Past Seminar Series

Spring 2024

Michael Gale, PhD, University of Washington
Innate immunity in RNA virus infection (Co-sponsored with the Center for Immunology and Immune-based Diseases)

Alice Telesnitsky, PhD, University of Michigan Medical School
How HIV-1 selects its genome: a tail of two nucleotides 

Andrea Marzi, PhD, NIH
Pathogenesis of filoviruses                 

Zongdi Feng, PhD, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Quasienveloped viruses: the what, the how, and the why                             

Vera Tarakanova, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin
The gammaherpesvirus-host love/hate relationship (Co-sponsored with the Center for Immunology and Immune-based Diseases)   

Denise Monack, PhD, Stanford University, Stanford School of Medicine
Battles for gut resources and niches: How Salmonella induces superspreader hosts
Michael Apicella Endowed Lecture                   

Jennifer Walker, PhD, University of Texas-Houston, McGovern Medical School
Elucidating Host-Pathogen Interactions that Dictate Recalcitrance in Medical Device-associated Infections
Dr. Sarah Pulvermacher Graduate Student Seminar      

James Earnest, PhD, Emory University
The diversity of antibody responses to arbovirus infection at the individual and population levels 

Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Role of ORF6 of SARS-CoV-2 as an interferon antagonist (Co-sponsored with the Center for Immunology and Immune-based Diseases)                           

Aimee Potter, PhD, University of Virginia (UVA)
Integrating Systems biology approaches to dissect Neisseria gonorrhoeae metabolism, pathogenesis, and antimicrobial resistance at the host-pathogen interface

Sarah Dremel, PhD, NCI
CircRNA biogenesis and function during herpesvirus infection                     

Sebla Kutluay, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine
Rules that govern packaging and repackaging of the HIV-1 genome                         

Aravinth Jayabalan, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
"Virus-Host Battle at Stress Granules: Insights from Alphavirus Macrodomain"                             

Sizun Jiang, PhD, Center for Virology and Vaccine Research
Spatial-omics to Interrogate Host-Disease Interactions                    

Hwan Kim, PhD, Stony Brook University
Tick Transmission and pathogenesis of Rickettsia amblyommatis

Amanda Dudek, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine
"A Tale of Two Models: Developing an HIV cure and investigating immune control using gene editing"

Christine Suetterlin, PhD, University of California-Irvine
"Arms race between Chlamydia and its host cell"

Fall 2023

Filiz Korkmaz, PhD, Umass Chan Medical School
LOX-1 dependent regulation of immunity and metabolism in the pneumonic lung

Stacia Phillips, PhD, University of Iowa
Exploitation and evasion of host RNA-binding protein function during viral infections

Balaji Manicassamy, PhD, University of Iowa
Genetic Approaches to Study Influenza Virus-Host Interactions                  

Siriam Neelamegham, PhD, University of Buffalo (SUNY)
Glycosylation: New tools and applications in the study of human disease                                 

Stacey D. Gilk, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Establishing the intracellular niche: Coxiella manipulation of lysosome biogenesis                               

Thomas Kehl-Fie, PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
You are what you don’t eat: Bacterial strategies for overcoming nutritional immunity                               

Andrea Marzi, PhD, NIH
Pathogenesis of filoviruses

Ting Zhang, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Defining an entero-hepato-biliary axis of immunity                               

Jeremiah Johnson, PhD, University of Tennessee
Battle for the histones: Translocation of bacterial sirtuin promotes neutrophil activation and intestinal 
inflammation during Campylobacter jejuni infection                              

Craig Forrest, PhD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
A risky game played by gammaherpesviruses to chronically infect B cells

Yohei Kirino, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University
Infection-induced tRNA half molecules activate endosomal Toll-like receptor in immune response                         

Brady Spencer, PhD, University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus
The Role of the Type VII Secretion System in Group B Streptococcal Pathogenesis                                 

Eric Freed, PhD, NIH
HIV assembly, maturation, and drug resistance                                 

Ting-Sung Hsieh, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Dynamic membrane remodeling by a self-organizing bacterial kinase-phosphate duo                       

Andrew Hryckowian, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
A butyrate-centric view of Clostridioides difficile pathogenesis

Tim Casselli, PhD, University of North Dakota
Resolving the disconnect: characterizing a small animal model of Lyme neuroborreliosis

Becky Lamason, PhD, Massachusets Institute of Technology
Manipulation of host membranes by a cytosolic bacterial pathogen

Daniel Perez, PhD, University of Georgia-Athens
Emergence of H9 subtype influenza A viruses of pandemic concern: The little virus that could   

Leonid Margolis, PhD, NIH
Extracellular Vesicles: more information than knowledge

Spring 2023

Ariangela Kozik, PhD, University of Michigan
Deciphering Microbial-Immune Relationships in Asthma - ZOOM ONLY

Hank Seifert, Ph, Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine
Evolution of diversification in the face of function – Lessons learned from the pilus antigenic variation system of Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Lilly Radoshevich, PhD University of Iowa, Microbiology and Immunology
Exploring the role of ISGylation in pathogen spread                                 

Seema Lakdawala, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine
Understanding Airborne Transmission of Emerging Respiratory Viruses                                    

Ernie Fuentes, PhD, University of Iowa
Environmental Sensing by the S. aureus SrrAB Two‐Component System                                  

Wenjun Ma, PhD, University of Missouri – Columbia
Understanding of Novel Bat Influenza Viruses and Beyond                                  

Drew Kitchen, PhD, University of Iowa
Phylogenetic identification of pathogen origins across time and space

Stacey Schultz-Cherry, PhD - Pulvermacher Seminar
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Impact of obesity on influenza                                   

Stefan Pukatzki, PhD, City College of New York
The cholera bacterium secures a firm grip on competitiveness with a secret handshake                                  

Kerry Empey, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Infant Host Immunity to Respiratory Syncytial Virus following Maternal Immunization 
Co-sponsored with the Center for Immunology and Immune Based Diseases

Ya-Chi Ho, MD, PhD, Yale School of Medicine
Single-cell multiomics and expansion dynamics of HIV reservoir                          

Mike Sheedlo, PhD, University of Minnesota
Structural and Mechanistic Insight into the Clostridioides difficile Transferase                                  

Larry Schlesinger, MD, Texas Biomedical Research Institute
The M. tuberculosis-macrophage encounter: From basic science discovery to a potential host-directed therapy for tuberculosis                                  

James Konopka, PhD, Stony Brook University
Plasma membrane form and function in fungal pathogenesis                                  

Sabrina Tan, MD, University of Iowa
Inflammatory Neuropathogenesis in Acute SIV Infection

Fall 2022

Steve Varga, PhD, University of Iowa, Microbiology and Immunology
Running Up That Hill: Working Towards New Interventions for Viruses and Cancer\\

Mary Weber, PhD, University of Iowa, Microbiology and Immunology
Investigation of the Chlamydia trachomatis type III secretome reveals diverse strategies for

Noah Butler, PhD, University of Iowa, Microbiology and Immunology
Eating is in my DNA: metabolic programming of adaptive immune cell function during malaria 

Balaji Manicassamy, PhD, University of Iowa, Microbiology and Immunology
Genetic Approaches to Study Influenza Virus-Host Interactions

David Rudner, PhD, Harvard Medical School - Crawford Lecture
How Gram-positive bacteria monitor their cell walls for defects and catalyze their repair

Saurabh Chattopadhyay, PhD, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology
IRF3: a master regulator of infection and inflammationWatkze Aud III, BSB

Vincent Lee, PhD, University of Maryland
Pseudomonas aeruginosa signaling, RNA degradation and device associated infections 

Daniel Schultz, PhD, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
Evolution of antibiotic responses in complex dynamic settings

Michael Stolley, PhD, University of Minnesota, Microbiology and Immunology
Resident Memory T Cell Immunosurveillance of the Oral Mucosa and Periodontium

Adam Bailey, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin
Anticipating arterivirus emergence in humans

Aaron Mendez, PhD, University of California – Berkeley, Microbiology and Immunology
The host-virus showdown: Changing course on viral disruption of host gene expression

Amit Sharma, PhD, Ohio State University
Determinants of SHIV Replication in Macaque Lymphocytes

Xin Liu, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Microbiology and Immunology
Cellular crosstalk enables metabolic control of bacterial lung infection

Daniel Voth, PhD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Parasitism of Human Macrophages by the Q Fever Agent, Coxiella burnetii

Chun-Chieh (Jack) Hsu, PhD, Microbiology and Immunology
Virus-host arms race: Translational regulation in the antiviral responses and during SARS-CoV-2 infection

Scott Hensley, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Co-sponsored with the Center for Immunology and Immune Based Diseases
Development of multivalent mRNA vaccines to replace original antigenic sin with initial blessings of induced immunity

Daniel Czyz, PhD, University of Florida
Deciphering the role of bacteria on protein conformational diseases

Vicente Planelles, PhD,  University of Utah School of Medicine
HIV Transcription and viral latency

Spring 2022

Matt Anderson, PhD, Ohio State University
An unusual mating system generates diversity in Candida albicans

Wendy Maury, PhD University of Iowa
The Role of Phosphatidylserine Receptors in Enveloped Virus Infection

Jacob Yount, PhD, Ohio State University
Roles of the innate immunity protein IFITM3 in influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2 infections

Jeanne Salje, PhD, Rutgers University
he intracellular lifecycle of the obligate intracellular bacterium Orientia tsutsugamushi 

Christopher Vakulskas, PhD, Integrated DNA Technologies
sing fundamental bacterial tools to engineer CRISPR systems suitable for therapeutic genome editing

Kevin Legge, PhD, University of Iowa
Polyanhydride nanoparticle vaccines – a platform and strategy for robust immunity and “universal” protection against influenza virus

Adam Bailey, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
POSTPONED Exploring the extremes of flaviviral pathogenesis

Helen Lazear, PhD, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Pulvermacher Seminar Protective and pathogenic effects of interferon lambda during viral infections

Al Klingelhutz, PhD, University of Iowa
Proinflammatory Responses in Fat Caused by Environmental Toxins or Viruses

Eugene Oltz, PhD, Ohio State University
Co-sponsored with the Center for Immunology and Immune-Based Diseases
Wiring Schemes for Innate and Adaptive Lymphoid Cells

Jennifer Lund, PhD, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Co-sponsored with the Center for Immunology and Immune-Based Diseases
Regulation of tissue immunity in the context of infections

David Hendrixson, PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Biosynthesis of High-Torque Polar Flagellar Motors in Bacterial Pathogens

Michael Lorenz, University of Texas, McGovern Medical School
n all sides:  Interactions of Candida albicans with the host and bacterial flora

Andrea Sant, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology DH Smith Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology
University of Rochester Medical School
T-Cell immunity to respiratory pathogens and vaccines

Nicholas Heaton, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine
Genetic approaches to understand and prevent respiratory viral diseases

Allison Williams, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
POSTPONED Atomic-level probing of the peptidoglycan biosynthetic machinery identifies a central hub and exposes a bacterial Achilles heel

Michael Chimenti, PhD,  University of Iowa
Zoom Only Seminar Principles of experimental design and reproducible research in computationa

Fall 2021

Jon Houtman, PhD, University of Iowa     
Effects of Glycerol Monolaurate on Human T Cell Activation

Kyle Floyd, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
Deciphering the Regulation of Vibrio cholerae Surface Colonization  

Caroline Grunenwald, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Coping Mechanisms: Bacterial Stress Responses at the Host Pathogen Interface

Michael Gebhardt, PhD, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
RNA Binding Proteins and Regulatory RNAs of P. aeruginosa: It’s a small (RNA) world after all

Olena Shtanko, PhD, Texas Biomedical Research Institute
Tunneling nanotubes as an alternate route of Ebola virus dissemination

Jay Vornhagen, PhD, University of Michigan,
Consternation over colonization: Klebsiella pneumoniae in the gut

Jung-Ho Shin, PhD, Cornell University
Exploiting bacterial stress responses to overcome antibiotic tolerance in pathogens

Melinda Brindley, PhD, University of Georgia
How PtdSer localization alters Virus Infectivity and Budding

J. Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Covid-19: pathogenesis, prevention and treatment

Apollo Stacy, PhD, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Role of poly-microbial interactions in shaping health and disease

Simon Dove, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Controlling virulence gene expression: Tales from two pathogens

Ryan Zander, PhD, Blood Research Institute, Versiti
T Follicular Helper cell-derived IL-21 supports Effector CD8 T cell differentiation during chronic viral infection

Mary Weber, PhD, University of Iowa
Mechanisms of molecular mimicry: Insights on Chlamydia host cellular invasion and reprogramming

Kevin Brown, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Control of Toxoplasma Motility by Cyclic Nucleotide Signaling

Jian Zheng, PhD
The role of PLA2G2D-PGD2 in coronavirus infection and host immune response

Hillel Haim, MD, PhD, University of Iowa
Listening to the “noise” in virus systems to tailor therapeutics to patients and vaccines to populations

Sharmila Nair, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine
Leveraging ZIKV and the immune system for treatment against Glioblastoma

Nathan Schmidt, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine
Gut microbiota dynamically regulate germinal center reactions and severity of malaria

Eric Dang, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Mechanisms of host manipulation and cytosolic sensing during pathogenic fungal infection

Craig Coopersmith, MD, Emory University School of Medicine
(Co-sponsored with the Center for Immunology and Immune-Based Diseases
Gut integrity in sepsis

Kyla Ost, PhD, University of Utah
Adaptive immunity shapes friendlier fungi in the gut

Huachao Huang, PhD
Rare cells, big effects: tuft cells in pulmonary inflammation

Spring 2021

Timothy Wannier, PhD, Harvard School of Medicine (faculty candidate)
Understanding recombineering mechanistically and expanding its use to diverse bacteria

Rich Roller, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Iowa
HSV assembly in the second golden age of herpesvirus genetics

Boyuan Wang, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (faculty candidate)
Regulation of Metabolism and Viability of Bacteria by the Nucleotides (p)ppGpp and (p)ppApp

Marcos De Moraes, PhD, University of Washington (faculty candida
A novel family of mutagenic bacterial toxins with unprecedented DNA deaminase activity

Patrick Schlievert, PhD, University of Iowa
3T Bacterial Superantigen Diseases

See-Yeun Ting, PhD, University of Washington (faculty candidate)
Molecular mechanisms underlying interbacterial warfare

Arden Perkins, PhD, University of Oregon (faculty candidate)
Bacterial sensing, elimination, and manipulation of host-generated reactive oxygen species

Jorn Coers, PhD, Duke University
Bacterial sensing, elimination, and manipulation of host-generated reactive oxygen species

Bin He, PhD, University of Iowa
Evolution of a Stress Response Transcription Factor in an Opportunistic Yeast Pathogen

Edward Campbell, PhD, Loyola University – Chicago
Cytoplasmic trafficking and nuclear import of HIV-1: Simple models ruined by simple experiments

Deborah Hogan, PhD, Dartmouth Medical School (Pulvermacher Seminar)
Cytoplasmic trafficking and nuclear import of HIV-1: Simple models ruined by simple experiments

Tim Yahr, PhD, University of Iowa
Translational control of Pseudomonas aeruginosa type III secretion system gene expression: a tough nut to crack

Stephen Waggoner, PhD, University of Cincinnati (Co-sponsored with Immunology)
Mindless killers, Machiavellian schemers, or master factotums: Re-defining the roles of NK cells in immunity

Eleftherios (Lefteris) Michailidis, PhD, Rockefeller University (faculty candidate) 
Modeling chronic Hepatitis B virus infections in hepatocyte systems

Priya Issuree, PhD, University of Iowa
Dissecting the role of regulatory elements in epigenetic landscaping during infection

Rohit Jangra, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (faculty candidate)
Discovery of host determinants of virus susceptibility by using BSL2 systems

Jessica Tucker, PhD, University of California, Berkeley (faculty candidate)
Gammaherpesviruses Alter the Host tRNA Expression Landscape

Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD, University of Iowa
Pathogenesis of coronavirus infections including COVID-19

Christopher Basler, PhD, Georgia State University (faculty candidate)
How and why emerging RNA viruses target importin alpha nuclear transport proteins

Eric Weaver, PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (faculty candidate)
In Search of Universal Influenza Vaccines: Modern Immunogen Design

Neal Hammer, PhD, Michigan State University
Close encounters: Staphylococcus aureus interactions with host-derived metabolites

Renfeng Li, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University (faculty candidate)
Beyond apoptosis: Caspases switch off cellular restriction factors to reactivate a ubiquitous human tumor virus

Emily McMacklin, PhD, University of Iowa
Global transcriptional regulators and the Pseudomonas aeruginosa type III secretion system 

Philip Efron, MD, University of Florida (Co-sponsored with Immunology)
The Persistent Inflammation Immunosuppresion Catabolism Syndrome

Mark Stinski, PhD, University of Iowa (Apicella Endowed Lecture)
Discovering the CMV Promoter and the Major Immediate Early Genes of Human Cytomegalovirus

Fall 2020

Matt Welch, PhD, University of California - Berkeley
Mobilization of the cytoskeleton by microbial pathogens

Jie Sun, PhD,Mayo Clinic, Co-hosted with Immunology
A breath of fresh air: immune regulation of acute morbidity and chronic sequelae following respiratory viral infection

Open career panel discussion with:
Al Klingelhutz, PhD, Nicki Limoli, PhD, and Wendy Maury, PhD
Open discussions and Q/A with graduate students and postdocs. Faculty will share a brief self-introduction before the Q/A session.

Renée Tsolis, PhD, UC Davis School of Medicine
Effects of malaria and malnutrition on susceptibility to bacterial infection

Suresh de Silva, PhD, Shattucks Labs & Mary Mohrin, PhD,GenentechOpen discussions and Q/A with graduate students and postdocs about careers in biotech companies.

Jack Stapleton, MD, University of Iowa
Positive strand RNA virus T cell receptor interference: Do mechanisms alter T cell fate?  

Sean Whelan, PhD, Washington University
A vesicular stomatitis virus vectored vaccine for SARS-CoV-2

Michael Johnson, PhD, University of Arizona
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Copper II

Peter Crompton, MD, MPH, NIH, Co-hosted with Immunology
Persistent asymptomatic malaria: host control or parasite ploy?

Blanton Tolbert, PhD, Case Western Reserve University
Structural biophysics of RNA interactions that contribute to viral replication

Christopher Basler, PhD, Georgia State University
Novel interactions and functions for filovirus VP30 proteins

Que Dang, PhD, NIAID, NIH
An open discussion and Q/A with graduate students and postdocs only about Science careers at NIH

Ilhem Messaoudi, PhD, University of California - Irvine
Longitudinal immunological profiling reveals determinants of COVID-19 disease severity

Carol Carter, PhD, Stony Brook University
Tsg101 Is Everywhere: Targeting Its Ubiquity* For Antiviral Drug Design
*Pun Intended

Spring 2020

Chester Joyner, PhD, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Georgia
Immunology and Pathogenesis of Relapsing Plasmodium Infections

Roberto Cattaneo, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
The Three Strikes of Measles Virus:  Immune System, Airway Epithelium, Brain

Hai-Hui “Howard” Xue, MD, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Iowa
Ready T Cell Factor One: Chapter II

James Kaufman, PhD, Professor of Comparative Immunogenetics, University of Cambridge
Generalists and specialists: a new view of how MHC molecules work in health and disease

Jonathan Soboloff PhD, Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs, Professor, Medical Genetics & Molecular Biology, Temple University – Lewis Katz School of Medicine
Role of STIM-dependent Ca2+ signals in T cell activation and differentiation

Laura-Isobel McCall, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma
Contextualizing host-microbe interactions using chemical cartography

Neal Hammer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University
Staphylococcus aureus interactions with host-derived metabolites.    CANCELLED             

Michael Lorenz, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Texas Health Science Center
Small things considered:  small protein mediators of Candida-host interactions CANCELLED

Dr. Simon Dove, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Co-transcriptional activities of RNA-binding proteins in Pseudomonas aeruginosa CANCELLED

Noah Butler, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Iowa (ZOOM SEMINAR)
‘Hz’ peasy Plasmodium squeezy: how hemozoin constrains anti-malarial humoral immunity

Dr. Andrew Mehle, PhD, Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology-  University of Wisconsin – Madison
Influenza virus flips the script to convert antiviral factors into proviral effectors  CANCELLED

Dominique Limoli, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Iowa (ZOOM SEMINAR)
War and Peace: Interspecies bacterial interactions during cystic fibrosis airway infection

Prakash Srinivasan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Malaria pathogenesis and structure-function guided vaccine design CANCELLED

Andrea Sant, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Rochester Medical Center
Selective specificities and effector functions of CD4 T cells during protective immune responses to pathogenic organisms CANCELLED

Li Wu, PhD, DEO & Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Iowa (ZOOM SEMINAR)
N6-methyladenosine modification of HIV-1 RNA: a mechanism of viral immune evasion

Patrik Engstrom, PhD - Zoom Seminar
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Moecular and Cell Biology, University of California - Berkeley
Posttranslational modifications at the host-pathogen interface

Carolyn Ibberson, PhD - Zoom Seminar
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Biological Sciences - Center for Microbial Dynamics and Infection, Georgia Institute of Techology 
Insights into S. aureus infection physiology through -omics approaches

David Hershey, PhD - Zoom Seminar, Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Chicago
Mechanical determinants of surface colonization in bacteria

Bradley Jones, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Iowa (ZOOM SEMINAR)
Identification of Streptococcus sanguinis Adherence Factors that  contribute to Bacterial Endocarditis

Thomas Burke, PhD - Zoom Seminar
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California - Berkeley
Using Rickettsia as tools to investigate innate immunity, microbial pathogenesis, and human disease

Beiyan Nan, PhD - Zoom Seminar
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Texas A & M University
The origin of rod shape in bacteria

Adam Mailloux, PhD, Assistant Faculty Member in the Department of Immunology, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (ZOOM SEMINAR)
Building the Next Generation of Adoptive T cell Therapy

June-Yong Lee, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University School of Medicine (ZOOM SEMINAR)
From Colitis to Cancer: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Regulation of Pathogenic Th17 Program

Georgios Karagiannis, DVM, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (ZOOM SEMINAR)
Chemotherapy-Induced Metastasis: Mechanistic Underpinnings and Translational Opportunities

Paulus Mrass, MD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology,  University of New Mexico (ZOOM SEMINAR)
Illuminating immune responses by live imaging of inflammatory tissues


Fall 2019

Craig Ellermeier, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Associate Professor of Microbiology
Activation of Lysozyme Resistance in C. difficile

Jason Carlyon, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Anaplasma phagocytophilum cholesterol parasitism: nutritional virulence and a model host-directed therapeutic target.

Britt Glaunsinger, PhD., Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology, University of California at Berkeley
Controlling the message: herpesviral manipulation of the gene expression landscape

Matthew Olson, PhD., Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Purdue University
Controlling the message: herpesviral manipulation of the gene expression landscape

Jason McLellan, PhD, Associate Professor, Molecular Biosciences, University of Texas at Austin
Structure-based Development of Interventions for Pneumoviruses

Galit Alter, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT & Harvard- CANCELLED                                  

Joanne Engel, MD, PhD, Professor, Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology, Chief of the Division of Infectious Disease and Co-Director of the Integrative Microbiology Program, University of California San Francisco
 Chlamydia is a Master Cell Biologist:  The Secret Life of an Intracellular Pathogen

Xiaohui “Frank” Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, Lehigh University
Single-Molecule and Single-Cell Characterization of Cell Adhesion and Viral Receptors

Lijun Rong, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Illinois – Chicago
Small Molecule Entry Inhibitors of Filoviruses: Mechanisms and Therapeutics

Joseph Sodroski, MD, Professor, Departments of Immunology & Infectious Diseases and Microbiology & Immunology
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School
Conformational States of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) Envelope Glycoprotein Trimer

Anice Lowen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine
Host Dependence of Influenza A Virus Reassortment and Collective Interactions

Mandy Ford, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Cell-Intrinsic Role of FcgRllB in Regulating CD8+ T Cell Immunity-  Co-sponsored with Immunology                                            

Jason Stumhofer, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Arkansas Medical School   Co-sponsored with Immunology

Sara Hamilton Hart, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota       Co-sponsored with Immunology

Spring 2019

Gail Bishop, PhD, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Iowa
TRAF3 as a multi-faceted regulator of lymphocyte signaling and function

Robyn Klein, MD, PhD, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Washington University
Hitchhiker's Guide to Alphavirus Entry at the BBB

Jerrold Weiss, PhD, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Iowa
A novel mechanism in Gram-negative bacteria conferring resistance to a host antibacterial enzyme

CO-SPONSORED BY IMMUNOLOGY, Robert Seder, MD, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD
Intravenous Vaccination as a Paradigm for Inducing Tissue Resident T Cells and Protection Against Malaria, TB and Tumors

Lee-Ann Allen, PhD, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Iowa
Mechanisms and consequences of H. pylori-induced neutrophil plasticity

Petra Levin, PhD, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis
Bacteria versus the environment: growth, size, antibiotic tolerance & resistance

PULVERMACHER SEMINAR, Nina Salama, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Staying in shape: bacterial cytoskeleton-cell wall interactions in the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori

Noah Butler, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Iowa
Regulatory circuits that constrain durable immunity against malaria

CO-SPONSORED BY IMMUNOLOGY, Maggie Feeney, MD, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health, University of California, San Francisco
Immunity and Tolerance: The T cell Response to Human Malaria

Ellen Rothenberg, PhD, Professor of Biology, Caltech Division of Biology & Biological Engineering
Decoding the genomic regulatory program for T-cell commitment

Sam Campos, PhD, Associate Professor, Immunology, University of Arizona
Taking the STING out of persistent HPV infections

Frank Maldarelli, MD, PhD, NIH Center for Cancer Research, Head, Clinical Retrovirology Section
Transmission Dynamics of the Early HIV Epidemic in Washington D.C. and Beyond

Co-Sponsored by Immunology - Michaela Gack, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Chicago
Interferon and TRIM-mediated antiviraldefense mechanisms

Michael Selsted, MD, PhD, Chair & Professor of Pathology, University of Southern California
Bioinspired immunomodulating peptides from Old World Monkeys: biology and therapeutic possibilities


Fall 2018

Jon Houtman, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Iowa
Effects of Glycerol Monolaurate on Human T Cell Activation

Yi Zhang, MD, PhD,  Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Temple University
 EZH2 Maintenance of Memory T Cell Precursors: Toward Clinical Translation  

Sonja Best, PhD, Chief, Innate Immunity & Pathogenesis - Unit Rocky Mountain Labs, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Beyond retroviruses: Restriction of flavivirus replication by primate TRIM5α

APICELLA LECTURE - Steve Beverley, PhD, Chair of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University, St. Louis
Origins and contributions of endogenous protozoal viruses to parasite virulence   

Francis Impens, PhD,  VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Proteomics technologies to study host-bacteria interactions 

Mandy Oglesby-Sherrouse, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland
Small RNA Regulation of Iron Homeostasis, Virulence, and Polymicrobial Interactions in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Michael Franklin, PhD, Professor of Microbiology, Montana State University, Center for Biofilm Engineering
Dormancy and Ribosome Hibernation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm cells

Robert Cramer, Jr, PhD, Assistant Professor of Fungal Pathogenesis, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College
Oxygen Stress Responses and Invasive Fungal Infection Disease Progression Mechanisms

Michael Mcheyzer-Williams, PhD, Professor, Department of Immunology & Microbiology, Scripps Research Institute
Deconstructing B cell memory one cell at a time

CO-SPONSORED BY IMMUNOLOGY - Jacob Kohlmeier, PhD, Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
The Rise and Fall of Lung Resident T cell Memory

Ira Blader, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University at Buffalo School of Medicine
Toxoplasma Infections of the Brain: Growth and Consequences

Phil Pellett, PhD. Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology, Wayne State University
Virus-host interactions: remodeling of secretory and endosomal systems by human cytomegalovirus

Patrick Sinn, PhD, Associate Research Professor of Pediatrics - Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, University of Iowa
Measles virus infection and spread in human airway cells


Spring 2018

Damian Krysan, Director Of the Division of Infectious Disease in Pediatrics, University of Iowa
Antifungal Drug Discover in the Academic Setting

Imtiaz Khan, George Washington University
CD8 T cell functionality during chronic toxoplasmosis: Role of CD4 help

Alexis Kalergis, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Vaccines against respiratory syncytial virus

Paul Friesen, University of Wiscosin, Madison, WI
A novel mechanism by which DNA virus manipulates the host DNA dage response to promote remarkable replication

Richard Kuhn, Purdue Institute
Dengue and Zika viruses have a hard time growing up

Christine Peterson, University of Iowa
What's worse than Leishmania infantum infection? Infection with L. infantum and tick-borne pathogens!

Keun Seok Seo,   Mississippi State University
Molecular Mechanism of Immunosuppression Induced by Superantigens

Ashraful Haque,  Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR), Brisbane, Australia
Using single-cell genomics, mathematical and computational modelling to examine host-parasite interactions in experimental malaria

Andrew Camilli, Tufts University, School of Medicine
Impact of Phages on Cholera and Development of Two Preventatives

Virginia Shapiro,  Mayo Clinic, Rochester, NY
Regulation of T cell Development, Lineage Commitment and Maturation by HDAC3

Elina Zuniga, University of California - San Diego
Immune Adaptations During Chronic Viral Infection

Ileana Cristea, Princeton University
Dynamic proteome organization and host defense during herpesvirus infection

Fall 2017

Noah Butler, University of Iowa  - Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Th1-like Plasmodium-specific memory CD4+ T cells unexpectedly support humoral immunity

Joe Sorg, Texas A & M
Dissecting the mechanism of Clostridium difficile spore germination

Laura Haynes, UConn Health (Co-sponsored with Immunology)
How aging impacts the response to influenza infection        

Barbara Kazmierczak, Yale University
Should I stay or should I go?: "Virulence regulation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"

Kevin McIver, University of Maryland
Defining Group A Streptococcal Fitness Determinants Within In Vivo Environments    

Ken Stedman, Portland State University
Viruses from Hell

Carolina Lopez, University of Pennsylvania (Co=sponsored with Immunology)
Lung infections; anti-viral immune responses

Imtiaz Khan, George Washington University (Cancelled - rescheduled Spring 18)

Shannon Kenney,University of Wisconsin - Madison
Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)

Tajie Harris, University of Virginia
Brain infections with Toxoplasma parasites

Jeffrey Gordon, MD, Washington University in St. Louis (Irving Crawford Lecture)
Gut microbiome

Kim Orth, U of TX, Southwestern Med. Ctr.
Getting in and getting out: A vibrio invasion

Walther Mothes, Yale School of Medicine
HIV-1 entry and neutralization

Spring 2017

Pete Chandrngsu, Cornell University (faculty candidiate)
Zinc-ing responsibly: Novel insights into zinc homeostasis and intoxication in Bacillus subtilis

Mark Weber, National Institute of Health (NIH) (faculty candidate)
Chlamydia Inc.:  The business of hijacking the host

Lilliana Radoshevich (faculty candidate)
Linking ISG15 to the ER:  Lessons from Listeria infection

Hongbaek Cho,  Harvard University (faculty candidate)
New lesson from classic antibiotics: learning and exploiting the lethal mechanism of beta-lectam antibiotics

Stephanie Shames, Yale University, (faculty candidate)
Identification of novel Legionella pneumophila effector phenotypes using high-throughout analysis of targeted mutant libraries

Matt Evans, Department of Microbiology, Mr. Sinai
Deep insertional mutagenesis of the Zika virus genome

Peter A. Jorth, California Institute of Technology, (faculty candidate)
Regional isolation drives bacterial diversification during chronic cystic fibrosis infections

John McCormick, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Western University, Ontario, Canada
Streptococcus pyogenes: Human pathogen or 'super' commensal

Jonathan Lai, Department of Biochemistry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Protein engineering strategies for the development of viral immunotherapies & vaccines

Sarah Gaffen, Department of Immunology, University of Pittsburgh
Oh to be seventeen again: IL-17 receptor signaling in fungal immunity and autoimmune disease

Sang-Moo Kang, Center for Inflammation Immunity & Infection, Georgia State University  (Co-sponsored with Immunology)
"Vaccines against respiratory viruses and adjuvants"

Ronald Breaker, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University
"Riboswitches: Nature's chemical sensors and switches made of RNA"

Hui Hu, Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama
Tfh cell differentiation and Tfh help to GC responses

Barney Graham, Vaccine Research Center, National Institute of Health (NIH)
RSV Vaccine Development:  A Paradigm for Structure-Based Vaccine Design

Special Microbiology Seminar:  Robert Faris, PhD, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIH/NIAID
Prions and mitochondrial dysfunction: consequence or coincidence?

Tuli Mukhopadhyay, Department of Biology, Indiana University
The tale of TF in Alphavirus assembly:  What does it do?

Fall 2016

David Weiss, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
Using fluorescemt proteins to illuminate bacterial cell division and pathogenesis   
Chioma Okeoma, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
BST-2 at the nexus of viral pathogenesis and cancer 

Marvin Whiteley, Department of Biosciences, University of Texas at Austin
The role of community composition and biogeography in polymicrobial infection

Andrew Goodman, Microbial Sciences Institute, Yale University
Microbiome offense and defense

Hongbo Chi, Immunology Department, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
mTOR signaling and metabolic control of T cell fate decisions

Aloysius J. Klingelhutz, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
Why immortalize fat cells? Uncovering the roles of toxins in adipose dysfunction and type II diabetes 

Andreas Bäumler, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UC Davis School of Medicine
The pyromaniac inside you: salmonella metabolism in the host gut 

Hai-Hui Xue, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
Choice and fidelity for a T lymphocyte

Jason Barker, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa
Lipopolysaccharide structural heterogeneity and the host-pathogen interface

Judith White, Department of Cell Biology, University of Virginia
Mechanism and inhibition of ebolavirus entry

Vladimir Badovinac, Department of Pathology & Interdisciplinary Program in Immunology, University of Iowa
Impact of polymicrobial sepsis on CD8 T cell immunity

Lee-Ann H. Allen, Departments of Internal Medicine and Microbiology, University of Iowa
Neutrophil plasticity in Helicobacter pylori infection

Joanna B. Goldberg, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Pseudomonas aeruginosa EF-Tu Trimethylation and Pathogenesis

Katherine L. Knight, Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola University Chicago
Anti-inflammatory effect of commensal-derived exopolysaccharide

Tim Hoover, Department of Microbiology, University of Georgia, Athens
Control of flagellum biogenesis in Helicobacter pylori

Spring 2016

Andres Vazquez-Torres, Department of Immunology & Microbiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Antioxidant defenses of thioredoxin independent of canonical thiol-disulfide oxidoreductase enzymatic activity 

Hillel Haim, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
Identifying the order that underlies randomness in HIV-1 evolution at the patient and population level

Susan Hafenstein, Professor of Medicine & Microbiology and Immunology, Penn State College of Medicine
Transformative advance in cryo-EM used to explore virus-host interactions 
Aimee Shen, Dept. of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of Vermont
Clostridium difficile spore formation and germination

Samantha King, Pediatrics, Ohio State University
Streptococcus oralis utilizes a novel mechanism of sequential adherence to host glycans

Rita Tamayo, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina
Regulation of flagellum and cytotoxin biosynthesis in Clostridium difficile

Heather Allen, Research Microbiologist at USDA-ARS
Collateral effects of antibiotics on the swine gut microbiota

Christopher Snyder, Thomas Jefferson University
Co-sponsored with Immmunology (T cell responses against persistent viral infections) 

Ian Hewson, Department of Microbiology, Cornell University
The sea star microbiome orchestra:  Old players on a new stage

Susan K. Pierce, PhD, Chief, Laboratory of Immunogenetics, NIH/NIAID 
The immune response to malaria:  What malaria knows about the immune system that Immunologists don't

Thomas Gallagher, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Loyola University Chicago
MERS Coronavirus - Cell Entry 

Fall 2015

John V. Williams, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Why Pulmonary CD8 T Cells Won't Fight, Fight, Fight for Iowa

Blaise R. Boles, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
Fold modulating function: Functional amyloids produced by Staphylococcus aureus

Dorian McGavern, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH
Real-time insights into the regulation of sterile vs. antimicrobial CNS immunity

Christopher Waters, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University
Cyclic di-GMP: A global regulatory maestro that orchestrates the adaptation of bacteria to changing environments

Melissa B. Lodoen, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California Irvine
Host-Parasite Interactions, Immunity, and Pathogenesis

Moriah L. Szpara, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Penn State University
Variability, adaptation, and evolution in alpha-herpesviruses

Matthew Wargo, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of Vermont
Pseudomonas detection of host-derived amines using a particular sub-family of AraC-like regulators

Alexander R. Horswill, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
The social life of Staphylococci

Catharine Bosio, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
Building a Better Mousetrap: Using Classic Immunology to Develop Effective Tularemia Vaccines

Katherine P. Lemon, The Forsyth Institute
Nose Picking for Progress: Mining the Nasal Microbiome for New Insights into Pathobionts

Elsa Bou Ghanem, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine
The role of neutrophils and extracellular adenosine in shaping host resistance to Streptococcus pneumoniae lung infection

Drew Kitchen, Department of Anthropology, University of Iowa
Evolutionary genetics reveal the shared history of humans and our parasites and pathogens

Mishtu Dey, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa
Structural enzymology of mononuclear non-heme iron enzymes

Elsa Bou Ghanem, Molecular Microbiology Program, Tufts University
The role of neutrophils and extracellular adenosine in shaping host resistance to Streptococcus pneumoniae lung infection

Qi Yang, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Development and function of innate lymphoid cells

Aaron G. Schmidt, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital
Immuno-viral archaeology: Uncovering history of antigen exposure and mechanisms of antibody affinity maturation

Spring 2015

George Dimopoulos, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins University
The mosquito microbiota in disease transmission

Margaret Kielian, Department of Cell Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Enveloped virus entry: Mechanisms and regulation of membrane fusion

Tom Bobik, Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology, Iowa State University
Bacterial microcompartments, widespread prokaryotic organelles for metabolic optimization

Victor J. DiRita, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Michigan
Campylobacter colonization mechanisms in a natural host model

Shaden Kamhawi, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
The influence of vector-derived factors on Leishmania transmission and disease progression

Kevin B. Urdahl, Department of Immunology, University of Washington
Understanding and overcoming the barriers to T cell mediated immunity against tuberculosis

Ilya V. Frolov, Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama Birmingham
Let's make our knowledge of virus-host interactions useful. Engineering of alphaviruses with programmed phenotypes

Pradeep Singh, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington
Regional lung evolution produces bacterial diversity during cystic fibrosis infections

Martin L. Moore, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Interaction of the respiratory syncytial virus fusion protein with epidermal growth factor receptor

Thomas J. Braciale, Department of Pathology, University of Virginia
Dendritic cells and the control of antiviral effector and memory T cell responses during respiratory virus infection

Steve Melville, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
Looking at Type IV pili at the cellular and atomic level

Lauren O. Bakaletz, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Extracellular DNA-associated DNABII proteins as a target for disruption of biofilms formed by nontypeableHaemophilus influenzae

Fall 2014

Robin G. Lorenz, Department of Pathology, University of Alabama Birmingham
The role of p-glycoprotein in intestinal inflammation

Guido Silvestri, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University
Target cell restriction in AIDS pathogenesis and eradication

Hector Aguilar-Carreno, Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Washington State University
Multiple Glycoprotein Functions of a Deadly CONTAGION: Nipah Virus

Steven M. Varga, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Consequences of CD8 T Cell Memory to RSV

E. Peter Greenberg, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington
Microbial social engineering: Control of cooperation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Gregory A. Smith, Department of Microbiology-Immunology, Northwestern University
Alphaherpesviruses in the spotlight: a neuroinvasive nanomachine in action

Matthew C. Wolfgang, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina
Reciprocal regulation of cyclic AMP signaling drives acute and chronic virulence phenotypes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Zuoan Yi, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
The regulation of T cells in specialized tissue microenvironments

M. Suresh, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin
Signaling and Transcriptional Basis of T-Cell Memory

Ann M. Stock, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Rutgers University
Insights into Two-Component System Architecture from Phosphorylation Profiling: Enough is Enough

Hilde Cheroutre, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
Mucosal T cells: Same Players Different Strategies

Joseph Dillard, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, University of Wisconsin
Breaking down the wall: Peptidoglycan degradation and the pathogenesis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Wendy Maury, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
The Role of TIM Proteins in Ebola Virus Infection

Gabriel Nunez, Department of Pathology, University of Michigan
Linking Pathogen Virulence, the Microbiota and Immunity

Spring 2014

Pamela Hall, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of New Mexico
Pharmacological disruption of agr quorum sensing in Staphylococcus aureus protects against skin and soft tissue infection

David Weiss, Emory Vaccine Center, Emory University
CRISPR/Cas-mediated endogenous gene regulation is required for bacterial innate immune evasion

Kim Lewis, Department of Biology, Northeastern University
Persisters and the quest for a biofilm-sterilizing antibiotic

Christine Petersen, Department of Epidemiology, University of Iowa
Lessons from a Tropical Disease in the Midwest

Jenny Gumperz, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Linking NKT cells to Inflammation

Shan-Lu Liu, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, University of Missouri
New Cellular Factors Modulating Viral Infections

S. Celeste Morley, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis
Immunodeficiency as a movement disorder: impaired immunity in mice deficient for L-plastin

Robert Schleif, Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University
The Bottom Line on the Regulatory Protein AraC (240 Person-years of work)

Dennis W. Metzger, Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease, Albany Medical College
Influenza and Secondary Bacterial Pneumonia Mechanisms

George A. O'Toole, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
To Build a Biofilm

Daniel Zurawski, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Defining an appropriate strain and developing animal models to study Acinetobacter baumannii pathogenesis and novel antimicrobials

Ekaterina Heldwein, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University
Herpesviruses on the way out: what structures and biophysics can tell us

Fall 2013

John Kirby, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
Chemosensory regulation of microbial communities

William Goldman, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of North Carolina
The Progression of Pneumonic Plague

Craig Ellermeier, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
A Bacterial Receptor for Lysozyme Controls σ Factor Activation and Lysozyme Resistance

Wilmara Salgado-Pabón, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
Molecular Pathogenesis of Staphylococcal Infective Endocarditis

Steven McElroy, Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa
Untangling the Role of Bacteria in Development of Neonatal Necrotizing Enterocolitis 

Keji Zhao, Laboratory of Epigenome Biology, National Heart Lung & Blood Institute
Epigenetic regulation of T cell differentiation

Erhard Bremer, Laboratory for Molecular Microbiology, University of Marburg, Germany
The big fight of a small bacterium with osmotic challenges - cellular stress responses to a ubiquitous cue

Peter Crompton, Laboratory of Immunogenetics, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Unraveling the Mechanisms of Naturally-Acquired Immunity to Malaria

Felipe Diaz-Griffero, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Innate immunity against HIV-1

David Farrar, Department of Immunology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Interfering with allergic diseases

Douglas B. Weibel, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin
Studying bacterial cell division and chromosome segregation using small molecules

Carol Duffy, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama
Don't kill the messenger! Does the HSV-1 VP22 protein promote translation by preventing mRNA cleavage by a viral nuclease?

Blaise Boles, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan
Bacterial Functional Amyloids

Jyoti Misra Sen, Immune Cells and Inflammation Section, National Institute on Aging
T cell factor-1 regulated T cell development and function

Kartik Chandran, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
The lysosomal transporter Niemann-Pick C1 is a critical intracellular receptor for Ebola virus

Donna Farber, Department of Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center
Tissue compartmentalization of T cell responses in mice and man

Spring 2013

Keith Jarosinski, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
Herpesvirus-induced oncogenesis and transmission

Shelley M. Payne, University of Texas at Austin
Shigella pathogenesis: Life in the intracellular environment

Michael Schmidt, Medical University of South Carolina
Bacteria, Burden and Bundles: How Copper Surfaces Enhance Patient Safety

John Butler, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
B cell and repertoire development in swine: a challenge of current paradigms

Daniel C. DiMaio, Yale University
Traptamers: artificial transmembrane proteins that inhibit HIV

John-Demian Sauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The role of inflammasome activation in the induction of cell mediated immunity

Morgan Huse, Sloan-Kettering Institute
Lipid-based patterning of the cytoskeleton at the immunological synapse

Arturo Casadevall, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University
Thoughts on the origin of microbial virulence

Kumaran S. Ramamurthi, National Cancer Institute
Morphogenesis of large structures during development

Stokes Peebles, Vanderbilt University
IL-13 modulation of Th17 cytokine responses

Michael S. Diamond, Washington University in St. Louis
New insights into innate and adaptive immune responses against flaviviruses and alphaviruses

Fall 2012

Timothy L. Yahr, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
The Pseuomonas aeruginosa type III secretion system: to be on or not to be on, that is the question

Mark R. Denison, Vanderbilt University
Coronavirus RNA proofreading: a novel determinant of evolution, replication, and pathogenesis

Craig D. Ellermeier, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
Activation of ECF sigma factors in response to cell envelope stress in Bacillus subtilis and Clostridium difficile

Valley Stewart, University of California, Davis
Transmitter phosphatase control of two-component signal transduction

Jeffrey Rathmell, Duke University
Lymphocyte metabolism in immunity and leukemia

Stacey L. Schultz-Cherry, St Jude Children's Research Hospital
Pathogenesis of RNA viruses: Fat mice and a viral enterotoxin

William Shafer, Emory University
Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance expressed by Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Implications for pathogenesis

Dennis E. Ohman, Virginia Commonwealth University
All Stressed Out: Adaptation of a Stress Response System in Pseudomonas for Pathogenesis in Cystic Fibrosis

Victor J. Torres, New York University Langone Medical Center
Staphylococcus aureus bi-component toxins: pore-forming toxins involved in the disarmament of the host surveillance system

Thomas G. Bernhardt, Harvard Medical School
The ABCs of bacterial cell division

Carolyn Hovde Bohach, University of Idaho
Cattle: The silent reservoir of E. coli O157:H7

Allan Zajac, University of Alabama Birmingham
Tuning CD8 T cell responses

Tammy L. Kielian, University of Nebraska Medical Center
S. aureus biofilms: identifying mechanisms of immune evasion and strategies for therapeutic intervention

Patrick M. Schlievert, PhD, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
Glycerol Monolaurate-Coenzyme Q Based Formations as Topical Microbicides