Introducing the New Collection Manager!

As many of you have heard, I am retiring from Ohio State on 28 February and will be working as an independent consultant. Beginning 1 March, the BGSC will have a new collection manager, Jeff Jahnes. Jeff came to Ohio State in 2013, first serving as Laboratory Supervisor for the Department of Microbiology, then in 2019 assuming the directorship for the Applied Microbiology Services Lab (AMSL) at Ohio State's Infectious Diseases Institute. As the pandemic unfolded, Jeff was charged with developing and managing the COVID-19 testing facility that serves Ohio State's 50,000+ students. He's done a fantastic job in these positions, so I feel fortunate that he has agreed to direct the BGSC. Strain maintenance and distribution will continue uninterrupted during the transition, but please be patient: Jeff and his team do face a bit of a learning curve as they implement and eventually improve upon our systems. Jeff's contact information is below:


office: +1 614-292-3490

I want to thank the Bacillus research community for all the positive interactions and teamwork over the last 35 years. Our field seems to attract talented, interesting, creative people who value collaboration. I hope to stay active in science through consulting, editing, and writing. If you want to get in touch with me, my OSU email address should remain active ( Best wishes for a safe and productive 2021--and beyond!

Limited Time! Essential Genes Expression Library

Five copies of the FreeGenes "Bacillus subtilis genes (E. coli codon optimized) expression library" are available. As described on the FreeGenes website, "261 essential genes from Bacillus subtilis, codon optimized for Escherichia coli in MoClo-compatible high-copy ampicillin resistance backbones. Shipped in Escherichia coli Top10 in three 96 well plates." I will distribute them on a first come, first served basis this week only. (Of course, you can also obtain them from FreeGenes after the week is up.) Please contact me directly for details at

Subtillery 2021 -- June 14-18 on Zoom

Forwarded message from Emma Denham and Matt Cabeen:

Dear Bacillus Global Community,

We hope that you and your family are well during this time.

As we continue through these unprecedented times and to fill the gap until we can be together at in person conferences. We are pleased to announce Subtillery 2021 - a virtual meeting for all things Bacillus. This will take place June 14th-18th on Zoom.

Sessions will run for approximately 4 hours, as with Subtillery 2020 with the following start timings.

6:45am Los Angeles, USA

8:45am Chicago, USA

9:45am Washington DC, USA

10:45am Brasilia, Brazil

2:45pm London, UK

3:45pm Paris, France; Berlin, Germany

7:15pm New Delhi, India

9:45pm Beijing, China

10:45pm Tokyo, Japan

11:45pm Canberra, Australia

The conference website can be found here:

We are very grateful to BACIP for sponsoring the speaker awards for this meeting.

We will be accepting abstract submissions for talks from March 1st. Abstract submission will close May 7th. Decisions will be sent out on the 21st May. Registration will also open on the 1st March.

Best wishes,

Emma and Matt

BACT online meeting April 2021

From Michel Gohar:

"The next BACT meeting, initially planned on September 2020, had been rescheduled to take place in Paris in April this year.

"Unfortunately, since the Covid19 pandemic is not expected to be fixed before summer in Europe, the physical meeting will be replaced by an online meeting, from April 26 to April 28 2021.

"Presentations from PhD students and postdoctoral fellows will be selected in priority for this meeting. Registrations and abstract submissions will open on February 3rd, on the BACT2021 website

"The regular meeting in Paris is not cancelled, but postponed to April 2022."

For those new to the field, the International Conference on Bacillus anthracis, B. cereus and B. thuringiensis (BACT) is a wonderful opportunity to learn from and network with other researchers who focus on species in the Bacillus Cereus Group. This would be a great opportunity for grad students and post docs to gain some visibility in this research community.

Upcoming changes to the BGSC

On March 1, 2021, the Bacillus Genetic Stock Center will transfer to a new earnings unit at The Ohio State University. In the next few weeks I will introduce a new collection manager. The website will also change, and there will be an improved ordering process. The stocks will still be available, and prices will remain stable the rest of the fiscal year. We intend the BGSC to maintain and distribute its stocks in perpetuity!

Because we will be unable to transfer legacy commitments to the new earnings unit, one practical consequence is that existing bulk purchase plans should be used up by 28 February. Please plan accordingly, and let me know if this requirement causes you any difficulties.

I will soon be retiring from Ohio State after 35 years of service and will begin a career as an independent consultant. You will still be able to reach me at Please feel free stay in touch. It has been a pleasure serving all of you!

Watch this spot for more details soon.

BGSC to re-open 3 June 2020!

After a nearly 11-week lockdown, the BGSC will be reopening on Wednesday, 3 June 2020. Initally we will be onsite for 20 hours a week. We will begin shipping orders right away. There are a large number of backorders, so it may take us a few weeks to get totally caught up. Please do not hesitate to begin placing orders. We will process them just as soon as we possibly can!

Subtillery - a virtual Bacillus conference

The BGSC remains under lockdown conditions. We hope to resume operations on or around June 1, 2020. We pass on updates as they become available.

In the meantime, we are happy to announce that Prahathees Eswara of the University of South Florida is organizing a virual conference called Subtillery, with the stated aim of "distilling and understanding the biology of Bacillus subtilis and related organisms." The plan is to have nearly 40 twenty-minute trainee talks presented on Zoom between June 8-12 (10am-1:30pm US Eastern Time). A registration form can be found at Subtillery - Registration

COVID-19 and the BGSC

As most of your probably realize, the Bacillus Genetic Stock Center is hosted on campus at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Like most educational institutions around the US and worldwide, Ohio State is grappling with ways to mitigate the severity of the current coronavirus pandemic. The situation is fluid and changing rapidly. Currently, face-to-face classroom instruction has been suspended, and university personnel who are able to work remotely are required to do so. There is a high likelihood that other measures, including a lock down of laboratories, will be mandated in the near future. For this reason, the BGSC will have limited functionality for an extended time. It will be possible to reach us by email ( and by telephone (1-614-292-5550) during regular working hours, 8 am - 5 pm EDT (UTC-04:00). If you are open to receive shipments and are able to make purchases, it may be possible for us to distribute strains. However, I cannot guarantee our continued ability to do so. Please inquire by email before attempting to make a purchase. Thanks for your understanding. Wishing you health and happiness in the days ahead, Daniel

Contact Us:

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Biological Sciences 556

484 W. 12th Ave

Columbus, OH 43210-1214


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. 0742066.

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