Past seminars 2016-2018

Graduate Students Mini Symposium I/2019

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Organelle-like structures in Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Ralstonia eutropha

Transregio TRR 174 Seminar

A protein complex formed by Ustilago maydis effectors is essential for virulence (PhD Defense)

PhD Defense

Structural and Functional Characterization of Nucleic Acid Interacting Bacterial Stress Response Factors(PhD Defense)

PhD Defense

Salmonella persisters during infection

C A N C E L E D - SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

The ParC/ ParP system in the localization and segregation of chemotaxis signaling arrays in Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio parahaemolyticus (PhD Defense)

PhD Defense

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium VI/2018

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Understanding cell division and its regulation in the human pathogenic bacterium, Vibrio parahaemolyticus (PhD Defense)

PhD Defense

Frontiers in Microbiology 2018

Special seminar

Frontiers in Microbiology 2018

Special seminar

RocS drives chromosome segregation and nucleoid protection during cell division of Streptococcus pneumoniae

Transregio TRR 174 Seminar

Mechanisms of co-translational folding and assembly of proteins studied by ribosome profiling

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Regulation of peptidoglycan biosynthesis in Hyphomonas neptunium (PhD Defense)

PhD Defense

Darwin’s invertebrates: A transient anoxic microbial oasis

MPI Seminar

Structural and mechanistic insights into the guanine nucleotide exchange factor complex Mon1-Ccz1

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Predator-prey interactions between the nematode-trapping fungi and nematodes

The networking of microbiomes across plant generations

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Methylotrophic methanogens everywhere - ecology and physiology of novel players in global methane cycling

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Structural insights into effector kinases from pathogenic gram-negative bacteria

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

A Time to Kill: Mechanisms and Biological Insights of T6SS-Mediated Bacterial Warfare

How microorganisms view their world

SFB 987 Jahrestagung

Max-Planck-Tag 2018

Special Event

The role of M23 peptidases on cell division and cell shape in Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Regulatory circuits controlling the glycine betaine synthesizing pathway in Bacillus subtilis

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Proteomics - a new tool for type II methanotroph research

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium V/2018

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

To be announced

Special seminar

Heterogeneity of gene expression during biofilm formation in Escherichia coli

PhD Defense

In planta multi-omic profiling of pathogenic and commensal bacteria

Key proteins in the cell division of filamentous cyanobacteria

Transregio TRR 174 Seminar

Genomics of uncultivable bacteria deciphers multilayered symbiotic system in the termite gut

MPI Seminar

Establishing CO2 fixation pathways in Methylobacterium extorquens

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Evolution of a Non-natural Carboxylase for Synthetic Photorespiration

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Influence of cardiolipin on the function of bacterial chemoreceptors

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Determination of the substrate recognition by fumarate adding enzymes

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium IV/2018

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Control of reactive intermediates in enzymes and enzyme complexes

PhD Defense

New techniques in ultra high throughput directed evolution screens

Special seminar

α-Ketoglutarate dependent dioxygenases - computational studies on reaction mechanisms

SFB 987 Sonderseminar

Biofilm architectural breakdown in response to antibiotics facilitates community invasion

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Characterization of DNA interference by a minimal Type I CRISPR-Cas system

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium III/2018

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Bacterial warfare: antibiotic production and resistance in co-existing Streptomycetes

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Mechanosensing with type IV pili in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

High-throughput interaction profiling in bacteria

Microbiology Seminar Series

Unraveling the function of a stress sentinel in the bacterial envelope

Transregio TRR 174 Seminar

Bacterial chromosome organization

Microbiology Seminar Series

Microbial Dynamics at Biointerfaces: Controlling the Fate of Microbes under Spatial and Interfacial Confinements

Special seminar
Microbes self-organize in microcolonies at solid surfaces while transitioning to a sessile form within a protective biofilm matrix. Microbes also have complex community dynamics at fluid interfaces. While the biological implications of surface-attached and interfacial biofilms for the environment, health, and industry are widely appreciated, the earlier developmental stage of microbes as microcolonies has received scant attention. This presentation elucidates two new approaches to investigate microbial dynamics in spatially and interfacially confined microsystems. First, a new approach to studying microcolony formation and community dynamics is described. Using microfluidics-enabled fabrication, a nanoliter-scale sessile culture system (the nanoculture) is designed to grow synthetic microbial communities. Each nanoculture begins as a several nanoliter droplet of suspended cells, encapsulated by a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membrane. The physicochemical properties of the encapsulation materials allow the diffusion of functional probes to interrogate cell physiology under chemical insults, allowing microbial interactions to be probed within or across the confining vessel. We use this versatile platform to investigate bacterial-fungal (inter-kingdom) dynamics that play a central role in early childhood dental caries and many infections. Second, microbial response to confinement at fluid-fluid interfaces are studied both in terms of physico-chemical effects and metabolic implications. We study two strains of P. aeruginosa, PAO1 and PA14. The PAO1 cells remodel the hexadecane-water interface to form highly elastic Films of Bacteria at Interfaces (FBI), i.e. elastic, solid films of bacteria and excreted polysaccharides, whereas the PA14 cells form active FBI that feature interface-associated microbes that remain highly motile. Transcriptional profiles of the interfacially confined strains suggest that the elastic FBI provides protection, in a manner akin to biofilms, enabling cells to cope with the detrimental effects of the interfacial environment. Together, these studies provide a basis for new strategies to minimize the deleterious impacts and to optimize the beneficial effects of microbial communities relevant to the environment and health. The nanoculture system and FBI-encapsulated droplets can also be exploited in upstream bioprocessing technologies, with uses ranging from the encapsulation of beneficial microbial communities to high-throughput screening of bioactive molecules.

Synthetic biology: Putting synthesis into biology

Special Seminar - Univ. Marburg, FB Chemie und MPI Marburg

Chemotaxis of Escherichia coli to compounds present in human gut (PhD defense)

PhD Defense

Mechanisms of transmembrane signaling by sensors of two-component system

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Finally, archaea get their CRISPR-cas toolbox

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

To be announced

Transregio TRR 174 Seminar

Synthetic noise control in eukaryotic gene expression and signal transduction (PhD Defense)

PhD Defense

Natural products in microbial predator-prey interactions

MPI Seminar

Viruses of Archaea: what we can learn from them

Special seminar

Exploring molecular landscapes inside cells with in situ cryo-electron tomography

Microbiology Seminar Series

High-resolution whole genome mapping of Sister Chromatid Contacts (Hi-SC2) in Vibrio cholerae

Transregio TRR 174 Seminar

Bacterial ribosome heterogeneity: Novel aspects of selective translation

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Activation of the bacterial stringent response

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Molecular tricks of methanogenic archaea

MPI Seminar

Physiology and cell biology of bacterial epithelia

Transregio TRR 174 Seminar

Symbioses as sources of evolutionary innovation in insects

Special seminar

From boom to bust - the dynamics of bacterial adaptation under prolonged resource limitation

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Unlocking the potential of synthetic biology - from DNA foundries to cell-free prototyping

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Genetic circuit design

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

c-di-AMP signaling in Staphylococcus aureus: What makes, breaks and binds it

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Deadly conversation between bacteria

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Adaptive genome evolution in the vascular wilt pathogen Verticillium

MPI Seminar

D-Amino acids shape the environmental microbial biodiversity

MPI Seminar

Self-assembly of a bacterial nanomachine: Flagella grow through an injection-diffusion mechanism

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

C A N C E L L E D Chemical interaction between iron-cycling microbes: news from the chat room

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Divorcing chromosomes still need rings: the role of an ancestral SMC protein in bacterial chromosome organisation and segregation

Transregio TRR 174 Seminar

Cross-Kingdom RNAi and small RNA trafficking between plants and fungal pathogens

Characterization of a Serine/Threonine kinase in Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Architecture of Vibrio parahaemolyticus swarm-colonies

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Studies on catalytic mechanism of [Fe]-hydrogenase from methanogenic archaea

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium II/2018

Microbiology Seminar Series

*** CANCELED *** Visualizing and quantifying the selfish uptake of high molecular weight polysaccharides by marine bacteria

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Microbe-Electrode-Interactions

SFB 987 Mini-Symposium

Biochemistry of the key spatial regulators MipZ and PopZ in Caulobacter crescentus (PhD defence)

PhD Defense

The design and realization of synthetic pathways for the fixation of carbon dioxide in vitro (PhD defence)

PhD Defense

The seminar will start later (on 15:00 h) due to a snow storm in Munich "Architecture and biogenesis of an antibacterial speargun: the type VI secretion system"

Transregio TRR 174 Seminar

How proteins control electrons: Protons

MPI Seminar

Regulation of peptidoglycan biosynthesis in Hyphomonas neptunium

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Biochemistry of the key spatial regulators MipZ and PopZ in Caulobacter crescentus

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Shining light on the structural features of DNA repair in the PCSf

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium I/2018

Microbiology Seminar Series

Dormancy or growth under deep starvation conditions & Observing antimicrobial activities in single cells

SFB/Transregio TRR 174

SFB Mini Symposium

Microbiology Seminar Series

How to distribute multiple chromosomes along the hyphal cell?

SFB/Transregio TRR 174

Structure-function analysis of Cmu1, the secreted chorismate mutase from Ustilago maydis (PhD defense)

PhD Defense

SFB Mini Symposium

Microbiology Seminar Series

Studying the crossroads of iron metabolism and thiol redox balance

Special seminar

Structure, function, assembly and engineering of bacterial microcompartments

Microbiology Seminar Series

Elucidating the lipopolysaccharide biosynthetic pathway in Myxococcus xanthus

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Structural variation of type I-F CRISPR RNA guided DNA surveillance

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium VI/2017

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Hyphal growth in oscillation

SFB Mini Symposium

Microbiology Seminar Series

Northern wetlands: a world of unique microbes with difficult characters

SFB Mini Symposium

Cell-wall remodelling drives engulfment during sporulation in Bacillus subtilis

Microbiology Seminar Series

Solving the kinetochore structure of Schizosaccharomyces pombe with single molecules localization microscopy

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

About the creation and isolation of switching metabolic enzymes

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Metatranscriptomics reveals drainage effects on paddy soil microbiome across all three domains of life

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Chemotaxis towards autoinducer 2 mediates intra- and interspecies behaviors of Escherichia coli

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

C A N C E L L E D - Postponed to 20.11.2017

Microbiology Seminar Series

Stabilizing engineered microbial populations - about the benefit of being dynamic

Special seminar

SFB Mini Symposium

Microbiology Seminar Series

Degradation of aromatic compounds activates stress and reduces biofilm formation in bacteria

Special seminar

All you never wanted to know about cooperative 2-electron transitions but should definitely dare to ask

Microbiology Seminar Series

SFB Mini Symposium

Microbiology Seminar Series

Rhodopsins - the green light sensing component of the fungal eye

SFB Mini Symposium

In-House Career Day

TEM studies of plant-fungus interactions

Special seminar

Effector proteins from the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae provide novel insight into plant-pathogen interactions

Microbiology Seminar Series

Lantibiotic resistance in the human pathogen Streptococcus agalactiae

Microbiology Seminar Series

Speakers from Academia and Industry (see below)

Microbiology Seminar Series
Attendance at the symposium is free of charge, but registration is required. Please register here: http://synmikro.com/news/events/biofilms-in-nature-technology-and-medicine-symposium-2017/registration.html

Redox-sensing mechanisms under infection conditions in Staphylococcus aureus

SFB Mini Symposium

SR1, the first dual-function sRNA from Bacillus subtilis. Base-pairing and peptide functions

SFB Mini Symposium

Plant developmental rewiring during the AM symbiosis

SFB Mini Symposium

Deviation from the norm: eukaryotic microbes with two kinds of nuclei and alternative genetic codes

Special seminar

The beauvericin cluster in Fusarium fujikuroi is controlled by a network of pathway-specific and global regulators

Microbiology Seminar Series: SFB Mini Symposium

Pseudomonas aeruginosa lifestyles, bacterial warfare and novel antimicrobials

Microbiology Seminar Series: SFB Mini Symposium

The hidden cost of enzyme catalysis

Microbiology Seminar Series

Establishing M. xanthus cell polarity

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Robust Population control in Synthetic Communities

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Graduate Students Mini Symposium IV/2017

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Tool engineering for synthetic microbial consortia for metabolic engineering

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium
In this talk I describe various problems involving the intersections of fluid mechanics, bacterial biofilms and physical chemistry. I first highlight our studies of the influence of fluid motion on surface-attached bacteria and biofilms, where we identify and characterize upstream migration of surface-attached bacteria in a flow. Second, I highlight the influence of flow on quorum sensing, which refers to bacterial communication and collective behavior regulated by secreted chemicals. Our results suggest that bacterial colonization and biofilm development under flow can lead to heterogeneous QS activation, which promotes diversity in the genetic programs that bacteria enact. As a consequence, genetically identical bacteria exhibit different behaviours at particular regions and at particular times under flow. Finally, I describe an out-of-equilibrium consequence of concentration gradients, which, perhaps surprisingly, allow movement of particles (e.g. vesicles, DNA) in simple geometries. In particular, with salt gradients, via a mechanism referred to as diffusiophoresis, we can remove particles from dead-end pores or deliver particles into such pores. We explore the phenomenon using experiments and modeling. We close by posing the question if there might be broader consequences of these out-of-equilibrium physical chemistry ideas in biological contexts.

Synthesis, import and export of ectoines

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Engineering of CO2 fixing reaction cascades to synthesize a diverse library of polyketide extender units

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Dynamic biofilm architecture confers individual and collective mechanisms of phage protection

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Towards biomimetic cell division: In vitro reconstitution of segregation

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Adhesins in Candida glabrata

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Graduate Students Mini Symposium III/2017

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Eyes of blue: Bacterial photoreceptors with multiple sensing and output functions

Microbiology Seminar Series: SFB Mini Symposium

Light and the life of bacteria - examples from Amsterdam

Microbiology Seminar Series: SFB Mini Symposium

Cell-states-dependent changes in cellular K+ determines protein activity in Escherichia coli

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Bacterial chemotaxis towards compounds in the gut

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Diversification of gene expression in Escherichia coli biofilms

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Graduate Students Mini Symposium II/2017

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Effect of the environmental temperature on gene expression and motility system of E. coli¤

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

The development of synthetic CO2 fixation pathways

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Coupling chemosensory array formation and localization

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Regulation of type IV pili asymmetry in Myxococcus xanthus¤

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Graduate Students Mini Symposium I/2017

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Noise control in signaling pathways

Graduate Students Mini-Symposium

Microbial symbionts of leaf-cutting ants (Atta and Acromyrmex)

Microbiology Seminar Series
Leaf-cutting ants harvest substantial amounts of leaf material to cultivate a specialized fungus for food (Leucoagaricus). This complex symbiosis includes at least four coevolved organisms: the farming ants, their fungal crop, a specialized mycoparasite of the ant’s fungal gardens (Escovopsis), and actinomycete bacteria (Pseudonocardia) that the ants culture on their bodies to obtain antibiotics against the parasites. We described an additional symbiosis with Nitrogen-fixing bacteria that colonize the fungus gardens and contribute to supplement the ants’ nutrition. Our present research efforts in Costa Rica focus on potential biotechnological applications of the ants’ microbial symbionts, including bioprospecting for new antibiotics and developing microbial-based biocontrol strategies.

Metabolite cross-feeding in synthetic microbial communities: from ecology to biotechnological applications

Microbiology Seminar Series: SFB Mini Symposium

Drivers of assembly and coexistence in communities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi - the scale matters!

Microbiology Seminar Series: SFB Mini Symposium
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi are asexual, obligately symbiotic fungi with unique morphology and genomic structure, which occupy a dual niche, that is, the soil and the host root. Consequently, the direct adoption of models for community assembly developed for other organism groups is not evident. Based on recent studies using high throughput molecular methods and their findings, I will give an overview on the factors driving AM fungal community assembly at different scales. By synthesizing these findings, I will show how modern coexistence and assembly theory can be adapted to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and that hierarchical spatial structure of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities should be explicitly taken into account in future studies. This conceptual framework developed for arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi is also adaptable for other host-associated microbial communities.

Coevolutionary strategies in tripartite host-virus-virophage systems

Bacterial Modern Mass Spectrometric Methods in Life Science Research

Microbiology Seminar Series: SFB Mini Symposium

From commensalism to pathogenicity: stages of Candida albicans infections

Microbiology Seminar Series

Functional characterization of the Ustilago maydis virulence gene scp2 (PhD defense)

PhD Defense
„Horizon 2020” – The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is the main financial instrument supporting European research. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €77 billion budget, Horizon 2020 lays down the foundations for funding instruments that can be important for researchers of the Max Planck Institutes, such as Grants of the European Research Council or Marie Curie Fellowships.

Ploidy in prokaryotes: On the seldom cases of monoploidy and the many evolutionary advantages of polyploidy

SFB Mini Symposium

Bacterial small RNAs in regulatory circuits: interplay with transcription factors and mechanistic insights

SFB Mini Symposium

Delivery and activity of Phytophthora effectors that suppress plant immunity

2nd Career Day

Special seminar
9:15 to 9:20Organizers of the 2nd Career DayWelcome9:20 to 9:55Dr. Thomas BühlerSenior Manager Analytical Services Quality - Microbiology (CSL Behring. Marburg, Germany)9:55 to 10:30Dr. Valeria GrassoPlant Pathologist (Syngenta Crop Protection AG. Stein, Switzerland)10:30 to 11:05Dr.-Ing. Ute DechertUnit Head Organisation & Processes (Brain AG. Zwingenberg, Germany)11:20 to 11:55Dr. Kerstin Lassak Trainee Patent Attorney (V.O. Patents & Trademarks. Munich, Germany)11:55 to 12:30Patricia Krause Senior Account Specialist Inhouse Services (Randstad. Marburg, Germany)13:30 to 14:05Dr. Carol Bacchus Vice President & Publishing Director, Research (Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. Weinheim, Germany)14:05 to 14:40Aileen D’Oria Recruiter - Talent Acquisition EMEA (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Darmstadt, Germany)14:55 to 15:30Thomas Glaeser Senior Recruiter EMEA (Leica Microsystems CMS GmbH. Wetzlar, Germany)15:30 to 16:05Dr. Tomasz Neiner Change Control Specialist (Abbott. Wiesbaden, Germany)16:05 to 16:15Concluding remarks

The NAD-dependent FdsABG formate dehydrogenase from Cupriavidus necators

Special seminar

Inverse toeprinting - A new, high-throughput method for identifying and characterizing ribosome arresting peptides

SFB Mini Symposium

Signal transduction by reversible protein phosphorylation in the third domain of life

SFB Mini Symposium

Last but not least – Late cell division proteins in Caulobacter crescentus (PhD defense)

PhD Defense
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