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MIC Seminars - Spring Semester 2015

January 21

MIC Graduate Student Seminar
Emily Mercadante, Lorenz Lab

SHP-1 regulates the interaction between regulatory T cells and conventional T cells

Philippe Gonzalez, Zong Lab

p53 and NF1's distinct modes of tumor suppression during gliomagenesis
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


Old fashioned genetic analysis in Chlamydia
Melissa Kendall, PhD
February 4

Student Seminar
Celeste Goh, Hahn Lab

Immunoregulatory Roles of HCV-induced MDSCs

Daniel Engel, PhD
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
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Harold and Muriel Block Faculty Scholar in Virology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Yeshiva University

Unraveling the cell invasion mechanisms of emerging RNA viruses

Daniel Engel, PhD
March 4

Student Seminar
Allison Batties (Bouton Lab)

BCAR3 in Mammary Gland Development and Breast Cancer

Jonathan Handing (Criss Lab)

The lipooligosaccharide-modifying enzyme LptA enhances gonococcal defense against human neutrophils

Daniel Engel, PhD
March 11

John Leong, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Tufts University School of Medicine

Hijack of an Actin Assembly Pathway by Enterohemorrhagic E. coli Leads to Lethal Disease
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

Virulence and transmission efficiency of HIV
Lou Hammarskjold, MD, PhD  David Rekosh, PhD
March 31
JH 1-17

Donghai Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Metabolic Regulation of Innate Immunity by the Cholesterol Biosynthesis (Mevalonate) Pathway

Carter Center Immunology Faculty Candidate

Timothy Bender, PhD


April 1
Wednesday 4:00PM
Jordan 1014

2015 Robert R. Wagner Prize for Outstanding Research
in Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology
Laura Gonyar, PhD

Ethanolamine-regulated fimbriae in enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7 pathogenesis
Melissa Kendall, PhD

April 2 


Jennifer Bishop, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Vancouver Prostate Centre

"Regulation of cell plasticity by the androgen receptor: novel and targetable mechanisms of resistance to Enzalutamide in prostate cancer"

Cancer Immunology Faculty Candidate

Victor Engelhard, PhD

April 7


Michael Gerner, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
NIH, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


Illuminating the microenvironments that shape the immune response

Carter Center Immunology Faculty Candidate


Timothy Bender, 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

Harnessing Genomics for Malaria Elimination and Eradication

MIC student seminar committee

April 9

JH 1-17

Andrew Doedens, PhD
University of California, San Diego

Hypoxia-inducible Factors Augment CD8+ T cell Responses to Cancer and Persistent Viral Infection

Cancer Immunology Faculty Candidate

Victor Engelhard, PhD
April 14
JH 1-17

Aimee Beaulieu, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Immunology Program

Transcriptional regulation of antiviral NK cell immunity

Carter Center Immunology Faculty Candidate

Timothy Bender, PhD

April 15

Markus Hafner, PhD
RNA Molecular Biology Group
Laboratory of Muscle Stem Cells and Gene Regulation

Genome-wide identification of RNA binding protein targets by PAR-CLIP
Roger Abounader, MD, PhD

April 16
JH 1-17

Tom-Li Stephen, PhD
Associate Staff Scientist - Wistar Institute

Transcriptional and Epigenetic Regulation of T cell anti-tumor Immunity

Cancer Immunology Faculty Candidate

Victor Engelhard, PhD
April 16
Graduate Biosciences Society Student Symposium

April 20


Sohini Mukherjee, PhD
Department of Immunology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Innate Immune Defense of the Intestinal Epithelial Surface

Carter Center Immunology Faculty Candidate

Timothy Bender, PhD
April 22
JH 1-14

Melanie Rutkowski, PhD
Associate Staff Scientist Wistar Institute

The Three Fates of Malignant Progression:  TLR5 Signaling, Commensal Microbiota and Systemic Tumor Promoting Inflammation

Cancer Immunology Faculty Candidate

Victor Engelhard, PhD

April 28

JH 1-17

Eric Pietras,PhD
Associate Specialist
UCSF School of Medicine - Regeneration Medicine

Pro-inflammatory cytokines as critical regulators of hematopoietic stem cell fate and function

Carter Center Immunology Faculty Candidate


Timothy Bender, 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
April 30
JH 1-17

Seng-Ryong Woo
Postdoctoral Scholar University of Chicago · Department of Pathology

"Innate immune sensing of tumors via host STING pathway"

Cancer Immunology Faculty Candidate

Victor Engelhard, PhD
May 4
Anderson Symposium - “Immunometabolism”

Ajay Chawla, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
“Innate Mechanisms of Metabolic Homeostatis”


Anthony Ferrante, MD, PhD
Columbia University
“Immune regulation of adipose tissue”


Russell G. Jones, PhD
McGill University
“Metabolic plasticity in T cell responses”


Jeffrey Rathmell, PhD
Duke University
“Nutrient uptake and fueling T cell immunity”


Jordan Hall Conference Center 1:00PM-5:00PM

Beirne Carter Center

May 5

JH 1-5

Sarah Ewald, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Stanford University Medical Center

Carter Center Immunology Faculty Candidate

Timothy Bender, PhD
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

JH 1-17

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

Molecular Mechanisms of HIV Immune Evasion


Lou Hammarskjold, MD, PhD

David Rekosh, PhD

May 15


MIC Retreat

MIC Seminars - Fall Semester 2015

Date Speaker Host
September 9

Norman R. Sharpless, M.D
Professor of Medicine & Genetics Chair
The Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
UNC Chapel Hill

Dave Kashatus, PhD
September 16 MIC Graduate Student Seminar Daniel Engel, PhD
September 23
September 30 Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Immunology and Microbial Science Scripps Research Institute California Campus 
Joint MIC and CMB speaker
Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant students
October 2 Kadner Seminar
Eduardo Groisman, PhD
Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis; HHMI Investigator
Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Microbiology | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development
October 7 MIC Graduate Student Seminar Daniel Engel, PhD
October 14

Dr. Roy Curtiss III
Professor of Life Sciences
Director, Center for Microbial Genetic Engineering
Director, Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology
School of Life Sciences 
Arizona State University

October 21
October 28
November 4
November 11
November 18 Jennifer A. Lippincott-Schwartz, PhD
Distinguished NIH Investigator
Section on Organelle Biology
Dave Kashatus, PhD
November 25 Thanksgiving Break
December 2
December 9
December 16 MIC Graduate Student Seminar Daniel Engel, PhD

MIC Seminars - Spring Semester 2016

April 20

Joshua L. Andersen
Assistant Professor 
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department 
Brigham Young University

"14-3-3z and autophagy: Cellular life-death decision making during an energy crisis.”

Dave Kashatus, PhD