2017 Microbiome Center Research Symposium

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The University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall

1212 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

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2017 Microbiome Center Research Symposium

The Microbiome Center is hosting their first annual research symposium to be held at the University of Chicago on April 25, 2017. The Symposium is excited to bring together the expertise and capabilities across disciplines and three world-class institutions to the vast frontier that is the world of tiny microbes.

With a focus on early career scientists, all postdocs, graduate students, residents and undergraduates are encouraged to attend and submit an abstract for a poster or a talk. The Symposium will feature a keynote talk by Dr. Jo Handelsman and other experts within the field.

All with an interest in understanding microbial communities are invited to attend!

Registration and Abstract Submission:

Registration Deadlines:

  • Attendee only: No deadline (space limited and registration will be closed after maximum is reached)
  • Poster or talk consideration: March 15, 2017 (extended from March 8, 2017)

Abstract Submission:

  • Complete registration and submit abstract to
  • Poster Abstract Requirements: 250 word maximum
  • Talk Abstract Requirements: 1500 word maximum (may include figures)
  • Those chosen to present will be notified by e-mail no later than March 24, 2017. All talks not chosen will be considered for a poster.

All questions please submit to:

Current Schedule:

8:00 - 8:30am Registration/Poster Check-In

8:30 - 10:45am Session 1, Research Talks

10:45 - 11:00am Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00pm Session 2, Research Talks

12:00 - 1:15pm Lunch and Poster Session (Graduate student, postdoc, resident)

1:15 - 3:15pm Session 3, Research Talks

3:15 - 3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:30pm Keynote Address (Dr. Jo Handelsman)

4:30 - 4:45pm Awards Announcements*; Closing Remarks

4:45 - 6:00pm Reception

* Awards will be presented for the best student, postdoc, and resident research talks and posters

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jo Handelsman

Dr. Jo Handelsman was appointed by former President Barack Obama as the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where she served for three years until January 2017. She received her Ph. D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Molecular Biology and has since authored over 100 papers, 30 editorials and 3 books. She is responsible for groundbreaking studies in microbial communication and work in the field of metagenomics. Notably, in 2011, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama and in 2012, Nature named her one of “ten people who mattered this year” for her research on gender bias in science. As of February 1, 2017, Dr. Handelsman will be the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin.

Photo: The White House

Contact Us:

For more information about the Microbiome Center, please contact:

Erin Lane, Executive Director

Thank You to Our Sponsors:


More Information on Affiliated Institutions:

Microbiome Center

UChicago Hospitals

Biological Sciences

Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne)

Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)

UChicago Argonne MBL


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Email your abstract to Please include author list, title and specify poster or talk with submission.

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