IV Frontiers in Environmental Microbiology will be on Friday, March 25, 2011 • Universidad del Turabo

Abstract Submission for Posters (February 4, 2011) Early Registration (until February 25, 2011)


Nowadays, disciplines seek to combine innovative solutions to face environmental challenges to life on Earth. Everyday, profound scientific initiatives disclose microbial properties that are valuable to understand and to deal with environmental constraints that mankind has made. Therefore, we are convening international and local researchers, within an interdisciplinary scenario, to discuss microbial capabilities and diversity with potential for novel products. We take this opportunity to examine scientific advances towards environmental balances, sustainable development, and societal progress with lessons for innovation. New discoveries are achieved by searching for frontiers in environmental microbiology.

We, at Universidad del Turabo and the Puerto Rico Institute for Microbial Ecology Research (PRIMER), recognize our responsibility to search for and carry out research that will provide solutions to environmental constraints and descriptions of novel and intriguing biological phenomena. This is a task for multiple disciplines and a commitment for the global scientific community to achieve transformations.

The PRIMER pursues a better understanding of microbial roles within the Neotropical environment with global impact. We invite you to be part of this journey:

Third Symposium

Frontiers in Environmental Microbiology

Lessons for Innovation

Friday, March 19, 2010 • Amphitheater Ignacio Morales Nieva

Universidad del Turabo • Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Scientific program will start at 9:00 a.m.

Scientific Program

Convener: Dr. Sharon A. Cantrell. Universidad del Turabo, PR

8:00 am Registration

8:45 am Welcome

Dr. María del Carmen Santos, Associate Vice Chancellor, Universidad del Turabo, PR

9:00 am Introduction to the Symposium

Dr. José Pérez-Jiménez, Director I3 & PRIMER, Universidad del Turabo, PR

An initial reflection

9:15 pm Tropical Dry forests in the karst region of Puerto Rico: A nature wonder where microbes are: I wonder?

Dr. Elvira Cuevas; Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, PR

-- Emerging microbial roles --

9:45 am Bioenergía y Biorefinerías: Integrando Innovación y Sustentabilidad

Dr. Marco A. Baez-Vasquez; Biotechnology Center of Excellence Corporation, Massachusetts, USA

10:30 am Mortandad masiva de los abanicos de mar en Puerto Rico: ¿aspergilosis sin Aspergillus?

Dr. Paul Bayman; Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, PR

11:00 am Break

-- Modern Perspectives --

11:15 am Molecular Applications to Pharmaceutical Processes

Dr. Luis E. Jiménez; Immunomedics Inc., New Jersey, USA

12:00 pm Richness and endemicity of sulfate-reducing bacteria in the Neotropics

Dr. José Pérez-Jiménez; Department of Biology, Universidad del Turabo, PR

12:30 pm Closing Remarks: Lessons for Innovation

Dr. José R. Pérez-Jiménez, Director I3 and PRIMER, Universidad del Turabo, PR

12:45 pm Lunch and Poster Session. Salón de Actos


• Puerto Rico Institute for Microbial Ecology Research

Interdisciplinary Research Institute Office of the Vice Chancellor
NSF-RIG-Richness and endemicity of sulfate-reducing bacteria in Neotropical environments (MCB-0615671) to Dr. Pérez-Jiménez
NSF-CAA-Molecular and Functional Signatures of Fungi from Temperate and Tropical Hypersaline Microbial Mats (MCB-718500) to Dr. Sharon A. Cantrell
FIPSE-Pathway for Advanced Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing (P116V090048)
FIPSE-PRIMER Alliance for Environmental Biotechnology and Sustainable Development (P116M090022)
NSF-ATE PRIMER-Tropical Bioprospecting Venture at CETA (DUE-0903274)
AMGEN’s PRIMER-Tropical Bioprospecting Venture at Juncos (press note)


First Annoucement. Calendar the Symposium