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June 28th - 30th

Minnowbrook Lodge, Blue Mountain Lake, New York


This Year's NEMPET Lectures will be:

"Microbial Traits Associated with Adaptation to Climate Warming in Soils"

Dr. Kristen DeAngelis

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


"Tasty [Beer] Innovations from Wasp Yeast:
How Academic and Industry Partnerships Can Lead to New Technology"

Dr. Anne Madden

Lachancea, LLC and Indigo Ag, Inc.


Comprehensive Registration Fee: Students $445; All others $550.

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

Registration Deadline is June 1st  -  Registration fee will not be charged until June



This Year's Program So Far:


Introducing Uncultivated Hydrothermarchaeota From the Subseafloor Crustal Biosphere - Stephanie Carr, et al. - Hartwick College

Understanding Biofilm Production on Subsurface Rocks - Hailey Pooler and Stephanie Carr - Hartwick College

Genetic Characterization of the Diphenylether Degradation Pathway in Sphingomonas sp. Strain SS3 - Aakansha J. Roberts and Gerben J. Zylstra - Rutgers University

Photosynthetic Microbes in Atmospheric Water Around puy de Dôme, France - Kevin Dillon, et al. - Rutgers University

Hungry for Drugs – The Microbial Degradation of Pharmaceuticals in Estuarine Environments - Michelle L. Zeliph, Max Häggblom - Rutgers University


How Do Microorganisms Direct the Timing of Development in Drosophila melanogaster? - Peter Newell, et al. - SUNY Oswego

Microbial Dark Matter: A Fundamental Description of the AC1 Genome - Ravishankar Ishmael, Stephanie Carr, and John Spear - Hartwick College

Cloud-Forming Properties of Aerosolized Marine Viruses - Ben Diaz, et al. -Rutgers University

Carbon Fixation and Energy Metabolism across different Bioregimes of the East Pacific Rise - Ian Schlegel, and Costantino Vetriani - Rutgers University

Exogenous Sulfite Production by Bacteria and its Role in Mineral Transformations - Jennifer Goff and Nathan Yee - Rutgers University

Genetic Manipulation of the Second Enzymatic Step of Dioxins Degradation by Sphingomonas wittichii RW1 - Thamer Mutter and Gerben Zylstra - Rutgers University


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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: Colleen Cavanaugh, Steve Mirsky, Dianne Newman, Kurt Hanselman, Derek Lovley, Klaus Nusslein, Doug Eveleigh, John Tudor, Karin Sauer, 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:

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This page last updated on 4-18-19