Departmental Seminar Series

Spring 2017

March 21, 2017

"Depletion of CD4+ CD25+ regulatory T cells confers susceptibility to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in GM-CSF deficient Csf2-/- mice"
Debjani Ghosh, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, ECU

March 28, 2017
"A multi-tasking regulator and redundant mechanisms in endospore development"
Charles Moran Jr., PhD, Professor and VC, Emory University SOM, Atlanta, GA

March 31, 2017 (note: on a Friday in BT110)
"Natural Products as Sources of Therapeutic Agents for Oral Diseases"
Pedro L. Rosalen, PhD, Dept. of Pharmacology Piracicaba Dental School, University of Campinas Piracicaba, Brazil

4, 2017
"The First Step to Pest Removal: Mutating a Sexually Transmitted Virus to Sterilize the Helicoverpa zea Insect"
Kendra H. Steele, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Lepidext, LLC, Lexington, KY

April 5, 2017
"Novel Role Of Human T-Cell Leukemia  Virus Type-1 Encoded Protein HBZ In Viral Transmission Through Cell-To-Cell Contact"
Dissertation Defense by Ana Laura Fazio-Kroll, Microbiology and Immunology PhD Candidate

April 18, 2017
"The Aria Fusion: Capabilities and Protocols for Cutting Edge FACS Capabilities at ECU"
Kym Gowdy, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Douglas Weidner, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

April 25, 2017
"Innate immunity and inflammation in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis, an animal model of Multiple Sclerosis"
Mari L. Shinohara, PhD, Associate Professor of Immunology, Duke SOM, Durham, NC

May 2, 2017
"IL-11 induces Th17-cell migration to the centralnervous system in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis and experimentalautoimmune encephalomyelitis"
Silva Markovic-Plese, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC


Fall 2016

July 7, 2016
"Characterization of FtrABCD: a ferrous iron-specific transporter that is required for the virulence of Brucella abortus 2308 in mice"
Dissertation Defense by Ahmed E.M. Elhassanny, Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

July 29, 2016 (note: Friday at 9:00am)
"Motility and chemotaxis in the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi: Role in pathogenesis"
Dissertation Defense by KiHwan Moon, Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

August 26, 2016 (note: Friday, 10:00am Brody 2E-92)
"Innate Immunity Memory in Health and Disease"
M&I Chair candidate, Liwu Li, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

August 30, 2016 (note: 9:30am)
"Exploitation of evolutionarily-conserved cellular processes of macrophages and amoeba by Legionella"
M&I Chair candidate, Yousef Abu Kwaik, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Louisville, KY

September 7, 2016 (note: Wednesday, 10:00am, Burgundy Auditorium)
"The Quinolone Signal of Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
M&I Chair candidate, Everett C. Pesci, PhD, Professor & Interim Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, ECU

September 20, 2016
"Alternative cell fate after influenza A virus infection modulates disease and immunity"
Nicholas Heaton, PhD, Assistant Professor, Duke University SOM, Durham, NC

September 27, 2016
"Small Molecule Induced Outer Membrane Vesicle Biogenesis in Gram-Negative Bacteria"
Jeffrey W. Schertzer, Assistant Professor, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY

October 25, 2016
"A novel family of RNAs that control virulence in Bartonella"
Burt Anderson, PhD, Professor, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

December 6, 2016

"Mass Spectrometry at ECU: measuring metabolites, lipids, and proteins"
Kimberly Kew, PhD, Senior Research Scholar, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

December 13, 2016
"Tick gut microbiota-border patrol?"
Sukanya Narasimhan, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven CT


Spring 2016

January 26, 2016
"Regulation of Manganese Metabolism in Bacteria: from a small RNA to a small protein to a riboswitch"
Laurie Waters, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI

February 2, 2016
"Clean up and Clear Out: A Novel Role for Scavenger Receptor BI in Infectious and Inflammatory Lung Diseases"
Kym Gowdy, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology &Toxicology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

March 15, 2016
"CsrA and flagellar structural homeostasis in Bacillus subtilis"
Daniel Kearns, PhD, Associate Professor Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

March 29, 2016
"Terminal steps in heme biosynthesis. A new end to an old pathway."
Harry A. Dailey, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Director of Biomedical &Health Sciences Institute, University of Georgia

April 7, 2016 (Thursday, Biotech Conference Room BT110)
"New insights on intracellular survival strategies of Brucella by dissection of virulence-associated regulatory networks"
Rodrigo Sieira, PhD, Adjunct Research Scientist - National Council of Science and Technology (CONICET), Leloir Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina

April 19, 2016
"Cell cycle control and survival of Brucella abortus in host cells"
Xavier De Bolle, PhD, Professor, University of Namur, Research Unit in Microorganism Biology, Namur, Belgium

May 17, 2016
"Characterization of N-acetylglucosamine utilization in the Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi"
Ryan G. Rhodes, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC


Fall 2015

June 19, 2015 (note: Friday at 9:00 a.m.)
"Transcriptional Regulation of pqsR, a Gene that Encodes a Regulator of Quinolone Signal Synthesis and Virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
Dissertation Defense by John Farrow, Microbiology & Immunology PhD candidate

September 9, 2015 (note: Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Brody Burgundy Auditorium)
"Human T-cell Leukemia Virus Type 1 Basic Leucine Zipper Factor (HBZ) Interacts and Inhibits the Acetyltransferase Activity of Multiple Cellular Coactivator Families to Deregulate Transcription"
Dissertation Defense by Diana Wright, Microbiology & Immunology PhD candidate

September 15, 2015
"Chemical disruption of copper homeostasis as an anti-microbial weapon in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans"
Dennis J. Thiele, PhD, George Barth Geller Professor, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

October 6, 2015

"Composition and assembly of the outer spore layers of Bacillus anthracis: The more we learn, the less we know."
George Stewart, PhD, BS, Professor & Chair, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

October 28, 2015 (Note: Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in Brody Burgundy Auditorium)
"Role of the Iron Storage Ferritins Dps and DpsL during the Prolonged Oxidative Stress Response of Bacteroides fragilis"
Dissertation Defense by Michael Betteken, Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

November 17, 2015
"The Goldilocks Conundrum: Novel Roles for NOD-like Receptors in Maintaining Immune System Homeostasis in the Gut"
Irving C. Allen, MS, MBA, PhD, Assistant Professor, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

November 20, 2015 (Note: Friday at 12:00 p.m. in Brody Burgundy Auditorium)
"Function of disintegrin-like domain of KSHV gB in regulating virus infection"
Dissertation Defense by Lia Walker, IDPBS PhD Candidate

December 3, 2015 (Note: Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in East Carolina Heart Institute, Conference Rooms B-D)
"Specialized Pro-resolution Mediators: Impact on Inflammatory Lung Disease and Macrophage Polarization"
Joint seminar with Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and East Carolina Diabetes & Obesity Institute
Richard P. Phipps PhD, Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY