Departmental Seminar Series


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


Spring 2014

March 25, 2014 (12:30 to 1:30 p.m.)
"Ionic Iron Trafficking in Aerobes from Bacteria to Homo Sapiens"
Daniel J. Kosman, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

April 15, 2014
"Role of the Borrelia burgdorferi β-Barrel Assembly Machine in Outer Membrane Biogenesis"
Darrin R. Akins, PhD, Professor, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

April 22, 2014
"Biomaterials based induction of immune tolerance and immunotherapy"
Duncheng Wang, PhD

April 29, 2014
"Reciprocal regulation of cAMP signaling drives acute and chronic infection phenotypes in Pseudomonas aerugiosa"
Matthew C. Wolfgang, PhD, Associate Professor, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC

May 6, 2014
"Exercise and immune function: The role of psychological stress"
Krissy Rehm, PhD, ACSM-HFS, Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS,_PhD,_ACSM-HFS.aspx

May 13, 2014
"The Production of Virally-Derived Peptides for Recognition by CD4+ T Cells - Not So Conventional"
Laurence C. Eisenlohr, VMD, PhD, Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


Fall 2013

August 14, 2013 (Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.)
"The Contribution of Motility and Chemotaxis in the Infectious Life Cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi"
Aaron Yerke, Master Student Thesis Defense, Microbiolgy & Immunology

September 17, 2013
"Contribution of motility, chemotaxis, and cyclic-di-GMP to the enzootic life cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi"
MD A. Motaleb, PhD, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University

October 15, 2013
Chemical Hygiene training (NOTE: this is not a seminar, it is renewal training for M&I)
Alana E. Bagley, AOEE EH&S Specialist, East Carolina University

November 5, 2013 (ECHI Auditorium)
"Whooping cough in 2013-new perspectives on Bordetella virulence factors and vaccine antigens"
Erik L. Hewlett, MD, Professor, University of Virgina, Charlottesville VA

December 3, 2013
"The role(s) of RNA sensing TLRs and adapter molecules in the host response to Borrelia burgdorferi"
Jennifer Miller, PhD, Assistant Professor, NC State University, Raleigh, NC