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2024 Finger Lakes Microbiome Symposium

Finger Lakes Microbiome Symposium (FiLMS) 2024

The Second Annual Finger Lakes Microbiome Symposium (FiLMS) is scheduled for
Friday, October 4, 2024.

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 Avenue
Rochester, NY
United States


Please use this link to register.

$30 for all trainees. $60 for principal investigators.

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

Abstract Deadline: August 4, 2024
Registration Deadline: September 4, 2024


  • Keynote speakers
  • Poster session
  • Selected platform talks from trainees
  • Lunch
  • Career panel
  • Awards ceremony

Keynote Speakers and Career Panelists

Noah Palm
Noah Palm, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Yale University

Noah Palm
Renuka Nayak, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
UC San Francisco

Cathryn Nagler
Cathryn Nagler, Ph.D.
Bunning Family Professor
University of Chicago;
Co-Founder of ClostraBio

Tina Bui-Bullock
Tina Bui-Bullock, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Washington University in St. Louis

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 use this hyperlink to book with a discounted rate.


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 2024 is organized by trainees:

Emily Britt
Emily Britt, Ph.D. Candidate
Gill Lab, URMC

Lyvia Markle
Lyvia Markle, Ph.D. Student
Gill Lab, URMC

Ian Krout
Ian Krout, Postdoctoral Fellow
Sampson Lab, Emory University

With support by:

Dr. Steven Gill
Dr. Steven R. Gill
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Ann L. Gill
Ann Lindley Gill
Senior Research Specialist, Microbiology and 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
Avantor delivered by VWR
American Society for Microbiology