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71st Annual Meeting North Central Branch of the American Society for Microbiology

Friday, October 7 at 12:00 AM
Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

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President – 
Interim vice president for Research, professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Des Moines University

Vice president –
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, Des Moines University

Secretary –
Assistant professor, Microbiology and Immunology, Des Moines University

Treasurer –
Assistant professor, Microbiology and Immunology, Des Moines University


Friday, October 7, 2011
8 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Yersinia enterocoliticaVirulence: The Cost of Doing Business
Andrew J. Darwin, Ph.D.
Associate professor, Microbiology, NYU School of Medicine
9:30 a.m. Poster Session
10:45 a.m. Break
11 a.m. Microbial Biology on Leaves: A Model for Understanding how Bacterial Interactions with a Host Intersect with Environmental Stress Tolerance
Gwyn Beattie, Ph.D.
Professor, Robert Earle Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Bacteriology for Research and Nomenclature, Iowa State University
12 p.m. Lunch and Poster Session
1 p.m. Oral Presentations
2:15 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Oral Presentations
4 p.m. Adjourn
DMU Campus Tour (optional) – 50 minutes

  • Biomedical Lab
  • SIM Lab
  • Surgery Lab
  • Wellness Center
Evening Banquet
Join fellow microbiologists, scholars and students for a fun and informal evening at the Science Center of Iowa, a beautiful 110,000-square foot facility in downtown Des Moines. Continue networking over cocktails and dinner, and then enjoy a stimulating presentation by Dara Frank, Ph.D.
Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, IA 50309
6:30 p.m. Cocktails
7 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Pseudomonas aeruginosa ExoU: Killing from the Inside-Out
Dara W. Frank, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Medical College of Wisconsin
8:30 p.m. Presentation of Student Awards
9 p.m. Adjourn
Special thanks to our Friday evening sponsor, Fisher Scientific, for their generous support.
Fisher Scientific
Saturday, October 8, 2011
8 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. North Central Branch ASM Meeting (members only)
8 a.m. Open forum with keynote speaker Dr. Darwin. Open to all students
Environmental Microbiology Virulence Pathogenesis
9 a.m. Evolution and Ecology of Aerobic, Growth-Coupled Vinyl Chloride-Oxidizing Bacteria
Timothy E. Mattes, Ph.D., PE
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa
Regulation of the Uropathogenic Escherichia coli fimB Gene
William Schwan, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
9:35 a.m. Break – Meeting attendees may switch between lecture halls
9:40 a.m. The Pseudomonas putida Biofilm Matrix: Protein-Polysaccharide Interactions Critical to Biofilm Formation and Stress Relief
Larry Halverson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology; Chair, Interdepartmental Microbiology Graduate Program, Iowa State University
Dissecting the Intestinal Microbiome
Thad Stanton, Ph.D.
Research Leader, FSEP Unit, USDA-ARS-NADC
10:15 a.m. Break – Meeting attendees may switch between lecture halls
10:20 a.m. A Biological Market Underground Stabilizes Cooperation in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis
Heike Bücking, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology and Microbiology, South Dakota State University
Performing the Step from Gene Regulation to Application: FlhD/FlhC, a Global Regulator in Escherichia coli
Birgit Pruess, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Microbial Physiology, North Dakota State University
10:55 a.m. Closing Statements
11:15 a.m. Adjourn

Meeting sponsors

Special thanks to the meeting sponsors for their generous support.

Oral and Poster Abstract Submission

We welcome undergraduate, graduate, and faculty researchers to submit their abstracts and showcase their research findings. Cash awards will be given to undergraduate and graduate (oral and poster) abstracts at the Friday evening banquet. To be eligible to win a prize, the presenting author must be a member of the ASM North Central Branch. If you are not currently a North Central Branch ASM member, you will automatically become a member by registering for this meeting.

The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, September 23, 2011.


  • Environmental microbiology
  • General microbiology
  • Medical microbiology/immunology
  • Molecular and cell biology
  • Other (ex: food microbiology)


All abstracts  will be published in the meeting program. Please submit your abstract according  to the following guidelines:

  • Format: Microsoft Word format
  • Font: Arial, 11 point
  • Margins: 1.25″ left border. 1″  remaining borders
  • Spacing: Single-spaced
  • Justification: Left
  • Abstract body length: No more than 250  words
  • Type the title first, using title casing.
  • Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles, and species names.  Italicize scientific names of organisms.
  • List all authors, institutional affiliations and short addresses (city and state only). Asterisk and bold the author delivering the paper.
  • Indicate preferred category.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be 10-12 minutes with 3-5 minutes for questions, for a total of 15 minutes. Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 will be used to project slides. Please make sure your presentation is compatible with this program. If you prefer to use a Mac computer or have video files, arrangements must be made prior to the program. Please contact Vanessa Ross at cme@dmu.edu or 515-271-1541. Presentation files should be stored on USB drives and given to the moderator before the beginning of your scheduled session.

Oral presentations will be accommodated according to the total number of submissions and the time available. You will be notified the week of September 26th if your abstract was accepted and presentation day and time.

Poster Presentations

Posters should be no more than 5′ wide and 4′ high and the submitting author is responsible for all printing costs. Materials to hang your poster will be available onsite.

DMU only – If your poster uses the DMU name or logo, it must be reviewed by marketing. The poster will not be reviewed for academic content. Email the file to communications@dmu.edu for approval. Please allow at least 4 hours.

Student Awards

Cash awards will be given to undergraduate and graduate (oral and poster) abstracts at the Friday evening banquet.

To be eligible to win a prize, the presenting author must be a member of the ASM North Central Branch. If you are not currently a North Central Branch ASM member, you will automatically become a member by registering for this meeting (cost = $10 for professionals, $5 for students).

Submit abstract

Preferred hotel

RenaissanceRenaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel

401 Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
515-244-2151 or 800-514-4706
2.9 miles from campus

Room rate: King/double $106.00

Reserve your room online at the discounted rate or call 515-244-2151 or directly with Marriott reservations at 800-514-4706. Guests must identify their affiliation with the NCB-ASM Meeting in order to receive the discounted rate. All rooms must be guaranteed by credit card or advance deposit.

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 12%) in effect at the time of check in.

All reservations for arrival after 6 p.m. must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations after 6 p.m. unless secured by one of the above methods.

Cutoff date

Reservations must be received on or before Thursday, September 15, 2011. After this date, the conference room block will be released for general sale, and reservations will be based on a space and rate available basis. Reserve your rooms early as there are several other large events in Des Moines. Rooms will be limited.

Additional hotels

See a list of additional hotels available.


Based on availability, shuttle service is available from the Des Moines International Airport courtesy of the Renaissance Savery Hotel. Upon arrival, call the hotel at 515-244-2151. Please allow 30 minutes for pick-up.

Budget Taxi Cab

City Cab

Freedom Taxi Cab

Dress code

Business causal


Educational sessions

  • Full member (with dues) – $70
  • Full member (without dues) – $60
  • Student member (with dues) – $40
  • Student member (without dues) – $35

Registration includes attendance at all sessions, continental breakfast, Friday lunch, afternoon refreshment and program syllabus.

Friday evening reception at the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theatre

  • Full member – $40
  • Student member – $30

Registration includes: 1 drink ticket (cash bar is available), heavy appetizer, speaker, and awards presentation. Tickets to BODY WORLDS Vital are not included.

Please note these important dates:

  • Hotel reservation deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2011
  • Abstract submission deadline: Friday, September 23, 2011

Register online

Cancellation policy

  • All cancellations/refund requests (minus a 25% administrative fee), must be received in writing at least seven (7) business days prior to the program starting date.
  • For cancellations received less than seven (7) business days prior to the program starting date, a 50% administrative fee will apply.
  • You may transfer your registration fee to a colleague if you contact the Des Moines University Continuing Medical Education office three (3) business days prior to the program starting date.
  • Individuals who fail to attend the program (no-shows) will not be entitled to any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to subsequent events.

Welcome to Des Moines

In Des Moines, you can experience the excitement of the city and explore rural Iowa’s charming beauty. Connecting with your peers, shopping, food and activities make great memories.  This affordable, cosmopolitan city has an impressive blend of world class art and premier attractions, such as the Science Center of Iowa and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.  Miles of trails to walk or cycle allow you to see the city and the beauty of its rivers and parks ~ just steps away from the conference.  Bicycles are available for rent through the BCycle program!  When it comes to dining, our city offers incredible food prepared by talented chefs.  You will experience some of the finest tasting pork to Tai pizza.  Another added benefit is downtown’s four-mile, climate-controlled skywalk system (the largest skywalk system per capita in the world), our booming suburbs, and unique shopping in the East Village. Greater Des Moines is a growing metropolis with an array of attractions and entertainment in a setting that boasts a rich history, a thriving present and a very bright future, all while maintaining a special charm that touches all who visit.  Learn more about Des Moines at the following websites:

BODY WORLDS Vital celebrates the potential of the human body and the body in motion! Visitors get a penetrating gaze at what lies beneath our skin through anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies. Discover the contrast between healthy bodies and those in medical distress, and learn how to best protect yourself from life-threatening diseases in this precedent-setting exhibition by physician and anatomist Gunther von Hagens. More than 32 million visitors worldwide have seen the BODY WORLDS exhibitions. Discover the contrast between healthy bodies and those in medical distress in the latest chapter of the BODY WORLDS saga.

Website: http://www.sciowa.org/bodyworldsvital
Date: Daily through Monday, October 31, 2011
Time: Varies. See website
Admission: Varies. See website.


Manager, Continuing Medical Education
3200 Grand Avenue, AC #505
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-271-1541
Fax: 515-271-4226

Interim vice president for Research, professor of Microbiology and Immunology.
3200 Grand Avenue, Ryan Hall #272
Des Moines, IA 50312
Office: 515-271-1506

Des Moines University (DMU) prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend DMU sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the DMU Continuing Medical Education office at 515-271-1541 or cme@dmu.edu prior to the program.