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Microbiome: Chemical Mechanisms and Biological Consequences (C3)

Organizer(s) Dennis W. Wolan, Peter J. Turnbaugh and Emily P. Balskus
March 10—14, 2019
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth • Montreal, Québec Canada
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Nov 20, 2018
Abstract Deadline: Dec 6, 2018
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 20, 2018
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jan 16, 2019

Sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc.

Summary of Meeting:
Both the Unified Microbiome Initiative (Alivisatos et al., Science, 2015) and the National Microbiome Initiative have emphasized the need to move beyond sequencing to better understand the fundamental molecular and chemical mechanisms that shape microbial communities in host and environmental habitats. Understanding the chemistry of microbiomes has broad implications, including providing functional annotations for the vast “dark matter” of microbial genomes, insights into the chemical languages that link microbes to each other and to their habitat, and translational implications for precision medicine, environmental health, and sustainable living. This symposium brings together scientists in biology and chemistry who rarely interact to address common questions. The interdisciplinary collaborations that result will profoundly accelerate basic microbiome research as well as help understand the role of the microbiome in human health and disease. We will emphasize speakers that employ innovative new methods and/or hypothesis-driven research to understand microbial systems at the molecular level. There is an emphasis on speakers with innovative paradigm-shifting research programs in chemistry, synthetic biology, genome editing, precision medicine, etc. Finally, many of the program speakers may not normally be invited to give talks at traditional microbiome conferences; instead the program features key innovators w ho are making significant and exciting contributions to this emerging field.

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Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Margaret Alexander
University of California, San Francisco, USA

Francine R. Camacho
Princeton University, USA

Parth Jariwala
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Kathleen E. Kyle
University of Connecticut, USA

Ana S. Luis
University of Michigan, USA

Geoffrey N. Pronovost

Vayu Rekdal
Harvard University, USA

Kazune Tamura
University of British Columbia, Canada

Lina Yao
Harvard Medical School, USA

Zhenrun Jerry Zhang
Rockefeller University, USA