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American Society for Microbiology, Maryland Branch Ltd. FREE WEBINAR
Mechanisms of Long-term Survival and Evolution of Bacteria
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 7:00-8:30 PM

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  • 7:00 - 7:15     Maryland Branch business meeting

  • 7:15 - 8:30     Speaker presentation and Q&A



SPEAKER: Steven E. Finkel, PhD

Professor of Biological Sciences,

Molecular & Computational Biology Section,

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
2021-2022 President of the American Society for Microbiology

Dr. Finkel’s laboratory focuses on the long-term survival and evolution of bacteria, including applications to electricity production. Topics of current study include mechanisms of survival and DNA protection in stationary phase, the roles of error-prone DNA polymerases in generating diversity, the use of DNA as a nutrient, and the long-term survival of bacteria in microbial fuel cells and deep sub-seafloor environments. Model organisms include E. coli, Shewanella oneidensis, P. aeruginosa, Halomonas spp. and gut microbiota communities.

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Contact the Maryland Branch at to request Zoom Meeting contact information to attend the webinar via web browser, one tap mobile or by dial-in.

Video and audio feeds from attendees will not be active during the webinar; all Q&A will be conducted through the webinar platform’s chat feature with an open discussion after the presentation.

Questions?  Email the Branch at

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