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Inaugural Finger Lakes Microbiome Symposium

Finger Lakes Microbiome Symposium (FiLMS) 2023

The Inaugural Finger Lakes Microbiome Symposium (FiLMS) is scheduled for
April 21, 2023.

FiLMS is a student-led conference and our goal is to bring together the microbiome research communities in the Finger Lakes, NY region and surrounding area including academic institutions, medical centers, and industry. With keynote talks, career panels, oral/poster presentations, and networking sessions, there will be many opportunities for attendees to present and discuss their work.

Symposium Location

University of Rochester Medical Center
Class of ’62 Auditorium
425 Elmwood Ave.
Rochester, NY
United States


$30 for all attendees. The registration fee is a donation to help us cover the cost of food, venue, speakers, and awards.

Abstract Deadline: Deadline has passed
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  • Keynote talks
  • Poster session
  • Selected platform talks from trainees
  • Lunch
  • Career panel
  • Awards ceremony

Keynote Speakers and Career Panelists

Gloria Dominguez-Bello, PhD (Professor at Rutgers University); Jose Scher, MD (Associate Professor at NYU Langone Health); Anika Dzierlenga, PhD (Program Officer NIEHS); Eric Schott, PhD (Co-Founder Solarea Bio)

Hotel Accommodations

For out-of-town travelers, we have reserved a hotel block at Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/University & Medical Center that is in walking distance to the conference venue. Please mention us during reservation to get a discounted rate of $144 per night.


Visitor parking is available at the Hospital Garage and Saunders Visitor lots for $6 per day. Please see map for parking instructions.

Contact Information

For further inquiries, please email


FiLMS 2023 is organized by graduate students:

Tina Bui-Bullock
Tina Bui-Bullock
Microbiology & Immunology

Ian Krout
Ian Krout
Environmental Medicine

Emily Britt
Emily Britt
Microbiology & Immunology


Special thanks to our sponsors!

URMC: Department of Microbiology & Immunology; Department of Environmental Medicine; Department of Medicine: Allergy-Immunology-Rheumatology; BENEFIT gift fund (microbiome and lifestyle in autoimmunity)
myHub: Empowering Education & Career
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American Society for Microbiology