Microbiology and Immunology Trainee Seminar Series

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology Training Program Trainee Seminar/Journal Club sessions are held on Mondays at 12:00 in the X222 Microbiology conference room. All seminars will be hybrid both in person and livestreamed via Zoom for those who cannot attend in person.  Email reminders containing the zoom link are sent prior to each seminar. Please email kfurness@bu.edu if you want to be added to the email listserv.

All journal clubs will be held in person only and reminders will be sent prior to each session.

Click here for previous seminars.

Spring 2022
January 24 STUDENT SEMINARS
“Investigating the Role of Heterotypic Immune Responses in the Protection Against Coronavirus Infections”
David Bean, Sagar Lab
and
“Investigating the Role of Virus-Encoded Small RNAs in Ebola Virus Transcription Initiation”
Stephen Ross, Cifuentes & Mühlberger Labs
January 31 STUDENT SEMINARS
“Uncovering Novel RNA Factors Involved in Permissiveness to Flavivirus Infection”
Elizabeth Chavez, Douam Lab
and
“Structure-Activity Analysis of Natural Product Derivative Inhibitors of Ebola Virus Infection”
Patrick Keiser, Davey Lab
February 7 POSTDOC/RESEARCH SCIENTIST SEMINARS
“Characterization of Ebola Virus Defective Genomes”
Rebecca Johnson
, Griffiths Lab
and
“Advancement of a Small Molecule Antiviral Therapeutic to Treat Poxvirus Infection”
Scott Seitz, Connor Lab
February 14 STUDENT SEMINARS
“Harnessing Humanized Mouse Models to Identify Human Regulators of SARS-CoV-2 Infection”
Devin Kenney, Douam Lab
and
“Remodeling of Lung Immunity After Endemic Coronavirus Infection”
Nathan Sanders, Mizgerd Lab
February 21 NO SEMINAR
February 28 STUDENT SEMINARS
“Investigation of Impact of Opioids of HIV Replication and Latency”
Binita Basukala, Henderson Lab
and
“Malignant Cell Expression of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Induces PD-L1 and Immunosuppression in Models of Oral and Lung Cancer”
Megan Snyder, Sherr Lab
March 7 NO SEMINAR
Wednesday,
March 9,
12:00 pm
DISSERTATION DEFENSE SEMINAR
“Novel Subsets of Resident Lymphocytes in Murine Lungs Recovered from Pneumococcal Pneumonia”
Carolina Lyon De Ana
March 14 JOURNAL CLUB
Yukl, SA et al. (2020) Shared Mechanisms Govern HIV Transcriptional Suppression in Circulating CD103+ and Gut CD4+ T Cells. J. Virol. 95(2):e01331.
https://journals.asm.org/doi/10.1128/JVI.01331-20
Presenter: Erika Smith
March 21 JOURNAL CLUB
Liu, X. et al. (2019) Human Cytomegalovirus Evades Antibody-mediated Immunity through Endoplasmic Reticulum-associated Degradation of the FcRn Receptor. Nat. Commun. 10:3020.
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-10865-y.pdf
Presenter: Scott Adams
Thursday,
March 24
9:00 am
DISSERTATION DEFENSE SEMINAR
“Primate Lentiviral Viral Protein R and the DNA Damage Response: A Tale of Manipulation and Subversion”
Sarah Nodder
Friday,
March 25,
10:00 am
DISSERTATION DEFENSE SEMINAR
“Intragenic Elements Support the Transcription of Defective HIV-1 Proviruses”
Jeffrey Kuniholm
March 28 JOURNAL CLUB
Ho, Y-C. et al. (2013) Replication-Competent Noninduced Proviruses in the Latent Reservoir Increase Barrier to HIV-1 Cure. Cell 155(3):540.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092867413011574?via%3Dihub
Presenter: Jonathan Kilroy
Tuesday,
March 29,
12:00 pm
DISSERTATION DEFENSE SEMINAR
“The Influence of the Lung Virome on the Pulmonary B Cell Repertoire”
Fumiaki Aihara
April 4 JOURNAL CLUB
Reinert, L.S. et al. (2016) Sensing of HSV-1 by the cGAS-STING pathway in microglia orchestrates antiviral defence in the CNS. Nat. Commun. 7, 13348.
https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms13348.pdf
Presenter: Chelsey Skeete
April 11 JOURNAL CLUB
Xu, W. et al. (2021) Early innate and adaptive immune perturbations determine long-term severity of chronic virus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis coinfection. Immunity 54(3):5260541.e7.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1074761321000261?via%3Dihub
Presenter: Kara Farquharson
April 18 NO SEMINAR
April 25 JOURNAL CLUB
Perera, M.R. et al. (2022) A viral long non-coding RNA protects against cell death during human cytomegalovirus infection of CD14+ monocytes. Viruses 14(2):246.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8874509/pdf/viruses-14-00246.pdf
Presenter: Sita Ramaswamy
May 23 DISSERTATION DEFENSE SEMINAR
“Liver-dependent Lung Remodeling During Systemic Inflammation Alters Responses to Secondary Infection”
Christine Odom