Microbial Pathogenesis & Host Response
September 11 - 15, 2023
Abstract Deadline: June 23, 2023


Denise Monack, Stanford University
Anita Sil, University of California, San Francisco
Victor Torres, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

We are pleased to host the fourteenth Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Microbial Pathogenesis & Host Response, which will begin at 7:30 pm on Monday, September 11, and departures on Friday morning, September 15, 2023. The meeting will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to studying 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.

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 the submission of abstracts by junior researchers in the field.


  • Microbial Toxins and Effectors
  • Cell Biology of Hosts and Microbes
  • Innate Immunity During Infection
  • Regulation of Host-Microbial Interactions
  • Molecular Genetics of Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Microbial Communities in Health and Disease
  • Visualizing Host-Pathogen Interactions
Keynote Speaker:

Arturo Zychlinsky, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Germany

Discussion Leaders:

Salvador Almagro-Moreno, University of Central Florida
Manuel Amieva, 
Stanford University
Judith Behnsen, University of Illinois, Chicago
Judith Berman, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Axel Brakhage, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Germany
Eric Dang, NIAID National Institutes of Health
Nels Elde, University of Utah
Joanne Engel, University of California, San Francisco
Ana Eulalio, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Mélanie Hamon, Institut Pasteur, France
Lora Hooper,
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Iliyan Iliev
, Weill Cornell Medicine
Ralph Isberg, Tufts University Medical School
Christine Jacobs-Wagner, Stanford University
Grant Jensen, Brigham Young University
Trevor Lawley, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, United Kingdom
Stuart Levitz,
UMass Chan Medical School
Michail Lionakis
, NIAID National Institutes of Health
Walther Mothes, Yale University
Shaeri Mukherjee, University of California, San Francisco
Teresa O'Meara, University of Michigan
Kim Orth
, HHMI/UT Southwestern Medical Center
Aaron Reinke, University of Toronto,  Canada
Julie Segre, National Human Genome Research Institute
Carrie Shaffer, University of Kentucky
Rebecca Shapiro, University of Guelph, Canada
András Spaan, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands
Teresa Thurston, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Tim Van Opijnen, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Russell Vance, University of California, Berkeley
Robert Wheeler, University of Maine

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. Late registrations may be accepted after the abstract deadline if the meeting is not oversubscribed. In the event of over-subscription, every effort will be made to ensure that all groups who wish to participate will be represented. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our website 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 the 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 #cshlhost19. 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.

This conference is supported in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a branch of National Institutes of Health

In-Person Fees:
Academic/Media Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1705
Academic/Media Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1600
Academic Shared Room Package: $1455
Academic/Media No-Housing Package: $1085
Student Package/Double Occupancy: $1355
Student Package/No Housing Package: $985
Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $2180
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1560

*Student Housing is default double occupancy. Please inquire about availability and fees to upgrade to a private room.

NOTE: We cannot guarantee housing will be on campus.
Room packages close 2 weeks before the meeting start date

Virtual Participation: Includes access to the oral sessions via Zoom, the digital poster gallery, the Slack discussion workspace, and the Leading Strand video archive.  If you are submitting an abstract for an oral or poster presentation, please plan to attend the meeting in-person.

Presenters: Individuals submitting abstracts and facing financial barriers should firstly request financial aid (see above). Permission to present your talk or poster virtually will be given only in exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. If you think you are eligible for an exemption from the requirement to present in person, please provide a justification in writing via email to Val Pakaluk

Non-presenting participants: We plan to broaden access to the conference by allowing certain categories of non-presenting participants to attend virtually at reduced fees. Categories include: 
1. Individuals from low & middle income countries; 
2. Individuals from non-LMIC countries in Asia, Australasia, Africa or South America; 
3. Individuals from US & Canadian minority serving institutions; 
4. Individuals with a demonstrable financial barrier; 
5. Individuals with family obligations or other special circumstances. 
For categories 4 & 5 above, please provide a justification via email to Samantha Mastronardi

Virtual Fees
Academic Virtual Package $325
Grad Student Virtual Package: $200
Corporate Virtual Package: $480

Late Fee (Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 7)
Late Academic Virtual Package: $425
Late Student Virtual Package: $300
Late Corporate Virtual Package: $580