2015 Seminar Series

Seminars are held in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Conference Room 276 - BSB on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. unless noted otherwise.

For information, please call the Microbiology Department at (414) 955-8253.

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Fall 2015


September 22nd

Britt A. Glaunsinger, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
Associate Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology

Topic: Viral Manipulation of Host Gene Expression
HOST: Dr. Vera Tarakanova


October 13th

Eduardo Davila, Ph.D., City of Hope, Duarte, CA
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Topic:  “Cancer Immunotherapy: Harnessing the Immune System to Treat Cancer”
HOST: Dr. Lily Wang


November 10

Nancy Reich, Ph.D., Stony Brook University, New York
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Topic: Cytokines & Viral Defense
HOST: Dr. Vera Tarakanova


November 17

Samuel Behar, MD, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Professor, Microbiology and Physiological Systems

Topic:  TB Immunology
HOST: Dr. Richard Robinson


December 8

Vivian G. Cheung, M.D., Investigator; HHMI , University of Michigan
Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of Pediatrics; Professor of Genetics at the University of Michigan

Topic: RNA DNA Differences
HOST: Dr. Richard Robinson


Spring 2015

March 10

Marc Dione, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Department of Immunobiology, King's College London
TITLE:  Mechanisms of Immune-Metabolic Interaction in Infection

Host: Dr. Bill Jackson

March 24

Distinguished Faculty Seminar in Infectious Diseases
Stephen Calderwood, MD

Morton N. Swartz, MD, Academy Professor of Medicine, (Microbiology & Immunobiology)
Harvard Medical School
TITLE: Cholera: Insights from an Ancient Scourge That is Still a Modern Problem

Host: Dr. Jenifer Coburn  
Note time and place: noon in the CHW Auditorium

May 19

Jose Conejo-Garcia, MD, PhD
Wistar Institute (Tumor Immunology)
TITLE: Dynamic Expression of the Genomic Organizer SATB1 Governs Dendritic Cell Differentiation & Immunostimulatory Activity in Health & Cancer
Host: Dr. Lily Wang

June 9

David Lewinsohn, MD, PhD
(Oregon Health & Science University; Human TB Immunology)
TITLE: “Pathogen Reactive Human Mucosal-Associated Invariant T cells (MAITs)”
Host: Dr. Rich Robinson


June 16

Marulasiddappa Suresh, PhD, MVSc, DVM
Department of Pathobiological Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
TITLE: “Transcriptional Regulation of Memory CD8 T Cell Differentiation”
Host: Dr. Vera Tarakanova

 Fall 2014
October 21

Control of Hepatitis C virus gene expression by liver-specific microRNA mir-122

Peter Sarnow, PhD
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Host: Dr. William Jackson

November 4

Entry pathways and gene-expression strategies used by negative-strand RNA viruses

Sean Whelan, PhD
Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology
Harvard Medical School
Host: Dr. Paula Traktman

November 18

Exploiting viruses as a system to understand and treat cancer

Clodagh O’Shea, PhD
Associate Professor
Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
William Scandling Developmental Chair
Salk Institute
Host: Dr. Vera Tarakanova

December 2

Structures and Functions of Clostridium difficile Toxins A and B

D. Borden Lacy, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Host: Dr. Dara Frank

December 9

Tuberculosis in the Setting of the HIV Co-Infected Lung

Janice Endsley, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Host: Dr. Richard Robinson

December 16

Microbial Wikileaks: Are Streptococci Conspiring to Harm, and Our Strategies to Intervene

Michael Federle, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Illinois-Chicago
Host: Dr. Chris Kristich

 Spring 2014
February 4

Host membrane manipulation by herpesviruses on the way in and out

Ekaterina (Katya) Heldwein, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA
Host: Dr. Paula Traktman

March 4

Targeting Dendritic Cells: HSV-mediated Mechanisms

Bin He, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Illinois-Chicago
Host: Dr. Amy Hudson

March 18

Interleukin-27 in infection, vaccination, and infant immunity

Cory Robinson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
University of South Carolina
School of Medicine
Columbia, SC
Host: Dr. Rich Robinson

April 22

Distinguished Faculty Seminar in Infectious Diseases: 
Mycobacterial bacilli - We're all Individuals

Eric J Rubin, MD, PhD
Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Harvard School of Public Health
Boston, MA

Special location/time: Noon - 1PM, Children's Hospital Auditorium

Host: Jointly sponsored by Center for Infectious Disease Research, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, the Medical Scientist Training Program, Adult Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, and the Global Health Program

May 5

Molecular Biology of C. difficile Toxins

Klaus Aktories, MD, PhD
Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg
Institute for Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology
Freiburg, Germany
Host: Dr. Joe Barbieri

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