Departmental Seminar Series

FALL 2017

August 10, 2017 Thursday 12:00 PM
"Selection and Stabilization of CD25high regulatory T cells in vitro as a basis for adoptive antigen-specific immunotherapy"
Dissertation Defense by Daniel Wilkinson, Microbiology and Immunology PhD Candidate

 September 12, 2017
"How the soil bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti senses its host"
Birgit E. Scharf, PhD, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

September 26, 2017
"A Tale of Two Carbon Nanotubes: Inflammatory, Fibrogenic, and Immune Responses to Tangled and Rod-like Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Genetically Susceptible Mouse Models"
Katherine Duke, PhD Candidate, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

October 20, 2017 Friday, BT110
"Rhodospirillum centenum CRP homologue and its role in cyst development in soil bacteria"

Sugata Roychowdhury, PhD, Postdoctoral candidate, University of Louisville, KY

November 14, 2017
"Introduction to NanoString Technologies
Dr. Erica Pawlak, NanoString Field Applications Scientist

December 5, 2017
"Multi-functional Use of Flagellar Organelles in Bacterial Pathogens
David Hendrixson, PhD, Associate Professor, UT Southwestern, Dallas TX 

December 11, 2017 Monday 10:00 AM (Faculty Candidate Presentation)
"Peptidoglycan fragment release and epithelial inflammation during Neisseria gonorrhoeae interaction with human tissue
Jonathan D. Lenz, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

December 14, 2017 Thursday 12:00 PM (Faculty Candidate Presentation)
"Molecular Mechanisms ofClassical PathwayComplementEvasion byBorrelia
Brandon L. Garcia, PhD, Research Asst. Professor, Dept of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS



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



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