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Thursday 15thSep 2016. The Other Place, Royal Shakespeare Co., Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

13:00-14:00 Lunch and Arrivals

Session 1 – Phage and plasmid tools

14:00-14:10 Prof. Alfonso Jaramillo, University of Warwick, UK.

Opening by conference chair

14:10-14:50 Prof. Didier Mazel, Institute Pasteur, France.

How to stabilize plasmids in bacteria: lessons from the secondary chromosomes of Vibrio species

14:50-15:30 Prof. Alfonso Rodriguez-Paton, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.

Individual-based modeling of horizontal gene transfer with GRO

15:30-16:10 Dr. Mark Isalan, Imperial College London, UK.

Directed evolution of orthogonal dual transcription factors for multi-input synthetic promoters

16:10-16:40 Coffee Break

16:40-17:20 Prof. Alfonso Jaramillo, University of Warwick, UK.

Synthetic gene circuits by evolutionary technologies

17:20-18:00 Prof. Victor de Lorenzo, CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain.

Learning from the enemy: spreading beneficial traits through the global environmental microbiome

18:00-18:40 Prof. Fernando de la Cruz, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain.

Bacterial conjugation and the fight against antibiotic resistance

18:40-19:20 Prof. Jim Haseloff and Dr. Pakpoom Subsoontorn, Cambridge University, UK

Dynamic models of cell-cell interactions in synthetic biofilms

19:45- Dinner at the Rooftop Restaurant of the Royal Shakespeare theatre (included to all participants, but confirmation is required on the same day)


Friday 16th September 2016. The Other Place, Royal Shakespeare Co., Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Session 2 – Phages against AMR

09:00-09:40 Prof. Andrzej Gorski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland.

Phage therapy: today treating complications, tomorrow targeting diseases

09:40-10:20 Prof. George Salmond, University of Cambridge, UK.

The triumph of death: how bacteria control phage infection by altruistic suicide

10:20-11:00 Prof. Stephen Abedon, Ohio State University, USA.

Phage therapy from a pharmacological perspective: various perspectives on how to improve the Art

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-11:50 Prof. Ramesh Wigneshweraraj, MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology & Infection, Imperial College London, UK.

Phage-inspired inhibition of the bacterial transcription machinery.

11:50-12:10 Dr. Antonia Sagona, University of Warwick, UK.

Developing an in vitro model system for phage therapy against pathogenic E.coli.

12:10-12:30 Dr. Akos Nyerges, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary.

Deciphering the Achilles’ heel of multidrug resistant bacteria by novel genome engineering tools

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Social activity: Royal Shakespeare Theatre Tour


Session 3 – Towards Synthetic Phages

14:30-15:10 Prof. Ian Molineux, University of Texas at Austin, USA.

A molecular basis for phage infection specificity of bacteria

15:10-15:50 Dr. David Harper, Evolution Biotechnologies, UK.

Bacteriophages as biological control agents

15:50-16:30 Mark van Raaij, CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain.

Structural analysis of bacteriophage receptor-binding proteins: towards phages with designed host specificity

16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

17:00-17:40 Prof. Martha Clokie, University of Leicester, UK.

Developing Clostridium difficile phages as novel therapeutics

17:40-18:20 Dr. Udi Qimron, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Bacteriophages programmed to reverse antibiotic resistance of bacteria

18:20-18:40 Dr. Freya Harrison, University of Warwick, UK.

Building & dismantling chronic infection biofilm.

18:40-19:00 Dr. Meera Unnikrishnan, University of Warwick, UK.

Innovative tools for probing complex host-microbe interactions

19:00-19:10 Close by conference chair

19:45- Dinner at the Rooftop Restaurant of the Royal Shakespeare theatre (included to all participants, but confirmation is required on the same day)