Featured Speakers

This conference has been rescheduled for October 9-12, 2022.

2022 Featured Speakers

Dr. Andreas Peschel, PhD, is a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Microbiology at the University of Tübingen and is head of the Infection Biology Department within the Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine Tübingen, Germany (IMIT).  Dr. Peschel is internationally recognized for his research on staphylococcal biology with emphasis on nasal colonization, teichoic acids, and evasion of antimicrobial defense mechanisms.  He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications including groundbreaking studies on the underlying principles of S. aureuscolonization, metabolic adaptation, and resistance to host antimicrobial peptides. Please visit his website for further information.

Dr. Drusilla Burns, PhD, is Deputy Director of the Division of Bacterial, Parasitic, and Allergenic Products within the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the United States Food and Drug Administration.  She has led a research program in the field of bacterial pathogenesis at the FDA for over 30 years. Dr. Burns’s research focuses on bacterial toxins and bacterial vaccines, including vaccines against anthrax, Staphylococcus aureus, and pertussis.  In particular, she has made major discoveries into the mechanisms of action of bacterial toxins, host responses to these toxins, as well as the immunological responses to vaccines based on the toxins.  She has over 100 publications in these research areas.  Please visit her website for further information.

Dr. Shonna McBride, PhD is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Emory University School of Medicine.  Dr. McBride’s internationally recognized research program seeks to identify mechanisms used by Clostridioides difficile to colonize its host with a focus on understanding the regulation of sporulation initiation.  Her work has resulted in the identification of a genetic pathway that modulates initiation of sporulation through nutrient deprivation via the Opp/App permeases and identification of a novel regulator of sporulation and toxin production, RstA.  Please visit her website for further information.

Dr. Jose Lemos, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Biology at University of Florida College of Dentistry.  He is internationally recognized for his exceptional work to understand how dental pathogens adapt to the oral microenvironment in order to survive.  His studies center on the stress response signaling and gene regulatory pathways of E. faecalis and S. mutans, adaptations of S. mutans to low pH, and the mode of action of dental pathogens in non-oral diseases.  This work has had a major impact on our understanding of gram-positive pathogens in the setting of the oral environment. Please visit his website for further information.