Apero-talks, now online

The JSM3 AperoTalks are intended as informal and educational scientific presentations for especially all the students and young researchers of the IMM. After the lecture, there will be an apero to encourage informal networking!

Our next AperoTalk is scheduled next thursday 25.02.2021 at 18:30h.

Christina Kiessling from the Georgia State University, USA will give a talk on Mechanisms of Anaerobic Oxidation and Regulation of Degradation Pathways of Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Plastics in Geobacter daltonii

stay tuned for the abstract

Enzyme Conjugation to Magnetic Nanoparticles: (nano)Action!

Zoom zooom zooouum! the third aperotalk online, Thursday 11th of February, 2021, at 18:30.

We were magnetized in front of our screens by Francesca Bussolari from CSIC/Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

Abstract: In recent years, industries have become interested in utilizing biocatalysis technologies, due to their high efficiency and specificity. Increased efficiency in enzyme immobilization for the creation of biocatalysts has led to more widespread application, however there are still many challenges to overcome in order to use these biocatalysts to their fullest potential.

By leveraging nanomaterials' physical and chemical properties, we propose a strategy to provide optimal reaction conditions for different enzymes, with the main goal of implementing efficient multienzyme “one-pot” cascades of industrial interest. For this purpose, we focused our attention on magnetic nanoparticles that trigger local heating under the influence of an alternating magnetic field, allowing us to generate the best temperature conditions for thermophilic enzymes, without damaging thermolabile cofactors and products.

The development of these nanotechnologies is a critical step in the implementation of biocatalysis for more sustainable industrial applications.

We have Action Potential!

Second zoom-aperotalk was given by Sabine Zips, TUM, Munich, Germany

on Thursday, 28th of January, 2021, at 18:30

Abstract: A rising prevalence of degenerative diseases in aging societies calls for novel systems to investigate cellular degeneration and evaluate possible intervention strategies in a high-throughput approach. In this context, one of our main goals is to develop microfluidic biohybrid devices to investigate network-scale phenomena including cellular signal propagation, progressive neurodegeneration, and bioelectronic intervention via neuromodulation. In particular, we are interested in neuroelectronic interfaces and sensor arrays for the stimulation and recording of chemical and electrical neuronal signals in vivo and in vitro. As an alternative to classical fabrication methods, we focus on additive manufacturing technologies – mainly inkjet, aerosol-jet, and stereolithographic printing - for the production of stimulation and recording electrode arrays as well as microfluidic systems. The most intriguing feature of these printing techniques is, that they allow three-dimensional patterning of novel conductive materials or photocurable polymers in a short amount of time, which gives new options for the development of sensing platforms and organ-on-a-chip devices.

First zoom-aperotalk

The talk was presented by LCB PhD student, Julian Bulssico, on Thursday, 03.12.2020.

Phages: How to get away with (bacterial) murder

The world most efficient natural-born killer is living among us, in this very moment, but don’t worry it is on our side! (Bacterio)phages are viruses capable of infecting and killing bacteria. Discovered a century ago, these lilliputian hijackers sabotage the cellular machinery of their hosts to reproduce, being accountable for the death of almost half of the bacteria in the oceans every day. In the early days of genetics, studying phages allowed us to understand the building blocks of life. These viruses’ components let us develop many of the powerful molecular tools we now use every day on the lab bench. For the inaugural session of the JSM3 apéro talks we invite you to learn about these curious organisms, about the strategies and weapons they use against bacteria and how we can harness their promising therapeutic potential to treat nasty infections.

Fourth Apero-talk

4th aperotalk and first invited aperotalk took place on March 5, 2020 at 5:20 pm in the room Jacques Senez, CNRS Joseph Aiguier campus. The talk titled "Strength in Numbers: The Overwhelming Presence of Ammonia Oxidizing Archaea" was presented by Logan Hodgskiss coming all the way from University of Vienna! We have learned about the hidden capacities of the archaea!

The scientific talk was followed by an apero with the German carnaval theme :) thanks to our committee members Christina and Killian for bringing the original german snacks and beers!

illustration by Julián Bulssico, PhD student at LCB

Third Apero-talk

Third aperotalk was on Thursday 20th of February at 5:20

in the room Jacques Senez at IMM

Eugène Christo-Foroux and Alejandro Villalta Casares , PhD students of IGS presented their work on giant viruses. We have zoomed into the intriguing tiny world of giants! It was an intense discussion about evolution and ORFan genes :)

wonderful illustration by Julián Bulssico, PhD student at LCB

Second Apero-talk

Second aperotalk was on Thursday 6th of February at 5:20 pm in the room Jacques Senez at IMM.

The scientific talk was given by the young researchers of BIP6 (Christophe Léger’s team):

Christina Felbek (PhD), Marta Meneghello (postdoc) and Aurore Bailly (engineer)

with the title: An electrifying way to study enzymes!

We have discovered the work of BIP6 and had crepes and of course - apero :)

First Apero-talk

First AperoTalk took place on Thursday 16th of January at 5:20 pm in the room Jacques Senez. The scientific talk was given by Marie Grandjean, 1st year PhD student at LISM (in the group of Christophe Bordi). Marie presented us her work on secretion system from Pseudomonas. In addition, Marie introduced us to the card game she is developing. We had a chance to test the game and it had a great success!!

Find out more about the game on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MicrobioworldGame/

and on twitter: @MBWgame

Give and AperoTalk seminar

If you are interested to give an AperoTalk seminar or you have suggestions whom we should invite, contact us at jsm3@jsm3congress.fr or come talk to one of the committee members in the AperoTalk events.