Asperfest 17

Sunday the 16th February 2020

Location: Sapienza University of Rome
Building: CU022 – Side: Botanica – Floor: Ground – Room: Giacomini

Registration and poster hang up, Poster and Welcome Reception sponsored by Novozymes Inc.

17:00 - 18:30Odd-numbered posters
18:30 - 20:00Even-numbered posters

Judging for Novozymes Student Poster Prize, coordinated by Ling Lu, Nanjing Normal University, Poster session Chair
Poster take down

Monday the 17th February 2020

Location: Sapienza University of Rome
Building: CU022 – Side: Genetica – Floor: Ground – Room: Montalenti

Session I
Chair: Richard Todd, Kansas State University – Norio Takeshita, University of Tsukuba

09:00 - 09:15Welcome, introductions and announcements
09:15 - 10:451. Oier Etxebeste - University of the Basque Country
Transcriptional networks controlling asexual development in Aspergillus nidulans: An evolutionary perspective

2. Hubertus Haas - Innsbruck Medical University
Iron sensing in Aspergillus fumigatus

3. Neta Shlezinger - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Fungal-host interactions: A duel to the (cell) death

4. Levente Karaffa - University of Debrecen
Aspergillus terreus itaconic acid fermentation: the physiology behind key technological parameters
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break

Session II
Chair: Richard Todd, Kansas State University.

11:15 - 11:30N. Louise Glass - UC Berkeley
Developing a high-throughput functional genomics platform for Aspergillus flavus
11:30 - 11:45Fabio Gsaller - Innsbruck Medical University
Genetic engineering of fungi exploiting pyrimidine salvage pathway-based self-encoded selectable markers

Flash talks
Chair: Nancy Keller, University of Wisconsin – Michelle Momany, University of Georgia

11:45 -12:15
Speed pitches (3 min) to posters
1. Ignacio Bravo-Plaza - Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas
Identification of the guanine nucleotide exchange factor for SAR1 in the filamentous fungal model Aspergillus nidulans

2. Eszter Bokor - University of Szeged
The nicotinic acid pathway of Aspergillus nidulans includes a reversible conversion to 6-hydroxynicotinic acid

3. Shoki Fujita - Tohoku University
CreD ubiquitination required for endocytic degradation of the maltose transporter MalP in Aspergillus oryzae

4. Sandra Garrigues - Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute
Combinatorial control of transcription factors involved in sugar beet pulp utilization in the industrially relevant fungus Aspergillus niger

5. Mamun Md. Abdulla Al - The University of Tokyo
Identification of novel proteins for fungal cell-to-cell communication by localization screening from multicellularity-specific uncharacterized genes

6. Hajer Alshraim Alshammri - The University of Manchester
A rapid CRISPR-mediated Tet-Off system reveals the phosphoinositide kinases Stt4 and Mss4 are essential for viability of Aspergillus fumigatus

7. Amelia Barber - University of Wuerzburg
Comparative genomics of Aspergillus fumigatus and the influence of agriculture on ecology and azole resistance

8. Matthew Blango - Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology
Aspergillus fumigatus elicits host-derived extracellular vesicles upon infection

9. Peter Punt - Dutch DNA Biotech & Leiden University
Rewiring metabolic pathways for organic acid production in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus niger
12:15 - 12:45David Roos - FungiDB update
Community directions discussion; Elections
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch

Session III. Talks from Abstracts
Chair: David Canovas, University of Seville – Nir Osherov, Tel Aviv University

14:00 -14:15Sjoerd Seekles - Leiden University
The effect of cultivation temperature on the heat resistance of Aspergillus niger conidia
14:15 - 14:30Irene Picazo - Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas
Effects of ambient alkaline pH on gene expression: a key regulatory role for the cation-homeostasis transcription factor SltA
14:30 - 14: 45Danielle Weaver - University of Manchester
Uncovering long non-coding RNA associated with drug response in Aspergillus fumigatus
14:45 - 15:00Gayan Abeysinghe - University of Tsukuba
Exploring the variety of interactions between Fungi and Bacteria
15:00 - 15:15Sayoko Oiki - University of Tsukuba
Cellular response to farnesol and the role of nitric oxide production in Aspergillus fumigatus
15:15 - 15:30Paul Schäpe - TU-Berlin
Harnessing transcriptomic data to predict the function of proteins in the microbial cell factory Aspergillus niger
15:30 - 15:45Anezia Kourkoulou - National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
UapA-membrane lipid interactions are crucial for ER-exit, dimerization, function and expression of mammalian transporters in A. nidulans
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break

Pontecorvo Lecture (sponsored by Zymergen)
Chair: Norio Takeshita, University of Tsukuba – Benjamin Knox, Zymergen, Inc.

16:15 -17:00Katsuya Gomi - Tohuku University
How the koji mold Aspergillus oryzae produces amylolytic enzymes?
17:00 - 17:30 Election results; Novozymes student poster prizes; other discussion items
17:30 Dismiss