How microorganisms view their world 
September 23rd to 25th, 2018  |  9:15 till ~ 18:30


Biegenstraße 8 | 35037 Marburg


Invited Speakers:

Ruma Banerjee, US
Bonnie L. Bassler, US
Anke Becker, D
Mark Buttner, UK
Dirk Bumann, CH
Elizabeth A. Campbell, US
Pascale Cossart, F
Sean Crosson, US
Timothy J. Donohue, US
Richard H. Ebright, US
Craig D. Ellermeier, US
Georg Fritz, D
Anne Galinier, F

Susanne Gebhard, UK
Chris Grant, UK 
Eduardo A. Groisman, US
Carol A. Gross, US
John D. Helmann, US
Johannes Herrmann, D
Wolfgang R. Hess, D
Regine Kahmann, D
Thorsten Mascher, D
Markus Ralser, UK
Uwe Sauer, CH
Julia Vorholt, CH


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Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

16:50 – 16:55 Erhard Bremer, SFB 987, Philipps-Universität Marburg
Welcome from the SFB 987 consortium

16:55 – 17:00 Thorsten Mascher, ERA-SynBio, TU Dresden
Welcome from the ERA-SynBio consortium „ECFexpress“

Session 1 Microorganisms in their world

17:00 – 18:00 Pascale Cossart, Institute Pasteur, Paris
Listeria monocytogenes: towards a complete picture of its
physiology and its virulence
Chair: Erhard Bremer, Marburg

18:00 – 19:00 Carol A. Gross, University of California, San Francisco
An idiosyncratic view of ECF sigmas: past, present and future
Chair: Timothy J. Donohue, Wisconsin

19:00 – 20:00 Bonnie L. Bassler, Princeton University, New Jersey
Bacterial quorum sensing and its control
Chair: Knut Drescher, Marburg

20:00 – 22:00 Get together

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Session 2 - Metabolic Networks and their regulators
Chair: Hannes Link, Marburg

08:30 – 09:00
Markus Ralser, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
From its evolutionary origins to the modern metabolic

09:00 – 09:30
Dirk Bumann, Biozentrum Basel
Salmonella single-cell physiology in infected host

09:30 – 10:00
Uwe Sauer, ETH Zurich
Viewing the outside from changes within

10:00 – 10:30
Julia Vorholt, ETH Zurich
Turning over the metabolome:
linking identity, frequency and timing

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

Session 3 - Paradigms of ECF-dependent regulation
Chair: Thorsten Mascher, Dresden

11:00 – 11:30
Mark Buttner, John Innes Centre, Norwich
The SigR-directed oxidative stress response in

11:30 – 12:00
John D. Helmann, Cornell University, Ithaca
The bacillus subtilis SigM regulon and peptidoglycan

12:00 – 12:30
Craig D. Ellermeier, University of Iowa, Iowa
The anti-sigma factor RsiV is a receptor for lysozyme

12:30 – 12:45 Short talk ERA

12:45 – 13:00 Short talk ERA

13:00 – 15:30 Lunch & Poster

Session 4 - Microorganisms in an oxidative world
Chair: Roland Lill, Marburg

15:30 – 16:00
Ruma Banerjee, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Sulfide signaling at the host-microbiome interface

16:00 – 16:30
Chris Grant, University of Manchester, Manchester
Posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression
during adaptation to oxidative stress conditions

16:30 – 17:00
Johannes Herrmann, TU Kaiserslautern,
Mitochondria – Deep in their heart still bacteria?

17:00 – 17:15 Short talk SFB

17:15 – 17:30 Short talk SFB

17:30 – 19:30 Poster Session

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Session 5 - A structural view on ECF sigma factors
Chair: Carol A. Gross

08:30 – 09:00
Elizabeth Campbell, Rockefeller University, New York
Structural insights on ECF sigma factors

09:00 – 09:30
Richard H. Ebright, Waksman University, New Jersey
Structural basis of primary sigma factor- and ECF
sigma factor-dependent transcription initiation

09:30 – 10:00
Sean Crosson, University of Chicago, Chicago
EcfG regulatory networks in alphaproteobacteria

10:00 – 10:15 Short talk ERA

10:15 – 10:30 Short talk ERA

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

Session 6 - Information processing systems in bacteria
Chair: Lotte Søgaard-Andersen, Marburg

11:00 – 11:30
Eduardo A. Groisman, Yale University, New Haven
Bacterial responses to magnesium limitation

11:30 – 12:00
Susanne Gebhard, University of Bath, Bath
Flux sensing by transporter/kinase pairs –
need-based activation of antibiotic resistance

12:00 – 12:30
Anne Galinier, CNRS, Marseille
Exploring the relationship between a protein YvcK
and nutrient utilization, call wall and morphogenesis
in Bacillus subtilis

12:30 – 12:45 Short talk SFB

12:45 – 13:00 Short talk SFB

Session 7 - From comparative genomics to applications of ECF sigma factors
Chair: Julia Vorholt, Zürich

14:30 – 15:00
Thorsten Mascher, TU Dresden, Dresden
The road less traveled by: from ECF classification
to novel mechanisms of ECF-dependent signal

15:00 – 15:30
Georg Fritz, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg
Comprehensive re-classification and computational
analysis of the ECF sigma factor family

15:30 – 16:00
Anke Becker, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg
Building a toolbox of orthogonal ECF sigma factor-based
regulatory switches in the alpha-proteobacterium
Sinorhizobium meliloti

16:00 – 16:15 Short talk ERA

16:15 – 16:30 Short talk ERA

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break

Session 8 - Microorganisms in their world
Chair: Anke Becker, Marburg

17:00 – 17:45
Wolfgang R. Hess, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg
Small RNAs reaching far: acclimation to low iron and
high light in Cyanobacteria
Chair: Mark Buttner, Norwich

17:45 – 18:30
Timothy J. Donohue, University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin
A 25 year journey from an early ECF to light stress
and to fuels and chemicals
Chair: Gerhard Braus, Göttingen

18:30 – 19:15
Regine Kahmann, Max Planck Institute Marburg
Ustilago maydis: from the field to the lab –
and back to the field!

19:15 – 19:20
Erhard Bremer, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg
Closing remarks

20:00 Conference Dinner


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