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MIC Seminars - Fall Semester 2014

Date Speaker Host
September 3

Andrey S Shaw, MD
Emil R. Unanue Professor of Pathology and Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine

KSR and allosteric activation of Raf kinase
Michael Weber, PhD
September 10

James Nataro, MD, PhD, MBA
Benjamin Armistead Shepherd Professor and Chair
Department of Pediatrics
University of Virginia Medical Center

Anti-virulence regulators:  pathogenesis and its discontents
Kodi Ravichandran, PhD
September 24

MIC Student Seminar

Katie Margulieux (Hughes Lab)

"Mechanism of CXCL10 Antimicrobial Effect Against B. anthracis"

Zannatun Noor (Petri Lab)

"Role of IL-25 During Amoebiasis In A Mouse Model"
Daniel Engel, PhD
September 29

Hervé Agaisse, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Microbial Pathogenesis

Yale University School of Medicine

MIC Bacteriology Faculty Candidate

Cell biology of intracellular pathogen dissemination
Kodi Ravichandran, PhD
October 1

Gene Garrard Olinger, PhD
Principal Science Advisor, High Containment Coordinator, NIH-Integrated Research Facility (IRF) (NIAID) Frederick, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University

Converging science disciplines and the search for medical solutions to protect against viral hemorrhagic fever viruses
Judith White, PhD
October 8

Susan Hafenstein, PhD
Department of Medicine
Penn State University

Picornavirus Entry: Coxsackievirus altered particles are not created equally
Jay Brown, PhD
October 15

Ivaylo Ivanov, PhD
Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Columbia University

MIC Student seminar committee
October 22

Jason Brickner, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Biosciences
Northwestern University

Nuclear pore-mediated epigenetic transcriptional memory
Mitch Smith, PhD

October 23

Jordan 1-17

Isabelle Derre, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Department of Microbial Pathogenesis
Yale University School of Medicine

Deciphering the developmental cycle of the obligate intracellular bacterial pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis
Kodi Ravichandran, PhD
October 29

Leslie J. Berg, PhD
Department of Pathology
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Insights into the Regulation of TCR Signal Strength
Ulrike Lorenz, PhD
November 5

Elke Muhlberger
Associate Professor of Microbiology
Director, Biomolecule Production Core, NEIDL Institute

Boston University

Interaction of Ebola virus with the infected cell
Daniel Engel, PhD
November 12
do not schedule - Kadner Lecture on Friday, Nov. 14

November 14

2:00PM MEB3110

Eighth Annual Robert J. Kadner Distinguished Lecture in Microbiology
Lucy Shapiro, PhD
Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research
Director, Beckman Center for Molecular & Genetic Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Systems Architecture of a Bacterial Cell Cycle

Alison Criss, PhD
November 19

Student Seminar
Adam Labonte (Hahn Lab)


“Scavenger Receptor CD204 in Hepatic Viral Infection”

Jessica Harakal (Tung Lab)

"Control of Autoimmune Gastritis by Regulatory T cells"
November 26
Thanksgiving Recess
December 3

Wayne Lencer, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Division Chief Gastroenterology, Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital

"Innate sensing of a bacterial protein entering the ER of host cells by IRE1 and RIG-I"
Alison Criss, PhD
James Casanova, PhD
Erik Hewlett, MD
December 10
Claudia Fischbach-Teschl, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Cornell University
Engineering approaches to study tumor microenvironment interactions
Kwon Park, PhD
December 17
Student Seminar
David Peske (Engelhard Lab)
Development of lymph-node like vasculature and lymphoid organization in tumors.
Dan Engel, PhD


MIC Seminars - Spring Semester 2015

January 7




January 21

Student Seminar
Emily Mercadante and Philippe Gonzalez

Daniel Engel, PhD

January 28

Raphael Valdivia, PhD
Associate Professor
Vice Dean for Basic Research
Dept. of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Duke University Medical Center


Melissa Kendall, PhD
February 4

Student Seminar
Caitlin Naylor and Celeste Goh

Daniel Engel, PhD
February 11


February 18

Deborah Kelly, PhD
Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute

Structural insights for the role of BRCA1 in transcription

Amy Bouton,


February 25

Kartik Chandran, PhD
Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Columbia University

Daniel Engel, PhD
March 4

Student Seminar
Jonathan Handing and Allison Batties

Daniel Engel, PhD
March 11
John Leong, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Tufts University School of Medicine
Melissa Kendall, PhD
March 18

Eric Arts, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Western Ontario

Tentative Topic:  HIV-1 evolution, diversity and drug resistance
Lou Hammarskjold, MD, PhD  David Rekosh, PhD
March 25

Possible date for Wagner seminar - not final until later


April 1 Student Seminar
Timothy Raines (Slack-Davis Lab) and Ryan Llewellyn (Bouton Lab) – Titles: TBA
Daniel Engel, PhD
April 8

Dyann Wirth, PhD
Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases Chair, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Harvard School of Public Health

MIC student seminar committee
April 15

Markus Hafner, PhD
RNA Molecular Biology Group
Laboratory of Muscle Stem Cells and Gene Regulation
Roger Abounader, MD, PhD
April 16
Graduate Biosciences Society Student Symposium
April 22
hold Hui Zong, PhD
April 29

Claudia Fischbach-Teschl, PhD
Associate Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering
Cornell University

Engineering approaches to study tumor microenvironment interactions
Kwon Park, PhD
May 4 Anderson Symposium Beirne Carter Center
May 6

H. (Hank) Steven Seifert

John E. Porter Professor of Biomedical Science and Associate Chair

Department of Microbiology-Immunology

Northwestern University

“Diversification in the face of function – Lessons from the mechanisms and results of pilus antigenic variation in Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Alison Criss, PhD
May 13

Kathleen Collins, MD, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology University of Michigan School of Medicine

Tentative topic:  Immune Evasion mediated by the HIV Nef protein, and drug screening of natural products for antivirals


Lou Hammarskjold, MD, PhD

David Rekosh, PhD

May 20


Date Speaker Host
September 9 Ned Sharpless, M.D
UNC Chapel Hill
Dave Kashatus, PhD
Nov 18 Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz Dave Kashatus, PhD