American Society for Microbiology

Florida Branch


Program and Abstract for 2015 Annual Meeting.
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2015 ASM Florida Branch Meeting

This meeting of the Florida Branch of ASM took place from October 9 – 11

2015 at the Cocoa Beach Hilton resort in Cocoa Beach, FL.

Our Keynote speakers were:

Dr. Michael Federle
of the University of Illinois at Chicago who spoke on “Microbial Wikileaks: Deciphering Microbial Conversations as an Approach to Disarm”

Dr. Jeffrey Smith

of the NASA Ames Research Center who spoke on “NASA Space Biology and the International Space Station Microbial Observatory”


Speakers and presenters


Thank You Sponsors!!

Student Awards

The organizers would like to thank the Florida Space Grant Consortium for helping to support the student poster session.

We would like to congratulate the following students for their outstanding presentations:


Adrienne Showman, University of Central Florida - Undergraduate Poster Award – First Place

Kripa Ahuja, University of Central Florida - Undergraduate Poster Award – Second Place

Joseph Perez, St. Petersburg College – Undergraduate Poster Award – Honorable Mention

Natalie Damaso, Florida International University, Graduate Poster Presentation – First Place

Christopher Grube, University of Central Florida – Graduate Poster Award – Second Place

Joany Babilonia, University of Florida – Graduate Poster Award – Honorable Mention

Philip Adams, University of Central Florida – Oral Presentation – First Place

Qingxuan Zhou, Florida International University -  Oral Presentation – Second Place

Christopher Parrett, University of Central Florida - Oral Presentation – Honorable Mention

Gabby Barbarite – 2015 William Safraneck Award – Best Presentation


QIIME Workshop

FLASM members had a chance to participate in our QIIME workshop, which was taught

by Dr. Giorgio Casaburi.


What is QIIME? ...


QIIME is an open-source bioinformatics pipeline for performing microbiome analysis from raw DNA sequencing data. QIIME is designed to take users from raw sequencing data generated on the Illumina or other platforms through publication quality graphics and statistics.  QIIME has been applied to studies based on billions of sequences from tens of thousands of samples.


For more information visit:  http://qiime.org

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