Northeast Microbiologists: Physiology, Ecology and Taxonomy


June 28th - 30th

Minnowbrook Lodge, Blue Mountain Lake, New York

This Year's NEMPET Lectures will be:

"The Microbiology of Climate Change: The Outsized Climate Impacts of Tiny Soil Microbes"

Dr. Kristen DeAngelis

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


"Tasty [Beer] Innovations from Wasp Yeast:
The Benefits of Academic and Industry Partnerships"

Dr. Anne Madden

Lachancea, LLC


This Year's Program:

Friday 28 June

5:00 p.m.


“The Microbiology of Climate Change: The Outsized Climate Impacts of Tiny Soil Microbes”


Dr. Kristen DeAngelis

University of Massachusetts – Amherst



6:00 p.m.         DINNER        


7:30 – 9:00 p.m.         POSTER SESSION A                         SOCIAL: Following


Saturday 29 June

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.          BREAKFAST


8:30 a.m.   The Gut Microbiome in People with Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

                  David Esteban – Vassar College


9:05           Introducing Uncultivated Hydrothermarchaeota from the Subseafloor Crustal Biosphere

                  Stephanie Carr, Sean Junbluth, Ramunas Stepanauskas, Tanya Woyke, Michael Rappe, and Beth Orcutt – Hartwick College


9:25           A Novel Form of Propagating Wave within a Starving Myxococcus xanthus Biofilm

                  Jessica A. Comstock, Fatmagül Bahar, Jessica M. O’Connell, Makan Fardad, and Roy D. Welch – Syracuse University


9:45           Interval


9:55           Genetic Characterization of the Diphenylether Degradation Pathway in Sphingomonas sp. Strain SS3

                  Aakansha J. Roberts and Gerben J. Zylstra – Rutgers University


10:30         Photosynthetic Microbes in Atmospheric Water Around puy de Dôme, France

                  Kevin P. Dillon, F. Correa, C. Judon, M. Sancelme, D.E. Fennell, A.-M. Delort, P. Amato – Rutgers University


10:50         Enhancing Viral Replication through Stress: How Reovirus Benefits from Exposure to Sodium Arsenite

                  Michael M. Lutz, Megan P. Worth, Meleana M. Hinchman, John S.L. Parker, and Emily D. Ledgerwood – Le Moyne College


11:15         Dynamics of the Aedes aegypti Midgut Microbiota during Bloodmeal Digestion

                  Jacquelyn La Reau1,2, Josephine Hyde2, Doug Brackney2, and Blaire Steven21Quinnipiac University, 2Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.


11:35         Indigo Ag, Harnessing Nature to Sustainably Feed the Planet

                  Molly Veregge and Sarah Richards – Indigo Ag.


11:55         Group Photo


12:00 – 1:00 p.m.       LUNCH


1:30 p.m.   Microbial Field-Trip (Optional)

                  - A nature-walk focusing on microbial habitats and field marks.



5:00 p.m.


“Tasty [Beer] Innovations from Wasp Yeast: The Benefits of Academic and Industry Partnerships”


Dr. Anne A. Madden

Lachancea LLC.



6:00 p.m.   DINNER


7:30 – 9:00                  POSTER SESSION B


9:00 p.m.                     Scholarship Raffle                                          SOCIAL: following



This meeting has been sponsored by generous donations from:


            and    and Indigo Ag Logo

Sunday 30 June

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.          BREAKFAST


8:30 a.m.   Deconvolving Pseudomonas aeruginosa Gene Expression in Co-Culture with Candida albicans: A Machine Learning Approach

                  Georgia Doing, Casey Greene, and Deborah Hogan – Dartmouth College


9:05           Unravelling the Oxidative Stress Response of Haemophilus parainfluenzae

                  Dasith Perera, Shannon Oliver, Jessica Mark Welch, and Matthew Ramsey – University of Rhode Island


9:25           Understanding Biofilm Production on Subsurface Rocks

                  Hailey Pooler and Stephanie Carr – Hartwick College


9:45           Interval


10:00         Microbial Community Structure in St. Lawrence River Wetlands and Management of Mercury-Methylation

                  Rebecca Lightman, Evie Brahmstedt, Matthew Windle, Michael Twiss, Jeff Ridal, and Erin Eggleston – Middlebury College


10:35         Hungry for Drugs – The Microbial Degradation of Pharmaceuticals in Estuarine Environments

                  Michelle L. Zeliph, Max Häggblom – Rutgers University


10:55         Deciphering the Diversity of Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) Skin-Associated Bacterial Communities

                  Myra C. Hughey – Vassar College


11:20         Antisepsis and the First World War

                  Michael Hanophy – St. Joseph’s College


11:45         NEMPET business meeting


12:00 – 1:00 p.m.       LUNCH; DEPARTURE



Thank you to everyone who made this a successful meeting. Especially those who donated towards the raffle:


@artologica -

@vexedmuddler -

Edvotek –

Giant Microbes, Inc. -

And to Old York Cellars - for providing the wine!


POSTER SESSION A:                                                    Friday, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Can We Identify Regulatory Sequences for Control of Gene Expression by the non-DNA Binding Response Regulator Sma0114 in S. meliloti using a Motif Recognition Algorithm?

Ihunna Amugo, John Braverman, Preston Garcia, and Catalina Arango – St. Joseph’s University

Complementary Approaches for Identification of Protein Partners Associated with the Sma0114 Response Regulator in Sinorhizobium meliloti

Breanna Babiarz, Megan Nadler, and Preston P. Garcia – Castleton University

 Analysis of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in the Merrimack River

Cheryl Wilkinson, Ricky Santosuosso, and Charlotte Berkes – Merrimack College

 Assessing Functionality of divIVA Alleles in the Large Bacterium Epulopiscium sp. type B

William Blanding, Erin Clough, Alexandra Glathar, William Schutt, Elizabeth Hutchison – SUNY Geneseo

 How Does AgpT Regulate Expression of the Alpha-Galactoside Utilization Operon agp-melA in Sinorhizobium meliloti?

Isabella Carpenter, Rachel Schwartz, Leona Ryder, Frank Mele, Vincent Pepe, Christina Mirarchi, Joseph Johnson, Muhammad Arif, Lucie Ngaba, Francesca Samony,  Avery Clark, and Catalina Arango – St. Joseph’s University

 Nutritional Interactions between Legionella and Biofilm-Resident Bacterial Species

Christa Chatfield – SUNY Cortland

 Use of a Campus-Wide Science Immersion Course to Collect, Map and Compare Violacein Producing Isolates World-Wide

Allegra Cooper, Sacha Medjo-Akono, Brooke A. Jude – Bard College

 Cloud-Forming Properties of Aerosolized Marine Viruses

Benjamin Diaz, Jozef Nissimov, Chana Kranzler, Chia-Li Chen, Georges Saliba, Savannah Lewis, Luke Ziemba, Richard Moore, and Kay Bidle – Rutgers University

 Catalase expression and activity in Serratia marcescens (SM) grown under static and shaking conditions

James Faraci, Karina Ckless, and José de Ondarza – SUNY Plattsburgh

 Comparison of Quorum-Sensing Related Behaviors among Unique Violacein-Producing Isolates

Julia Gibson and Brooke Jude – Bard College

 Exogenous Sulfite Production by Bacteria and its Role in Mineral Transformations

Jennifer Goff and Nathan Yee – Rutgers University

 Determining the Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in the Syracuse Urban Deer Population

Gabriella Oliva, Jason Luscier, and Emily D. Ledgerwood – Le Moyne College


POSTER SESSION B:                                                     Saturday, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

 The Metabolism of Bacterial Enrichments Grown on Hops Extracts

Melissa Caruana, Andrea Fontaine, Scott Britton, Mary Allen, and Jeff Werner – SUNY Cortland

 Characterization of female sexual development-1 (fsd-1) Transcript Structure, Expression, and Mutant Alleles in the Fungus Neurospora crassa

Elizabeth Hutchison, Katherine Cotten, Margaux Hales, Mark Soto, and Kathryn Emmens – SUNY Geneseo

 Microbial Dark Matter: A Fundamental Description of the AC1 Genome

Ravishankar Ishmael, Stephanie Carr, and John Spear – Hartwick College

 Pig worm egg inactivation, the final chapter?

Giovanna Ferguson-Lewis, Johannah Buehrer, Kristina Macky, Michaela Labare, M. Butkus, D.D. Bowman, and M. P. Labare – USMA West Point

 Indirect repression of the Locus of Enterocyte Effacement in enteropathogenic E. coli by Hfq-dependent small regulatory RNAs OmrA and B

Sarah Muche, J. El-Fenej, W. Yu, B. Amos, T. Buerkert, M. Riga, T. Hunter, and S. Bhatt – St. Joseph’s University

 Discovery and Study of a New Enterobacter Species

Reilly Bolin, Katelyn Cross, Nicholas Eddy, G.B. Rakitha Malewana, Samara Muth, Ryan Tham, Emily L. Messina – Husson University

 Genetic Manipulation of the Second Enzymatic Step of Dioxins Degradation by Sphingomonas wittichii RW1

Thamer Mutter and Gerben Zylstra – Rutgers University

 How Do Microorganisms Direct the Timing of Development in Drosophila melanogaster?

Peter Newell, Rita Ntim-Gyakari, Tylea McCarthy-Walker, Gabrielle Solomon – SUNY Oswego

 Carbon Fixation and Energy Metabolism across Different Bioregimes of the East Pacific Rise

Ian Schlegel, and Costantino Vetriani – Rutgers University

 Desert Biological Soil Crusts as a Model for Soil Carbon Cycling

Blaire Steven – Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

 Isolation and Characterization of Novel Bacteriophages

Reilly Bolin, Katelyn Cross, Nicholas Eddy, GB Rakitha Malewana, Samara Muth, Ryan Tham, and Emily L. Messina – Husson University

 Investigating Cryptococcus neoformans Melanin Production in the Presence of Redox Reagents

Fu Dong, Tasnia Tabassum, and Helene Eisenman Barbour – Baruch College, CUNY



This year's conference begins with the first NEMPET Lecture at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28th.  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 30th.

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

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Craig Phelps


32 North Shore Blvd.

Helmetta, NJ 08828


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