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Upcoming Microbiome Center Weekly Meetings

FALL 2017 WEEKLY MICROBIOME CENTER MEETINGS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

All meetings except the meeting on October 13 are Fridays from 11 AM – Noon, W203 Millennium Science Bldg. Links to recordings of the presentations are available to Microbiome Center members upon request.

 

September 22, 2017SPECIAL EVENT

Invited Speaker: Dr. Lise Korsten, University of Pretoria, South Africa

TitleFrom plating to biomes do we know more about the microbial dynamics of the carpoplan?

Visitor’s website: http://www.up.ac.za/research-innovation/article/1924167/korsten-l-prof 20 years of experience working on fresh produce focusing on postharvest disease, food safety and disease diagnostics using molecular methods. She has published 73 peer-reviewed papers and 11 invited book chapters and has also compiled two series of books for the FAO covering horticultural supply chain management and food safety in selected fruit and vegetable chains. She and her team have published research on microbiomes of several different food crops.

Please contact Marianne Stevens (mbs2@PSU.EDU) if you would be interested in meeting with Dr. Korsten and the postdoctoral scientists accompanying her to discuss research or share a meal. We will be having a reception for Dr. Korsten Friday evening chez Bull-Fillettaz. Please contact Marianne Stevens to join the fun.

 

September 29, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Nilam Ram, Penn State University

Title: The Screenome: A Behavioral Analogue of the Microbiome?

 

NETWORKING EVENT

October 3, 2017

4:30-6:30 PM

Life Science Building Bridge

Plan your posters or videos for the 2017 2nd Annual Microbiome Center Networking EventTuesday October 3, from 4:30-6:30. There will awards for best efforts for the poster presentation and video. RSVP and sign up to attend, give a lightening talk, present a poster, or present a video (see attached flyer) RSVP by Monday Sep 25 at (https://goo.gl/yV5s5w). Here is a good example of a video for inspiration: https://youtu.be/FERUw55CIEc.

 

October 6, 2017.

Speaker: Dr. Marilyn Roossinck, Penn State Unviersity

Title: Viruses as an integral part of the holobiome

 

October 13, 2017 NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION AND START TIME

11:15 AM in 127 Noll Laboratory (http://www.noll.psu.edu/seminarroom.html). 

Speaker: Andrew Patterson, Penn State University

Title: Intestinal Epithelial Cell Receptors as Modulators of Host-Microbiota

 

 

October 20, 2017

Speakers: TBD

Title:

 

October 27, 2017

Speakers: Lee Ahern and Leland Glenna

Title: Penn State Faculty Microbiome Research Survey: Results and Analysis

 

COLLABORATIONS IN ART AND MICROBIOMES MINI SESSION    

November 3, 2017

Speaker: Rebecca Strzelec, Penn State University, former Penn State Laurette

Title:  Wearable Narratives: Combining Art, Science, and Technology

 

November 10, 2017

Speakers: Art/Science Panel

Title: How to collaborate with artists for increased creativity and impact

 

November 17, 2017SPECIAL EVENT

Invited speaker Dr. Vasant G Honavar

Title (Tenative):How to collaborate with data scientists event 1 (actual title and speaker(s) to be announced)

 

December 1, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Darrell Cockburn, Penn State University, Ag microbiome cluster hire

Title (tentative): Resistant starch processing and utilization by the human gut microbiota

 

December 8, 2017

Speaker: Jasna Kovac        

Title (tentative): Precision food safety supported by omics

 

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS of interest to Microbiome Center Members

September 15, 2017

Speaker: Kirsten Guckes, Penn State University

Title: Type VI secretion mediates Vibrio fischeri competition during host colonization

 

September 8, 2017

Speaker: John Round - Aleo BME

Title: Polymeric simulation of the plant microbiome

 

September 1, 2017

Speaker: Natay Aberra, Penn State University,

Title: "Predicting clinical outcomes from microbiome data. A machine learning approach."



 



Spring 2017 Events

Special Event

May 24, 2017, 9 AM to 4 PM

An Apple a Day!

Join the Microbiome Center for a day of discovery as we trace the life cycle of an apple from planting to its return back to the environment after eating. We will be asking the question: What role does the apple phytobiome have in keeping the doctor away. The afternoon will be filled with activities to stimulate research, outreach, and educational team building.

Faculty can register themselves and one student or postdoc at this link: registration

Tenative Schedule

Introduction

8:30

Carolee Bull

Goals and Outcomes for the day

Crop Production

8:40

Phil Baugher & Bruce Hollabaugh

Apple Production in Pennsylvania

8:50

Terry Bell/Mary Ann Bruns

How does planting influence the soil microbiome and the apple phytobiome.

9:00

Kari Peter

What ecological effects do pesticide applications have on apple phytobiomes.

9:10

Kevin Hockett

For microbe-microbe interactions, is the apple leaf unique?

9:20

Charlie Mason

 

Are Insect and Apple Plant Microbiota Interdependent?

9:30

Audience

Questions

 

 

 

Harvesting and Handling

9:50

Lee Showalter

Apple storage and processing

10:00

Kari Peter

How does the built environment influence apple fruit phytobiomes

10:10

Edward Dudley or Luke LeBorde

How does processing enhance or change the apple microbiome

10:20

Lavanya Reddivari

How do host genetic variation and microbiome composition/function influence each other?

 

10:30

Audience

Questions

 

BREAK (10:50-11:00)

 

Human Interactions

11:00

Renate Winkels and Danny George

Effects of apple husbandry intervention on the microbiome?

11:10

Jairam Vanamala

What is the influence of the apple and its microbiome on the host gut microbiome and human health?

11:20

Josh Smyth

Does the apple phytobiome manipulate gut microbiota to influence behavior?

11:30

Connie Rogers

How does apple and its microbiome in our diet influence what we leave behind

11:40

Mary Ann Bruns

Can we take the apple full cycle and use composted manure as fertilizer?

11:50

Audience

Questions

Important Considerations

12:10

Vasant Honavar

What are the statistical and algorithmic needs for integrating pieces of a life cycle research project like an apple a day?

12:20

Cynthia White

What story do we tell to fascinate and engage the public?

12:30

Audience

Questions

12:40

Lunch

 

 

 

 

Afternoon 1:00-4:00 Self organizing grant writing (PIs and postdocs only)

1:15 PM

Lorraine Mufflinger

What grants could we be targeting.

1:45 PM

Formation and work with grant writing teams

3:30 PM

Report out

 

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS of interest to Microbiome Center Members

 

2017 Weekly Microbiome Center Meetings and Special Events

Microbiome Center Weekly Meetings - Fridays W203 Millennium Science Bldg. 11:00 am-12:00 pm

April 28, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Shamim Sinnar, Research Faculty, College of Medicine, Penn State
Title: Investigating the Ugandan Neonatal Septisome

May 5, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker:
Dr. Renata Winkels, Penn State Cancer Insitute & Dr. Daniel George, Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine
Title: Effects of a Gardening Intervention on the Microbiome

 

Special Event: April 24, 2017, 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM, 108 Wartik Lab

Phytobiomes/Microbiome Center Speaker: Dr. Jan E. Leach, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agriculture, University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University, Adjunct Scientist at the International Rice Research Institute (Philippines) and Co-author of the Phytobiomes Road Map.

Title: Pieces of the Phytobiome: Multitrophic and Environmental Influences on Plant Health

Please contact Marianne Stevens mbs2@PSU.EDU if you would like to visit with Dr. Leach while she is visiting.

 

April 21, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Speaker: Anahita Bharadwaj
, Graduate Research Assistant,  Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Adviser:  Dr. Tom Richard
Title: Microbiome studies on anaerobic digestion with and without cotreatment

April 14, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker:
Dr. Vasant Honavar, College of Information Science and Techonlogy, Penn State
Title: TBD

April 7, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker:
Cynthia White, Research Assoicate, Art & Design Research Incubator, College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State https://adri.psu.edu/profile/cynthia-white
Title:
Microbial Migrations from Household Pets to Humans

 

Special Event

March 31, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Michelle Nishiguchi, New Mexico State University, http://biology-web.nmsu.edu/~nish/
Title: Evolutionary trade-offs between ecological adaptation and host specificity in an environmentally transmitted symbiosis

Please contact Dr. Monica Medina if you would like to meet with Dr. Nishiguchi.

 

March 24, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Regina Lamendella, Juniata College
Tentative title: Microbiota analysis using 16S rRNA gene sequencing.
More about the Lamendella lab can be found at http://jcsites.juniata.edu/faculty/lamendella/. Please contact Dr. Vishal Singh vxs28@psu.edu if you would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Lamendella or to go to lunch with her after the presentation.

March 17, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Hockett, Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Title: The Roles and Opportunities of Narrow-spectrum Bacterial Antibiotics within the Phyllosphere
Kevin is one of the first two scientists hired as part of the PSU Microbiome Cluster Hire.

Friday March 3, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Siu Hung Joshua Chan, Postdoctoral Scientist, Department of Chemical Engineering
Title: Metabolic modeling of the gut microbiome.

Friday February 24, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Terry Bell, Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Title: Developing reproducible soil microbiome lines.  
Terry is one of the first two scientists hired as part of the PSU Microbiome Cluster Hire.

Friday February 10, 2017, Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Carolee T. Bull, Interim Director of the Microbiome Center, Head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology
Title: State of the Microbiome Center

February 9, 2017 Metagenomics Hands-on Workshop led by Dr. Murat Eren(http://merenlab.org/) from the University of Chicago on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Registration is closed. Dr. Eren will be giving the Genomics Seminar on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 4-5PM in 501 Wartik. People will begin to gather around 3:30 pm for cookies and conversation Title: Genome-resolved metagenomics: A perfect mixture of opportunities and challenges. Those participating in the workshop will benefit from attending his talk as well. Check https://wiki.bx.psu.edu/WWWGLS:_Spring_2017 for information.

February 3, 2017

Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
Friday, February 3, 2017 2016 at 11:00 to 12 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Title: Data Science for Microbiome Research
Speaker: Dr. Yasser EL-Manzalawy, Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State

December 13, 2016
Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
TUESDAY , 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Title: The reality versus theory for PacBio and Illumina
Speaker: Craig Praul, the Director of the Expression Analysis, Genomics Core Facility

December 6, 2016
Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
TUESDAY , 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Speaker: Connie J. Rogers, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Nutrition and Physiology
Title: The role of probiotics in attenuating inflammation and improving gut health in obese adults

November 29, 2016
Microbiome Center Weekly Meeting
TUESDAY , 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Speaker: Istvan Albert
Title: What Makes Metagenomics So Difficult?

November 15, 2016
Tuesday at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science
Speaker: Mary Ann Bruns
Title: Next-Gen Sequencing and Soil Eukaryotes

November 8, 2016
Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting
TUESDAY , 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Speaker: Muammar Mansor
Title: “Functions of intracellular calcification in Achromatium populations elucidated by single-cell genomic sequencing.”

November 7, 2016
When: November 7, 2016, 12:10 PM – 1:00 PM

What’s Hidden in the Bog? Sequencing the Peatland Microbiome, from Individual Plants to the Globe

November 8, 2016

November 3, 2016
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Agricultural Research Services’ Animal. Health Stakeholder webinar on Microbiome held Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 1:30  4:30 pm (eastern).  During this webinar we will identify, discuss, and prioritize the most pressing animal health research, education and extension needs.  Please visit http://www.nifa.usda.gov/animal-health-stakeholder-webinar-series  to see the list of topics and to register for the webinar(s). Registration is limited.

November 1, 2016
Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting
TUESDAY , 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Speaker: James H. Adair, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering,
Biomedical Engineering, and Pharmacology

October 31, 2016 
Dr. Elizabeth A. Shank  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “Chemical Communication within the Soil Microbiome” 4:00 p.m.  108 Wartik Laboratory Host: Dr. Manuel Llinas (867-3444)

Tuesday October 25, 2016
Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting

12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Title: Partnering to Explore the Ethical, Legal and Social Impacts (ELSI) of Microbiome Research
Speakers: Lee Ahern, College of Communications and Matthew Johnson, Center for Science and The School
The need for broader impacts research in federal grant applications is an area of growing interest, with agencies looking for innovative approaches. Developing mutually-beneficial relationships with social and behavioral scientists is one key to success. This session will explore opportunities and resources at Penn State that support such collaborative efforts

Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting
TUESDAY October 18, 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Speaker: Ed Dudley, Department of Food Science, CoAS
Title: GenomeTrakr: Opportunities for the PSU food safety community and challenges ahead

Microbiome Initiative Networking Event
Monday October 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Life Sciences Bridge.
This introductory session will help to connect researchers that are working in or would like to get involved with microbiome research. Lightening talks from different microbiome groups at Penn State will introduce variety of topics of interest. The talks will be followed by a poster session and discussion. Everyone is encouraged to present posters describing their ideas, current work, expertise, and results from existing and future microbiome projects.

4:40 Introduction
4:45  Odd numbered posters present
5:05 Even numbered posters present
5:30 Lightening talks -The lightening talks will take place at 5:30 pm. There won’t be a slide projector so come prepared to share your thoughts on your research and/or micro biome research in general in an informal but quick way. You will have 2 minutes sharp  for your talk.
5:50-6:30 additional discussions

Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting – October 11
Tuesday 2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Title: “Challenges in Holobiont Research”
Presenter: Bishoy Hanna, Ph.D. Department of Biology, Penn State

Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting – October 4
Tuesday  2016 at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.  Joe Pollack and Vijay Kumar provide 15 minute introductions to their research and skill sets. From coral to gut microbiomes.

Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting – September 27
Tuesday at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science. Wayne Figurelle, Assistant Director, ICS and Derek Leydig, Client Engagement Lead/Project Manager from the Institute for CyberScience Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI, https://ics.psu.edu/advanced-cyberinfrastructure/) will lead the discussion by presenting resources available and cost to PSU researchers. Bring your questions and issues so the microbiome community and the ICS-ACI can help you make progress in your work.

Microbiome Initiative Weekly Meeting – September 20
Tuesday at 12:00 to 1 pm: W203 Millennium Science.
Our first speaker will be Dr. Fabrício Rocha Vieira (Visiting Post Doctoral Scientist in PPEM) discussing his research in an informal talk on the Microbial Community in an Experimental Compost for Agaricus bisporus Cultivation. Please lend your expertise to our discussion about the methods and next steps.

Invited Speaker – September 12
Phytobiome Initiative Seminar: Johan Leveau, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, UC Davis, “(Inter)activities in the Phytobiome,” 108 Wartik Laboratory, Monday, September 12, 2016, 12:10 – 1:00 pm. http://leveau.ucdavis.edu/ (see attached flyer) Dr. Leveau has a unique way of looking at communities of microorganisms, where they are, and what they are doing.