71st Annual Meeting of the North Central Branch of the American Society for Microbiology

Des Moines, IA US
October 7, 2011 to October 8, 2011

On behalf of the organizing committee, we’re pleased to bring the 71st Annual Meeting North Central Branch of the American Society for Microbiology to Des Moines University. The North Central Branch ASM meeting is an excellent opportunity for microbiologists to become better acquainted and to exchange information. In particular, the meeting is an important forum for student scholars to showcase their research findings. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Jeffrey Gray, PhD
President, NCB ASM


Friday, October 7, 2011
8 amRegistration and Breakfast
8:30 amYersinia enterocolitica Virulence: The Cost of Doing Business
Andrew J. Darwin, PhD, Associate Professor, Microbiology, NYU School of Medicine
9:30 amPoster Session
10:45 am Break
11 amMicrobial Biology on Leaves: A Model for Understanding how Bacterial Interactions with a Host Intersect with Environmental Stress Tolerance 
Gwyn Beattie, PhD, Professor, Robert Earle Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Bacteriology for Research and Nomenclature, Iowa State University
12 pmLunch and Poster Session
1 pmOral Presentations
2:15 pmBreak
2:45 pmOral Presentations
4 pmAdjourn
4:10 pmDMU Campus Tour (Optional) - 50 minutes
  • Biomedical Lab
  • SIM Lab
  • Surgery Lab
  • Wellness Center
6:30 pmEvening Banquet
Evening Banquet

Join fellow microbiologists, scholars and students for a fun and informal evening at the Science Center of Iowa, a beautiful 110,000-square foot facility in downtown Des Moines. Continue networking over cocktails and dinner, and then enjoy a provocative presentation by Dara Frank, PhD.

Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, IA 50309

6:30 pmNetworking
7 pmDinner
7:30 pmPseudomonas aeruginosa ExoU: Killing from the Inside-Out
Dara W. Frank, PhD, Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Medical College of Wisconsin
8:30 pmPresentation of Student Awards
9 am Adjourn
Saturday, October 8, 2011
7:30 amBreakfast
8 amNorth Central Branch ASM Meeting. Members only.Open Forum with Keynote Speaker Dr. Darwin. Open to all students.
9 am

Environmental Microbiology

Evolution and Ecology of Aerobic, Growth-Coupled Vinyl Chloride-Oxidizing Bacteria
Timothy E. Mattes, PhD, PE, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa

Virulence Pathogenesis

Regulation of the Uropathogenic Escherichia coli fimB Gene
William Schwan, PhD, Professor, Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

9:35 amBreak
9:40 am

The Pseudomonas putida Biofilm Matrix: Protein-Polysaccharide Interactions Critical to Biofilm Formation and Stress Relief 
Larry Halverson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology; Chair, Interdepartmental Microbiology Graduate Program, Iowa State University    

Dissecting the Intestinal Microbiome
Thad Stanton, PhD, Research Leader, FSEP Unit, USDA-ARS-NADC
10:15 amBreak
10:20 am

A Biological Market Underground Stabilizes Cooperation in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis 
Heike Bücking, PhD, Associate Professor, Biology and Microbiology, South Dakota State University

Performing the Step from Gene Regulation to Application: FlhD/FlhC, a Global Regulator in Escherichia coli 
Birgit Pruess, PhD, Assistant Professor, Microbial Physiology, North Dakota State University
10:55 amClosing Statements
11:15 amAdjourn

Oral and Poster Abstract Submission

We welcome undergraduate, graduate, and faculty researchers to submit their abstracts and showcase their research findings. Cash awards will be given to undergraduate and graduate (oral and poster) abstracts at the Friday evening banquet. To be eligible to win a prize, the presenting author must be a member of the ASM North Central Branch. If you are not currently a North Central Branch ASM member, you will automatically become a member by registering for this meeting. For additional information regarding abstract submission please visit www.dmu.edu/event/NCB-ASM.


  • Environmental microbiology
  • General microbiology
  • Medical microbiology/immunology
  • Molecular and cell biology
  • Other (Ex: food microbiology)

The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, September 23, 2011.

Registration Costs

Educational Sessions. Registration includes attendance at all sessions, continental breakfast, Friday lunch, afternoon refreshment, and program syllabus.

  • Full member (with dues) - $70
  • Full member (without dues) - $60
  • Student member (with dues) - $40
  • Student member (without dues) - $35

Friday evening reception at the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theatre. Registration includes: 1 drink ticket (cash bar is available), heavy appetizer, speaker, and awards presentation. Tickets to BODY WORLDS Vital are not included.

  • Full member - $40
  • Student member - $30

Please note these important dates:

  • Hotel reservation deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2011
  • Abstract submission deadline: Friday, September 23, 2011
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/07/2011 - 8:30am CDT
Event ends: 
10/08/2011 - 11:15am CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Education Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 8.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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