Join us for the 1st Annual

Pittsburgh Microbial Community Symposium (PMC)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018  @  8:30am


Hosted by the Pittsburgh Area Microbial Pathogenesis (PAMP) Group, the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, the Center for Medicine and the Microbiome at The University of Pittsburgh, and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh

Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch.



8:30-9:00 | Registration and Breakfast

9:00-10:20 | Session 1

  • Catherine Armbruster, PhD | Pathoadaptation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa during cystic fibrosis chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Sarah Haig, PhD | Are Opportunistic Pathogens in Premise Plumbing a Source of Infection for Children with Cystic Fibrosis?
  • Chris Marshall, PhD | Evolution of biofilm-attached pathogens
  • Georgios Kitsios, MD, PhD | The human microbiome in critical illness

10:20-10:40 | Break

10:40-12:00 | Session 2

  • Kathy Gopalakrishna, MBBS | Maternal IgA protects against the development of necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants
  • John Stolz, PhD | Arsenic induced changes in the murine colon microbiome
  • Carolyn Coyne, PhD | Breaking barriers—enterovirus infection of the human gastrointestinal tract
  • Brooke McCartney, PhD | Microbiota-dependent dysregulation of Alcohol Dehydrogenase in Drosophila is associated with changes in alcohol-induced hyperactivity and alcohol preference

12:00-2:00 | Lunch and Poster Session

2:00-3:20 | Session 3

  • David Lampe, PhD | Bacterial strains that can inhibit Plasmodium development in Anopheles mosquitoes to prevent the spread of malaria
  • Joel McManus, PhD | Exploring the translatome in a mouse model of candidiasis
  • Tony Richardson, PhD | Alternate Ending: Manipulating the Host Response to Improve Outcomes from MRSA Skin Infections
  • Warren Ruder, PhD | Exploring the Microbiome with Biomimetic Robots

3:20-4:20 | Reception

University of Pittsburgh
402 Bridgeside Point II
450 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Bridgeside Point II

We look forward to seeing you there!


Michael J. Morowitz, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Pittsburgh

Luisa Hiller, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University

Jennifer Bomberger, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
University of Pittsburgh

Alison Morris, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Medicine and the Microbiome
University of Pittsburgh

Barbara Methé, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Medicine and the Microbiome
University of Pittsburgh