It was that time of the year again: thousands of microbiologists and microbiology enthusiasts packed their suitcases and traveled to the 115th American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Annual Meeting. This year, the destination was NOLA! New Orleans had lots to offer to first-time visitors like us: from local fresh seafood dishes to swamps with alligators.
Unlike last year, this year ladies only contingent (Sofia Esquivel, Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, and I) represented the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology (SCEB) at the ASM. We arrived shortly before the conference started and after we got our badges, we applied a strategy to get the most out of the conference, commonly known at SCEB as divide and conquer! The second day of the conference, Sofia successfully presented her poster titled: “CO conversion to acetate: History and Biotechnological Promise.” A famous carbon monoxide metabolism researcher, Dr Ralph Tanner visited Sofia’s poster and discussed the future directions of carbon monoxide research as well as the valuable products that can be microbially produced from carbon monoxide.
The last day of the conference, I gave a 15-minute long presentation in the prettiest room of the meeting. My presentation had the title: “Microbiome of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Patients: Insights into Weight Loss Post-Bariatric Surgery.” My presentation went well except the few times that I forgot I was wearing a microphone and became a little bit loud in my enthusiams. It was an exciting time to share my research with many colleagues.