Microbial Pathogenesis & Host Response

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

21 September 2021


Registration Deadline

24 September 2021

Microbial Pathogenesis & Host Response

September 21 - 24/25, 2021

Abstract Deadline: July 2, 2021


Denise Monack, Stanford University

Anita Sil, University of California, San Francisco

Victor Torres, NYU School of Medicine

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.

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.

Because of uncertainties around COVID19 and the possible development of effective vaccines, we are being flexible and considering two options:

1) In-person meeting beginning Tuesday evening, September 21 and ending with lunch on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

(We appreciate that due to vaccine availability and travel restrictions/concerns some participants may need to attend the in-person meeting virtually)

2) Virtual meeting, beginning Tuesday morning, September 21, and ending Friday afternoon, September 24, 2021.

The decision about meeting format will be made no later than May 28, 2021.


  • Phage Rage - Interactions Between Bacteria, Mammalian Hosts and Phage
  • Microbial Toxins and Effectors
  • Host Adaptation and Pathogenesis
  • Microbiome-Host Interactions in Development, Neurobiology and Disease
  • Innate Immunity and Cell Biology During Infection
  • Microbial Development and Signaling

Keynote Speaker:

Joseph Heitman, Duke University Medical Center

Session Chairs and Discussion Leaders:

Joseph Bondy-Denomy, University of California, San Francisco

Lacy Borden, Vanderbilt University

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

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

Kimberley Seed, University of California, Berkeley

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. 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 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.

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Deposit/Virtual Fees:

Virtual Academic Package: $295

Virtual Graduate/PhD Student Package: $180

Virtual Corporate Package: $435

In-Person Fees

Academic Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1,655

Academic Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1,555

Academic Shared Room Package: $1,415

Academic No-Housing Package: $1,055

Student Package*: $1,315

Student No-Housing Package: $955

Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $2,115

Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,515

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

If registering on or before May 28, please ONLY pay the appropriate Virtual Package fee, If the meeting can be held in-person we will invoice you for the balance of fees due.

Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, a wine-and-cheese party, cocktail reception, and lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the meeting.