The 39th Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology
August 3 – August 6, 2020
The Pennsylvania State University,
University Park Campus
Please join us for the 39th Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology, continuing a tradition of excellence and exciting meetings attended by hundreds of participants from universities, public and private sector research organizations, and industry.
This year’s Symposium is interdisciplinary and will focus on highlighting a fundamental understanding of the life sciences dependent on anaerobic microbes. Speakers will address advances in biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology that are synergistic to the spectrum of interests among attendees. Sessions will emphasize the human microbiome, Earth’s environment, metabolic diversity, evolution, astrobiology and metabolic engineering.
The 39th Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology will also pay tribute to both Ralph S. Wolfe (1922 – 2019), whose efforts sparked a renaissance in anaerobic microbial biology, and Stanley, R. Person (1928 – 2019) who founded the Penn State symposia.
The Summer Symposium encourages attendance of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in addition to faculty. Inexpensive registration fees and availability of on-campus accommodations allow for maximal participation by scientists in-training. In addition to two poster sessions, the 2019 symposium will feature at least 24 short talks to be selected from submitted abstracts to allow junior faculty, post docs and graduate students the opportunity to present their work in highly visible settings. A limited number of travel scholarships will be awarded to graduate students submitting abstracts.