Microbiome Day Symposium 2023
July 12, 2023 * CILSE 101 * 9 AM to 5 PM
Join us for a great day of student and faculty talks, a panel featuring industry leaders in microbial science, and plenty of social time to network and chat with fellow microbial scholars!
Dr. Sue Ishaq
Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
University of Maine
Dr. Andrea Watson
Bioinformatics Scientist II at Vedanta Biosciences, Andrea uses next-generation sequencing, multi omics, and data science to support the development of defined bacterial consortia to treat infectious and immune-mediated diseases. Andrea is passionate about solving interesting biological puzzles while maintaining reproducibility and FAIR data principles. Having transitioned from the wet lab to computational work, she has a well-rounded perspective that gives her an appreciation for interdisciplinary collaborations. Andrea received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Chicago and a B.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Biochemistry, from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Sarah Davies
The Davies lab studies our changing climate and the ongoing anthropogenic habitat modifications that threaten natural ecosystems worldwide. In response to these threats, a species has four choices: i) remain in the natal habitat but suffer reduced fitness, ii) acclimate to current conditions by modifying their physiologies, iii) adapt to the local environment through natural selection on standing genetic variation, or iv) disperse to new, more favorable environments. Research in the Davies lab studies the potential roles of acclimation, adaptation, and dispersal in an organism’s response to rapid climate change. Research in the Davies lab integrates eco-evolutionary experiments with genomic and environmental data to determine how corals and their symbionts interact with each other and their environments to determine symbiosis outcomes under rapid climate change.