fungal hyphae in microfluidic device

Scientific Programme

09:30-09:45 Arrivals and tea/coffee

09:45-10:00 Introductions and network overview

10:00 to 11:30 Session 1: Engineering and Biotechnology

Session Chairs: Claire Stanley and Rodrigo Ledesma Amaro

10:00 Keynote Speaker 1

Rodrigo Ledesma Amaro: Yeast metabolic engineering: towards a sustainable bioeconomy

10:30 Elevator Talks

Tom Ellis: Synthetic biology in pursuit of a minimal yeast cell cycle

Eliza Atkinson: Engineering yeast consortia for division of labour in substrate utilisation

Mohamed Almarei: Investigating anaerobic growth in the obligate aerobe Yarrowia lipolytica

Petr Sherin: New insights in the internal life of yeast by Fluorescent Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM)

Léa Bernier: Microorganisms-on-a-Chip: deciphering the responsiveness of spore communities

Tara Hameed: In silico modelling of IFNg therapies for invasive aspergillosis

David Moyes: Metabolic reprogramming and the mycobiome

Kazuhiro Ito: Inhaled antifungal agents: paradigm shift in the treatment of pulmonary mycosis

Highlight Ten Feizi: Glycobiology of fungal infection

11:30 Coffee Break

11:45 to 13:15 Session 2: Plants, Fungi and Ecology

Session Chairs: Martin Bidartondo and Ioly Kotta-Loizou

11:45 Keynote Speaker 2

David Johnson (virtual): The functioning of underground fungal networks

12:15 Elevator talks

Pietro Spanu: Cross-kingdom RNA exchanges in plant-fungus interactions

Guillaume Delhaye: Fungal community ecology

Yasin Tumtas: Reprogramming of plant endomembrane transport during plant-pathogen interactions

Felix Richter: Spores-on-a-Chip: investigations on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi using novel microfluidic technology

Sam Shepherd: Plant NLR trafficking during oomycete infections

Amelie Brackin: Environmental acquisition of azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus (ARAf) in chronic respiratory diseases

Ali Versi: Microbiome-host interaction in U-BIOPRED

Bernadette Byrne: Understanding how a fungal transporter works and exploring its potential as a drug target

Highlight Ioly Kotta-Loizou: Fungal viruses

13:15-14:00 Lunch

14:00 Session 3: Host-pathogen interactions

Session Chairs: Anand Shah and Darius Armstrong-James

14:00 Keynote Speaker 3

Mike Bromley: Can functional genomics facilitate the development of better antifungals?

14:30 Elevator Talks

James Griffiths: IL-1: A central mediator in Candida immunity

David Peters: Silencing of innate immunity by Candida albicans

Jonathan Richardson: Solving the Candida conundrum: toxins, vaccines, and host responses

Neil McCarthy: Gamma deltas, guts and bugs

Tom Williams: Modelling cell death responses to Aspergillus fumigatus in cystic fibrosis

Meg Coleman and Richard Wilson: Antifungal stewardship at Imperial College Healthcare

Sarah Laverty: Down-regulation of Aspergillus fumigatus-induced IFNβ and IFN𝝀1 expression in cystic fibrosis bronchial epithelial cells is partially rescued by CFTR modulator treatment

Aran Singanayagam: Using human challenge studies to understand the complex microbial interactions that dictate exacerbation severity in chronic lung disease

Jesus Rodriguez Manzano: Novel diagnostics for clinical and point-of-care applications

Bethany McCann: Reverse engineering Aspergillus pH signalling for anti-fungal drug discovery

Highlight Leah Cuthbertson: Machine learning for exploring microbial inter-kingdom associations in cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis

15:30 Coffee Break

15:45 to 16:45 Breakout Sessions

15:45 Breakout Session 1

16:05 Breakout Session 2

16:25 Breakout Session 3

16:45 Wrap up and prizes

17:00 Retire to Beit Quad Union Bar

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