32nd Annual Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis

One of the poster sessions at the 31st Annual Conference Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis held on May 15, 2019.

Our conference showcases plenary speakers in the fields of mycology, bacteriology, parasitology and virology. We recognize our outstanding graduate student researchers during this event.

Oral presentations by students and post-docs, in addition to the poster sessions, are open to all attendees.  

Students and post-docs will have an opportunity to meet with our invited speakers during lunch.

Continental breakfast will be served and poster set up will begin at 8:00 a.m. on May 20, 2020.

Our conference will be hosted at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Post-Doc and Student Talks

Two post-docs and four students will have the opportunity to present 12-minute talks during this conference. Speakers will be selected by the scientific review committee based on submitted abstracts.

Keynote Speakers

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh


University of Washington

Washington University

Registration Cost and Due Date

General registration is $90. Undergraduate and graduate student registration is $45.

UB participants paying with eReq or IDI will receive a discount.

For those interested in presenting orally, abstracts due by April 15, 2019.

Registrations, payments and poster abstracts due by April 30, 2019.

Lodging Information

Wyndham Garden Buffalo Downtown
125 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

There is a hotel shuttle from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; the symposium location is 0.3 miles from the hotel.

When reserving your room, reference the discounted UB rate.

Submission Instructions

Abstracts and abstract submission forms should be emailed to kvloera@buffalo.edu.

Abstract Submission Deadline

For those who would like to be considered for an oral presentation: April 15, 2020

Poster abstracts: April 30, 2020

Poster Guidelines

Posters should be 3 feet high by 4 feet wide.

Eugene Gorzynski Travel Award

The Gorzynski Travel Award supports a PhD or MD/PhD student who is traveling to a national or international meeting to present a research paper or poster.

Erwin Neter Award

The Western New York American Society for Microbiology presents the Erwin Neter Award.


Students must be registered for the Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis, must have submitted an abstract by the deadline and must be a paid member of the Western New York Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), which sponsors this award.

Selection of Finalists

The scientific review committee will select four finalists based on evaluation of the submitted abstracts.


The four finalists will give 12-minute talks at the conference. The scientific review committee will select the winner. The WNY ASM will give the winner a cash prize and the opportunity to present their work at the WNY ASM annual meeting.

Poster Award


All trainees who attend the conference and present a poster are eligible for the Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis Poster Award.


A judging committee will select the three best posters by ballot. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the conference, for first, second, and third place.

Date and Location

May 20, 2020

8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by a networking event at one of Buffalo's local and historical pubs.

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Education
955 Main St., Buffalo, N.Y., 14203


Program coming soon


Register by April 30, 2020.

  • General: $90
  • Undergraduate and graduate students: $45

Please note that this is a secure site. Each attendee will need to pay individually. The first page will ask for a student name, but is for all attendees. On the next page, the option of student or non-student registration is available. Only required fields need to be competed.

Conference Administrators

Kathrine Ohms.

Kathrine Ohms

Witebsky Center Administrator/Grants Manager

955 Main Street, Suite 5102 D, Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-3831

Email: kvloera@buffalo.edu

Shari Wilson.

Shari Wilson

Witebsky Center Office Assistant

955 Main Street, Suite 5102 L, Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-2848

Email: swilson@buffalo.edu