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-2014 Seminar Series-

WHERE: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Conference Room 276 - BSB

WHEN: Tuesdays - 11:00 AM  (unless noted otherwise)

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

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Dr. Ekaterina (Katya) Heldwein, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Tufts University School of Medicine

Boston, MA


"Host membrane manipulation by herpesviruses on the way in and out".  (Updated Title)


March 4, 2014


Bin He, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

University of Illinois at Chicago

College of Medicine

Chicago, IL


“Targeting Dendritic Cells: HSV-mediated Mechanisms”


March 18, 2014


Cory Robinson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

University of South Carolina

School of Medicine

Columbia, SC


“Interleukin-27 in infection, vaccination, and infant immunity”


April 22, 2014


Children’s Hospital Auditorium


12:00-1:00 pm

Eric J. Rubin,  MD, PhD

Professor of Immunology

and Infectious Diseases

Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA


Distinguished Faculty Seminar in Infectious Diseases

“Mycobacterial bacilli - We're all Individuals”


Jointly sponsored by CIDR, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics,  the MSTP, Adult Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Emergency  Medicine, and the Global Health Program

May 5, 2014



Klaus Aktories, MD, PhD


Institute for Experimental and

Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

Freiburg, Germany


“Molecular Biology of C. difficile Toxins”

 (Informal Seminar – Dr. Joe Barbieri host)







January 29, 2013

Umadevi S. Sajjan, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

University of Michigan Health System

Ann Arbor, MI

Rhinovirus and Innate Immunology of Airway Epithelium



March 26, 2013


John Kirby, Ph.D.

University of Iowa

“Chemosensory Regulation of Multicellularity in
Myxococcus xanthus”
April 9, 2013

Nick Cianciotto, Ph.D.

Northwestern University

“The Many Forms and Functions of Legionella
pneumophila Secretion”
April 23, 2013

Alice S. Prince, MD

Professor of Pediatrics College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University

(The Distinguished Faculty Seminar in Infectious Diseases-series)

PLACE:  Children's Hosptial Auditorium at 12 NOON

"Contribution of Host Signaling to the Pathogenesis of Bacterial Pneumonia"

May 7, 2013


Paolo Lusso, MD, PhD

Chief, Section of Viral Pathogenesis

Laboratory of Immunoregulation, NIAID

(Joint invitation with The Department of Biochemistry)


FALL 2013





THURSDAY, September 12


Anand Ganesan, MD PhD

University of California, Irvine


“From Systems Biology to Melanoma Drugs - The Story of RhoJ and Pak1”

Host: Joe Barbieri, PhD

Tuesday, September 17

Stephen Jones, PhD

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester


“Mdm2-p53 signaling in the DNA damage response and tumorigenesis”

Host: Vera Tarakanova, PhD

THURSDAY, October 24th at 12 NOON

Note Special Date and Time!

Dr. Ronald Breaker, PhD
Henry Ford II Professor
Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Professor, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Yale University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

“Riboswitches and the
Ancient RNA World”

HOST:  Dr. Joe Carroll (Eye Institute)

Tuesday, October 29

Kevin Mason, PhD

The Ohio State University



“Haemophilus Virulence: the Paradox of Immunity”

Host: Nikki Johnston, Ph.D. (Otolaryngology)

Tuesday, December 17

JoAnne Flynn, PhD

University of Pittsburgh


“Variability is the new normal in Tuberculosis”

Host: Rich Robinson, Ph.D.



FALL 2012




THURSDAY, September 20

NOTE Day & Time!

at 11:00 AM

Dr. Joshua Munger, University of Rochester Medical School

Title:  Virally-mediated Repurposing of the Cellular Metabolic Landscape.

Dr. Scott Terhune  (HOST)





Dr. Patrick Green, Ohio State University

Title: The Role of Human T cell Leukemia Virus Antisense Genes  in Viral Pathogenesis.

Dr. Mark Beilke -  Division of Infectious Diseases (HOST)

Location:  The Cancer Center - 3rd floor - CONF. Room M

Tuesday, October 16 Dr. Tim Kowalik, University of Massachusetts

TITLE: CMV Replication in Cells and Congenital Infections

Dr. Vera Tarakanova (HOST)

Tuesday, October 30 Dr. Stanley Perlman, University of Iowa

TITLE:  Coronavirus Immunopathological Disease:

Role of Virus-Specific Tregs in Coronavirus-Induced Encephalitis.


Dr. Wm. Jackson (HOST)

Tuesday, November 27 Dr. Malcolm Winkler, Indiana University Bloomington

TITLE:  Peptidoglycan Biosynthesis and Cell Wall Stress Responses in Pneumococcal Biology and Virulence

Dr. Christopher Kristich (HOST)





February 14

Bala Chandran, M.S., Ph.D.
Rosalind Franklin University
North Chicago, IL

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Nuclear Danger Sensing: Novel Inflammasome Induction During Kaposi’s Sarcoma

Associated Herpesvirus Infection

February 21

Richard Kuhn, Ph.D
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

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Assembly and Replication of Dengue Virus

March 6

Declan McCole, Ph.D.
University of CA, San Diego
San Diego, CA

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Epithelial Barrier Protection by the Inflammatory Bowel Disease-Associated Gene PTPN2

March 13

Timothy L. Yahr, Ph.D.
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

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Studies of ExsA Reveal Complex Regulatory Pathways Controlling T3SS Gene

Expression in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

March 27

Patricia Champion, Ph.D.
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

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Molecular Mechanisms of ESX-1 Protein Secretion in Mycobacteria

April 10

Andrea Ladd, Ph.D.
Lerner Research Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

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Alternative Splicing Programs in the Heart: The Importance of CELF Control

April 24

Distinguished Lecture Speaker in Infectious Disease

Allen C. Steere, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Director of Translational Research, Rheumatology, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

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Elucidation of Lyme Arthritis

PLACE:  Children’s Hospital Auditorium

May 22

Joseph DeRisi, Ph.D.
University of CA, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

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Genomics and Infectious Disease

-2012 Student Invited Seminar-

June 4

Lars Eckmann, M.D.
University of CA, San Diego
San Diego, CA

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Bioactivity Landscapes of Nitroimidazole Antimicrobials: Old Drugs, New Tricks


Fall 2011




September 13, 2011 Eric Skaar, PhD, MPH
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
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The Battle for Metal:  Bacterial Pathogens and Their Hosts  
September 27, 2011 Edward Usherwood, PhD
Dartmouth Medical School
Lebanon, NH
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Opportunities to Restore Immune Surveillance to Chronic Virus Infection  
October 11, 2011 Jon Audhya, PhD
University of WI - Madison
Madison, WI
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Regulation of Vesicle Biogenesis  
November 7, 2011
Monday - 1PM
Marianne Manchester, PhD
University of California
San Diego, CA
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Viral Nanoparticles as Scaffolds for Targeted Therapeutics and Vaccines  
November 8, 2011 Jeffrey Coller, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
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Regulation of Non-Coding RNA Function by Decapping  
November 22, 2011 Dong Yu, PhD
Washington University
St Louis, MO
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Life and Death:  Cytomegalovirus Proteins Regulating Host Cell Cycle and Stress Responses  
December 6, 2011 J Lindsay Whitton, MD, PhD
Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, Ca
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Coxsackievirus Evasion (and Exploitation?) of Host Defense Systems  
December 13, 2011 Micah Luftig, PhD
Duke University
Durham, NC
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Studies of the Oncogenic Virus/Host Interface:  Dynamic Molecular Changes Governing EBV-mediated B cell Immortalization  


Spring 2011




March 1, 2011 Glenn Randall, PhD
University of Chicago
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Emerging Roles for Host Lipids in Viral RNA Replication
Host: Dr Traktman
March 15, 2011 Christiane Wobus, PhD
University of Michigan
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Murine Norovirus: A Model System to Study Norovirus Biology
Host: Dr Tarakanova
March 29, 2011 Ted Hansen, PhD
Washington University
St Louis, MO
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Pathogen Detection by Classical and Innate T Cells
Host: Dr Hudson
April 5, 2011 Domenico Tortorella, PhD
Mt Sinai Medical Center
New York, NY
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Human Cytomegalovirus Manipulation of Host Factors
Host: Dr Hudson
April 12, 2011 Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg, MD PhD
University of Chicago
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Staphylococcus aureus alpha-hemolysin: More Than Just a Lytic Pore
Host: Dr Barbieri
April 26, 2011
Noon - 1PM
Children's Auditorium
Barbara Murray, PhD
University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston
Distinguished Lecture Speaker in Infectious Disease:
The Enterococcus: How to Make a Second Rate Pathogen into a Frist Rate Problem
Host: Dr Coburn
May 3, 2011 Stewart Shuman, MD PhD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute
New York, NY
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RNA Damage and RNA Repair Pathways in Microbes and Man
Host: Dr Traktman
July 15, 2011
Friday 9AM
Professor Geoffrey L. Smith FRS
Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
Section of Virology, Faculty of Medicine
Imperial College of London
London, UK
How Does Vaccinia Virus Form a Plaque and Silence Innate Immune Signalling Pathways?  



Fall 2010




September 14, 2010 Chou-Zen Giam, PhD
Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, MD
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The Tug of War Between HTLV-1 Tax and HBZ:  NF-kappaB Activation, Senescence, Viral Persistence, and Adult T Cell Leukemia
October 12, 2010 Heran Darwin, PhD
NYU School of Medicine
New York, NY
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Pupylation, Proteasomes, and Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Pathogenesis
October 26, 2010 Greg Smith, PhD
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
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Herpesvirus Assembly, Intracellular Transport and Neuroinvasion
Nov 1, 2010
HRC Auditorium
Yoshihiro Kawaoka, DVM, PhD
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
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Grossberg LectureshipPandemic Influenza
Nov 9, 2010 Robert Kalejta, PhD
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
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Human Cytomegalovirus Modulation of Cellular Transcriptional Co-Repressors Impacts Both Lytic Replication and Latency
Nov 16, 2010 Karl Munger, PhD
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
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Perturbation of Host Cellular Regulatory Networks by Human Papillomaviruses
Dec 7, 2010 Marcia Goldberg, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Cambridge, MA
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Mechanisms of the Development of Polarity in Bacteria


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