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Microbiology@UCL Virtual Symposium 2021

29 - 30 June 2021

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This was our 4th Annual Symposium, held virtually over two half-days with talks by UCL and external speakers on the latest research in microbiology, free and open to all.

Thank you to our speakers, chairs, organisers, sponsor, and over 130 attendeees for making the event a success.

Congratulations to ECR Talk Award winner:

  • Marco Crisci for his flash talk entitled: Closely related Lak megaphages replicate in the microbiomes of diverse animals

The winner received a £100 cash prize courtesy of our sponsor, Journal of Medical Microbiology.

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Programme Outline

29th June 10.00 - 12.00 BST

Session 1: SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Keynote: Katrina Lythgoe (Big Data Institute, Oxford University)

     SARS-CoV-2 within-host diversity and transmission

Steven Kemp (Infection & Immunity)

    SARS-CoV-2 evolution during treatment of chronic infection

Lucy van Dorp (Genetics, Evolution & Environment)

    The changing landscape of SARS-CoV-2 genetic diversity

ECR lightning talks


29th June 13.00 -15.00 BST

Session 2: Microbial Defence and Resistance

Keynote: Malcom White (School of Biology, University of St Andrews)

    Cyclic nucleotide signalling in virus:host conflict

Shozeb Haider (Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry)

    Allosteric communication in class A β-lactamases

Dimitrios Evangelopoulos (Microbial Diseases, Eastman Dental Institute)

    Strategies for delaying the development of drug resistance

ECR lightning talks


30th June 13.00 - 15.00 BST

Session 3: Vaccines

Keynote: Adrian Hill (The Jenner Insitute, Oxford University)

    Malaria Vaccine Development: a good year 111!

Jasmin Samaras (Biochemical Engineering)

    Developing a Scalable Automated Platform for Vaccine Development

Sarah Edwards (Science & Technology Studies)

    Ethics of next generation Covid-19 vaccines

Download the full programme:

Symposium 2021 Programme ver4.1.docx

FileSymposium 2021 Programme ver4.1.docx



With thanks to our sponsor:

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