Microbial Pathogenesis & Host Response
September 21 - 24, 2021
Abstract Deadline: July 23, 2021 Virtual
Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 16, 2021 are subject to late fees


Denise Monack, Stanford University
Anita Sil, University of California, San Francisco
Victor Torres, NYU School of Medicine


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.


We are pleased to host the thirteenth Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Response, which will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to study infectious diseases integrating the disciplines of molecular microbiology, eukaryotic cell biology, immunology, and genomics. The meeting will provide an in depth focus on the approaches that are being used to elucidate the mechanisms of bacterial and fungal pathogenesis, and promote the application of these concepts to understanding the evolution of emerging diseases.

The meeting will be held virtually, beginning late morning ET on Tuesday, September 21, and ending late afternoon ET on Friday, September 24, 2021. Sessions will integrate studies on bacterial and fungal pathogens. The oral sessions will begin with 3-4 invited talks by established leaders in the field, followed by several shorter talks chosen from submitted abstracts. We strongly encourage submission of abstracts by junior researchers in the field.


Day Time (ET Session # Session Name
Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 1 Phage Rage: Interactions Between Bacteria, Mammalian Hosts & Phage
Tuesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm        Poster Session*
Tuesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 2 Microbial Toxins and Effectors
Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3 Host Adaptation and Pathogenesis
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Poster Session*
Wednesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4 Microbiome-host Interactions in Development, Neurobiology & Disease
Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 5 Cell Biology of Pathogen Infections
Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Thursday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 6 Innate Immunity During Infection
Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 7 Microbial Development and Signaling
Friday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Friday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 8 Trans-kingdom Interactions Within Hosts
Friday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: Joseph Heitman
Virtual Icebreaker
Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Discussion Zone
30-minutes following each oral session (open Zoom format)
*Virtual Poster Session will be available for viewing throughout the meeting

On-demand recordings of the daily Zoom sessions will be made available for 24 hours starting the following day, followed by longer-term access to the Leading Strand archive the week after the meeting.

Daily Schedule

City "Morning" Oral Session Poster Session "Afternoon" Oral Session
Los Angeles 6:30 am - 9:30 am 10:00 am - 11:00 am 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
New York 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
London 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Berlin 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tokyo 10:30 pm - 1:30 am 2:00 am - 3:00 am 3:30 am - 6:30 am

Keynote Speaker:

Joseph Heitman, Duke University Medical Center

Session Chairs and Discussion Leaders:

Joseph Bondy-Denomy, University of California, San Francisco
Igor Brodsky, University of Pennsylvania
Bryan Bryson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ken Cadwell,
NYU School of Medicine
Isaac Chiu,
Harvard Medical School
Peggy Cotter,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Luisa De Sordi,
Sorbonne Universite, France
Karen Guillemin,
University of Oregon
Tobias Hohl, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Andrew Hryckowian,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Christina Hull,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Daniel Kaplan, University of Pittsburgh
Nancy Keller,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Melissa Kendall,
University of Virginia
Borden Lacy, Vanderbilt University
Michael Laub, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hiten Madhani, University of California, San Francisco
Karen Maxwell, University of Toronto, Canada
Julian Naglik, Kings College London, UK
Jeniel Nett, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Clarissa Nobile, University of California, Merced
Julia Oh, The Jackson Laboratory
Michelle Reniere, University of Washington
Felipe Santiago Tirado, University of Notre Dame
Kimberley Seed, University of California, Berkeley
Sunny Shin, University of Pennsylvania
Dominique Soldadi-Favre, Universite de Geneve, Switzerland
Jeongmin Song, Cornell University
Teresa Thurston, Imperial College London, UK
Raphael Valdivia, Duke University
Malcolm Whiteway, Concordia University, Canada

Please bring this notice to the attention of any of your colleagues who may be interested in participating in the meeting.

All abstracts must be submitted by the abstract deadline. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Please apply in writing via email to Val Pakaluk and state your financial needs; preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

Social Media:

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlhost. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.

Partial support provided by: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,

Late Pricing: (registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 16, 2021)
Late Virtual Academic Package: $395
Late Virtual Graduate Student Package: $280
Late Virtual Corporate Package: $535

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~48 talks / 8 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~24 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~150 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Virtual Social Events~
Meet-the-Speakers & Editors
Icebreaker, "Breakout" Social
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Digital program in PDF format