Departmental Seminar Series

Spring 2018

January 9, 2018
NIH Resources: Perspectives of a former Program Officer"
Farukh M. Khambaty, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept of Pathology, ECU

February 6, 2018
"The TonB System of E. coli: Novel Transport and Tantalizing Drug Target"
Kathleen Postle, PhD, Professor, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

February 20, 2018
"The role of multicopy single-stranded DNA in Salmonella intestinal colonization "
Johanna Elfenbein, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Assistant Professor, NC State, Raleigh, NC

March 6, 2018 Brody Auditorium Burgundy Section
"Bacterial Iron Homeostasis: Reshaping the metabolic landscape of opportunistic pathogens"
Amanda G. Oglesby-Sherrouse, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore

March 20, 2018
"The biofilm matrix of Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
Matthew R. Parsek, PhD, Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

April 3, 2018  Brody Auditorium Burgundy Section (Note: Tuesday at 8:30am)
"The Human T-Cell Leukemia Virus Type I bZIP factor (HBZ) Manipulates the Host Cell Antioxidant Response to Maintain Survival"
Dissertation Defense by Amanda Rushing, Microbiology and Immunology, PhD Candidate

April 3, 2018 (Paul V. Phibbs Alumni Seminar)
"Dhaval's Believe It or Not!"
Dhaval Patel, PhD, Director Global Clinical Immunology Translational Sciences and Biomarkers, Sanofi Pasteur, Inc., Parsippany, NJ

April 9, 2018 Brody Auditorium Blue Section (Note:  Monday at Noon)
"Micronome and KSHV Infection:  Identification and Functional Characterization of Cellular Micrornas During Virus Entry"
Dissertation Defense by Hosni Hussein, Microbiology and Immunology, PhD Candidate

May 15, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
"Signal Integration in a Bacterial Regulatory System"
Eduardo A. Groisman, PhD, Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

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 of Classical Pathway Complement Evasion by Borrelia
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 central nervous system in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis and experimental autoimmune 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