Microbiology and Immunology Forum

The Microbiology and Immunology Forum (MCBI 7480) is an integral part of the graduate training program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in which students develop their skills in presenting research findings in a standard seminar format. All students are required to give a formal seminar once each semester on a topic from current research literature or their own research. The Forum is attended by all departmental faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and research staff who participate in discussion and critical review of the presentation.

Thursdays 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Biotech Conference Room, BT 110

January 26, 2017
Poster Presentations
Microbiology & Immunology Doctoral Students ~ Brody North 5th Floor
Hosni Hussein:  "RGD domain of cell membrane associated KSHV gB Inhibits cell migration by promoting cell attachment"
Rebecca Nickle:  "Treg Window: A Window of Opportunity"
Samantha Palethorpe:  Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA0714: a Unique Enigma"
Priyanka Theophilus:  "Consequences of Glycosyltransferase Disruption in Borrelia burgdorferi Biofilm Formation"
Kayla DeOca:  "Broken beyond repair: HTLV-1 bZIP factor inhibits NHEJ-mediated repair of double stranded DNA breaks"
Dariel Hopersburger:  "Uncommon dual function of the cyclic-di-GMP binding protein in Borrelia burgdorferi"

February 16, 2017
"Analysis of the Borrelia burgdorferi cyclic-di-GMP-binding protein PlzA reveals a role in motility and virulence"
Dariel Hopersberger, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

February 23, 2017
"An essential role for the  IL-2 receptor in Treg cell function"
Kayla DeOca, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

March 16, 2017
"Impact of KSHV lytic replication on cell migration and adhesion"
Hosni Hussein, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 23, 2017
"Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry for the Discovery of Murine Triple Negative Breast Cancer Biomarkers."
Kassondra Balestrieri, Doctoral Student, Department of Surgery

March 30, 2017
"DNA-based nanoparticle tension sensors reveal that T-cell receptors transmit defined pico-Newton forces to their antigens for enhanced fidelity"
Rebecca Nickle , Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

April 20, 2017
"GMCSF-neuroantigen (NAg) fusion proteins are potent tolerogens that induce antigen-specific regulatory T cells and ameliorate experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in rodent models of multiple sclerosis" 
Cody Moorman, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

May 4, 2017
"The HTLV-1 basic leucine zipper factor (HBZ) attenuates repair of double stranded DNA breaks via non-homologous end joining"
Amanda Rushing, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

May10, 2017 (NOTE WEDNESDAY)
"Unravelling the Regulation of the Type VI Secretion System in Vibrio Cholerae"
Samantha Palethorpe, Doctoral Student Microbiology & Immunology

July 13, 2017
Priyanka Theophilus, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

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