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The Brody School of Medicine
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Health Sciences Campus
Past Microbiology & Immunology Forum

Spring 2014 Fall 2013 Spring 2013

The Microbiology and Immunology Forum (MCBI 7480) is an integral part of the graduate training program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in which students develop their skills in presenting research findings in a standard seminar format. All students are required to give a formal seminar once each semester on a topic from current research literature or their own research. The Forum is attended by all departmental faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and research staff who participate in discussion and critical review of the presentation.


Spring 2014

January 9, 2014: "Role of CheD in Borrelia burgdorferi: Bacterial Chemotaxis and Pathogenesis"
Ki Hwan Moon, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

January 16, 2014: "The role of Borrelia burgdorferi protein PlzA in the control of virulence genes through RpoS"
Matthew Addington-Hall,Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

February 6, 2014: "From mice to men: an overview of tolerogenic vaccine clinical trials for multiple sclerosis"
Daniel Wilkinson, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

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ebruary 11, 2014:  (Note Tuesday)"Role of the Human T-cell Leukemia Virus type-1 encoded protein HBZ in cell adhesion and migration"
Laura Fazio-Kroll, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

February 13, 2014:POSTER PRESENTATIONS Microbiology & Immunology Doctoral Students ~ Brody, North 5th Floor
Amanda Williams:  "Identification of novel HTLV-1 Basic Leucine Zipper Factor (HBZ) binding partners and evaluation of cellular protein complex reorganization"
Matthew Addington-Hall:  "Characterization of glyceroldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase in Borrelia burgdorferi"

February 27, 2014: "FtrABCD is a low-iron and acid-induced ferrous iron specific transporter that is required for the virulence of Brucella abortus 2308 in mice"Ahmed Elhassanny, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 6, 2014: "GM-CSF-neuroantigen fusion proteins inhibit experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis upon injection into lymphatics primed by encephalitogenic peptide and Complete Freund's Adjuvant"
Alan Curtis, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 13, 2014: “HTLV-1 encoded protein HBZ inhibits p53 transcription by targeting cellular coactivators"
Diana Wright, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 20, 2014: "Layered Regulation of a Pathway Capable of Altering Quinolone Production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
Kyle Tipton, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 27, 2014:  “Functions of Bacteroides fragilis iron storage proteins Dps and DpsL in vitro and in vivo"
Michael Betteken, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

April 3, 2014:  "The regulation of pqsR transcription in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
John Farrow, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

April 10, 2014:  “The activity of the iron-responsive regulator Irr is modulated by cellular iron levels, an internal heme binding motif, and ferrochelatase activity in Brucella"
David Martinson, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

April 17, 2014:  "Evaluating HTLV-1 Basic Leucine Zipper Factor (HBZ)-induced reorganization and redistribution of transcriptional regulatory protein complexes"
Amanda Williams, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

June 17, 2014:
(Note Tuesday)  UWE SCHOLARS, Microbiology & Immunology
Narvada Bhurosah, "Dendritic cell-mediated phagocytosis of autoimmune effector T cells is a potential mechanism of antigen-specific clonal deletion and immunological tolerance"
Taf Hlangabeza, "Protein PA3433, a potential transcriptional repressor for holin and anti-holin genes in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa"
Ferys Warren, "Identification of Bacteroides fragilis targeted proteins by the Thioredoxin superfamily"

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Fall 2013

September 10, 2013:(Note: Tuesday at 12:30 PM)"Role of Notch1 and CD44 interaction in T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-ALL) progression"
Laura Fazio-Kroll, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

September 12, 2013
"Investigation of the Immunosuppressive Function of the Vaccinia Virus Protein O1L"
Anastasia Weeks,Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

September 19, 2013:  "The role of Human T-LymphotropicVirus Type I Rex in nuclear export of viral transcripts
"
Amanda Williams, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

September 25, 2013:
(Note: Wednesday) "A proposed study on the role of soluble interleukin-7 receptor alpha chain in autoimmunity"
Daniel Wilkinson, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

September 26, 2013:
"Characterization of fimbriae in Edwardsiella tarda and their role in pathogenesis"
KiHwan Moon, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

October 1, 2013:(Note: Tuesday) POSTER PRESENTATIONS, Microbiology & Immunology Doctoral Students ~ Brody, North 5th Floor
Anastasia Weeks: 
"The Vaccinia Virus O1L Protein Suppresses Anti-viral Antibody Production"
Amanda Williams: 
"The Identification of Novel HTLV-1 Basic Leucine Zipper Factor (HBZ) Binding Partners "

October 3, 2013
"Investigating the Regulation of pqsR in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
John Farrow, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

October 10, 2013"Characterization of a ferrous iron transporter that is required for the virulence of Brucella abortus 2308 in mice"
Ahmed Elhassanny, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

October 17, 2013"Differential roles for Bacteroides fragilis
iron storage proteins in vitro and in vivo"
Michael Betteken, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

October 24, 2013: "Mechanisms of Antigen-Specific Tolerance Induction in a Rodent Model of Multiple Sclerosis"
Alan Curtis, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

October 31, 2013:
"Regulation of a Pathway Capable of Altering Quinolone Production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
Kyle Tipton, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

November 7, 2013:  "HBZ inhibits the histone acetyltransferase (HAT) activity of several cellular coactivators, including p/CAF and MYST2"
Diana Wright, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

November 14, 2013:  "In vivo and in vitro Characterization of a Bacteroides fragilis Polysaccharide Utilization Locus---omp117"
Yanlu Cao, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

November 21, 2013:  "In Brucella abortus, Irr is the transcriptional regulator that controls gene expression in response to intracellular iron levels"
David Martinson, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

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Spring 2013

January 10, 2013:  "A20/TNFAIP3 inhibits NF-kB activation induced by the Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus vFLIP oncoprotein"
Jennifer McBride, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

January 17, 2013:  "Inhibition of Lipocalin 2 Impairs Breast Tumorigenesis and Metastasis"
Nicole Davis, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

January 24, 2013 "Complex Cell Cycle Abnormalities Caused by Human T-Lymphotrophic Virus Type I Tax"
Amanda Williams, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

January 31, 2013: "Vaccinia virus lacking the Bcl-2-like protein N1 induces a stronger natural killer cell response to infection"
Anastasia Weeks, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

February 5, 2013:  (Tuesday) POSTER PRESENTATIONS, Microbiology & Immunology Doctoral Students - Brody, North 5th Floor
Nicole Davis:  "Comparison between drug-resistant and drug-sensitive MCF-7 breast cancer cells and their colony formation in vitro"
Jennifer McBride: "Effects of KSHV Encoded Glycoprotein B (gB) on Cytokine Expression Profile"
Kihwan Moon:  "Discovery and characterization of cyclic-adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) second messenger signaling system in Borrelia burgdorferi"
Daniel Wilkinson: "Using a mutated GMCSF-MOG fusion protein to help elucidate the mechanism of cytokine-neuroantigen TTVs in EAE"
Amanda Williams:  "Generation of stable cell lines expressing HTLV-1-bZIP factor (HBZ) Flag-tagged for the identification of novel HBZ-binding partners"
Laura Fazio-Kroll:   "Human T-cell Leukemia Virus type 1 encoded protein HBZ modulates cell adhesion and migration"
Anastasia Weeks:  "Effects of the Vaccinia O1L Protein on T-Cell Activation and Antibody Production"

February 7, 2013: "Cytokine-neuroantigen fusion proteins as antigen-specific tolerogens in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis"
Daniel Wilkinson, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

February 14, 2013: "Role of the Human T-cell leukemia virus type-1 encoded protein HBZ in the development of neoplastic disease"
Laura Fazio-Kroll, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

February 21, 2013:
  "Responding to chemical gradients: Bacterial chemotaxis"
Kihwan Moon, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

February 28, 2013:  "FtrABCD is a novel ferrous iron transporter that is required for the virulence of Brucella abortus 2308 in mice"
Ahmed Elhassanny, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 7, 2013: "Identification of Factors that Bind the pqsR Promoter Region in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
John Farrow, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 14, 2013:  "The Iron Storage Proteins of Bacteroides fragilis"
Michael Betteken, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 21, 2013: "Identification of a Novel Quinolone Modification Pathway in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
Kyle Tipton, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 28, 2013:  "The extracellular domain of the myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein induces atypical EAE in two species"
Alan Curtis, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology
 

April 18, 2013:  "Irr is the Main Iron-Responsive Transcriptional Regulator in Brucella abortus 2308, and Its Activity is Controlled by Iron Dependent Degradation"
David Martinson, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

May 2, 2013:  "Inhibition of histone acetyltransferase (HAT) activity by HBZ extends beyond the p300/CBP HAT family"
Diana Wright, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

June 11, 2013:  (Tuesday)   UWE SCHOLARS, Microbiology & Immunology 
Paolo Buscemi: "A preliminary study on Large Granular Lymphocytes (LGLs)"
Samantha Palethorpe: "The Role and Location of NigD Lipoproteins in Bacteroides fragilis"
Martin Pearce: "The Human T-cell Leukemia Virus Type 1 (HTLV-1) encoded protein, HBZ, increases levels of c-Jun within the cell"

June 13, 2013:  "The omp117 Polysaccharide Utilization locus is A Fitness Factor for Bacteroides fragilis During Extraintestinal Growth"
Yanlu Cao, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

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