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MICaB Student Seminar Series

Spring Semester 2019
Thursday, 1-110 LRB/MTRF
12:00-1:00

JANUARY 24

Christopher Staley, Ph.D., MICaB Graduate Faculty Candidate, “Role of the intestinal microbiota in pathogenesis and clinical care”
Faculty Advocate: Mike Sadowsky

JANUARY 31

Matthew Aliota, PhD, MICaB Graduate Faculty Candidate, “Arbovirus evolution, transmission, and pathogenesis”
Faculty Advocate: Pam Skinner

FEBRUARY 7

Jannell Bazurto, Ph.D., MICaB Graduate Faculty Candidate, “Formaldehyde stress management in Methylobacterium
Faculty Advocate: Jeff Gralnick

FEBRUARY 14

Katrina Jackson, “Single nucleotide variations account for strain specific virulence changes in Cryptococcus neoformans”
Advisor: Kirsten Nielsen
Student host: Maude Ashby
Megan Smith, “Development of a High-Throughput Screen for Identification and Characterization of Bacterial Enzymes Making Membrane Lipids and Antibiotics”
Advisor: Larry Wackett
Student host: Maude Ashby
Faculty Reviewers: Kyle Costa, Tyler Bold, Martina Bazzaro

FEBRUARY 21

Noah Gavil, “Reactivating Antiviral T-cells in Solid Tumors: Mechanisms and abscopal effect of a novel cancer immunotherapy”
Advisor: Dave Masopust
Student host: Angela Bedoya
Ruth Lee
, “Finding your own way: Taxis to insoluble electron acceptors in Shewanella oneidensis
Advisor: Jeff Gralnick
Student host: Angela Bedoya
Faculty Reviewers: David Boulware, Xavier Revelo, Carol Lange

FEBRUARY 28

Alan Embry, Ph.D. **Special MICaB seminar** "Research opportunities in M. tuberculosis, influenza and other respiratory pathogens"
Deputy Director, Basic Sciences Program at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Career Development- NIH

MARCH 7

Alex Villarreal,"The effect of bacterial community composition on Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence in cystic fibrosis sputum "
Advisor: Ryan Hunter
Student host: Dallas Fonseca
Jordan Naumann, “APOBEC3B Derived Neoantigens and Immunotherapy”
Advisor: Reuben Harris
Student host: Dallas Fonseca
Faculty Reviewers: Paul Jardine, Patrick Arndt, Craig Eckfeldt

MARCH 14

Phil Titcombe, “Clonal evolution of self-specific B cells in rheumatoid arthritis”
Advisor: Dan Mueller
Student host: David Hsu
Faculty Reviewers: Paul Jardine, Patrick Arndt, Craig Eckfeldt
Kevin Osum, “Antigen Specificity of Anergic CD4+ T Cells”
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Student host: David Hsu
Faculty Reviewers: Gary Dunny, Mike Farrar, Peter Bitterman

MARCH 21 - SPRING BREAK

 

MARCH 28

Sara Hamilton Hart, Ph.D., MICaB Graduate Faculty Candidate, “CD8+ T cell-driven immunity and immunopathology”
Faculty Advocate: Marc Jenkins

APRIL 4

Kelsey Wanhainen, “Role of P2RX7 in making CD8+ T cells for tumor immunotherapy”
Advisor: Steve Jameson
Student host: Phillip Dougherty
Julia Riedl, “Rare genetic diseases with skin manifestations”
Advisor: Jakub Tolar
Student host: Phillip Dougherty
Faculty Reviewers: Ryan Hunter, Alexander Khoruts, Branden Moriarity

APRIL 11

Lucy Sjaastad, “The role of interferons in Treg development and function”
Advisor: Mike Farrar
Student host: Meagan Rollins
Milcah Scott, “Phenotypic Identification and Therapeutic Targeting of Tissue-Resident Memory T Cells”
Advisor: Dave Masopust
Student host: Meagan Rollins
Faculty Reviewers: Steve Rice, Bruce Walchek, Zohar Sachs

APRIL 18

Sara Bolivar Wagers, “Metabolic control of regulatory T-cell function in Graft versus Host Disease”
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Student host: Hrishi Venkatesh
Alex Dwyer, “The Role of Hybrid Insulin Peptide-Reactive T cells in Type 1 Diabetes”
Advisor: Brian Fife
Student host: Hrishi Venkatesh
Faculty Reviewers: Dana Davis, Geoff Hart, Masato Yamamoto

APRIL 25 – **Student invited speaker**

Rob Knight, Ph.D.
Title: TBA
Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego, CA
Host: Sarah Lucas

MAY 2

Special Seminar
Gabrielle Mead, Assistant Director
Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, UMN

MAY 9

Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, Ph.D., MICaB Graduate Faculty Candidate, “Retrovirus mRNA translation and alternative cap-binding proteins, lessons from study of HIV-1”
Faculty Advocate: Lou Mansky

 

 

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