ISZB-2019 meeting will take place in Japan

ISZB board members have selected Kyoto, Japan for the site of the 6th meeting of the International Society for Zinc Biology. The meeting will be held on September 9-13, 2019. The conference will be organized by Toshiyuki Fukada (Chair), Taiho Kambe (co-Chair), Atsushi Takeda (co-Chair), Hiroyuki Yasui, and Keigo Nishida. All aspects of zinc biology will be covered in the conference.

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Best wishes,

ISZB President

JOB – 3-year postdoc position

A 3-year Medical Research Council UK funded position is available for a highly-motivated, ambitious candidate with strong interest in host-pathogen interaction to join the Microbial Pathogenesis research team of Dr. Gunnar Schroeder at the Centre for Experimental Medicine (CEM).

The successful candidate will drive an exciting research programme and use microbiological, cell biological and biochemical methods combined with cutting-edge imaging and proteomics analysis to elucidate new molecular mechanisms of host (macrophages/protozoa) subversion by the facultative intracellular human pathogen Legionella pneumophila, the causative agent of Legionnaires’ disease.

The Schroeder Team is based in the brand-new Wellcome-Wolfson Building providing state-of-the-art labs and research facilities. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic and collaborative team, a vibrant, international postdoc community and have access to personal development opportunities.

The post is a senior role in the team and as such, successful applicants will have responsibilities in independent research, supervision, planning, day-to-day lab management, collaborations and outreach. The post is suited to an organised, productive and communicative individual, preferably with previous postdoctoral experience in studying the molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions.

Application deadline is the 7th of February.

More details are available here.

Special session at next year’s Microbiology Society meeting

Kevin Waldron and I are organising a special “Microbial metal homeostasis: impacts on pathogenicity” session at next year’s Microbiology Society meeting (

It will be held in Birmingham on the 11th of April. The entire conference is from the 10th-13th but it is also possible to register on a day-by-day basis.

There are opportunities for offered talks, so please encourage any interested PIs, post-docs and students to submit an abstract.

Best wishes

Duncan Wilson


University of Aberdeen (UK)