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This Year's NEMPET Lecture will be:

"Shedding light on chemosynthetic symbioses:  Comparative genomics, transmission mode, and genome evolution "

Prof. Colleen Cavanaugh

Harvard University


This year's conference begins with the first NEMPET Lecture at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22nd.  Poster sessions will be held Friday and Saturday evenings.  Platform presentations will be held Saturday and Sunday mornings.  The meeting will end after lunch on June 24th.

Other Presentations Scheduled So-Far:

   Biofilms and Legionella pneumophilia: Attachment and Nutritional Interactions - Christa Chatfield, SUNY Cortland

   Climate and Geology Impact the Global Stone Microbiome - Nathaniel Ennis, University of New Hampshire

   Characterization of Female Sexual development-1 (fsd-1) Transcript Structure, Expression, and Localization in the Fungus Neurospora crassa - Betsy Hutchison, SUNY Geneseo

   Targeting the Cause of Fatal Disease (JOD) in Eastern Oysters with Predatory Marine Bacteria - Megan Edwards, SUNY Cortland

   Effect of culture conditions on catalase activity of Serratia marcescens - Jose de Ondarza, SUNY Plattsburgh

   Sophronia's Gardens: Microbiology in the Progressive Era - Craig Phelps, Rutgers 

   Cellular Uptake of Mercury in Anaerobic Bacteria: Applications of Mercury Stable Isotopes to Elucidate Physiological Controls - Yuwei Wang, Rutgers

   Investigation of the Role of Hfq in the Virulence of Escherichia albertii - Marisa Egan, St. Joseph's University 

   Season and Geography Drive High Microbial Variability in Fungus Gardens Grown by Trachymyrmex septentrionalis Ants - Kevin Lee, University of Connecticut

  Conversion of Tropical Rainforest to Pasture Causes Consistent Annual Shifts in Bacterial Community Structure and Biotic Homogenization - George Hamaoui Jr., Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

   Hfq and Hfq-Dependent Small RNAs Control Virulence in Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli and Escherichia albertii - Shaan Bhatt, St. Joseph's University

Comprehensive Registration Fee: Students $425; All others $525.

Note:  As always, the fee is comprehensive and includes room, meals, snacks and all activities.

Registration Deadline is June 1st


This Year's Sponsors:

Financial support from the Dartmouth Microbiology and Molecular Pathogenesis Program

McGraw-Hill Education  Financial support from McGraw-Hill Education

Sponsored by EDVOTEK Financial support from EDVOTEK

Sponsored by OLD YORK CELLARSWine provided by the great folks at OLD YORK CELLARS


With Special Donations by: @artologica and @vexedmuddler


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.

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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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This page last updated on 5-17-18