2018 NC Microbiome Symposium

The North Carolina Microbiome Consortium will host its second annual event on Tuesday, May 15 featuring keynote speaker Karsten Zengler, Ph.D., associate professor of the University of California at San Diego. This will be a full-day event with distinguished speakers from industry and academia, a student poster session, and ample networking opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Poster Session:

Trainee poster submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone wishing to participate in the poster session must submit a title and abstract by Saturday, May 5 to Hannah Cole, hannah_cole@ncbiotech.org.

Posters being presented must be microbiome related and no larger than 4 ft. by 4 ft. Mounting materials will be provided.
Please contact us directly with any questions about eligibility.


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8:30 to 9:00 a.m.: Registration and coffee breakfast


9:00 a.m.: Welcome and Intro to Session 1: From Academia to Industry


Elizabeth Shank, UNC

Casey Theriot, NCSU CVM

Anthony Fodor, UNC


10:00 a.m.: Poster session 1 and networking - Coffee and snacks will be served during poster session


11:00 a.m.: Intro to Session 2: Overview of Cores and Resources available in RTP

  • Duke Microbiome Core: Holly Dressman
  • UNC Microbiome Core: Andrea Azcarate
  • Metabolon: Priya Ramamoorthy
  • NCSU METRIC: David Muddiman
  • NCBiotech Core Facilities Directory: Tracey du Laney

12:00 p.m.: Break for lunch

1:00 p.m.: Poster session 2 and networking - Coffee and snacks will be served during poster session

2:00 p.m.: Sessions 3 and 4 will run concurrently


Session 3: IP Technology: What you need to know about developing a product and tech transfer?

Panel discussion with questions. Session chair and moderator: Kultaran Chohan NCSU

  • Wade Fulghum, MBA, Interim Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures, North Carolina State University
  • Kelly Parsons, Ph.D., Associate Director, Technology Commercialization, Office of Technology Commercialization, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • Karthik Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D., Associate Director, Office of Licensing & Ventures, Duke University 
  • Logan Buck, Ph.D., Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson

Session 4: How to transfer from academia to industry? Panel discussion with questions.  Session chair and moderator: Kirk Francis BASF  

  • Academia to Industry Panelist 1: Hunter Cameron, BASF
  • Academia to Industry Panelist 2: Kestrel McCorkle, AgBiome
  • Academia to Industry Panelist 3: Deb Springer, Novozymes
  • Academia to Industry Panelist 4: Kurt Selle, Locus Biosciences
  • Academia to Industry Panelist 5: Daina Zeng, Agile Biosciences
  • Academia to Industry Panelist 6: Louise Giffin, Heat Biologics

3:15 p.m.: Keynote speaker: Karsten Zengler, UCSD https://www.zenglerlab.com/


4:30 p.m.: Closing and Adjourn


Trainee Posters (listed alphabetically by last name)


“Microbiomes of Anaerobic and Aerobic Biodegradation of Pharmaceuticals in Municipal Wastewater”

Amirhossein Adaryani, UNC Charlotte


“Investigating Recovery of the Skin Microbiota After Surgery”

Marianne Barrier, NC Museum of Natural Sciences


“High-throughput growth quantification of the gut microbial community”

Rachel Bloom, Duke     


“Microbial Community Profiles, Antibiotic Concentrations and Antibiotic Resistance Gene Prevalence in Wastewater Treatment Plants and Urban Streams”

Matthew Brown, UNC Charlotte


“Differential effects of exposure to bisphenol analogues and estradiol on zebrafish host-associated microbiota and behavior”

Tara Catron, EPA        


“Assessment of microbial population diversity in polymicrobial research samples by 16s single or multi-V region sequencing”

Charles Cochran, Thermofisher


“In vivo analysis of intestinal epithelial damage responses in a zebrafish model of NSAID-induced enteropathy”

Ted Espenchied, Duke


“Shifts in the Gut Metabolome and Clostridium difficile Transcriptome throughout Colonization and Infection in a Mouse Model”

Josh Fletcher, NCSU      


“Differential expression of Epstein-Barr Virus miRNAs in triple-negative breast cancer”

Daniela Garcia, NC A&T


“Characterization and Manipulation of S. Alterniflora Microbiomes for Increased Oil Remediation Efficiency”

Courtney Gardner, Duke           


“Coculture stimulates antibiotic biosynthesis in actinomycetes”

Gabrielle Grandchamp, UNC   


“Ensemble modeling identifies key gut microbial ratios associated with increased likelihood of peanut allergic reactions in mice”

Andrew Hinton, UNC


“Characterization of the Microbial Community in Sites Upstream and Downstream of North Carolina Wastewater Treatment Plants”

James Johnson, UNC


“Zebrafish larvae require specific strains of bacteria for neurobehavioral development”

Allison Kvasnicka, Meredith College


“UNC-CH Microbiome Core: Research and Support for the Study of Complex Microbial Communities”

Jakub Kwintkiewicz, NCSU


“House Dust Microbiota in Relation to Adult Asthma and Atopy in a U.S. Farming Population”

Mi Kyeong Lee, NIH  


“Transitioning From Discovery to Industry Regulatory Considerations For Development of Microbiome Products”

Clara Li, Clinipace  


“Correcting Experimental Biases in Measurements of Microbial Community Composition”

Michael McLaren, NCSU             


“Impact of Western Diet Versus Mediterranean Diet Feeding on Gut Microbiome in Non-Human Primates”

Ravinder Nagpal, Wake Health        


“Differential Adaptation of Lactobacillus crispatus and Lactobacillus gasseri to the Intestinal and Vaginal Environments”

Echo Pan, NCSU              


“Quantifying Effects of Noise on Analytical Outcomes of Microbiome Study Designs”

Renuka Panchagavi, NC A&T


“Characterization of The Functional Changes in Mouse Gut Microbiome Associated with Increased Akkermansia muciniphila Population Modulated by Dietary Black Raspberries”

Tu Pengcheng, UNC  


“Inhibition of Clostridium difficile by commensal Clostridia”

Amber Reed, NCSU


“Diversity of viruses circulating in indoor air as assessed via metagenomic sequencing”

Karyna Rosario, USF  


“Characterization of the Microbial Landscape in Crohn’s Disease Phenotypes”

Nur Shahir, UNC           


“A Phylogenetic Approach to Overcoming Compositional Problems in Microbiome Data”

Justin Silverman, Duke               


“Intraspecies variability impacts prebiotic utilization in human-derived strains of Lactobacillus rhamnosus”

Joshua Simpson, UNC


“ABCC11 and Lifestyle Influence Diversity in Human Skin Microbiota”

Dawn Stancil & Katie Jenkins, NCCU       


“Incidence and molecular characterization of Clostridium difficile isolated from animals, and the associated changes in the host fecal microbiota”

Rajani Thanissery, NCSU             


“The American dog tick (Dermacentor variablis) microbiome barks loudly of Francisella and merely whimpers of Rickettsia”

Nicholas Travanty, NCSU            


“Microbial community responses to individual and combined climate change associated parameters: pH and temperature”

Zhao Wang, Duke         


"Dynamic modeling of Dunaliella viridis growth and storage molecule production under different light and nitrogen conditions"

Diyuan Wang, NCSU     


“Strain Diversity Within the Honey Bee Microbiome Across the United States”

Emily Wissel, UNC Greensboro     


“Gut enteroendocrine cell: a novel bacteria sensor”

Lihua Ye, Duke               


“Survey of microbial communities in biofilms formed on inside walls of kid’s drinking water bottles”

Minal Zagade, UNC Charlotte

For more information please contact

For questions or more information, contact:
Hannah Cole
Program Manager, Science and Technology Development

Science and Technology Development

919-549-8840 | hannah_cole@ncbiotech.org


15 T.W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

$25 - Students, $50 - General Admission
For more information please contact

For questions or more information, contact:
Hannah Cole
Program Manager, Science and Technology Development

Science and Technology Development

919-549-8840 | hannah_cole@ncbiotech.org