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.
Seminar Series
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July 29, 2020
Xue-Zhong Yu, MD, MS, MBA
Professor, Department of Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
Title: “PIM Kinases Regulate T-cell Immunity and Cancer Immunotherapy”

August 6, 2020
Anthony Zamora, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “Augmenting T-cell Reactivity Towards Productive Neoantigens in Hematological Cancers”

December 8, 2020
Helen Vuong, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology
University of California- Los Angeles
Title: “Role of the maternal microbiome in central nervous system development and sensory behaviors”

February 9, 2021
Christopher Barnes, PhD
HHMI Hanna Gray Postdoctoral Fellow
California Institute of Technology
Title: “Structural characterization of antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination by mRNA”

February 23, 2021
Catherine Brissette, BS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
University of North Dakota
Title: "The Pathogenesis of Lyme Neuroborreliosis"

April 6, 2021
Mariana Byndloss, DVM, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Title: "Gut epithelial metabolism as a key driver of dysbiosis associated with non-communicable diseases”

May 4, 2021
Chelsey Spriggs, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Michigan
Title: TBD

Grossberg Lecture:

May 11, 2021
Julie Pfeiffer, PhD
Kern and Marnie Wildenthal Endowed Professor, Microbiology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Title: TBD

May 18, 2021
Laura-Isobel McCall, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Oklahoma
Title: TBD



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.

September 4, 2020: Elaheh Hashemi/ Dr. Malarkannan & Joseph Rouse/ Dr. Lochhead

September 11, 2020: Nicole Minton/ Dr. Kristich & Ao Mei/ Dr. Malarkannan

September 18, 2020: Jian Shen / Dr. Cui

September 25, 2020: Kyle Stolz/ Dr. Tarakanova & Sarah Timmler/ Dr. Kristich

October 2, 2020: Dandan Wang/ Dr. Malarkannan & Kaitlin Schulz/ Dr. Hudson

October 9, 2020: Valery Lozada- Fernandez/ Dr. Kirby

October 16, 2020: Fatima Saravia/ Dr. Kirby

October 23, 2020: Yao Chen/ Dr. Cui

October 30, 2020: Alex Gardner/ Dr. Barbieri

November 6, 2020: Achia Khatun/ Dr. Cui

November 13, 2020: Rebekah Mokry/ Dr. Terhune

November 20, 2020: Adam Pickrum/ Dr. Frank

November 27, 2020: Thanksgiving

December 4, 2020: Melissa Whyte/ Dr. Hudson

December 11, 2020: Christa Winslow/ Dr. Coburn

December 18, 2020: Open

December 25, 2020: Christmas

January 1, 2021: New Years

January 8, 2021: Carlie Aurubin (MSTP)/ Dr. Tarakanova

January 22, 2021: Mahmoud Abu Edi/ Dr. Dwinell

January 29, 2021: Paytsar Topchyan (MSTP)/ Dr. Cui

February 19, 2021: Savannah Neu/ Dr. Dittel

February 26, 2021: Carly Mascari/ Dr. Kristich

March 5, 2021: Christine Nguyen/ Dr. Cui

March 12, 2021: Suzette Rosas/ Dr. Terhune

March 19, 2021: Presentation of Karen Evangelista Student Humanitarian Award

March 26, 2021: Kevin Jennings/ Dr. Nita Salzman

April 2, 2021: Paul Sylvester/ Dr. Tarakanova

April 9, 2021: Sam DeCero/ Dr. Frank

April 16, 2021: Matthew Hadiono (MSTP)/ Dr. Kirby & Moujtaba Kasmani (MSTP)/ Dr. Cui

April 23, 2021: OPEN

May 7, 2021: Madison Lucas/ Dr. Kristich & Matthew Mortensen/ Dr. Salzman

May 28, 2021: Nathan Meinhardt/ Dr. Dittel

June 4, 2021: Mohamed Khalil (MSTP)/ Dr. Malarkannan & Chris Monti (MSTP)/ Dr. Terhune

June 11, 2021: Perrin Schupbach/ Dr. Andrey Sorokin

June 18, 2021: Jose Rosas/ Dr. Kroner-Milsch

June 25, 2021: OPEN


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