The Fourth International Aspergillus Meeting
Asilomar Conference Center
Sun-Tues, March 18-20, 2007
The 4th International Aspergillus Meeting will be held immediately preceding the 24th Fungal Genetics Conference.
The program and abstract book are available for download.
Registered participants will receive a copy at the meeting.
The Fourth Aspergillus Meeting
March 18-20, 2007
Asilomar Conference Center
Scientific P rogram
March 18, Sunday
3:00- 6:00 Registration
7:00-9:00 Welcome Reception—Sponsored by Novozymes
March 19, Monday
9:00-9:15 Welcome, introductions and announcements
9:15-10:15 Genetics and Cell Biology Chair: Gerhard Braus
Dr. Norio Takeshita, Univ. of Karlsruhe. Cell end factors in A. nidulans
Dr. Jae Hyuk Yu, Univ. of Wisconsin. GPCRs, RGSs and velvet-like proteins
Dr. Kerstin Helmstaedt, Univ. of Göttingen. The nuclear migration protein NUDF associates with
BNFA and NUDC at spindle pole bodies in Aspergillus nidulans.
10:15-10:45 Coffee Break –Sponsored by Monsanto
10:45-11:45 Phylogenetics/Evolutionary Biology Chair: Paul Dyer
Dr. Arun Balajee, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta.
MLST and the molecular phylogeny of the Aspergillus section Fumigati.
Dr. Peter J. Cotty, United States Department of Agriculture, University of
Arizona. Vegetative incompatibility in Aspergillus flavus.
Dr. Rolf F. Hoekstra, Wageningen University.
Experimental means to study evolutionary processes within Aspergillus
1:00-2:00 Annotation, Comparative Genomics, Databases Chair: Masayuki Machida
Dr. Jennifer Wortman, The Institute for Genomic Research.
Comparative genomics as a tool for annotation improvement and analysis of related Aspergillus genomes.
Dr. Gavin Sherlock, Candida Database, CGD. Using GBrowse to visualize multiple genome assemblies.
Drs. Jennifer Wortman, Steve Oliver, Dave Ussery, Jaap Visser and Cees van den Hondel.
The A. nidulans annotation project: a global community effort.
2:00-2:30 Community Directions Discussion Moderator: Michelle Momany
2:30-2:45 Coffee Break –Sponsored by Monsanto
2:45-5:00 Talks selected from Abstracts Chair: Gary Payne
Dr. Özgür Bayram, Georg August University, Institut of Microbiology & Genetics Goettingen.
The Aspergillus nidulans F-box Protein Project.
Dr. Jakob B. Nielsen, Technical University of Denmark, CMB, BioCentrum-DTU Kgs. Lyngby.
A transiently disrupted non-homologous end joining pathway in Aspergillus nidulans allows simple and efficient gene targeting.
Dr. Peter J. Punt, TNO Quality of Life, Microbiology Zeist. New screening approaches for fungal strain development.
Dr. Natalie D. Fedorova,
The Institute for Genomic Research, Microbial Genetics, Rockville, MD. Comparative analysis of secondary
metabolism gene clusters from two strains of Aspergillus fumigatus and closely related species Neosartorya fischeri and Aspergillus clavatus.
de Vries, Utrecht University Microbiology, Utrecht. Colonies from the
filamentous fungus Aspergillus niger
highly differentiated in spite of cytoplasmic continuity.
Steinbach, Pediatrics, Molecular Genetics, and Microbiology,
Duke University Medical Center. The benefits and real future of calcineurin
inhibition against invasive aspergillosis.
Dr. William C. Nierman, The Institute for Genomic Research. A pilot project for a high throughput Aspergillus fumigatus mutant strain Resource
Dr. Scott Harris, Proposed tiling project
5:15-6:00 Pontecorvo Lecture: Joan Bennett, Rutgers University
“On being Aspergillus-o-centric: From girl geek to fungus freak”
7:00-10:00 Posters and drinks
Poster session and outstanding student poster sponsored by DSM
March 20, Tuesday
9:15-10:15 Genomics/Proteomics/transcriptomics/metabolomics updates Chair: Gustavo H. Goldman
Dr. Manda Gent, Faculty of Life Sciences, Manchester University
A comparison of the expression of secreted hydrolases in Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus nidulans under phospholipid-rich conditions
Dr. Olaf Kniemeyer, Leibniz-Institut für Naturstoff-Forschung und Infektionsbiologie Hans-Knöll-Institut. Comparative proteomics of the human- pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus
Dr. Jens Frisvad, Center for Microbial Biotechnology, BioCentrum-DTU, Technical University of Denmark. The exometabolomics of Aspergilli
Dr. Noel van Peij, DSM. A. niger genome update
10:15-10:30 Coffee Break–Sponsored by Monsanto
10:30-11:30 Industrial Applications Chair: Scott Baker
Dr. Ken Bruno, Chemical & Biological Processes Development Group, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Cell Biology and
Citric Acid Production in Aspergillus niger.
Dr. Mikael Rřrdam Andersen, Technical University of Denmark. Metabolic network driven interpretation of transcription data from Aspergillus
Dr. Adrian Tsang, Concordia University. Aspergillus niger as a host for global expression of secreted proteins.
Announce winner of student poster award--Sponsored by DSM
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