Seminar Series

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

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

Please also see Special Seminars that are not part of the Seminar Series.

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Fall 2017

Thursday, September 14

Jacob Yount, PhD
Ohio State University
Host: Dr. Vera Tarakanova
Title: "Broad inhibition of virus infections by the amphipathic protein IFITM3"

September 19

Jae Jung, PhD
University of Southern California
Host: Philip Lange, MSTP-Graduate Student
Title: “Immunopathogenesis of two emerging viruses: Zika virus and SFTS virus”

October 3

Chrystal Paulos, PhD
Medical University of South Carolina
Host: Dr. Lily Wang
Title: “A novel human memory CD4+ T cell subset with durable antitumor properties”

October 17

John Spencer, PhD
Colorado State University
Host: Dr. Richard Robinson
Title: “Tracing leprosy by whole genome sequencing of isolates in Brazil, the United States and the British Isles: Humans, armadillos and squirrels”

October 31

Yi Zhang, MD, PhD
Temple University
Host: Dr. Lily Wang
Title: TBA

November 14

Eain Murphy, PhD
Baruch Blumberg Institute
Host: Dr. Scott Terhune
Title: “FACTors that regulate HCMV reactivation”

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  Spring 2017

January 24

Timothy Donohue, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Mining Genomes for Bioproducts”
Host: MMG Students

February 28

Michael Shurin, PhD
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Immunology
Host: Dr. Lily Wang

March 29 | Distinguished Faculty Lectureship in Infectious Diseases

Peter Jay Hotez, MD, PhD
Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine
Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Host: Dr. Jenifer Coburn, CIDR
*Note date, time, and location change:
Wednesday, March 29 at 12 noon

Location: CHW Auditorium

April 25

Adam Linstedt, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Biological Sciences
Host: Dr. Amy Hudson

May 5 |16th Annual Sidney E. Grossberg, MD Lectureship

Laimonis Laimans, PhD
Northwestern University
Host: Dr. Scott Terhune
*Note date and time change:
Friday, May 5 at 11 a.m.

June 6

Cary Moody, PhD
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Host: Dr. Vera Tarakanova

  Fall 2016

September 20

Shannon Kenney, MD
University of WI–Madison
"Development of Humanized Mouse Models for Epstein-Barr Virus Induced Lymphomas"

October 4

Ulrike Lorenz, PhD
University of Virginia School of Medicine
"The Tyrosine Phosphatase SHP-1 and its Role in Immune Tolerance"

October 18

Adam Adler, PhD
University of Connecticut
"Unexpected Pathways Engaged by CD134 + CD137 Dual Costimulation Cancer Immunotherapy"

November 1

Alison Swaims-Kohlmeier, PhD
Centers for Disease Control
"The Role CCR5 Signaling on CD4 T Cell Trafficking and HIV Susceptibility in Women"

November 15

Yisong Wan, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Sensing and Sensibility – The Regulation and Function of T cells"

November 29

Janis Weis, PhD
University of Utah School of Medicine
"Multiple Inflammatory Pathways Regulate Lyme Arthritis Severity"

December 13 (To be rescheduled)

Timothy Donohue, PhD
University of WI–Madison
"Mining Genomes for Bioproducts"

  Spring 2016

February 1

John Leong, PhD
Tufts University School of Medicine
"Modulation of Inflammation and Disease During Streptococcus Pneumonia Lung Infection"
*Note date and time change – Monday, February 1; 12 noon

March 1 |Joint Seminar Between MIMG Graduate Program and the BRI

David M. Briscoe, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital
"Axonal Guidance Molecules as Potent Anti-Inflammatory Agents Targeting Auto- and Alloimmunity"
*Will be held at BRI in the conference room, 9:30-10:30

March 15

Shivaprakash Gangappa, DVM, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine
Center for Disease Control
"Impact of Free Radical Generating Enzymes and Nutritional Deficiencies on Immunity to Influenza"

March 29

Andrew Darwin, PhD
New York University
"Surviving Secretion: The Psp Stress Response of Yersinia enterocolitica"

April 12

Larry Myers, PhD
Dartmouth College
"Transcriptional Mechanisms of Fungal Pathogen Plasticity and Virulence"

April 26 | Distinguished Lecture in Infectious Disease

Toni Darville, MD
North Carolina Children’s Hospital & UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
"Identification of Candidate T Cell Vaccine Antigens of Protect Against Chlamydia trachomatis and Biomarkers of Increased Risk Among Highly Exposed Women"
*Note room and time change – Children's Auditorium; 12 noon

May 10

De-Fu Zeng, MD
City of Hope
"The Complex Role of Immune-checkpoint ligand PD-L1 in Regulating Allo-reactive T Cells"

May 16 | Grossberg Lectureship

Dirk Dittmer, PhD
UNC-Chapel Hill
"Trying to Understand Viral Lymphoma"

  Fall 2015

September 22

Britt A. Glaunsinger, PhD, University of California-Berkeley
Associate Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
"Viral Manipulation of Host Gene Expression"
Host: Dr. Vera Tarakanova

October 13

Eduardo Davila, PhD, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
“Cancer Immunotherapy: Harnessing the Immune System to Treat Cancer”
Host: Dr. Lily Wang

November 10

Nancy Reich, PhD, Stony Brook University, New York
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
"Cytokines & Viral Defense"
Host: Dr. Vera Tarakanova

November 17

Samuel Behar, MD, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Professor, Microbiology and Physiological Systems
"TB Immunology"
Host: Dr. Richard Robinson

  Spring 2015
March 10

Marc Dione, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Department of Immunobiology, King's College London
"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
"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)
"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
“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
“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
Professor, 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
Professor, 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-1 p.m., 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