The Program for the Fall Symposium: A Taste Of Bacteriophage

  • Megan Ulbrich, BS, PhD Candidate – “Special Delivery: A Novel Vibrio cholerae Protein Remodels Host Cytoskeletal Structures.”
  • Kathryn Kaufman, PhD – “Resolving the Structure of Phage-bacteria Interactions, from the Ocean to the Oral Microbiome”
  • Mark Gallo, PhD – “Isolation of Bacteriophage from Whitetail Deer, Odocoileus virginianus: I Study Deer Snot!”
  • Patrick Kenney, MD, MS – “Bacteriophage Discovery in Buffalo: Successes and Challenges”
  • Karen Maxwell, PhD – “Off-switches for CRISPR-Cas9: From Phage Biology to Biotechnology”
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The Program for the Spring Meeting:

  • Christina Hidalgo, MPH and Rebecca Hoelzl, MPH – “Extreme to Routine: Western Region Communicable Disease Updates”
  • Jonathan Lovell, Ph. D. – “Liposome-Display of Antigens: A Versatile Approach for Vaccine Development”
  • Alexis Morgenstern – “Type 2 Cytokines Diminish S. aureus Invasion of Basal Keratinocytes”
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The Program for the Fall Symposium:

  • Matthew J. Binnicker, Ph.D. – “Monkeypox: Epidemiology, Clinical Presentation and Diagnostic Testing”
  • Esther Babady, Ph. D. – “Clostridium difficile Epidemiology and Diagnostic Challenges”
  • Charles S. Berenson, M.D. – “SER-109, an oral microbiome therapy for recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection: Application of microbiome restoration to a critical clinical problem”
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The Program for the Spring Meeting:

  • Cesar de la Fuente, Ph. D. – “Artificial Intelligence Approaches for Antibiotic Discovery”
  • Thomas A. Russo, M.D. – “COVID: Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going Now”
  • John K. Crane, M.D., Ph.D. – “Case Presentation: “From Plaque to Peril: An Aggregation of Risk”
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The Program for the Fall/Winter Symposium:

  • Benjamin Pinsky, M.D., Ph.D. – “Testing for the Diagnosis and Monitoring of COVID-19”
  • Kimberlee A. Musser, Ph.D. – “Next Generation Sequencing for the Analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis”
  • Kenneth Alexander, M.D., Ph.D. – “Experiences with SARS-2 Coronavirus”
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The Program for the Spring Symposium:

  • Ann R. Falsey, M.D. – “Updates on COVID-19 Vaccination”
  • Patricia Diaz, DDS, Ph.D. – “Microbiome Interactions in the Mouth”
  • Howard Faden, M.D. – “Climate Change and Vector-Borne Diseases”
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Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at 6:00 PM.


Rachael Jacobson, M.S.
Senior Research Scientist,Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI), Buffalo, NY
“If you Give a Bug A Drug: The Role of Early Drug Discovery in the Resistance Era”

Chelsie E. Armbruster, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept Microbiology and Immunology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY
“Implications of Polymicrobial Urine Colonization in Catheterized Nursing Home Residents”

Mark P. Hicar, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of PediatricsDivision of Infectious Disease
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY
“Exploration of Kawasaki disease and multisystem inflammatory syndrome of children (MIS-C) related to COVID-19”

Presentations: 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Registration is FREE if you are a current WNY ASM member. WNY ASM regular and student members who paid branch dues at the 2019 Fall Meeting or online (years 2019 and 2020) are considered “current” branch members. 2021 dues can be submitted with the meeting registration form. Registration Deadline is Monday, November 30, 2020

Our Fall Menu:

Raw, Resistant, and Relevant for the Microbiology Connoisseur

Tuesday, Nov.5, 2019

University at Buffalo
Center for Tomorrow
Amherst, NY 14226


4:00 – 4:45 pm

4:45 – 5:45 pm

5:45 – 6:30 pm

6:30 – 6:45 pm

6:45 – 7:30pm

7:30 -8:15 pm


Edward G. Dudley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Food Science The Pennsylvania State University
Institute for Cyber Science
University Park, PA
“Make Mine Raw , Unprocessed, and Preservative-free, Please”

Karl O. A. Yu, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics University at Buffalo
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Pediatrics
Oishei Children’s Hospital
“Not MRSA….Not MSSA….but Somewhere in Between”

Christian P. Ahearn, Ph.D.
Erwin Neter Award Winner
Postdoctoral Scientist Center for Microbial Pathogenesis
Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus,Ohio
“Discovery of a putative nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae human respiratory invasin”

Dinner by Reservation and
WNY ASM Business Meeting

“Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Intervention: Case Presentations by New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)”

Registration Deadline: Oct 28, 2019