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This Year's Meeting So Far:

The NEMPET Lectures

      "Protist Denizens of Marine Oxyclines and their Prokaryotic Associates: Big Diners at Submerged Smorgasbords" - Virginia Edgcomb (WHOI)

     "Lichens: From Basic Biology to Cultural Touchstones for Earth's "Cryptic" Biodiversity" - James Lendemer (NY Botanical Garden)

Other Lectures:

      "CRISPR Induced Biofilm Inhibition in Pseudomonas aeruginosa" - Gary Heussler (Dartmouth)

      "A Tripartate Mutualism in the Rhizosphere of F. arundinaceae" - Aileen Ferarro (SCSU)


       Microbial Anaerobic Degradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons - Julia Campbell (Rutgers)

      Construction of Genetic Knockouts in Violacein Producing Microbes - Elisa Caffrey (Bard)

      Isolation of Endospore-Forming Bacteria from an Extreme Habitat, and Study of Their Traits - Alec Coban (WHOI)

      Biotransformation of Brominated Flame Retardants - Alyssa DeVincentis (Rutgers)

      Analysis of Violacein Production in Response to Environmentally Mimicked Conditions - Yangtsho Gyaltshen (Bard)

      Bacterial Community of the NJ Pinelands Forest Soils - Robert Kruk (Rutgers)

      Genes Encoding for the Enzyme Mercuric Reductase in Microbial Mats from an Acidic Hot Spring in Yellowstone National Park - Matt Rudnick (Rutgers)

2013 Group Photo

Check out the program and photos from last year's meeting:

2013 Program and Photos

The NEMPET Meeting

     NEMPET hosts a three-day meeting during the second half of June each year.  This meeting is held at the Minnowbrook Conference Center in Blue Mountain Lake NY.  The conference program includes an invited speaker, platform presentations and posters.  It is an excellent opportunity for students (undergraduate and graduate) and post-docs to present their research in front of their peers.

The registration fee includes all meals and lodging.  Attendees stay in comfortable rooms furnished in the Adirondack style, and eat their meals in a spacious dining room overlooking the lake.  Meals are both delicious and plentiful.  The overall atmosphere of Minnowbrook lends itself to a casual meeting with plenty of opportunities for interaction in and out of the sessions.


 The focus of NEMPET is on general microbiology in all of its many forms. Topics covered in the meeting range from molecular studies of enzyme function to diversity of species in the natural environment. Recent invited speakers have included: Dianne Newman, Gary King, Kurt Hanselman, Derek Lovley, Milton Allison, David Emerson, Klaus Nusslein, Doug Eveleigh, JohnTudor, Karin Sauer, Joseph Yavit, and Lawrence Aaronson.

NEMPET is one of the few meetings where students are encouraged to present talks.


There is no official membership in the NEMPET organization. There are no dues, and anyone can attend the meetings. We strive to reach the widest possible audience within the field of microbiology.

For more information contact:

Dr. Craig Phelps:


Dr. Esther Angert:

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