BISMiS Live is our monthly seminar series, held online and scheduled for the third Saturday of each month, starting March 2021. The aim of the series is to reach out to microbiology students and early career scientists with an interest in microbial ecology and systematics. These interactive sessions with expert scientists from across the globe will foster interest in microbial systematics and the diversity and ecology of microbes in our world.

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Archived Sessions

2021
BISMiS Live - 2022 Inaugural Session- February 19, 2022
Prof. Mark Pallen
  • Speaker: Prof. Mark Pallen, Quadram Institute & University of East Anglia
  • Title of the Talk: Nomenclature of Archaea and Bacteria in the age of genomics: from pedantry to pragmatism
  • Biosketch: Mark Pallen is Professor of Microbial Genomics at the University of East Anglia and a Research Group Leader at the Quadram Institute in Norwich, UK. For two decades, Pallen has been at the forefront of efforts to apply sequencing and bioinformatics to a range of problems in microbiology, including genomic epidemiology of pathogens and the application of metagenomics in clinical and veterinary microbiology and in ancient DNA research. Recently, Pallen has broken new ground in applying Linnaean binomials to hundreds of new species from animal gut microbiomes and in devising creative new approaches to the generation of new taxonomic names en masse. He has advised the WHO on the use of names for SARS-CoV2 Variants of Concern and helped bacteriophage experts develop hundreds of new names for viral species. Pallen is director of the microbiology cloud-computing CLIMB-BIG- DATA project (https://climb.ac.uk) and of the doctoral training programme, Microbes, Microbiomes and Bioinformatics (https://uea.ac.uk/phd/mmbdtp)
  • Recorded Session: Watch Here
  • 12th Session- March 19, 2022
    Prof. William Whitman
  • Speaker: Prof. William Whitman, Department of Microbiology, University of Georgia
  • Title of the Talk: Why we need the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes Described from Sequence Data or the SeqCode
  • Biosketch: I received my Ph.D from The University of Texas at Austin studying autotrophy in phototrophic bacteria in 1978. Since then, my research has focused on the physiology, systematics and ecology of environmentally important microorganisms. Of special interest is to understand the complete organism, from the biochemical mechanisms it uses to accomplish its day-to-day tasks of living to its interactions with other organisms and its environment. In this context, my work has focused on the methane-producing archaeon Methanococcus, DMSP metabolism in the marine bacterium Ruegeria, and the soil microbiome. I also served as an associate editor of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 1995-2001; Supervising Editor of Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria, 2006-2019; Treasurer of International Committee for Systematics of Prokaryotes, 2014-2000; and Treasurer of Bergey’s International Society for Microbial Systematics, 2010-2020.
  • Recorded Session: Watch Here
  • 13th Session- April 16, 2022
    Special Dialogue on "SeqCode: an alternative code for naming the uncultivated"
    Moderated by Prof. Iain Sutcliffe, Department of Microbiology, Northumbria University
    Team A
    Prof. Fanus Venter
  • Prof. Fanus Venter, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria
  • Biosketch: Fanus Venter is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is also Deputy Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI). The main focus of his research is bacterial evolution, systematics and diversity. Through the use of comparative genomics, his research attempts to understand the functions, biology and evolution of bacteria associated with plants and aquatic environments. His current focus related to bacterial systematics is on the nitrogen-fixing Burkholderia and Bradyrhizobium species isolated from indigenous legumes in South Africa. His research group has already described several new species belonging to these genera. In addition to his research interests, Prof Venter is a member of several national and international scientific associations. He is the South African ambassador the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME), he is a Council member of the Southern African Society for Systematic Biology and is member of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes. He is also part of the group involved in the establishment of the SeqCode. He is associate editor of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology and Systematics and Applied Microbiology as well as guest editor for the Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology.

  • Prof. William Whitman, Department of Microbiology, University of Georgia
  • Biosketch: Given above as he was the speaker at the previous session

  • Team B
    Prof. Henrik Christensen
  • Prof. Henrik Christensen, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen
  • Biosketch: I have been investigating evolution and systematics of prokaryotes since 1991. The main part of my research has dealt with prokaryotic systematics and other areas have been within population genetics, soil microbiology and veterinary microbiology. The taxonomic focus has mainly been on members of Pasteurellaceae and other bacteria of clinical importance. As the chair of the International Committee of Systematics of Prokaryotes Subcommittee ICSP) on Pasteurellaceae, member of Judicial Commission of ICSP and editor of International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology I have already gained a lot of experience with prokaryotic systematics and hope to learn more in the future.
  • Lab Website: https://pasteurellaceae.eu/

  • Prof. Dr. Joerg Overmann
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann, Leibniz-Institut DSMZ, Germany
  • Biosketch: Jörg Overmann studied Biology at the Universities of Bochum and Freiburg and obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1991 at the University of Konstanz. His thesis received the Ph.D. Award of the German Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM). After a postdoctoral stay at the University of British Colombia, Canada, he joined the Universität Oldenburg where he obtained his Habilitation in 1999. From 2000 until 2010, he was professor of microbiology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München where he also served as Director of the Department Biology. In 2010, he became Director of the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen in Braunschweig and full professor of microbiology at the Braunschweig University of Technology. His main research interests are bacterial functional diversity, bacterial population genomics and speciation, and the molecular basis of microbial interactions. Prof. Overmann received the Inaugural Douglas Leigh Lecturer Award of the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology in 2013, is currently appointed member of the Permanent Senate Commission on Fundamental Issues of Biological Diversity of the DFG, and of the Council of Scientists of the Human Frontier Science Program Organization (Strasbourg, France). He also serves in the supervisory boards and scientific advisory boards of several national and international institutions.
  • Lab Website: https://www.dsmz.de/research/microbial-ecology-and-diversity-research

  • Recorded Session: Watch here
  • 14th Session- May 21, 2022
    Special Dialogue on "Implications of including the rank of phyla in the rules of ICNP"
    Moderated by Prof. Brian Hedlund, School of Life Sciences, University of Nevada- Las Vegas
    Prof. Aharon Oren
  • Speaker: Prof. Aharon Oren, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Title of the Talk: Valid publication of names of prokaryotic phyla - finally!
  • Biosketch: Aharon did his Masters in Biochemsitry and Microbiology from the University of Groningen at The Netherlands, then moved to Israel for PhD (1979) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 1982 to 84, he completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after which he joined as a faculty member at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the Executive Secretary and past Chair of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP); Editor-in-Chief for the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes; and Editor for International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Systematic and Applied Microbiology, Extremophiles, and more. Read more...

  • Dr. Karen Lloyd
  • Speaker: Dr. Karen Lloyd, University of Tennessee
  • Title of the Talk: A non-taxonomist and non-nomenclaturist’s plea for stability and deference to precedent in microbial names.
  • Biosketch: Karen G. Lloyd is an Associate Professor in the Microbiology Department at the University of Tennessee. Her research combines geochemistry and multi-omics techniques to infer microbiological functions in subsurface environments such as deep subseafloor sediments, terrestrial hot springs in subduction zones, marine methane seeps, and Arctic permafrost.

  • Recorded Session: Watch Here
  • 15th Session- June 18, 2022
    Dr. Taiki katayama
  • Speaker: Dr. Taiki Katayama, Geological Survey of Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
  • Title of the Talk: Cultivation and characterization of a member of novel bacterial phylum Atribacterota (formely OP9 or Atribacteria)
  • Biosketch: I am a senior research scientist in National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. I received my Ph.D degree from the Hokkaido University studying psychrophilic bacteria in permafrost in 2009. I joined at AIST as a postdoc followed by research scientist. One of my research objective is to elucidate the physiology and ecology of microorganisms in deep biosphere, especially those associated with biological methane production, by cultivation methods.

  • Recorded Session: Watch Here
  • 16th Session- July 16, 2022
    Dr. Mauricio Chalita
  • Speaker: Dr. Mauricio Chalita, CJ Bioscience, Republic of Korea
  • Title of the Talk: EzBioCloud: an evidence-based sequence identity database for microbial drug discovery
  • Biosketch: Mauricio Chalita, a computer scientist, attended Seoul National University, where he received his Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics and developed a high interest in new methods for shotgun metagenomics analysis. In 2017, he started working for Chunlab Inc., the creators of EzBioCloud, where he developed new methods for the analysis of shotgun metagenomic data, focusing on accurate abundance prediction of prokaryotic organisms. In 2021, Chunlab Inc. joined the conglomerate CJ in South Korea, re-naming the company to CJ Bioscience, which focuses on microbial drug discovery. Currently, he is the head of bioinformatics at CJ Bioscience leading the development of a new multi-omics drug discovery platform.
  • Website: https://www.ezbiocloud.net/
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  • 17th Session- August 20, 2022
    Dr. Anja Spang
  • Speaker: Dr. Anja Spang, Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • Title of the Talk: TBD
  • Biosketch: In preparation
  • Registration: Will Open Soon








  • 18th Session- September 17, 2022
    Dr. Maria Chuvachina
  • Speaker: Dr. Maria Chuvachina, Australian Centre for Ecogenomics, University of Queensland
  • Title of the Talk: TBD
  • Biosketch: In preparation
  • Registration: Will Open Soon








  • 19th Session- October 15, 2022
    Prof. Patrick Forterre
  • Speaker: Prof. Patrick Forterre, Department of Microbiology, Institut Pasteur
  • Title of the Talk: TBD
  • Biosketch: In preparation
  • Registration: Will Open Soon








  • 20th Session- November 19, 2022
    Dr. Luis M. Rodriguez-R
  • Speaker: Dr. Luis M. Rodriguez-R, Department of Microbiology & Digital Science Center (DiSC), University of Innsbruck
  • Title of the Talk: The SeqCode Registry, a semi-automated platform for the proposal and exploration of names of prokaryotes described from sequence data
  • Biosketch: My main research interest is the understanding of eco-evolutionary principles governing microbial communities: evolutionary and ecologic forces shaping populations and their metabolic potential, their interactions with other species, their hosts, and the environment, and the role of stochasticity. In the pursuit of these questions, I’ve garnered ample experience on genomic and metagenomic analyses in environmental, clinical, agricultural, and engineered settings, including the description, characterization, modeling, and simulation of microbial communities and populations. I’ve explored and discussed both theoretical and practical problems on microbiome analysis including the development and application of methods on phylogenomics, taxonomy of prokaryotes, metabolic modeling, statistical techniques, and sequence analyses. I’ve developed tens of bioinformatic tools and web interfaces including grid and cloud computing in a variety of programming languages and frameworks (Ruby, Rails, Perl, R, C++, etc) with over 10,000 downloads or online queries per month, available at https://rodriguez-r.com/software.

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