Research Bench Lab


Microbiology & Immunology Seminars and Presentations

Here you'll find comprehensive information about our seminar dates, featuring MCW faculty, students, prominent researchers from across the nation and special visitors.
Microbiology & Immunology Spring Seminar Series 2022

Seminars are held on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Please contact Stephanie Kellogg,, for Zoom link or other information.

January 11, 2022
Dr. Jenny Wachter
Rocky Mountain Labs NIAID, NIH
Host: Christa Fierros

February 1, 2022
Dr. Yasmine Belkaid
NIAID Laboratory of Host Immunity
Host: Center for Microbiome Research

February 15, 2022
Dr. Andreas Baumler
University of California Davis
Host: Center for Microbiome Research

March 22, 2022
Dr. Brandon Garcia
Eastern Carolina University
Host: Dr. Jenifer Coburn

April 26, 2022
Dr. June Round
University of Utah
Host: Center for Microbiome Research

May 3, 2022
Dr. David Hansen
Brigham Young University
Host: Dr. Rob Lochhead

May 17, 2022
Grossberg Lectureship
Dr. Mary Estes
Baylor College of Medicine
Host: Dr. Scott Terhune

June 14, 2022
Distinguished Faculty in ID Lectureship
Dr. Tobias Hohl
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Host: Dr. Jenifer Coburn

Microbiology & Immunology Fall Seminar Series 2021

Peggy Cotter, PhD
Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Host: Adam Pickrum, Frank Lab
Title: Bordetella filamentous hemagglutinin: adhesin, immunomodulator, and toxin deliverer

September 21, 2021
Michael D. L. Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Host: Dusanka Djoric, PhD
Title: Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Copper II
Topic: A look into how copper toxicity affects Streptococcus pneumoniae and what we can do about it

September 28, 2021
Gretchen Diehl, PhD
Lab Head, Sloan Kettering Institute
Host: Kevin Jennings, Salzman
Research Area: Intestinal homeostasis and molecular and cellular pathways regulated by the microbiota.

October 12, 2021
Victor Torres, PhD
Professor, New York University
Host: Adam Pickrum, Frank Lab
Research Area: Dissecting Complex interactions between pathogenic bacteria and the mammalian host.

October 19, 2021
Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD
Professor, University of California, Davis
Host: Lochhead Lab
Research Areas: Immunological mechanisms that regulate and control immunity to pathogens

November 2, 2021
Kamal Khanna, PhD
Associate Professor, NYU Langone Health
Host: Preeti Garai, PhD
Research Areas: Complex dynamics of host-pathogen interactions during innate and adaptive immune response following infection

November 16, 2021
Gabriel Nuñez, MD
Professor, University of Michigan
Host: Center for Microbiome Research and Center for Immunology
Research Areas: Nod=like receptor and Toll-like receptor families in immune responses against microbial pathogens and disease

December 7, 2021
Regina Joice Cordy, PhD
Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University
Host: Riehle Lab
Research Areas: Host-malaria parasite interactions, plasma metabolome and gut microbiome during malaria infection

December 14, 2021
Yasmine Belkaid, PhD
Host: Center for Microbiome Research
Research Areas: Mechanisms controlling host microbe interactions at barrier sites such as the skin and the gut.

Graduate Student Research In Progress (RIP)

Microbiology & Immunology (M&I) Graduate Student Research in Progress (RIP) presentations take place on Friday's at noon and are available virtually via the Micro Event Calendar. Please email if you need access to a link.

August 13, 2021
Elaheh Hashemi/Dr. Malarkannan

August 20, 2021
Adam Pickrum/Dr. Frank

August 27, 2021
Paytsar Topchyan/Dr. Cui

September 10, 2021
Kyle Stoltz/Dr. Tarakanova

September 17, 2021
Nicole Minton/Dr. Kristich

September 24, 2021
Joe Rouse/Dr. Lochhead

October 1, 2021
Dandan Wang/Dr. Malarkannan

October 15, 2021
Fatima Saravia/Dr. Kirby

October 22, 2021
Jian Shen/Dr. Cui

October 29, 2021
Alex Gardner/Dr. Barbieri

November 5, 2021
Sarah Timmler/Dr. Kristich

November 12, 2021
Melissa Whyte/Dr. Hudson

December 3, 2021
Mahmoud Abu Eid/Dr. Dwinell

December 17, 2021
Savannah Neu/Dr. Dittel

January 7, 2022
Carly Mascari/Dr. Kristich

January 21, 2022
Christine Nguyen/Dr. Cui

January 28, 2022
Suzette Rosas/Dr. Terhune

February 18, 2022
Kevin Jennings/Dr. Salzman

February 25, 2022
Paul Sylvester/Dr. Tarakanova

March 4, 2022
Sam DeCero/Dr. Frank

March 11, 2022
Matthew Hadiono/Dr. Kirby

March 25, 2022
Kaitlin Schulz/Dr. Hudson

April 1, 2022
Madison Lucas/Dr. Kristich & Nathan Meinhardt/Dr. Dittel

April 8, 2022
Ashley Brown/Dr. Cui & Mohamed Khalil/Dr. Malarkannan

April 15, 2022
Chris Monti/Dr. Terhune & Perrin Schupbach/Dr. Sorokin

April 22, 2022
Jose Rosas/Dr. Kroner-Milsch

April 29, 2022
Ao Mei/Dr. Malarkannan

May 6, 2022
Fatima Aboulalazm/Dr. Kirby & Allison Gerk/Dr. Dwinell

May 27, 2022
Alexis Uitenbroek/Dr. Kristich & Angela Beltrame/Dr. Dittel

June 3, 2022
Alfredo Colina/Dr. Zamora & Erin Cygan/Dr. Zamora

June 10, 2022
Arjun Kharel/Dr. Cui & Lexi Kazen/Dr. Kirby

June 17, 2022
Kelli Cole/Dr. Dittel & Wendy Lin/Dr. Cui

June 25, 2022
Teja Karimikonda/Dr. Salzman & Donovan Drouillard/Dr. Dwinell

Contact Us

Please check our seminar schedule for topics and room locations.

Call us for more information

(414) 955-8253

Please email Stephanie Kellogg,, if you would like to be added to the Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Notify list.