Scientific Program

Day 1 - Monday, July 18th






Bird's Eye View

Chairs: Joana Azeredo and Madalena Pimentel

  • Algal ecology from a virus's View

    Corina Brussaard

  • Sparrow's view on phage research

    Sylvain Moineau


Opening Reception

Day 2 - Tuesday, July 19th


Session 1: Ecology and evolution of microbial viruses I

Chairs: Cristina Moraru and Corina Brussaard

  • Sequencing ribosomal RNA to to infer taxon-specific lysis in microbial communities

    Curtis Suttle

  • Evolutionary and ecological aspects of CRISPR-Cas – phage interactions

    Stineke van Houte

  • Uncultured giant viruses in soil exhibit previously unseen capsid morphologies

    Matthias Fischer

  • Phage superinfection exclusion factors against host cell scarcity

    Leonard Bäcker

  • Virus-host interactions in a municipal landfill include non-specific viruses, hyper-targeting, and interviral conflicts

    Nikhil George

  • Asgard archaeal viruses

    Pedro Leao


Coffee Break


Session 2: Virus structures and function I

Chairs: Douwe van Sinderen and Deborah Hinton

  • DNA recognition and capsid expansion during virus assembly

    Alfred Antson

  • The secrets of unique lemon-shaped viruses of Archaea

    Mart Krupovic

  • Towards a complete molecular description of infection initiation by bacteriophage T7

    Ian J. Molineux

  • Mechanism of virion formation of the Emiliania huxleyi virus 201 enveloped by two membranes

    Miroslav Homola

  • Implications of endolysin diversity on phage-host adaptation and evolution

    Frank Oechslin




Posters Session I


Session 3: Agro-food, Veterinary and Environmental Biotechnology Applications I

Chairs: Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa and Hugo Oliveira

  • Cell wall polysaccharides - the gate-keepers of phage infection in Streptococcus thermophilus

    Jennifer Mahony

  • Infection of Erwinia amylovora by the phages S6 and M7 depends on bacterial cellulose

    Lars Fieseler

  • How to produce phage tail-like particles from phages

    Cedric Woudstra

  • Phage biocontrol of rhizogenic Agrobacterium: solving the root of the problem

    Kiandro Jeroen Fortuna

  • SMART design of a multi-receptor phage cocktail against Salmonella and impact of phage resistance on bacterial fitness

    Carlos Soto


Coffee Break


Session 4: Biotechnology applications in health care I

Chairs: Jeremy Barr and Ivone Martins

  • Identification of Bacterial Pathogens in Sepsis Using Bacteriophage Present in Circulating Free DNA

    Paul Bollyky

  • Phages playing molecular Lego

    Yves Briers

  • Efficacy against dual-species biofilms using phage- antibiotics combinations is independent of the biofilm model

    Luís Melo

  • Chimeric endolysins selectively kill S. aureus in vitro, on reconstituted human epidermis, and on murine skin

    Christian Röhrig

  • Engineering of endolysins for the targeted treatment of localized Staphylococcus aureus infections

    Anja Keller

  • From biological data to new phage-based antimicrobials: the case of AMP-like regions in Gram-negative phage endolysins

    Roberto Vázquez


ISVM General Assembly

Day 3 - Wednesday, July 20th


Session 5: Virus-host interaction: host defense and viral evasion mechanisms

Chairs: Sylvain Moineau and Peter Fineran

  • Pseudomonas prophages exploit bacterial signalling to modulate phage defence

    Karen L. Maxwel

  • New mechanisms of anti-phage defense

    Rotem Sorek

  • Cyclic nucleotides in bacterial immune response: a glue for deadly molecular assemblies

    Gaelle Hogrel

  • Biological consequences of 7-deazaguanine hypermodifications in phage genomes

    Witold Kot

  • Discrimination of phages and plasmids through inverse regulation of surface-based and CRISPR-Cas immune strategies

    Leah M. Smith

  • CRISPR and non-CRISPR defences in Pseudomonas aeruginosa act synergistically against phage infection

    Alice Maestri


Coffee Break


Session 6: Virus-host interaction: overcoming cell barriers

Chairs: Yves Briers and Sílvio Santos

  • Phage strategies for overcoming diverse cell barriers in E. coli

    Lone Brøndsted

  • Phage-derived carbohydrate depolymerases - from structure to function and exploitation

    Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa

  • Bitter sweet symphony: Coevolutionary dynamics and diversity of resistance mechanisms against a polylysogenic competitor

    Olaya Rendueles

  • Understanding the complete reservoir of bacteriophage depolymerases against A. baumannii capsules

    Hugo Oliveira

  • The interplay between phages, Listeria and host cells

    Yang Shen




Posters Session II


Session 7: Virus structures and function II

Chairs: Mart Krupovic and Priscila Pires

  • The T4 MotB protein improves infection in various, unexpected ways

    Deborah Hinton

  • Lactococcal phage-host interactions at a molecular level: a cheesy story

    Douwe van Sinderen

  • Salmonella virus Epsilon15 tailspike has multiple binding sites and two catalytic activities

    Mateo Seoane-Blanco

  • Diversity and evolution of tail spike proteins of Ackermannviridae phages

    Anders Nørgaard Sørensen

  • Insertion tolerance regions for synthetic RNA phage engineering

    Shin-Yae Choi


Coffee Break


Session 8: Ecology and evolution of microbial viruses II

Chairs: Kelly Williams and Curtis Suttle

  • Using cultivations to discover new phage diversity in the marine environment

    Cristina Moraru

  • Global metatranscriptome analysis reveals vast diversity of novel RNA viruses in protists and other eukaryotes

    Valerian V. Dolja

  • Marine viral infection networks revealed through proximity-ligation sequencing

    Cynthia Silveira

  • Seasonality and transcriptomic responses of the Rheinheimera phage-host system from the Baltic Sea

    Karin Holmfeldt

  • The influence of early life exposures on the infant gut virome

    Yichang Zhang

  • Intestinal virome in Crohn's disease patients

    Marianne De Paepe


Conference Dinner

Day 4 - Thursday, July 21st


Session 9: Virus-host interaction: molecular mechanisms I

Chairs: Laurent Debarbieux and Luís Melo

  • Phage defense at the multicellular level – from small molecules to cellular development

    Julia Frunzke

  • Ecological significance of extracellular vesicles in modulating host-virus interactions during algal blooms

    Daniella Schatz

  • Genetic dissection of host takeover by phage T5: developing tools for genome engineering of large virulent phages

    Ombeline Rossier

  • The gut environment regulates bacterial gene expression which modulates susceptibility to bacteriophage infection

    Chaffringeon Lorenzo

  • Phage-Antibiotic Synergy for filamentation-inducing antibiotics

    Julián Bulssico

  • Exploring protein lysine acetylations during phage infection in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Hanne Hendrix


Coffee Break


Session 10: Agro-food, veterinary and environmental biotechnology applications

Chairs: Martin Loessner and Ana Oliveira

  • Phages select for non-virulent variants of Flavobacterium pathogens: implications of pathogen control in aquaculture

    Mathias Middelboe

  • Ultrasonic spray deposition of a bio-based coating loaded with the Salmonella phage Felix 01 on food contact materials

    Sanna Sillankorva

  • Unveiling the impact of STEC infecting phages on the colon microbiota using an in vitro fermentation model

    Graça Pinto

  • Multi-aspect safety assessment of bacteriophage products dedicated for animal health

    Ewelina Wójcik

  • Evaluation of spray-dried microencapsulated phage cocktail to control Salmonella carriage and shedding in weaned pigs

    Golam Shaharior Islam




Poster Session III


Session 11: Virus-host interaction

Chairs: Karen Maxwel and José Penades

  • Infection mechanism of haloarchaeal viruses

    Tessa Quax

  • A sweet key to bacteriophage infection: Polysaccharide interactions at Gram-negative bacterial surfaces and in extracellular glycan matrices

    Stefanie Barbirz

  • Reversible bacteriophage resistance by shedding the bacterial cell wall

    Véronique Ongenae

  • Abortive infection and defensive symbiosis - novel defense strategies against giant viruses

    Patrick Arthofer

  • Unraveling bacterial determinants of tolerance to endolysin lytic action

    Ana Gouveia


Coffee Break


Workshop on Viral Genomics and Taxonomy - from isolate to GenBank and beyond

Andrew Kropinski; Evelien Adriaenssens & Dann Turner

Day 5 - Friday, July 22nd


Session 12: Biotechnology applications in health care II

Chairs: Krystyna Dabrowska and Martha Clokie

  • Discovery, dynamics, engineering, and the therapeutic opportunities for phage treatment of Mycobacterium infections

    Graham Hatfull

  • Fundamentally applied phage biology

    Jeremy Barr

  • Phage therapy: a Belgian experience

    Sarah Djebara

  • Targeted design and manipulation of defined microbial consortia by bacteriophages

    Alexandra von Strempel

  • Selective photokilling of colon cancer cells using a spheroid-penetrating phage retargeted to the fibronectin receptor

    Luca Ulfo

  • Phages promote polarization of M1 macrophages

    Kevin Champagne-Jorgensen


Coffee Break


Session 13: Round Table: Current state and latest developments of phage therapy

Chair: Tobi Nagel
Jean-Paul Pirnay, Patrick Soentjens, Ran Nir-Paz, Martha Clokie, Sofia Corte-Real


Career Award




Session 14: Virus-host interaction: molecular mechanisms II

Chairs: Tessa Quax and Carlos São-José

  • Bacteriophages mobilise pathogenicity islands encoding immune systems as weapons to eradicate competitors

    José Penadés

  • Biasing Bacteriophage Behaviours

    Alexander Hynes

  • Regulation of prophage induction and lysogenization by phage communication systems and the SOS response

    Edze Westra

  • Compartmentalization of bacteriophage SPP1 replication and assembly in the Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis

    Audrey Labarde

  • Diversity generating retroelements: from phage host- range evolution to targeted mutagenesis tools

    Raphael Laurenceau

  • Dual pathogenicity island transfer by a novel form of lateral transduction

    John Chen


Coffee Break


Session 15: New horizons, new conquests

Chairs: Julia Frunzke and Rob Lavigne

  • Phages and their satellites encode hotspots of antiviral systems

    David Bikard

  • Type III CRISPR-Cas provides resistance against nucleus-forming jumbo phages via abortive infection

    Peter Fineran

  • On the occurrence and multimerization of two- polypeptide phage endolysins encoded in single genes

    Carlos São-José

  • Enhancing bacteriophage therapeutics through in situ production and release of heterologous antimicrobial effectors

    Samuel Kilcher

  • How to connect RNAs with proteins? -RNAylation of proteins

    Katharina Höfer

  • Structural insight into giant virus infection of marine picoplankton

    Carina Büttner


Closing Session