The ActinoBase e-Seminar

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The ActinoBase e-Seminar Series

The ActinoBase e-Seminar Series is an opportunity for both early-career and established researchers in the Actinobacteria community to share their work.

Two speakers each deliver a half hour presentation (twenty minute talks followed by ten minutes of audience Q&A), streamed directly to YouTube from Zoom, with the opportunity for their presentations to be uploaded to the ActinoBase channel. Each seminar is moderated by at least two early-career researchers who introduce the speaker and select questions from the stream chat & twitter.

The seminar is broadcast every Thursday (times TBC) and can be accessed via the Actinobase YouTube channel. To register interest in participation, as well as sign up to mailing-list notifications, please fill out our google form.

Upcoming Talks

Previous Talks

2021 Talks


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  • Dr. Kai Blin, Group Leader, Denmark Technical University

"Everything you wanted to know about antiSMASH but were afraid to ask"


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  • Dr. Agustina Undabarrena, PostDoc Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

"Rhodococcus comparative genomics: NRPS distribution and connection to an orphan metabolite"


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  • Dr. Paige Mandelare Ruiz, PostDoc Smithsonian Marine Station

"Isolating Coral-derived Actinobacteria as Probiotics for the Treatment of Stony Coral Tissue Loss-Diseased Florida Corals"


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  • Dr. Alejandra Prieto-Davo, Group Leader Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

"The maya underworld as a source of natural products "


  • Buse Cinar, PhD student at The Leibniz University

"Phosphodiesterase-mediated local c-di-GMP-signalling mechanisms in Streptomyces developmental control"


  • Dr. Pablo Cruz-Morales, Group Leader, Denmark Technical University

"Engineering Natural product biosynthesis to make rocket fuels and medicines"


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  • Dr. Jana Shniete, PostDocs, Edge Hill University & Dr. Nelly Selem, Group Leader, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

"ActDES – a curated Actinobacterial Database for Evolutionary Studies"


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  • Molly Keith-Baker - PhD Student, Strathclyde University

"First things first: Primary metabolism in Streptomyces"


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  • Dr. Bronwyn Kirby-MCCullough - Group Leader, University of the Western Cape

"Screening actinobacteria associated with indigenous South African plants for natural products and accessing their potential use as plant growth promoters"


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  • Oliver Hennrich - PhD Student, Leibniz Institute DSMZ, Germany

"Generation of novel pristinamycin derivatives by mutasynthesis approaches"

2020 Talks


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  • Eleanor Terrelonge, PhD Student, University of the West Indies, Jamaica

"Exploring Jamaican Actinomycetes: new weapons against antibiotic resistance"


  • Dr. Beatriz Camara, Group Leader, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile

"A genomics and metabolomics guided bioprospection of marine actinomycetes from the South Pacific"


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  • Satria Kautsar, PhD Student, Wageningen University, Netherlands

"Mapping the secondary metabolic diversity of 209211 microbial genomes and MAGs (introducing BiG-SLiCE, a new, ultra-scalable BGC clustering tool)"


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  • Prof Yvonne Mast - Group Leader, Leibniz Institute DSMZ, Germany

"SARP-Driven activation of antibiotic gene clusters"


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  • Prof Justin Nodwell + ECR Flash talks

"The ActinoBase ISBA seminar"


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  • Dr Virginia Helena Abarracin - Group Leader, National University of Tucuman, Argentina

"UV-resistant Actinobacteria from high-altitude Andean lakes: diversity and molecular mechanisms"


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  • Dr Bernhard Kepplinger - PostDoc, University of Newcastle, UK

"The Three Horsemen of the Amycolatopsis"

  • Patrick Capel- PhD Student, University of Warwick, UK

"Cell-Free Transcription Translation for Natural Product Research"


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  • Audam Chhun - PhD Student, University of Warwick, UK

"Phytoplankton trigger the production of cryptic metabolites in the marine Actinobacteria Salinispora tropica"

  • Jonathan Parra - PhD Student, University of Strathclyde, UK

"Integrated multi-omics insights into the specialised metabolism of Pseudonocardia spp. isolated from the Southern Ocean"


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  • Dr Yaojun Tong - PostDoc at The Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

"Natural Products meet CRISPR, the BEST is coming"

  • Emily Addington - PhD Student, University of Strathclyde, UK

"Disruption of the mce operon from Streptomyces affects spore resistance and results in precocious germination"


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  • Dr Scott Jarmusch - PostDoc at Uppsala University, Sweden

"Siderophore Wars: iron-mediated fungal starvation by extremotolerant Streptomyces sp. S29 desferrioxamine production"

  • Dr Magalena Kotowska - PostDoc, Hirzfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Poland

"A zinc binding GntR-like protein HypR controlling expression of genes associated with collagen and L-hydroxyproline utilisation in Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2)"


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  • Rebecca McHugh - PostDoc at the University of Strathclyde

"Aurodox: Teaching and old drug new tricks"

  • Jan Falguera - PhD Student at the University of Toronto, Canada

"The effect of DNA damage on cell division in the filamentous bacterium Streptomyces"


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  • Dr Wilaiwan Koomsiri - PostDoc at Kasetsart University

Discovery of New Linear Lipopeptides from Streptomyces sp. KO-7888 by Activation of a SARP Regulatory Gene of a Cryptic NRPS Gene Cluster.

  • Anne van der Meij - PhD student at Leiden University

Impact of plant hormones on growth and development of Actinobacteria.


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  • Dr Rebecca Devine - PostDoc at the University of East Anglia

From ants to antibiotics: Discovering novel medicines in the genomic era.

  • David Mark - PhD student at the University of Strathclyde

The anti-pseudomonad activity of Micromonospora Species from the Atacama Desert.

Organising committee

The ActinoBase e-Seminar series is organised and hosted by a team of early-career Actinobacteria researchers, if you have any questions about the seminars then feel free to contact any of the members below:

The ActinoBase team:

2021 committee

Agustina Undabarrena - Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María:

Katie Noble - PhD Student, John Innes Centre:

Lubabalo Ndidi - MSc Student, University of the Western Cape:

Molly Keith-Baker - PhD Student, University of Strathclyde:

Oliver Hennrich - PhD Student, University of Tübingen/Leibniz Institute,DSMZ:

2020 committee

Sam Prudence - PhD Student, University of East Anglia: Twitter: @Sam_Prudence

David Mark - PhD Student, University of Strathclyde: Twitter: @DavidRcoMark

Alicia Russell - PhD Student, John Innes Centre: Twitter: @alisia_russell

Tom Mclean - PhD Student, University of East Anglia: Twitter: @TomMcLean05

Emily Addington - PhD Student, University of Strathclyde

Rules & Etiquette

  • Abusive behaviour within the live chat feed on YouTube will not be tolerated and will result in a permanent ban.
  • Question for speakers can be submitted to moderators via the YouTube live chat or Twitter using the HashTag associated with each session.
  • Individuals in the Zoom call should have their microphone muted and video switched off to minimize disruptions & save oin bandwidth.