15th International Congress of Mycology and Eukaryotic Microbiology

Monday 17 July
Tuesday 18 July
Wednesday 19 July
Thursday 20 July
Friday 21 July

Opening Ceremony

Guest of Honour:
Mr Lawrence Wong
Minister for National Development &
Second Minister for Finance

Bridging Session
Frontiers in Structural Microbiology

Dr Eric Westhof, Université de Strasbourg, France
Prof Erica Ollmann Saphire, The Scripps Research Institute, USA

Workshop Sessions 1

Bioprospecting / Secondary Metabolism
Decrypting Fungal Natural Products
Vito Valiante, Hans Knöll Institute, Germany
Ren Xiang Tan, Nanjing University, China
Common Themes for Human, Animal and Plant Pathogens I
Prof Ricardo Gazzinelli, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil
Dr Tom Dawson, A*STAR, Singapore

Workshop Sessions 2

Biofilms and Multikingdom Interactions
Heterogeneity and Polymicrobial Interactions in Fungal Biofilms (Mycofilms)
Gordon Ramage, University of Glasgow, UK
Patrick van Dijck, Institute of Botany and Microbiology, Belgium
Takashi Sugita, Meiji Pharmaceutical University, Japan
Norman Pavelka, A*STAR, Singapore

“Omics”, Biodiversity & Ecology

Diversity and Evolution of Decay Mechanisms in Mushroom-Forming Fungi
A/ Prof David Hibbett, Clark University, USA
‘Omics’ Approaches to the Pathobiome Offer Pre-emptive Solutions to Plant Biosecurity
Prof Bernard Slippers, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Arima and Mudd Awards Ceremony

Arima Award: Prof Fernando Baquero
Mudd Award: 'Science and Society: Infectious diseases as an example'
Prof Jörg Hacker, President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Halle (Saale), Germany

Cell and Molecular Biology

Sergio Schenkman, Unifesp, Brazil
Yue Wang, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Food / Edible Mushrooms / Fermentations / Safety

The Origin and Genome Evolution of Wild and Domestic Yeast Populations
Dr Feng-Yan Bai, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Prof Han Wösten, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Yakult Sponsored Lunch Symposium

Gut Microbiota and Ulcerative Colitis
Prof Toshifumi Ohkusa, The Jikei University Kashiwa Hospital

Workshop Sessions 3

Biocontrol / Mycorrhiza / Endophytic Fungi
Roberto Nascimento Silva, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Genomics and Molecular Pathogenesis of Insect Pathogenic Fungi
Prof Chendshu Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Tree of life/Biodiversity/Extremophiles I
Mycorrhizal Fungal Diversity in Chinese Subtropical Forest
Liangdong Guo, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Teun Boekhout, CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, Netherlands

Workshop Sessions 4

ICPA: Advances in the Taxonomy of Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Talaromyces
Aspergillus, Penicillium and Talaromyces: Current Status of Taxonomy and Nomenclature
Robert Samson, CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, Netherlands
New Taxonomies of Aspergillus Section Aspergillus, Restricti and Nidulantes
Dr Amanda Chen, China
The Distribution Of Mycotoxins And Other Extrolites In The Large Genera Aspergillus, Penicillium And Talaromyces
Prof Jens Frisvad, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Current Developments in the Taxonomy of Clinically Relevant Aspergillus Species
Dr Vit Hubka, Czech Republic
New Species Of Talaromyces Isolated From Maize And Other Substrates
Dr Stephen Peterson, United States Department of Agriculture, USA
Recent Developments in the Classification of Penicillium
Dr Jos Houbraken, Netherlands
"Omics" and Protozoa Parasite Biology and Host Parasite Interaction
Santuza Teixeira, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Zbynek Bozdech, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore

Bridging Session
Microbial Evolution and Diversity

Prof Martin Polz, MIT Boston, USA
Prof Antonis Rokas, Vanderbilt University, USA
Prof Eddie Holmes, University of Sydney, Australia

Emerging Diseases

Phenotypic Plasticity in Cryptococcus and the Swiss Army Knife of Virulence
A/Prof Dee Carter, University of Sydney, Australia
Metabolomics and Regulation of Gene Functions Across the Plant-Pathogen Interface
A/Prof Naweed I. Naqvi, National University of Singapore, Singapore

System / Industrial Biology / Synthetic Biology

A/Prof Hal Alper, University of Texas, USA
Dr Hyun Ah Kang, Chung-Ang University, South Korea

Workshop Sessions 5

Common Themes in Human, Animal, and Plant Pathogens II
Morphological and Metabolic Adaptation to Environmental Conditions by Talaromyces Marneffei and Its Role in the Host
Dr Alex Andrianopoulos, University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Tan Kar-Chun, Curtin University, Australia
Tree of Life / Biodiversity / Extremophiles II
Prof Savitree Limtong, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Prof Tomoyoshi Nozaki, NIID National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan

Workshop Sessions 6

Food Fermentation and Safety
Southeast Asia’s Traditional Fermented Foods and Their Safety
Prof Endang Rahayu, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
Ochratoxin A in Soybean Fermented Products and Its Bio-Reduction
Soo Hyun-Chung, Republic of Korea
Mycobiota of Korean Traditional Meju and Their Industrial Use
Seung-Beom Hong, Republic of Korea
Signalling / Signalling Circuits
Yong-Sun Bahn, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea
Prof Gustavo Goldman, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Bridging Session
Microbes and Climate Change

Carlos Pedrós-Alió, National Center for Biotechnology (CSIC) in Madrid, Spain
Microbes and Climate Change
Prof Lynne Boddy, Cardiff School of Biosciences, United Kingdom
Dengue and Zika Transmission: Environmental and Human Interaction
Dr Lee Ching Ng, National Environment Agency, Singapore

Inter Kingdom Crosstalk

A/Prof Duur Aanen, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Dr Jonathan Plett, Western Sydney University, Australia

Genomics / Large Scale Analysis / Evolution

Dr Toni Gabaldon, Comparative Genomics Group CRG-Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Adaptive Evolution: Don’t Fix What’s Broken
A/Prof Giulia Rancati, A*STAR, Singapore

Workshop Sessions 7

Cell Biology and Function
Ee Sin Chen, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Tu Anh Nguyen, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Biotechnology I
New Metabolic Regulation and Physiological Function of Amino Acids Found in Yeast and Their Application to Breeding
Hiroshi Takagi, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Andrea Camattari, A*STAR, Singapore

Workshop Sessions 8

ICFM / ICFMH: Food Pathogens and Mycotoxins
Andrea Rajkovic, Ghent University, Belgium
Dr Jos Houbraken, Netherlands
What Are The Real Producers of Carcinogenic Mycotoxins?
Prof Jens Frisvad, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Prof Vasilis Valdramidis, Malta
Biotechnology II
Fostering Synergy Between Synthetic Biology and Systems Biology to Improve Filamentous Fungal Cell Factories
Prof Vera Meyer, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Yvonne Chow, A*STAR, Singapore

Bridging Session
Immunity and Immune Evasion

Dr Mariagrazia Pizza, GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Italy
Prof Stuart Levitz, University of Massachusetts, USA
Dr Tiffany Reese, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Mycobiome and Protozobiome

Niranjan Nagarajan, A*STAR, Singapore
Dr Laurent Renia, A*STAR, Singapore

Food Security / Safety

A/Prof Alexander Idnurm, University of Melbourne, Australia
Prof Yang Liu, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China

*Updated as of 7 July 2017. Programme is subjected to changes.