Seminars & Journal Clubs

Microbial Pathogenesis, Inflammation, and Immunology Seminar Series

The Department of Microbiology, NEIDL Institute, Program in Inflammatory Disorders, and Immunology Training Program will hold a weekly Microbial Pathogenesis, Inflammation, and Immunology Seminar Series on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm noon in L504 (unless otherwise noted) and the Journal Club sessions are held on Mondays at 12:00 noon also in the Microbiology Conference Room L504.

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Date Speaker Title Program Host
Oct 5
Location: NEIDL
Jeremy Luban, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
“Molecular Characterization of Clade-Defining Mutations from the 2013-2016 Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic” NEIDL Ron Corley
Oct 12 Timothy Schacker, M.D.
University of Minnesota
“Lymph Node Fibrosis and HIV: Implications for the Cure and Beyond” Immunology Rahm Gummuluru
Oct 19 Sanjay Ram, M.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical Center
“Can We Trap ‘the Clap’ by Sugar-Coating It?” Inflammation Lee Wetzler
Oct 26 Stephen P. Goff, Ph.D.
Columbia University
“Retroviral Silencing: Transcriptional and Non-Transcriptional Regulation” Microbiology Andy Henderson
Nov 2
Location: NEIDL
Anthony Griffiths, Ph.D.
Texas Biomedical Research Institute
NEIDL Paul Duprex / Ron Corley
Nov 9 Michael Starnbach, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
“Manipulating the Immune Response to Chlamydia Trachomatis” Immunology Lee Wetzler
Nov 16 Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
“Thoughts Into the Origin of Microbial Virulence” NEIDL Igor Kramnik
Friday, Nov 18
Location: NEIDL
Estefania Rodriguez Burgos, Ph.D.
Heinrich Pette Institute
“Humanized Mice to Study Viral Persistence and Pathogenesis” NEIDL Ron Corley
Nov 23 No Seminar
Nov 30 Michael Gilmore, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Microbiology Andrew Taylor
Dec 7 Location; NEIDL Charles Shoemaker, Ph.D.
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
NEIDL John Samuelson
Dec 14 Egil Lien, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical Center
“Lessons From Highly Virulent Bacteria: Evasion and Activation of Innate Immunity by Plague” Immunology Lee Wetzler

The Department of Microbiology, Program in Infectious Diseases Training Program, and Immunology Training Program Trainee Seminar/Journal Club sessions are held on Mondays at 12:00 noon in the Microbiology Conference Room L504.

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Date Program Presenter
Oct 3 Microbiology Journal Club Whitney Manhart Chuong, E.B. et al. 2016. Regulatory Evolution of Innate Immunity Through Co-Option of Endogenous Retroviruses. Science 351:1083-1087.
Oct 10 No Seminar
Oct 17 Student Seminars
Michelle Fleury (Dooms Lab) and Ian Francis (Wetzler Lab) “Characterizing Immune Dysfunction in Systemic Sclerosis”
“Host response to Neisseria gonorrhoeae Infection in Female Wild Type Mice is Dictated by the Dominant Sex Hormone”
Oct 24 Inflammation Journal Club Cari Meisel Li, W.A. et al. 2016. The Effect of Surface Modification of Mesoporous Silica Micro-Rod Scaffold on Immune Cell Activation and Infiltration. Biomaterials 83:249-256.
Oct 31 Immunology Journal Club Emad Arafa Xiong, H. et al. 2016. Innate Lymphocyte/Ly6Chi Monocyte Crosstalk Promotes Klebsiella Pneumoniae Clearance. Cell 165:679-689.
Nov 7 Student Seminars Sila Ataca (Kepler Lab) and Stephanie D’Souza (Kepler Lab) “Biophysical Characterization of Immunoglobulins during Affinity Maturation in the Human Response to Anthrax Vaccine”
“Immunogenomics of the Egyptian Fruit Bat, an Important Viral Reservoir”
Nov 14 Microbiology Journal Club Sarah Nodder Muenchhoff, M et al. 2016. Nonprogressing HIV-infected Children Share Fundamental Immunological Features of Nonpathogenic SIV Infection. Sci Transl Med 8:358ra125.Supplementary Materials.
Nov 21 Postdoctoral Seminar Michelle Olsen (Connor Lab) and Kristen Peters (Connor Lab) “Mechanisms of Ebolavirus Dependence on Polyamines and Hypusinated-eIF5A”
“Early Term Placental Explants as an ex vivo Model of Zika Virus Infection”
Nov 28 Inflammation Journal Club Jaileene Hernandez Bengsch, B. et al. 2016. Bioenergetic Insufficiencies due to Metabolic Alterations Regulated by the Inhibitory Receptor PD-1 are an Early Driver of CD8+ T Cell Exhaustion. Immunity 45:1-16.
Dec 5 Postdoctoral Seminar “Role of Myeloid Cells in HIV-1 Pathogenesis”
Dec 12 Immunology Journal Club Gregory Hall