Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Going to ASM? Register Now for the Microbial Epigenetics Workshop on May 18

If you’ll be heading to Denver for the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting on May 18-21, don’t miss the pre-conference workshop on whole-genome microbial epigenetics. New studies are continually demonstrating the importance of epigenetics in gene regulation and other biological functions of microbes, and this workshop features a panel of top-notch scientists to shed more light on these advances.

Here’s the roster of presentations:



Direct detection of bacterial epigenetics using SMRT Sequencing
Jonas Korlach, Pacific Biosciences

Comprehensive methylome analysis of the human gastric pathogen, Helicobacter pylori
Sebastian Suerbaum, Hannover Medical School

Large-scale analysis of restriction-modification systems using SMRT Sequencing
Brian Anton, New England BioLabs

Large scale genomics in bacterial pathogens: genome to function
Bart Weimer, UC Davis

The methylome and virulence of bovine respiratory disease bacterial pathogens
Greg Harhay, USDA

Investigations of the bacterial epigenome with respect to evolution and pathogenesis
Garth Ehrlich, Allegheny-Singer Research Institute

Epigenetic analysis of Salmonella and other bacteria of public health importance
Peter Evans, FDA

The phasevarion: phase variation of type III DNA methyltransferases controls coordinated switching in multiple genes
Michael Jennings, Griffith University


The workshop will include descriptions of how to apply whole-epigenome studies to the understanding of microbial biochemistry and function. Speakers will also discuss systematic approaches to combining complete de novo assemblies and annotations, methylation, and transcriptomes, as well as basic principles of SMRT® Sequencing as they apply to epigenetics.

The workshop takes place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Pre-registration is required, so please register on the ASM website for WS-24, “Studying Whole-Genome Microbial Epigenetics.”