Queer in Microbiology: A Conversation

18 Nov - Virtual, online

Overview
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Overview

The Microbiology Society is hosting an online event to celebrate the diversity of its community on LGBTQ+ STEM Day.

We will be hosting an online discussion that will include the participation of openly LGBTQ+ scientists representing different career stages, both in academia and the biotech industry. We will talk about the challenges that LGBTQ+ researchers face in their careers, and how they overcome these obstacles through community-building and learning from leaders in the field.

We have a fantastic line-up including Professor Bryan Bryson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), Dr Anna Fagre (Colorado State University, USA), Dr Jason Mellad (Start Codon, UK) and Professor Michael Sauer (Institute of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology, Austria).

The event is open to everyone and will take place virtually on 18 November 2022 at 15:00 GMT.

Please join us in this celebration of our scientists on LGBTQ+ STEM Day!

Organisers:

  • I’ah Donovan Banfield (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Daniel Gonçalves-Carneiro (Rockefeller University, USA)
  • Rebee Penrice-Randal (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Bruno Francesco Rodrigues de Oliveira (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil)

Find out more about the event’s organisers.

Programme

Programme

*Please note the programme is subject to change.

15:00–15:10 Introduction to Microbiology Society Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives for LGBTQ+ Community Dr Kevin Maringer (The Pirbright Institute, UK, Microbiology Society Members Panel Co-Chair)
15:10–16:10

Panel discussion covering following topics:

  • Educational/personal background
  • Career progression
  • Being out at work
  • Training opportunities
  • Finding community
  • Role models

Professor Bryan Bryson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

Dr Anna Fagre (Colorado State University, USA)

Dr Jason Mellad (Start Codon, Cambridge, UK)

Professor Michael Sauer (Institute of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology, Austria)

16:10–16:30 Audience Q&A  

 

Registration

Registration

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Organisers

Organisers

I'ah Donovan-Banfield

I'ah Donovan-Banfield [she/her] (University of Liverpool, UK)
I'ah is a second year PhD student at the University of Liverpool, UK. Her work focuses on viral genomic changes in response to antiviral therapeutics. She enjoys running, hiking, baking and watercolour painting in her spare time.

 

 

 

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Daniel Gonçalves-Carneiro [he/him/his] (Rockefeller University, USA)
Daniel is a postdoctoral research associate at the Rockefeller University, USA. His research interests include the evolution of coding biases of viral genomes and how viral RNA is detected by the immune system. In his free time, Daniel enjoys printmaking, running and cycling.

 

 

 

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Rebee Penrice-Randal [she/they] (University of Liverpool, UK)
Rebee is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Liverpool, UK and research scientist at TopMD Precision Medicine Ltd. Rebee uses RNA sequencing and bioinformatics to understand viral disease, from viral evolution and microbiomes to the host response. In their spare time, Rebee enjoys photography, running and live music.

 

 

 

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Bruno Francesco Rodrigues de Oliveira [he/him] (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil)
Bruno is an Adjunct Professor of Bacteriology at the Fluminense Federal University, Brazil. As a marine microbiologist, his research work is focused on the ecology and biotechnology of sponge and macroalgae microbiomes. In his spare time, Bruno enjoys hiking and discovering new places to hang out with friends.