents in biofilms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus

15:00-15:15 Luke Green, University of Leicester, The meningococcal phasome impacts the pathogenicity of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W ST-11 isolates

15:15: 15:30 Coffee

  • Session IV:

Chairs: Robert Cogger-Ward & Dr Meera Unnikrishnan

15:30-15:45 Ana Paiva, University of Nottingham, Elucidating the contribution of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Cpx system to biofilm formation

15:45-16:00 Elise Kaplan, University of Cambridge, Structural insight into the bacterial lipoprotein trafficking machinery

16:00-16:15 Invited speaker Dr Michael Bottery, University of York: Winner of the JAM talks 2018

16:15-16:45 Invited speaker Prof Ute Römling, Karolinska Institute

17:00-18:00 Poster presentations (day1 )

18:00 Dinner (Barbeque)

14 September 2018

  • Session I:

Chairs: Dr Eric Pollitt & Dr Yin Chen

9:30-10:00 Invited speaker Dr Freya Harrison, University of Warwick

10:00-10:15 Abigail Colclough, University of Birmingham, Characterisation of AcrAB-TolC efflux regulator EnvR: Conservation, regulation and implications for efflux-mediated resistance.

10:15-10:30 Arnaud Kengmo Tchoupa, University of Warwick, The type VII secretion system protects Staphylococcus aureus against host-derived fatty acid toxicity

10:30- 10:45 Stuart Woodcock, John Innes Centre, The Sweet Side of Dessication: Stress Relieving Sugars in Pseudomonas spp.

10:45- 11.00 Coffee and networking

  • Session II:

Chairs: Dr Megan De Ste Croix & Dr Paul Hoskisson

11.00-11:30 Invited speaker Prof Cynthia Sharma, University of Wurzburg

11:30-11:45 Tamsin Redgwell, University of Warwick, Cyanophages: Master Manipulators of Photosynthesis?

11:45-12:00 Frederic Lauber, University of Oxford, Structural snapshots of the Type 9 secretion system translocon

12:00-13:15: Lunch

13:15-14:15 Poster presentations (Day 2)

  • Session III:

Chairs: Dr Natalie Barratt & Dr Antonia Sagona

14:30-15:00 Invited speaker Prof Martha Clokie, University of Leicester

15:00-15:15 Slawomir Michniewski, University of Warwick, Prophages in marine Vibrios: Implications for the carriage of virulence and antimicrobial resistance genes?

15:30-15:45 Jo Purves, University of Leicester, Air Pollution is Changing the Behaviour of Bacteria: The impact of particulate matter on biofilm formation, colonisation and stress responses in respiratory pathogens

15:45-16.00 Andrew Lunn, University of Warwick, Responsive antibiotic nanoparticles as targeted intracellular TB therapy

16:00-16:30 Invited speaker Prof Chris Tang, University of Oxford

16:30-16:45 Prize giving and close: Dr Freya Harrison