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December 13-15, 2019 in Asilomar

The mission of the West Coast Bacterial Physiologists is to organize and promote an annual conference bringing together graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty in a relaxed setting. This international conference is an excellent venue for trainees to gain experience and confidence in formal research presentations, and to interact with other trainees and senior scientists who share similar research interests.

Additionally, four accomplished investigators are invited each year to present the John Ingraham Lectures in Microbial Physiology. All topics concerning the physiology of Bacteria and Archaea are discussed, including behavior, ecology, genetics, genomics, growth, metabolism, pathogenesis, phylogeny, regulation, structure, and symbiosis.


Keynote Speakers

  • Greg Ferry, (Penn State), “Biochemistry of a major player in the methane cycle, as viewed by standing on the shoulders of a giant: A tribute to Ralph S. Wolfe”
  • Cheryl Kerfeld, (LBNL), "Structural and Functional Diversity of Primitive Bacterial Organelles:  Bacterial Microcompartments"
  • Gordon Bennett, (UC Merced), “Evolving Integrated Symbioses between Insects and their Intracellular Bacteria”
  • Boo Shan Tseng, (UNLV) "Essential antagonism of anti-sigma factors.”

Sessions, lodging and meals are at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, a California State Park in Pacific Grove.

Four sessions of invited and submitted papers are planned to begin Friday evening and end Sunday noon. As usual, Saturday afternoon will be free for exploration and recreation.


This year there will be a special session Saturday after lunch, paying tribute to Professor Ralph Wolfe for his many contributions to anaerobic microbiology.