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Welcome to ICMP 2018

Welcome to ICMP 2018

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I am very happy to welcome all of you to the ISPR Conference on Microbial Photosynthesis, which will be held on the campus of the University of British Columbia August 9-12. This conference is sponsored by the International Society […]

Abstract Book

Abstract Book

ICMP Vancouver Abstract book is available for viewing and download here. Abstract books will NOT be printed for all delegates. If you would like a printed abstract book please return to the registration page and check out again with only the abstract book selected.

Sunday Poster Session – Sign Up

Sunday Poster Session – Sign Up

The posters will be up for the whole meeting, and we are doing something innovative on the last last poster session (Sunday afternoon) by creating a ‘poster dating’ website to allow people to reserve time to speak with a poster presenter. We hope that people take advantage of this and use the ample time of the sessions to speak with the poster presenters.

Please reserve your time with a poster  presenters here.

Presenters – if you are not available for a particular time slot please reserve your own time slots to inhibit others for signing up for them. This will allow you to self manage your schedule.

Friday Lunch & Learn: Navigating qPCR assay design, What is the best chemistry for my application?

Friday Lunch & Learn: Navigating qPCR assay design, What is the best chemistry for my application?

During the Friday, August 10th lunch break delegates are invited to a special seminar presented by IDT. Utilizing the most appropriate experimental reagents for your research question can facilitate success. qPCR is a tried-and-true method widely used in research, diagnostics and industry. However, there are […]

ICMP Last Chance Abstract Submission for Poster

ICMP Last Chance Abstract Submission for Poster

We have opened the final call for abstracts for posters for ICMP. The deadline is end of the day, July 6.  After that, no more submissions will be accepted, because we must finalize the abstract book in advance of the conference. Abstract Submission Guidelines • Abstracts […]

ICMP Schedule

ICMP Schedule

The conference venue is the Life Sciences Centre. Campus Map available at http://maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index.php

Day 1: Thursday, August 9

Start End Session/Speaker Title/Place
14.00 18.30 Registration This will take place in the LSI West Atrium
16.30 17.45 Reception This will take place in the LSI West Atrium
17.45 17.55 Welcome This will take place in LSI1
17.55 18.30 Keynote: J. Zehr N2-fixing symbiosis between cyanobacteria and a unicellular alga: evolution and metabolic interactions

Day 2: Friday, August 10

Start End Session/Speaker Title
8.30 9.05 Keynote: C. Kerfeld From evolution to engineering of the Orange Carotenoid Protein
9.05 10.20 Morning Session 1 Antenna, Light Harvesting, & Regulation 1
9.05 9.35 Chair & Invited: G. Schlau-Cohen Impact of the membrane on the dynamics of photosynthetic light harvesting
9.35 9.50 R. Radakovits Characterizing the light harvesting apparatus of Nannochloropsis gaditana
9.50 10.05 H.-Y. Chen Excitation energy quenching by a cysteine-mediated mechanism in IsiA in cyanobacteria
10.05 10.20 F. Perozeni Molecular mechanism for NPQ induction in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
10.20 10.40 coffee break
10.40 12.05 Morning Session 2 Evolution, Symbioses, & New Things
10.40 10.55 Chair: M. Roth

A molecular switch for oxygenic photosynthesis and metabolism in a green alga

10.55 11.20 Invited: D. Bryant Microbial mats of Mushroom Spring, Yellowstone National Park, WY, USA: a panoply of chlorophototrophs and their friends
11.20 11.35 M. Koblížek Utilization of light energy in novel phototrophic bacterium Gemmatimonas phototrophica
11.35 11.50 B. Green What happened to the phycobilisome: Losses, replacements and repurposing in the evolution of photosynthetic eukaryotes
11.50 12.05 G. Orf A plausible evolutionary trajectory for the photosynthetic reaction centers: insight from the heliobacterial reaction center
12.05 13.35 Lunch
12.30 13.30 Lunch & Learn presented by IDT Navigating qPCR assay design, What is the best chemistry for my application?

Advanced Registration appreciated.

13.35 14.50 Afternoon Session Biogenesis & Pigment Synthesis
13.35 14.05 Chair & Invited: J. Golbeck Engineered Biosynthesis of Bacteriochlorophyll gF in Rhodobacter sphaeroides
14.05 14.20 W. Vermaas Following thylakoid biogenesis in cyanobacteria by means of stable-isotope labeling of proteins and lipids
14.20 14.35 A. Hunnestad Investigating iron uptake strategies by studying iron distribution in Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 under different iron conditions
14.35 14.50 S. Masuda Impact of the stringent response for controlling photosynthesis and chloroplast function in photosynthetic microorganisms
14.50 15.25 Keynote: A. Worden Strategies of the microbial eukaryote for life and photosynthesis adrift in the sea
15.25 18.15 Posters Poster session A (with refreshments)

Day 3: Saturday, August 11

Start End Session/Speaker Title
8.30 9.05 Keynote: J. Zhao Structural basis of phycobilisomes for light harvesting and energy transfer
9.05 10.20 Morning Session 1 Light-driven Electron transfer and Reaction Centers
9.05 9.35 Chair & Invited: M. Gunner The role of the protein in modifying the S- state energies in the oxygen evolving complex.
9.35 9.50 H. Ishikita Redox potentials of chlorophylls in both electron transfer pathways in photosynthetic reaction centers
9.50 10.05 M. Gorka Mimicking low temperatures in photosystem I using a room temperature trehalose glass
10.05 10.20 C. Gates PSII crystals reveal new processes in photosynthetic water oxidation: Discovery of multiple flash periods in the catalytic cycle
10.20 10.40 coffee break
10.40 11.05 Invited: P. King Control of photosynthetic electron flux through the integration of peripheral redox reactions with photosynthetic electron transport
11.05 12.20 Morning Session 2 Antenna, Light Harvesting, & Regulation 2
11.05 11.35 Chair & Invited: W. Schluchter Competition between differentially expressed enzymes controls light color acclimation in marine Synechococcus
11.35 11.50 Y. Lee Ultrafast two-dimensional electronic spectroscopic studies of Cyanobacterial photosystem I complexes
11.50 12.05 D. Bennett Structure-based model of Photosystem II light harvesting in the presence of qE
12.05 12.20 S. Savikhin Accessing excitonic structure of a photosynthetic Fenna-Matthews-Olson pigment-protein complex by time-resolved circular dichroism spectroscopy
12.20 13.50 Lunch
13.50 15.15 Afternoon Session Ecology & Ecophysiology of Phototrophs
13.50 14.05 Chair: A. García-Costas Metagenomics and metatranscriptomics analyses reveal ecophysiology and diversity of chlorophototrophs in a hot spring microbial mat
14.05 14.30 Invited: P. Tortell Autonomous measurements of phytoplankton electron transport, carbon fixation and growth in oceanic waters
14.30 14.45 B. Lucker

Enriched Genomic Loci (EGL) mapping: Identification of genomic loci enabling increased photosynthetic efficiency and environmental fitness in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

14.45 15.00 M. Kosugi Ecophysiological properties of the terrestrial green alga, Prasiola crispa, under severe environments in Antarctica
15.00 15.15 V. Jassey Mixotrophic protist photosynthesis, an overlooked but important aspect of the peatland carbon cycle
15.15 15.40 Invited: G. Peers The physiology of photoautotophic microbes in fluctuating light
15.40 18.30 Posters Poster session B (with refreshments)

Day 4: Sunday, August 12

Start End Session/Speaker  Title
8.30 9.55 Morning Session 1 Synthetic and Systems Biology of Metabolism & Biofuels
8.30 8.45 Chair: N. Boyle Development of advanced multi-scale multi-paradigm metabolic models to investigate cellular physiology
8.45 9.10 Invited: J. Young Novel stable isotope approaches to identify flux bottlenecks in photosynthetic microbes
9.10 9.25 K. Amarnath Circadian regulation interacts with natural changes in light to optimize resource allocation
in cyanobacteria
9.25 9.40 A. Kanygin Photosystem I-hydrogenase for in vivo biohydrogen production
9.40 9.55 L. Po-Cheng Engineering cyanobacteria for increased production of a monoterpene
9.55 10.15 coffee break
10.15 11.40 Morning Session 2 Light-driven Electron transfer and Photosynthetic Products
10.15 10.30 Session Chair: J. Cameron

Source-sink regulation of photosynthesis in single-cell derived lineages of cyanobacteria

10.30 10.55 Invited: I. Yacoby Resolving the in vivo mechanisms governing the inhibition of algal hydrogenase
10.55 11.10 S. Viola Development of Electrochromic Shift measurements in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus PCC7942
11.10 11.25 J. Murray Structural basis of Calvin cycle regulation by CP12
11.25 11.40 A. Hippmann Chloroplast-mitochondria cross-talk in diatoms: A proteomics study of the effects of Cu limitation on global metabolic pathways in an oceanic diatom
11.40 12.05 Invited: R. Burnap NDH-1 Complexes in Cyanobacteria: How are they coupled to CO2-uptake? Are they reversible?
12.05 13.35 Lunch
13.35 15.00 Afternoon Session Antenna, Light Harvesting, & Regulation 3
13.35 13.50 Chair: N. Keren Probing photosynthetic energy transfer at the quantum/classical border
13.50 14.15 Invited: R. Croce Photoprotection in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
14.15 14.30 A. Pandit Conformational dynamics of a photosynthetic light-harvesting complex in native thylakoid membranes
14.30 14.45 B. Wolf Photoacclimation in a newly isolated Eustigmatophyte alga capable of growth using far-red light
14.45 15.00 H. van Amerongen State transitions in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus 7942 involve reversible quenching of the photosystem II core
15.00 18.30 Posters Workshops & Poster session (pre-scheduled)
Early Bird & Oral Abstract Deadline EXTENDED – May 7

Early Bird & Oral Abstract Deadline EXTENDED – May 7

Due to some problems some people experienced with the registration system prior to April 30th deadline, we are extending Early Bird registration for 1 week. It will close at midnight Pacific time on Monday, May 7.  Please do not wait until the last minute to […]

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission

All attendees are encouraged to present their original work as oral or poster presentations. Note that the deadline for oral presentations is earlier (see below). Oral presentations are not guaranteed; if you request one, you will be informed as soon as the sessions are programmed. […]

Accommodations

Accommodations

ISPR 2018 Vancouver conference accommodations are available on campus at various price points from $55 to $219 CDN per night. All room rates include breakfast.

Delegates are encouraged to book early for the best rates.

Book here!

Keynotes announced

Keynotes announced

ISPR 2018 Vancouver is excited to announce our 4 keynotes Dr. Cheryl Kerfeld, Dr. Alexandra Worden, Dr. Jonathan Zehr, and Dr. Jindong Zhao.   Cheryl Kerfeld Hannah Distinguished Professor of Structural Bioengineering Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Lab Website Alexandra Worden Senior Scientist Research […]