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2018 Sino-Micro Symposium

2018 Sino-Micro Annual Meeting

Theme: "Microbiome and Organisms: A New Era in Medicine, Food & Agriculture, and the Environment"

June 7, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Following our tradition in the past 3 years, the Overseas Chinese Society of Microbiology (Sino-Micro) will host our 4th annual meeting on Microbiome and Organisms: A New Era in Medicine, Food & Agriculture, and the Environment. The symposium will be held on June 7, 2018 in Atlanta as part of the 2018 ASM Society Day during the general meeting. Besides 3 symposia on Clinical and Translational, Environmental, and General Microbiology with both standard and power talks, this year the Sino-Micro meeting will also feature a Presidential Forum on Hot Topics, where scientific leaders from ASM and China will jointly interpret the most impactful issues of microbiome, antibiotic resistance, synthetic biology, diseases, food and agriculture, and environmental sustainability through an active dialog.

Time and Venue:

  • Time: Morning and afternoon, June 7, 2018
  • Venue: Georgia World Congress Center, Meeting Room B203

Featured expert speakers and forum panel members:

  • Presidents of Sino-Micro, ASM, CSM, ASM membership and international department officers
  • Academicians and fellows of NAS, AAM, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Engineering
  • White House and China Microbiome Initiatives and China Synthetic Biology Initiative leaders

Final Program (Finalized on 6/6/2018 and announced on 6/6/2018, also see its PDF version):

7:55 -8:00 AM: Welcome by meeting co-chairs: Chuanwu Xi, Hua Wang

This symposium includes four symposium sessions:

8:00-9:45 AM - Fundamental Microbiology
Conveners: Drs. Casey Chen, Yiping Han, Daoguo Zhou

  • 8:00-8:15 AM: Youjun Feng (Zhejiang University)
    Mechanistic insights into MCR-1/2 colistin resistance

  • 8:15-8:30 AM: Chuanwu Xi (University of Michigan)
    Development of NO-based approach for biofilm control

  • 8:31-8:45 AM: Liang Yang (Nanyang Technological University)
    Compound that sensitises bacterial cells to hydrophobic antibiotics

  • 8:46-9:00 AM: Xingxing Xu (Zhejiang Chinese Medical University)
    Comparative whole genome sequence analysis of Clostridium difficile ST37 isolates circulating in China.

  • 9:01-9:15 AM: Yubao Wang (The Second Hospital of Tianjin Medical University)
    Emergency of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Goldcoast harboring Salmonella Typhi-associated virulence genes

  • 9:16-9:35 AM: Oliver He (Univ. of Michigan)
    Ontology-based standardization and integration of host-microbiome interaction data and identification of dysbiosis-inducing gene factors

10:00 AM - 12:10 PM - Environmental Microbiology
Convener: Dr. Jizhong (Joe) Zhou

  • 10:00-10:30 AM: Guoping Zhao (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
    Chinese Microbiome Initiatives on Water and Biotechnology: Current Status, Challenges and Future

  • 10:30-11:00 AM: Nianzhi Jiao (Xiamen University)
    Microbial carbon sequestration and climate change

  • 11:00-11:10 AM: Min Dong (Harvard Medical School) (Power talk)
    Identification of a botulinum neurotoxin-like toxin in a commensal strain of Enterococcus faecium

  • 11:11-11:20:AM Wenjun Li (NCBI) (Power talk)
    Evidence-based prokaryotic genome re-annotation project at NCBI.

  • 11:21-11:30 AM: Jizhong Zhou ( University of Oklahoma) (Power talk)
    Global Wastewater Microbiome Consortium

  • 11:31 AM-12:00 PM: James Tiedje (Michigan State University)
    Microbial ecology: learning from the past and projecting the future

Lunch break

1:00-2:50 PM - Clinical and translational Microbiology
Convener: Dr. Yiwei Tang

  • 1:00-1:20 PM: Yi-Wei Tang, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA,
    Promoting translational research in clinical microbiology service

  • 1:21-1:40 PM: Ping-Yu Zhou, Shanghai Skin Disease Hospital, China,
    Circulating microRNAs as potential biomarkers for the diagnosis of neurosyphilis

  • 1:41-2:00 PM Baoming Liu, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, USA,
    Detection and clinical significance of inter-genotypic recombination in HBV reverse transcriptase gene among chronic hepatitis B patients

  • 2:01-2:20 PM: Hua Wang, The Ohio State University, USA
    Key drivers and innovative mitigation of antibiotic resistance, gut microbiota dysbiosis and corresponding modern diseases

  • 2:21-2:40 PM: Xuesong He, The Forsyth Institute, USA
    Exploring the social structures of microbiome

3:00-4:30 PM: Sino-Micro Presidential Forum on Hot Topics:

(I): How to facilitate integration and impact delivery: fundamental, translational microbiology and global collaboration
(II) Microbiome, antibiotic resistance and synthetic biology: what are the paradigm-changing messages?

Event Conveners (current and formal Presidents of Sino-Micro): Hua Wang (OSU), Chuanwu Xi (UMich), Frank Yang (Indiana U)), Wenyuan Shi (Forsyth Institute, Harvard)

Distinguished panel members:

  • David Hooper, Former President of ASM, Professor, Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Infection Control Unit and Associate Chief and Fellowship Program Director of Division of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Jeff Miller, Former President of ASM, Professor and Director of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences, White House Microbiome Initiative lead
  • Robin Patel, ASM President-elect, director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory, Mayo Clinic
  • Jim Tiedje, Former President of ASM, University Distinguished Professor Director of the Center for Microbial Ecology, Michigan State University
  • Zixin Deng, CSM President, Professor and Dean of Pharmacy, Wuhan University; Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • Guoping Zhao, CSM former President, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Fudan University, China Microbiome Initiative and Synthetic Biology lead
  • Shuangjiang Liu, Director, Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Microbiology, China Microbiome Initiative lead
  • Vic DiRita, A-D. Rudolph Hugh Professor & Chair, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University (ASM Officer)
  • David Aronoff, Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt Medical Center (ASM Officer)
  • Steve Specter, Professor and Associate Dean, University of South Florida (ASM Officer)
  • Joe Zhou, George Lynn Cross Research Professor and a Presidential Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology and Director for the Institute for Environmental Genomics, University of Oklahoma
  • Jianguo Xu, Former Director of the Infectious Disease Institute, China CDC
  • Qijing Zhang, Associate Dean and Dr. Frank K. Ramsey Endowed Chair, Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University
  • Yiwei Tang, Chief, Clinical Microbiology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell Medical School, New York
  • Liing Zhao, Professor, Rutgers University and Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • ASM Society Day Program Officers: Connie Herndon, Joe Campos

5:00-7:00 pm  ASM Microbe Openning Session (on your own)

7:00-8:00 pm  Sino-micro business meeting (members only).
          Venue: Georgia World Congress Center, Meeting Room B203

Dinner: 8:15 pm -  (seats reserved, cost on your own)
Hsu’s Gourmet
192 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 659-2788, www.hsus.com

Language: English


  • Host: Overseas Chinese Society of Microbiology (Sino-Micro)
  • Co-Sponsors: American Society for Microbiology (ASM Society Day); Chinese Society for Microbiology (CSM

  • Execuative organizing team: Hua Wang (chair), Chuanwu Xi (co-chair), Frank Yang, Yi-Wei Tang, Jizhong Zhou, Wenyuan Shi        
  • Scientific Committee: Casey Chen, Yiping Han, Yongqun (Oliver) He, Laura Nora, Feng Shao, Jianping Xie, Howard Xu, Jing-Ren Zhang, Liping Zhao, Lixing Zhang, Qijing Zhang, Daoguo Zhou, Ningyi Zhou, Zhi Zhou, Jun Zhu
  • Program master: Yongqun (Oliver) He


Registration is required for attending either the scientific sessions or the evening dinner and business meeting.

Please click the 2018 Sino-Micro Symposium Registration website to register as soon as possible (Note: the website is under development now).

  • Principal Investigators (PIs): If you are interested in giving a talk, please make sure to submit a tentative title of your presentation.

  • Postdocs and students: We welcome postdocs and students to register for the scientific session of the meeting. However, the applications for SinoMicro membership and business meeting are open only to principle investigators.

  • Deadline of registration for presentation: March 12, 2018

Cost: Free for early registration by March 12th, 2018. Regular registration with membership discount available after March 12th, 2018.

Meeting Contacts:


We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta and believe you will enjoy the sciences and friendships!


Our Aim: Promote discovery, exchange, and dissemination of knowledge and ideas
Sino-Micro: Overseas Chinese Society for Microbiology