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We hold Two annual meetings, one in the Spring and another in the Fall at organizations that foster education and support for the Microbiological Sciences. 


The next meeting will be held April 23rd, 2023 at

the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Abstract submission deadline: April 1st @ 12:00 AM

Registration fees: 

Branch Faculty Members: $15

Branch Student Members: $5


We will have an ASM Distinguished Lecturer


We will also have an Invited Speaker 



The Rocky Mountain Branch of the ASM awards students and postdoctoral fellows that present posters and talks at our annual Meetings. The requirements for the awards include:1)  Branch membership and are 2) Consensus of votes tallied online during the meeting by all attending members. 

There are several categories for awards and the payouts are as follows:

Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate student Talks

1st place: $150.00

2nd place: $125.00

3rd place: $100.00

Undergraduate Student Talks

1st place: $125.00

2nd place: $100.00

3rd place: $75.00

Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate and Undergraduate Posters

1st place: $100.00

2nd place: $75.00

3rd place: $50.00

Students that win an award at either the Spring or Fall Meetings are eligible to compete for $750.00 Travel Awards to MICROBE.  The Branch will support Two of these awards annually, The form for consideration will be available May 1st, 2023 and winners notified by May 16th.


In addition, the Branch recognizes students with the most enthusiastic undergraduate talk at the Spring Meeting with the Randall Cohrs Award  ($202)

Igor Jouline, Ph.D.

Ohio State University

"Amino Acid Sensor Conserved from Bacteria to Humans"

Amino acids are building blocks of life. They serve as nutrients and as signaling molecules. Thus, it is critical for all living cells to be able to detect the presence of amino acids in their surroundings. Bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes evolved various receptors capable of sensing the presence of amino acids and different ways of amino acid binding by these receptors. However, no universal mechanism of amino acid sensing is currently known. This talk will reveal how amino acids are detected by the most ubiquitous bacterial sensor and how this sensor was transferred to archaea and eukaryotes, including humans, where it serves an important role in neurotransmission.

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