Bacterial Infection & Host Defense  

Suzhou, China

May 20-24, 2024   

Abstract deadline: March 29, 2024



Organized by:

Elizabeth Hartland, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Nina Salama, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Feng Shao, National Institute of Biological Sciences

Jörg Vogel, University of Würzburg

Birgitta Normark, Karolinska Institute

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Bacterial Infection & Host Defense which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday May 20, and will conclude after lunch on Friday May 24, 2024.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in Bacterial Infection and Host Defense. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:

1. Bacterial Intracellular Trafficking

2. Gene Expression and Virulence Traits in Pathogenic Microbes

3. Host Response to Bacterial Infection

4. Gastrointestinal Colonization

5. The Microbiome in Health and Disease

6. Bacterial Toxins and Pathogenesis

Keynote Speaker:

Lalita Ramakrishnan, University of Cambridge

Invited Speakers:

Steffen Backert, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Lehrstuhl für Mikrobiologie

Laurent Boyer, Inserm, Université Côte d'Azur

Min Dong, Harvard Medical School

Tao Dong, Southern University of Science and Technology

Mario Feldman, Washington University in St. Louis

Samuel Forster, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Xiang Gao, Shandong University

Elizabeth Hartland, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Sophie Helaine, Harvard Medical School

Pavel Kovarik, University of Vienna

Tomoko Kubori, Gifu University

Shan Li, Huazhong Agriculture University

Cuihua Liu, Institute of Microbiology, CAS

Matthias Machner, NICHD, National Institutes of Health

Shaeri Mukherjee, University of California, San Francisco

Songying Ouyang, Fujian Normal University

Nina Salama, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Feng Shao, National Institute of Biological Science

Shumin Tan, Tufts University School of Medicine

Teresa Thurston, Imperial College London

Jörg Vogel, University of Würzburg

Sho Yamasaki, Osaka University

Jingren Zhang, Tsinghua University

Franklin Zhong, Skin Research Institute, A*STAR

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit  

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in May, 2024.