JAMS10 will showcase landmark talks from international and local leaders in the microbiological field. These talks will be complemented by a stimulating two day program, including panel discussions (day one featuring the founding members of JAMS and day 2 an expert industry panel), engaging student poster competitions, trade displays from our valued sponsors, and ample opportunities to outreach and network with prominent scientific community members. A virtual conference centre has been created especially for this event. Known as “JAMS Town”, this interactive online space is complete with virtual meeting rooms, trade and poster displays which you can explore and interact with using a personalised avatar.

Universiti Malaya
University of Bath
University of Vienna
Monash University
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Technical University of Denmark
Montana State University
National University of Singapore
Radboud University
University of Aberdeen
Radboud University
University of Ibadan
California Institute of Technology
Universiti Malaya
University of Vienna
Universiti Putra Malaysia
San Diego State University
Boston College

Talk Title: SARS-CoV-2 on Surfaces

Forest Rohwer is a Fellow of the American Academy for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) and professor of biology at San Diego State University.

Talk Title: Wastewater-based surveillance for COVID-19, and beyond

Janelle Thompson is an Associate Professor at the Asian School of the Environment at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is also a principal investigator at the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE). Her lab works on topics in water quality and extremophile biotechnology.

Talk Title: Down the Rabbit Hole: Is genomic sequencing in the fungal tree of life going to rewrite our understanding of mycology ?

Dr. Jonathan Plett is a senior lecturer in plant-microbe interactions at Western Sydney University, Australia.

Speaker : Dr Eli Mrkusich, Segment Marketing Manager, Illumina APJ

Talk Title: Illumina's Response to the Pandemic - a Global Perspective

Eli Mrkusich is committed to accelerating the adoption of genomics in microbiology research, infectious disease testing and the microbiome.  Eli manages a team of segment marketing managers across Asia Pacific and Japan. Eli joined Illumina in 2015 and is responsible for marketdevelopment and outbound marketing activities for the Precision Health business across AsiaPacific. Eli completed his PhD in neuroscience and molecular biology in 2005 and had six yearspost-doctoral experience at the University of Melbourne before joining the biotech industry. Eliis based in Melbourne, Australia.

Talk Title: Investigasting the pathogenic processes of Chlamydia and improving treatment.


Dr Willa Huston is an Associate Professor researching the molecular microbiology of the intracellular pathogen Chlamydia. Her research is focussed on the pathogenesis and disease of these organisms, particularly how the organism is involved in infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease in women. Her research is also focussed on improved and new strategies for treatment and diagnosis of chlamydia. 

The JAMS founders panel will feature the original JAMS members: Mike Manefield, Ian Paulsen, Michael Kertesz, Andy Holmes and Federico Lauro. Origin stories will be shared as well as reflections on how JAMS and the wider microbiological community has progressed over the last decade.

Talk Title: How specific are functional genes in detoxifying halogenated organic pollutants

Dr. Jianzhong He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore.

Talk Title: New microbial nitrogen and methane cycle anaerobes for a better health and environment

Prof Jetten is a world leader in the field of environmental microbiology. He did his PhD (1991) at Wageningen University NL, on aceticlastic methanogens, followed by a post doc at MIT on metabolic engineering of amino acid producers.

Talk Title: 400 Million years of symbiosis in marine lucinid clams

Jillian is Associate Professor at the Center for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science, University of Vienna.

Talk Title: Novel insights into the ecophysiology of nitrifying microorganisms

Holger Daims is a Professor at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Talk Title: Machine Learning for rapid geographical source attribution of Salmonella Enteritidis infections

Dr Lauren Cowley has been a prize fellow of bioinformatics at the University of Bath since September 2018. Prior to joining Bath, Lauren worked at Public Health England for 4 years and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for 2 years.

Talk Title : From Detection to Predicting Infectious Disease and Antibiotic Resistance Outcomes: Employing Experimental Evolution, Omics-Stress Mapping and Computational Biology to Determine and Predict What Matters in Antibiotic Resistance.

Dr. Van Opijnen and his lab focus on the development and application of experimental and computational Systems Biology tools to study infectious diseases as complete systems while in interaction with their environment (e.g. the host and/or drugs).

Talk Title: Context matters: agathokakological roles for redox-active "antibiotics"

Dianne Newman began her professional training as an environmental microbiologist at MIT in the laboratory of a geochemist but was introduced to bacterial genetics midway through graduate school.

Talk Title: Diversity, ecophysiology, and activity of uncultured and newly cultured archaea in Yellowstone hot springs.

Roland Hatzenpichler earned his M.Sc. (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) in microbial ecology in the lab of Michael Wagner at the University of Vienna (Austria). From 2011-2016, he was a postdoc with Victoria Orphan at the California Institute of Technology.

Talk Title: Crowdsourcing Insight into the Ancient Enterococcus Problem

Ashlee M. Earl is a research scientist and senior group leader for the Bacterial Genomics Group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she is an institute scientist. Within the Broad Institute’s Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases and Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program, Earl is working to understand the relationship between microbes and human health including how multi-drug resistant pathogens emerge and spread.

Talk Title: Finding the sweet spot in group A streptococcal infection

Associate Professor Martina Sanderson-Smith is a molecular microbiologist leading a research team at the University of Wollongong. Her research is focused on molecular bacteriology, including AMR transmission, virulence mechanisms of the human pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes, with specific interests in interactions between S. pyogenes and the host fibrinolytic system, the role of host glycan s in bacterial infection, mechanisms of innate immune resistance, host susceptibility to infection and biofilm formation.

Panel session: Microbiologist Life Outside Academia

Academia is challenging and exciting, however, during the early years of a career in microbiology, it can be hard to meet those microbiologists who have left the lab, departed the world of university, and are putting their skills to non-academic opportunities. We have arranged a panel of interesting people whose training as microbiologists has led them to interesting jobs outside of the academic sphere. What do they do? How have their skills and training helped and hindered? Do they have advice for those looking for something new and different to what they have done to this point in their career? Let's find out in this exciting panel session!

Talk Title : Making Medicines from the Microbiome

Dr. Samuel Forster leads the Microbiota and Systems Biology Laboratory within the Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases.

Talk Title: Sticky business: Attachment and release by an exceptional bacterial colonizer

Iruka Okeke is a Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Fellow of the Nigerian and African Academies of Science.

Talk Title: Molecular identification and characterisation of novel nitrifying microorganisms

Sebastian Lücker is an assistant professor at the Department of Microbiology at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Talk Title: Why do bacteria produce antibiotics?

Lone is a professor in bacterial ecophysiology and biotechnology and is leading a Center of excellence on microbial secondary metabolites (

Talk Title: Scientific vs. technical challenges in microbial ecology: a question of approach

Jim Prosser is Emeritus Professor in Environmental Microbiology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen.

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