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This Year's NEMPET Lecture will be:

"A Natural and Human History of Adirondack Waters"

Dr. Daniel Kelting

Executive Director, Adirondack Watershed Institute of Paul Smith's College


 Program Talks (so far):

Featured Presentation:  The Microbial Ecology of Sewage Treatment - Peter Strom, Rutgers University

Highways of Gene Sharing in the Thermotogae Create Distinct Genomic Signatures - Kristen Swithers, Southern Connecticut State University

Mechanism of c-di-GMP-Mediated Swarming Motility Repression in Pseudomonas aeruginosa - Amy Baker, Dartmouth College

The Dual Role of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa CRISPR-Cas System in Biofilm Inhibition and Viral Immunity - Gary Heussler, Dartmouth College

Characterization of the Chromosome Organization and Cell Division Protein DivIVA from Epulopiscium sp. Type B via Complementation of a Bacillus subtilis divIVA mutant - Alexandra Glathar, SUNY Geneseo

Using Crowdfunding to Support Small Research Projects - David Esteban, Vassar College

Transformation of Atenolol by a Methanogenic Consortium - Julia Campbell, Rutgers University

Anaerosporomusa subterranean gen. nov., sp. nov., a Spore-Forming Obligate Anaerobe Isolated from Saprolite - Jessica Choi, Rutgers University

Dissecting Plant-Associated Microbiomes for Their Applications in Biofuels, Agriculture and Beyond - Javier Izquierdo, Hofstra University

Mapping the Violacein Producing Bacteria of the Hudson Valley Watershed (and Beyond) - Kelsey O’Brien, Bard College

+ posters

Development of a Quantitative PCR Technique for Enumerating Staphylococcus pseudintermedius

Madison Crum, Michaela Hoover, Timothy Hill, Dwight Bowman and Michael Labare – USMA West Point

Mapping Transcript Structure and Measuring Expression of the fsd-1 gene in Neurospora crassa

Janelle Goeke, Bryce Gebhardt, Christine Toufexis and Elizabeth Hutchison – SUNY Geneseo

Pseudomonas aeruginosa Isolates with Mutations in lasR Identified During the "Steroids for Corneal Ulcers Trial" are Associated with Increased Disease Severity

John H. Hammond, Wesley P. Hebert, Amanda Naimie, Kathryn Ray, Rachel D. Van Gelder, Antonio DiGiandomenico, Prajna Lalitha, Muthiah Srinivasan, Nisha R. Acharya, Thomas Lietman, Deborah A. Hogan and Michael E. Zegans – Dartmouth College

Metagenomic and Metaproteomic Analysis of Anaerobic Microbial Community Dynamics

Katie Woodward, Jeremy Kraus, Michelle McGinnis, Dylan Kahlstorf, Lars Angenent, and Jeff Werner – SUNY Cortland

Biofilm-Based Interactions between Acidovorax spp. and Legionella pneumophila

Jenna Zaia and Christa Chatfield – SUNY Cortland

Intracellular Transport Pathways of JC Polyomavirus

Joshua Rosansky, Michelle Adamovich, Brian Kipp, and Christian Nelson – SUNY Cortland

Hot Peanuts: an Allochromatium sp. That Grows Photoautotrophically at High Temperature and Contains Unusual Cellular Structures

Lilia Chan, Michael Sheets, Esther Bullitt, Pinar Demetci and Jean Huang – Olin College

Adaptations of a Halobacillus sp. to Salt Stress

Pinar Demetci, Emily Yeh and Jean Huang – Olin College

Comparison of Phototrophic Communities that Degrade Cellulose and Fix Nitrogen

Pinar Demetci, Michael Sheets, Anna Knapp, Linda Amaral-Zettler and Jean Huang – Olin College

Characterization of Diverse Anaerobic Thermophilic Consortia from Gut Microbiomes with the Ability to Convert Cellulose to Bioethanol

Justin Chen, Dazi S. Irving and Javier A. Izquierdo – Hofstra University

Check out the Program and Photos from Last Year's Meeting:


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.

2015 Group

 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.

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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:

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