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Work in Progress Winter/Spring 2012

January 9

Dr. Brad McGwire, Assistant Professor, Microbial Infection & Immunity (MI&I)
“Secreted trypanosomal cyclophilin mediates molecular sensing and evasion of insect immune defense peptides."

January 16

University Holiday, Martin Luther King Day

January 23

Dr. Rachel Balder, Post Doctoral Scientist, The Research Institute at The Nationwide Children's Hospital
“Expression of critical NTHi virulence determinants is altered by viral co-infection in airway epithelium culture systems.”

January 30

Dr. Mark Drew, Assistant Professor, Microbial Infection & Immunity (MI&I)
"Natural product-based antimalarial drug discovery."

February 6   

Dr. Jordi Torrelles, Assistant Professor, Microbial Infection & Immunity (MI&I)
"Consuming Consumption: Human lung surfactant hydrolases as an innate defense mechanism against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection."

February 13

Dr. Wiliam Lafuse, Professor, Microbial Infection & Immunity (MI&I)
"Mechanisms of Anemia during Visceral Leishmaniasis in the Syrian Hamster."

February 20

Dr. Joanne Trgovcich, Research Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics/Surgery
"Herpes Virus Transcriptomics: New Insights into Ancient Pathogens."

February 27    

Dr. Jeffrey Lakritz, Associate Professor, Veterinary Medicine
“Haptoglobin-MMP 9 complexes - A novel biomarker of neutrophil activation in cattle and other species.”

March 5

Dr. Jesse Kwiek, Assistant Professor, Microbiology/Microbial Infection & Immunity (MI&I)
"Mining the human purinome for novel anti-HIV drug targets."

March 12

Finals Week, No Seminar

March 19

Spring Break Week, No Seminar

March 26

Dr. Stephanie Seveau, Assistant Professor, Microbiology/Microbial Infection &
Immunity (MI&I)
"Novel Role for the Pore-Forming Toxin Listeriolysin O in Host Cell Invasion by
Listeria monocytogenes."

April 2

Dr. Arwa Abu Khweek, Post Doctoral Researcher, Microbial Infection & Immunity (MI&I)
"Modulation of Legionella pneumophila replication in murine macrophages by LegA9."

April 9

HPSS: Daniel E. Goldberg, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Molecular
Microbiology & Co-Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases, Washington University School of Medicine
"Trial by fire and starvation: how the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum survives in its host".

April 16

Dr. Michael Ibba, Professor, Microbiology
"A mechanism for post-transcriptional control of gene expression in Salmonella"

April 23

Dr. Ethan Mann, Post Doctoral Researcher, Microbial Infection & Immunity (MI&I)
"Understanding biofilm-mediated persistence during chronic infection"

April 30

Dr. Murugesan Rajaram, Research Scientist, Microbial Infection & Immunity (MI&I)
"Unraveling the Mystery of Macrophage Mannose Receptor Signaling: a Major Pattern Recognition Receptor in Immunity"

May 7

Dr. Abul Azad, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Microbial Infection & Immunity (MI&I)
"Sentinel lymph node uptake of cancer tracer drug Lymphoseek is mediated by the mannose receptor (CD206)"

May 14

Dr. Tracy Carlson, Senior Research Associate, Microbial Infection & Immunity (MI&I)
"The interaction of the multifunctional pulmonary molecule, Surfactant Protein-D, with human macrophages"

May 21

HPSS: David Russell, PhD, Professor, Cornell University College of
Veterinary Medicine
"Communication between host and Microbe during human tuberculosis"

May 28

University Holiday, Memorial Day

June 4

Finals Week, No Seminar

June 11

Dr. Junbae Jee, Post Doctoral Researcher, Veterinary Biosciences
“An IKKβ-IL-17 axis fine-tunes antibody responses to sublingual immunization.”

June 18

HPSS: Philippe J. Sansonetti, MD, Director, Department of Molecular
 Microbial Pathogenesis, Pasteur Institute of Paris
“Commensals and Pathogens: War and Peace at Mucosal Surface”

June 25

Josh Cyktor, Graduate Research Associate (PI: Turner), Microbial Infection & Immunity (MI&I)
"Killer cell lectin-like receptor GI negatively regulates immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis."