Microbiome and Barrier Immunity

Suzhou, China

October 27-31, 2025 

Abstract deadline: August 22, 2025


Organized by:

Chuan Wu, National Cancer Institute

Ken Cadwell, University of Pennsylvania

Nicola Harris, Monash University

Xiaoyu Hu, Tsinghua university

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Microbiome and Barrier Immunity which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday October 27, and will conclude after lunch on Friday October 31, 2025.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in Microbiome and Barrier Immunity. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:

1. Barrier surface: skin, lung, gut, BBB

2. Microbiome & tumor

3. Molecular mechanisms of host & microbe cross-talks

4. Infection

5. Neuron-immune barrier

Keynote Speakers:

Kenya Honda, Keio University / RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences

Kathy McCoy, University of Calgary

Invited Speakers:

Isabelle Arnold Wallén, University of Zurich

Gabrielle Belz, University of Queensland

Ken Cadwell, University of Pennsylvania

Nadine Cerf-Bensussan, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)

Isaac Chiu, Harvard Medical School

Xinzhong Dong, Johns Hopkins University

Sidonia Fagarasan, RIKEN Yokohama Institute

Jennifer Gommerman, University of Toronto

Gunnar C. Hansson, Unversity of Gothenburg

Nicola Harris, Monash University

Adrian Hayday, The Francis Crick Institute

Xiaoyu Hu, Tsinghua university

Laura Mackay, University of Melbourne

Lisa Mielke, The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

Kazuyo Moro, Osaka University

Oliver Pabst, RWTH Aachen University

Simon Phipps, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Gwendalyn Randolph, Washington University in St. Louis

Xinyang Song, Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, CAS

Jenny Ting, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chuan Wu, National Cancer Institute

Heping Xu, Westlake University

Jie Zhou, Tianjin Medical University

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit  

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in October, 2024.