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 Fall Seminar Series 2021

Please contact Justine Espisito,, for Zoom link information.


August 24th, 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 21st, 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 28th, 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 12th, 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 19th, 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 2nd, 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 16th, 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 7th, 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 14th, 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 13th, 2021                              Elaheh Hashemi /Dr. Malarkannan

August 20th, 2021                              Adam Pickrum/Dr. Frank

August 27th, 2021                              Paytsar Topchyan/Dr. Cui

September 10th, 2021                        Kyle Stoltz/Dr. Tarakanova

September 17th, 2021                        Nicole Minton/Dr. Kristich

September 24th, 2021                        Joe Rouse/Dr. Lochhead

October 1st, 2021                              Dandan Wang/Dr. Malarkannan

October 15th, 2021                            Fatima Saravia/Dr. Kirby

October 22nd, 2021                           Jian Shen/Dr. Cui

October 29th, 2021                            Alex Gardner/Dr. Barbieri

November 5th, 2021                          Sarah Timmler/Dr. Kristich

November 12th, 2021                        Melissa Whyte/Dr. Hudson

December 3rd, 2021                          Mahmoud Abu Eid/Dr. Dwinell

December 17th, 2021                        Savannah Neu/ Dr. Dittel

January 7th, 2022                             Carly Mascari/Dr. Kristich

January 21st, 2022                            Christine Nguyen/Dr. Cui

January 28th, 2022                            Suzette Rosas/Dr. Terhune

February 18th, 2022                          Kevin Jennings/ Dr. Salzman

February 25th, 2022                          Paul Sylvester/Dr. Tarakanova

March 4th, 2022                                Sam DeCero/Dr. Frank

March 11th, 2022                              Matthew Hadiono/Dr. Kirby

March 25th, 2022                              Kaitlin Schulz/Dr. Hudson

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

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

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

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

April 29th, 2022                                 Ao Mei/Dr. Malarkannan

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

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

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

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

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

June 25th, 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

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