OMIG symposium at BSODR Birmingham: 1st September 2021

TITLE: Exploring novel molecular aspects in Oral Microbiology

In association with the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC)

Our 2021 symposium will focus on highlighting recent advances in the molecular understanding of the oral microbiota and it’s dynamic nature (Dr Shi Qi An and Dr David Moyes) alongside exciting talks exploring molecular level detail of how bacteria live in the oral cavity.  Specifically, we have exciting talks covering aspects of microbial glycobiology (Dr Lucy Crouch) and are very pleased to welcome Professor Ben Berks from Oxford who will be telling us about the structure  and function of the novel Type IX secretion system that has changed our understanding of how bacteria secrete virulence factors and represents a potential novel drug target for periodontitis treatment.  We will also hear about how the National Biofilms Innovation Centre is supporting biofilm research in the UK and would like to thank them for their sponsorship of OMIG and look forward to working with them going forward.

9.00 -9.05 Introduction:  Professor G Stafford, OMIG president

9.05-9.15  NBIC- introduction to activities: Dr Shi Qi-An: University of Southampton, NBIC fellow

9.15- 9.45  “The oral microbiome: dynamic communities and interactions” Shi Qi-An, University of Southampton, NBIC fellow.

9.45-10.15 “The oral microbial resistome”  Dr David Moyes, Centre for Host-Microbiome Interactions, KCL, UK.

10.15-10.40 break 

10.40-11.10 “Host glycan metabolism by human gut microbes and pathogens”  Dr Lucy Crouch, Institute of microbiology and infection, University of Birmingham.

11.10-11.55 “The Type IX Secretion System: a mechanism for virulence factor export in dental pathogens”  Professor Ben Berks, Dept of Biochemistry, University of Oxford.

11.55 closing remarks

OMIG symposium at BSODR 2021- NEWS

Please watch this space, but so far we can confirm that we WILL be holding an OMIG symposium at the BSODR meeting on 2-3 Sept 2021 in Birmingham.

We will have a range of long and short talks from hot topics in Oral microbiology and will update here soon- but if you were thinking of registering, then this will be GOOD!!!!

OMIG symposium 16-06-21: Dr Susan Joseph

This week- Wed 16th June, 1PM UK time we are happy to present Dr Susan Joseph, with her talk on “Development of a curated murine oral microbiome database reveals host-specific oral bacterial lineages”

Dr Susan Joseph

Dr Susan Joseph

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Contact details [email protected]


Susan completed an MRes in Applied Biosciences (2008) and PhD (2013) in Molecular Microbiology from Nottingham Trent University. Her doctoral thesis focussed on the development of a genus-wide MLST scheme and whole-genome analysis of the neonatal pathogen, Cronobacter. After a postdoctoral position at New York University working on the environmental microbiome of NYC, she joined the Curtis lab at QMUL in 2016, with the subsequent move to King’s College.

Her major research interests lie in understanding how microbial communities interact with each other and their host in a specific ecological niche while also selectively transforming into an infectious cohort during disease. Her current research is based on the role of the oral microbiome in the development of disease and maintenance of health, primarily working with mouse models of dysbiosis and periodontal disease.

OMIG Prize meeting 2021

On 26th March 2021 we will hold out PGR Prize symposium

2021 PGR Prize Symposium- 26th March

We are pleased to announce the 2021 PGR prize meeting.

We have an exciting programme of PhD and ECRs presenting work on Oral microbiology from institutes from around the UK.

If you would like to register please follow this link:

The team will send you a link to the meeting once the platform is set up.

We will be awarding our PGR prize to the best talk at the meeting- this year sponsored by The JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY – a journal of the Microbiology society

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