2016 Annual Meeting

Hosted by the KU Medical CenterJoint Meeting of the Missouri and Missouri Valley Branches of the American Society for Microbiology March 4-5, 2016

The Missouri branch and the Missouri Valley branch of the American Society for Microbiology invite scientists and students to their annual meeting to be held jointly on the campus of the University of Kansas Medical Center on March 4-5, 2016. The meeting will feature lectures by two ASM Distinguished Lecturers and several prominent local microbiology researchers and presentations by students from the region. The meeting is a great venue for undergraduate and graduate student researchers to gain experience presenting their research. Students can give a short oral or a poster presentation at this meeting and awards will be given to the top presenters in different categories. This meeting also is an excellent opportunity for microbiologists from Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma to become acquainted. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting, and we encourage students to submit abstracts of their research.

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Overview of Schedule (see full schedule below for more detailed information)

  • Friday, March 4 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM School of Nursing Auditorium/Atrium
  • Saturday, March 5 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Beller Conference Center, Hemenway Building

Invited Speakers and Topics

  • Michael Federle, University of Illinois at Chicago: Cell-to-Cell Signaling in Gram-positive Bacteria
  • Tara Smith, Kent State University: Transmission of Zoonotic infections such as MRSA and Ebola


University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS. The KU Medical Center is near the Country Club Plaza Shopping area and downtown Kansas City, MO


Two Recommended hotels. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites KU Medical Center: right across from the meeting venue: http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/kansas-city/mkckc/hoteldetail) and Hampton Inn & Suites Country Club Plaza (click on link for KUMC rate (http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/). There are many other options near the Country Club Plaza. Hotels Near KU Hospital and Medical Center.

Registration Options

  1. Preferred: Mail Registration form and check for any registration fee (made out to "University of Kansas Medical Center", Attn: ASM Meeting Registration) to address below by February 26, 2016.
  2. Register at meeting and paid by cash or check made out to “University of Kansas Medical Center”. Note: Additional late fee required.
  3. Email registration form to asmabstract@kumc.edu. Contact Donald Rowen (drowen@unomaha.edu, 402-554-2143) about bringing a check to meeting or paying via credit card.

Abstract Submission for Student Presentations

Abstract Submission for Student Presentations: Due by February 19, 2016. Abstracts should be sent to asmabstract@kumc.edu . Formatting instructions are included in the brochure. Questions: email asmabstract@kumc.edu , or call Wolf Zückert (913-588-7061) or Jeff Bose (913-588-7136)

Meeting Registration Fee Questions? Please contact:

Donald Rowen
Associate Professor of Biology
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68182

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Friday, March 4, 2016
5:00 - 5:15 p.m. Welcome by Drs. Zückert and Bose SoN Auditorium
5:15 - 5:45 p.m. Substrate Specificity of a Streptococcal Surface Protease Involved in Quorum Sensing - Indranil Biswas SoN Auditorium
5:45 - 6:15 p.m. Making friends to make war: quorum sensing, cooperation and interspecies competition - Josie R. Chandler SoN Auditorium
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Welcome by Drs. Zückert and Bose Dinner (Zarda’s BBQ / d’Bronx Veg Lasagna)
7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Keynote: Zombies and Infectious Diseases in Popular Culture - Tara C. Smith SoN Auditorium
9:00 p.m. Adjourn for evening – individual program  
Friday, March 27, 2015
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Coffee & Croissants
Poster Session 1 (Undergraduate posters)
Beller Atrium
9:30 - 11 a.m. Oral Session 1

I. General Microbiology - Convener: Pam Brown

III. Medical Micro/Immun Session 1 - Convener: Christina Krute

IV. Undergraduate Session 1 - Convener: Michelle DeGear


Beller 1003

Beller 1005

Beller 1007

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Oral Session 2

II. Environmental Microbiology - Convener: Tom Platt

III. Medical Micro/Immun Session 2 - Convener: Erika Lutter

IV. Undergraduate Session 2 - Convener: Kelsey Krausz


Beller 1003

Beller 1005

Beller 1007

12:45 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch (d’Bronx Pizza)
Poster Session 2 (Graduate Students and Postdocs) Beller Atrium Branch Business Meetings
Beller Atrium
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Keynote: Streptococcal Social Networking as a Means to Organize Interactions with the Host - Michael J. Federle Beller Conf Ctr
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. The role of NKG2D in determining intestinal microbiota composition. - Mary A. Markiewicz Beller Conf Ctr
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Multipolar growth of A. tumefaciens is induced by a block in cell division - Pamela Brown Beller Conf Ctr
4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Awards / Closing Remarks Beller Conf Ctr
5 p.m. Adjourn Beller Conf Ctr