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Fall 2012

September 18 2012: 
(location: Heart Institute Auditorium) "Utilization of the DNA Damage Response by Human Papillomaviruses"
Cary Moody, PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 

September 25, 2012:  (location: Heart Institute Auditorium)"Treponema denticola, periodontal disease and the paradox of factor H cleavage"
Richard Marconi, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 

November 13, 2012: "Evolution of glycan utilization in human gut Bacteroidetes"
Eric Martens, PhD, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan

December 4, 2012: "Vitamin A oxidative metabolites promote immune cell adhesion through two distinct mechanisms"Lance Bridges, PhD, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

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Spring 2012

February 14, 2012: "DNA tumorviruses and their Oral Pathogenesis in Sickness and in Health"
Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, D.D.S./Ph.D., Associate Professor, UNC Chapel Hill

March 20, 2012:  "Kidney Damage, Regeneration and Small Molecules:  Studying a Zebrafish Model of Acute Kidney Injury"
Neil Hukriede, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh 

April 4, 2012: bhuTUVand bhuOgene products play vital roles in the ability of Brucellaabortusto use heme as an iron source and are regulated in an iron-responsive manner by RirA and Irr"
Jenifer F. Ojeda, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology, East Carolina University, Dissertation Defense

April 24, 2012:  "Dangerous liaisons:  subversion of neutrophil antimicrobial activities by Neisseria gonorrhoeae"
Alison K. Criss, PhD, Assistant Professor, Microbiology, University of Virginia

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Fall 2011

August 16, 2011:  "Thoughts on Administrative Philosophy"
C. Jeffrey Smith, Professor and Chair, Microbiology & Immunology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

September 20, 2011:  (Note: Heart Institute Auditorium) "Regulation of viral and cellular transcription by the HTLV-1-encoded protein HBZ"
Isabelle Lemasson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC  

November 8, 2011:  "The cardiac response to viral infection"
Barbara Sherry, Ph.D., Professor, NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, NC 

November 15, 2011:  (Note: Heart Institute Auditorium)  "Vibrio cholera and Cholera: Vaccine Development and In Vivo Gene Expression"
James B. Kaper, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland Medical Biotechnology Institute, College Park, MD

November 17, 2011: (Note:Thursday,10:00 a.m.,Burgandy Auditorium) "Regulation of KSHV Replication by Glycoprotein B:  Chronicles of a Virus and its Host"
Ossie F. Dyson, Doctoral Candidate, ECU Microbiology & Immunology, Dissertation Defense

November 18, 2011:  (Note: Friday, 11:00 a.m., Burgandy Auditorium) "p53 and NGAL: DUAL REGULATORY ROLES IN ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER"
William H. Chappell, Doctoral Candidate, ECU Microbiology & Immunology, Dissertation Defense

December 6, 2011:  CANCELED -(Note: Heart Institute Auditorium) "Kidney Damage, Regeneration and Small Molecules:Studying a Zebrafish Model of Acute Kidney Injury"
Neil Hukriede, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 

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Spring 2011

January 11, 2011:  "Investigations Into the Roles ofBacteroides fragilisThioredoxins During the Oxidative Stress Response"
Michael Reott, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology, Dissertation Defense

January 25, 2011:  "Evolution of Host-specificity in Salmonella"
Stanley Maloy, Ph.D., Professor, College of Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego,  CA 

February 8, 2011:  CANCELED "Anthrax Stages & Pathogenesis"
Philip C. Hanna, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

February 15, 2011:  "Mechanisms Of Tolerance Induction Using Antigen-Linked Ecdi-Fixed Cells And Inert Microparticles For Specific Treatment Of Immune Diseases"
Steve D. Miller, Ph.D., Professor, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL  

February 22, 2011:  "A multi-scale analysis of bacterial signal transduction"
Sean Crosson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

March 22, 2011:  "The RNA chaperone Hfq in Brucella abortus 2308: Defining its role in genetic regulation and virulence"
Clay Caswell, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Scholar, East Carolina University, Greenville NC

March 29, 2011:  "Surface attachment, cellular orientation and consequences of sessile growth for the alpha-proteobacterial plant pathogenAgrobacterium tumefaciens"
Clay Fuqua, Ph.D., Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 

April 26, 2011: "Achieving effective anti-tumor immunity: the roles of DNA vaccination, regulatory T cells, and autoimmunity"
Jennifer Brigitte Jacob, Ph.D. Scientist Oncology and Angiogenesis Group Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Tarrytown, NY

May 3, 2011:  "A Bioactive Phenazine Produced by Pantoea agglomerans. A new Scaffold for Drug Design? "
James Parsons, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD


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Fall 2010

October 12, 2010: "What is the Serpentinite Microbiome?: Recent studies of the genomics, physiology, and ecology of microbial biofilms from deep within the Earth"
Matthew O. Schrenk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 

October 19, 2010: "Cell biology of Brucella-macrophage interactions"
Jean Celli, Ph.D., NIAID/NIH, Rocky Mountain Labs, Hamilton, MT 

October 26, 2010: "Immunomodulatory effects of statins"
Silva Markovic-Plese, M.D., UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 

November 2, 2010:  "Control of motility by c-di-GMP in Salmonella"
Rasika Harshey, Ph.D., Professor, The University of Texas at Austin-ICMB, Austin, TX

November 10, 2010:  (Wednesday, 9:30 AM Brody Burgundy Auditorium) "Molecular Characterization of the activation domain of the HTLV-1 HBZ protein and its interaction with the kIX Domain of the Cellular Transcriptional Coactivators p300 and cBP "
Pamela Cook, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Biological Sciences, Dissertation Defense

November 16, 2010:  "Equus caballus MHC class I is an entry receptor for equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1)"
Dr. Arthur R. Frampton, Jr., Assistant Professor, UNCW, Wilmington, NC

November 30, 2010:  "Secretion and function of Bordetella Filamentous hemagglutinin"
Peggy Cotter, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

December 7, 2010:  "The Environment to Host Transition in Vibrio cholerae"
Rita Tamayo, Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC


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