5th International Aspergillus Meeting (Asperfest)

April 4-5, 2008


All sessions in the Appleton Tower LT 1


April 3, Thursday

7:00                            Committee members: "Get-together dinner"

April 4, Friday

8:00-9:00  Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome, introductions and announcements:
                                         Michelle Momany/Gerhard Braus
9:15-10:30 Session I: Aspergillus Resources
                                         Chair: Scott Baker

Scott Baker (Pacific Northwest National Lab. Richland, USA):
"Aspergillus genomics and microarrays"

Kevin McCluskey (Fungal Genetics Stock Center, USA):
"Aspergillus resources"

10:30-11:00     Coffee Break
11:00- 12:30 Session II: Genomic approach to industries/Biotechnology
Chair: Masayuki Machida

Geoff Turner (The University of Sheffield)
"Secondary metabolic diversity in the genus Aspergillus"(25-30 min.)

Carsten Hjort (Novozymes)
"Introduction of Genomics as a powerful screening tool in biotechnology" (25-30 min.)

Mizuki Tanaka, Masafumi Tokuoka, Katsuya Gomi (Tohoku University)
"Codon optimization of heterologous protein expression in Aspergillus oryzae"(15-20 min.)

Masahiro Ogawa et al. (Noda Institute for Scientific Research)
"Construction of a disruption mutant library of the transcription regulatory genes in koji-mold Aspergillus oryzae"(15-20 min.)

12:30-01:30 Lunch
1:30-3:15 Session III: Cell Biology
Chair: Gerhard Braus

Steve Osmani (Ohio State, Columbus OH USA):
"Cell cycle regulation in Aspergillus nidulans"
(25 min.)

Claudio Scazzocchio (Université Paris Sud, France):
"Casein kinase I and amino acid transporter topogenesis in Aspergillus nidulans " (25 min.)

Takahiro Shintani (Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan):
"Cellular response to the expression of an aberrant secretory protein in Aspergillus oryzae"
(15 min.)

Ronald de Vries (Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands):
"Spatial differentiation of mannitol dehydrogenase and mannitol-1-phosphate dehydrogenase explains the absence of a mannitol cycle in Aspergillus niger" (15 min.)

Terry Hill (Rhodes College, Memphis TN, USA)
"Two GDP-mannose transporters contribute to cell wall integrity in Aspergillus nidulans" (15 min.)

3:15-3:45 Coffee Break
3:45-4:30 Community Directions Discussion Moderator: Michelle Momany
Pontecorvo Lecture
                                     Chair: Gary Payne

Michael Hynes (Univ. of Melbourne):
"Aspergillus nidulans : the perfect fungus"


6:00-7:00 Posters
7:00-8:00 Free for Dinner (not included in the fees)

April 5, Saturday

7:30-9:00 Breakfast (Hotel)
9:00-9:15 Elections
9:15-10:15 Session IV: Secondary Metabolism
                                     Chair: Arthur Ram/Kevin McCluskey

Jonathan M. Palmer (University of Wisconsin, MA/USA):
"Increased asperthecin production in a mutant of Aspergillus nidulans defective in ascospore production"
(20 min.)

Ken Oda (Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Ishikawa/Japan):
"Aspergillus oryzae LaeA Affects Production Of Kojic Acid" 
(20 min.)

Özgür Bayram (Georg August University, Göttingen/Germany):
"The velvet complex coordinates light, fungal development and secondary metabolism"
(20 min.)


10:15-11:15 Session V: Selected posters
                                     Chair: Arthur Ram/Kevin McCluskey

Celine O’Gorman (University College, Dublin/Ireland):
"Confirmation of identification of a population of Aspergillus fumigatus isolates from Ireland using a polyphasic approach" (10 min.)

Feng Jie Jin (Noda Institute, Japan):
"A trial of the minimization of the chromosome 7 by large-scale chromosomal deletion in A. oryzae RIB40" (10 min.)

Birte Könnecke (Georg August University, Göttingen/Germany):
"The COP9 signalosome influences cell wall degradation and development of Aspergillus nidulans" (10 min.)

Marcia Kress (Georg August University, Göttingen/Germany):
"Three Different Cullins are Neddylated in Aspergillus nidulans"
  (10 min)


11:15-11:45 Coffee Break
11:45-13:00 Session VI: Comparative Aspergillus studies/evolution/systematics
Chair: Jennifer Wortman

Herman Pel (DSM Food Specialities):
"Comparative genomics of A. niger strains"

Mikael Rřrdam Andersen (Denmark Technical University):
"Comparative transcriptomics of three Aspergillus species"

Mike Cornell (University of Manchester):
"Development of the e-fungi database: problems and possibilities of data integration"


13:00 Announce election results and take any further discussion
13:15 WRAP UP / End of Asperfest Michelle Momany


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