Departmental Seminar Series

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)
"SpecializedProresolution Mediators: Impact on Inflammatory LungDisease 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


Spring 2015

January 13, 2015 (Canceled)
"Copper 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

March 17, 2015
"Lessons from Bloodless Worms" Iqbal Hamza, PhD, Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

March 19, 2015 (Thursday, Biotech Building BT110)
"Oxidative stress resistance strategies of Helicobacter pylori"
Lisa G. Kuhns, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

March 24 2015 (Biotech Building BT110)
"Genetic Modification of Thermotoga to degrade cellulose efficiently"
Hui Xu, PhD Candidate, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

March 31, 2015
"High-throughput cryo-electron tomography: Visualizing molecular machines in cells"
Jun Liu, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Texas - Houston, TX

April 23, 2015 (Note: Thursday)
"Therapeutic targeting of PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling in acute lymphoblastic leukemia"
Alberto M. Martelli, MD, PhD, Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

May 5, 2015 (Biotech Building BT110)
"Biochemistry and Physiology of the β-Class CarbonicAnhydrases from Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain PAO1"
Shalaka Lotlikar, PhD, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

May 6, 2015 (Note: Wednesday at 9:00am)
"Cytokine-neuroantigen fusion proteins induce anti-specific tolerance in a rodent model of multiple sclerosis"
Dissertation Defense by Alan Curtis, Microbiology & Immunology PhD candidate


Fall 2014

July 16, 2014 (Wednesday, 10:00 a.m., Brody 5E114)
"Hollow Fiber Cell Culture: Cell Culture in 3 Dimensions"
John J.S. Cadwell, President and CEO, FiberCell Systems Inc.

August 5, 2014
"Function and Regulation of the Polysaccharide Utilization Locus, Don, in the Gut Symbiont Bacteroides fragilis"
Yanlu Cao, Microbiology Doctoral Candidate, ECU, Dissertation Defense

September 9, 2014
"From bench to bed: VPA restores sensitivity to chemotherapeutic agents in Adult T-cell Leukemia by rescuing the miRNA pathway" Jean-Marie Péloponèse, PhD, Associate scientist, CNRS (The National Center for Scientific Research), Montpellier, France

September 18, 2014 (Thursday)
"Flavivirus envelope proteins inhibit T cell receptor signaling"
Jack Stapleton, M.D., Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City

September 30, 2014
"Immunity and Immunopathology of Brucellosis"
Jerod Skyberg, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri

October 14, 2014
"I eat, therefore I am": Nutrients altering Metabolism and Virulence potentialof the Agent of Lyme Disease"
Janakiram Seshu, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Texas, San Antonio

November 4, 2014
"The Streptococcal Collagen-like Protein-1 (Scl1) is a Multifunctional Adhesin in Extracellular Matrix Interactions, Biofilm Formation, and Host Colonization by Group A Streptococcus"
Heaven Oliver-Kozup, PhD

November 17, 2014 (Monday, Biotech Conference Room 110)
"Role of PknA and PknB in Mycobacterium tuberculosis"
Tripti Anandan, PhD

November 18, 2014 (Canceled)
Paul Dunman, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center-NY

November 21, 2014 (Friday, 12:00 pm, Burgundy Auditorium)
"Layered Regulation of a Pathway Capable of Altering Quinolone Production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
Kyle A. Tipton, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology, ECU, Dissertation Defense

December 2, 2014
"The P-value is not a clinical chemistry measure: Why biomedical scientists need to know the basics of statistical analysis"
Jamie DeWitt, PhD, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

December 8, 2014 (Monday, 9:30am, Burgundy Auditorium)
"Irr is the main iron-responsive transcriptional regulator in Brucella and its activity is controlled by inactivation and degradation through its interaction with heme in response to cellular iron levels"
David Martinson, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology, ECU, Dissertation Defense

December 9, 2014
"HIV Pathogenesis:Lessons From NeuroAIDS"
Ronald Swanstrom, PhD, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill