Preliminary Program

Plenary Lecture 1

Jeff Gordon, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO


Microbiota and the Gut-Brain Axis

Gut Microbiota and Behavior of Mammals
Sarkis Mazmanian, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 

Gut-brain Axis in Drosophila
Irene Miguel-Aliaga, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom


Evolutionary Dynamics of Host-Microbe Interactions

Social Evolution in Microbes
Kevin Foster, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Plant-symbiont Cooperation 
Elizabeth (Toby) Kiers, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Diet and Immune Function: Cross-Species Perspectives

Microbiota and Mammalian Nutrition
Kelly Swanson, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

Lactic Acid Bacteria and Probiotics
David Mills, University of California, Davis, CA


Ecology of Host-Microbial Interactions

Rhizosphere Ecology
Zoe Cardon, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

Ecosystem Ecology of the Gut Microbiota
Janet Jansson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Washington, DC 


Beneficial Microbes in Human Health and Disease

Gut Microbiota and Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens
Eric Pamer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Gut Microbiota and Human Health
Ruth Ley, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Special Session: Future Directions in Beneficial Microbes Research

Discussion Event Chaired by Margaret McFall Ngai, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

These speakers will be complemented by additional speakers selected at a later date. Most conference speakers will be selected from the abstracts.

Twenty ASM Student Travel Grants will be available for graduate students and new postdocs. Travel grants are competitive and tied to abstract submission. Apply for a student travel grant during the abstract submission process.

Abstract submission opens April 23, 2014.