2012 - Mighty Microbes From Menace to Marvel

A Celebration of Richard Novick On The Occasion of His 80th Birthday

Friday, September 28, 2012 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Farkas Auditorium

NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Ave., New York, NY

The 2012 Skirball Symposium is open to the public. Registration is not required.

The 2012 Skirball Symposium, “Mighty Microbes: From Menace to Marvel", will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in quorum sensing, bacterial transposable elements, plasmid biology, microbial pathogenesis, biofilms, cell cycle control, and epigenetic control of gene expression to report recent breakthroughs in microbiological research. This year's symposium is being held in honor of Dr. Richard Novick, Recanati Family Professor of Science at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine and the NYU School of Medicine, who has made lasting and fundamental contributions to the understanding of bacterial genetics and regulation, plasmids and antibiotic resistance, toxic shock syndrome and the biology of staphylococcal virulence.



8:00 – 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast – Farkas Lobby

9:00 AM



Robert I. Grossman, M.D.
Saul J. Farber Dean and Chief Executive Officer
NYU Langone Medical Center


Dafna Bar-Sagi, Ph.D
Vice-Dean for Science and Chief Scientific Officer
NYU Langone Medical Center




Ruth Lehmann, Ph.D
Director, The Skirball Institute
NYU School of Medicine


Mobile DNA

9:15 AM

"Tales of Transposons"
Nancy Craig
John Hopkins University School of Medicine, HHMI

10:00 AM

"Plasmids: diversity, structure and design"
Fernando de la Cruz
Universidad de Cantabria, Spain

10:45 AM

Coffee Break

Bacterial Cell Biology

11:05 AM

"Going Green"
Richard Losick
Harvard Medical School, HHMI

11:50 AM

"Systems Architecture of Bacterial Cell Cycle Control"
Ochoa Lecture
Lucy Shapiro
Stanford University School of Medicine

12:35 PM

Lunch Break

Quorum Sensing

2:00 PM

"Manipulating Quorum Sensing to Control Bacterial Pathogenicity"
Bonnie Bassler
Princeton University, HHMI

2:45 PM

"Collaborative studies of Agr via the "FDR": when organic chemistry and microbiology collide"
Tom W. Muir
Princeton University


3:30 PM

"Patterns of recognition by the pathogen and the host"
Ralph R. Isberg
Tufts University School of Medicine, HHMI

4:15 PM

"Deciphering epigenetic control mechanisms in bacterial pathogens with single molecule DNA sequencing"
Matthew K. Waldor
Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School, HHMI

5:00 PM

Closing – Sir Mark Richmond
University College, London

The 2012 Skirball Institute Thirteenth Annual Symposium is organized by Ruth Lehmann, Dan Littman and Bonnie Bassler (Princeton University)

Direct all inquiries to Laura E. Rivera 212-263-3289