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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 2017

January 26, 2017
Poster Presentations
Microbiology & Immunology Doctoral Students ~ Brody North 5th Floor
Hosni Hussein:  "RGD domain of cell membrane associated KSHV gB Inhibits cell migration by promoting cell attachment"
Rebecca Nickle:  "Treg Window: A Window of Opportunity"
Samantha Palethorpe:  Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA0714: a Unique Enigma"
Priyanka Theophilus:  "Consequences of Glycosyltransferase Disruption in Borrelia burgdorferi Biofilm Formation"
Kayla DeOca:  "Broken beyond repair: HTLV-1 bZIP factor inhibits NHEJ-mediated repair of double stranded DNA breaks"
Dariel Hopersburger:  "Uncommon dual function of the cyclic-di-GMP binding protein in Borrelia burgdorferi"

February 16, 2017
"Analysis of the Borrelia burgdorferi cyclic-di-GMP-binding protein PlzA reveals a role in motility and virulence"
Dariel Hopersberger, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

February 23, 2017
"An essential role for the  IL-2 receptor in Treg cell function"
Kayla DeOca, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

March 16, 2017
"Impact of KSHV lytic replication on cell migration and adhesion"
Hosni Hussein, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 23, 2017
"Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry for the Discovery of Murine Triple Negative Breast Cancer Biomarkers."
Kassondra Balestrieri, Doctoral Student, Department of Surgery

March 30, 2017
"DNA-based nanoparticle tension sensors reveal that T-cell receptors transmit defined pico-Newton forces to their antigens for enhanced fidelity"
Rebecca Nickle , Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

April 20, 2017
"GMCSF-neuroantigen (NAg) fusion proteins are potent tolerogens that induce antigen-specific regulatory T cells and ameliorate experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in rodent models of multiple sclerosis" 
Cody Moorman, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

May 4, 2017
"The HTLV-1 basic leucine zipper factor (HBZ) attenuates repair of double stranded DNA breaks via non-homologous end joining"
Amanda Rushing, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

May10, 2017 (NOTE WEDNESDAY)
"Unravelling the Regulation of the Type VI Secretion System in Vibrio Cholerae"
Samantha Palethorpe, Doctoral Student Microbiology & Immunology

July 13, 2017
"Deciphering the confounding regulation of psaA and its contribution to virulence in Yersinia pestis"
Priyanka Theophilus, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology


Fall 2016

August 24, 2016
"Bcell receptor antigen affinity, specificity, and density determine regulatory Bcell development in vivo"
Cody Moorman, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

August 25, 2016
"Self-antigen-driven activation induces instability of regulatory T cells during an inflammatory autoimmune response"
Rebecca Nickle, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

September 1, 2016
"cbb3-Type Cytochrome c Oxidases, Aerobic Respiratory Enzymes, Impact the Anaerobic Life of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1"
Samantha Palethorpe, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

September 8, 2016
"In vitro and In vivo evidence of Borrelia burgdorferi biofilm formation"
Priyanka Theophilus, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

September 29, 2016
Poster Presentations
Microbiology & Immunology Doctoral Students ~ Brody, North 5th floor
Rebecca Nickle: "Interferon-β facilitates neuroantigen-dependent induction of CD25+ FOXP3+ regulatory T cells"
Samantha Palethorpe: "Defining the Role of Hypothetical Proteins PA0713 and PA0714 in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
Priyanka Theophilus: "The BIOFILM conundrum: Deciphering genes encoding biofilm components in Borrelia burgdorferi"
Hosni Hussein: "Disintegrin-like domain of KSHV gB induces exaggerated changes on the host cell surfaces"

October 20, 2016 (cancelled)
"Effects of the Vaccinia virus virulence protein 01 on immunocytes"
Anastasia Weeks, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

November 1, 2016 (Note Tuesday)
"A novel truncated form of S100P predicts disease-free survival in patients with lymph node positive breast cancer"
Kassondra Balestrieri, Doctoral Student, Department of Surgery

November 10, 2016
"Staying alive: HTLV-1 basic leucine zipper factor (HBZ) manipulates the oxidative stress response to promote survival and persistence of infected cells"
Amanda Rushing, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

November 30, 2016 (Note Wednesday at 10:00am)
"Characterizing the induction of cytokines and their role in KSHV infection"
Hosni Hussein, Doctoral Student

December 8, 2016
"Stable, long-term expansion of immunosuppressive FOXP3+ regulatory T cell lines in vitro"
Daniel Wilkinson, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

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Spring 2016

January 7, 2016
"The Cytokine GM-CSF Drives the Inflammatory Signature of CCR2+ Monocytes and Licenses Autoimmunity"
Rebecca Nickle, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

January 14, 2016
"A Multidrug Resistance Plasmid Contains the Molecular Switch for Type VI Secretion in Acinetobacter baumannii"
Samantha Palethorpe, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

January 21, 2016
"Helicobacter pylori Requires TlpD-Driven Chemotaxis to Proliferate in the Antrum"
Priyanka Theophilus, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

January 28, 2016
"Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus Interleukin-6 Modulates Endothelial Cell Movement by Upregulating Cellular Genes Involved in Migration"
Hosni Hussein, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

March 10, 2016
POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Microbiology & Immunology Doctoral Students ~ Brody, North 5th floor
Rebecca Nickle: "Depletion of CD4+ CD25+ regulatory T cells confers susceptibility to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in GM-CSF deficient Csf2(-/-) mice"
Samantha Palethorpe: "Characterization of two upregulated ORFs in an autolytic Pseudomonas aeruginosa mutant"
Priyanka Theophilus: "Signaling the way forward: A study on the function of Borrelia burgdorferi chemotaxis receptors"
Hosni Hussein: "KSHV gB lacking the RGD motif promotes cell migration"
Cody Moorman: "GMCSF-MOG abrogates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) through the induction of MOG-specific regulatory T-cells"

March  17, 2016
"GMCSF-MOG abrogates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) through the induction of MOG-specific regulatory T cells"
Cody Moorman, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

March 24, 2016
"IL-17-producing γδT cells and neutrophils conspire to promote breast cancer metastasis"
Kassondra Balestrieri, Doctoral Student, Department of Surgery

April 21, 2016
"Human T-cell Leukemia Virus basic leucine zipper factor (HBZ) hijacks small Maf transcription factors to alter cellular transcription"
Amanda Rushing, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

April 28, 2016
"The Vaccinia virus O1 protein inhibits antigen presentation and reduces antiviral immunity"
Anastasia Weeks, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

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Fall 2015

August 27, 2015
"The tolerogenic activity of GMCSF-neuroantigen fusion proteins is associated with direct antigen-dependent induction of FOXP3+ regulatory T-cells"
Cody Moorman, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

September 24, 2015
POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Microbiology &Immunology Doctoral Students ~ Brody, North 5th Floor
Matthew Addington-Hall: "High throughput system to detect ligands for methyl-accepting chemotaxis proteins in Borrelia burgdorferi"
Cody Moorman: "GMCSF-MOG induces myelin-specific regulatory T-cells that inhibit experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in mice"

October 15, 2015
"Murine Models of Triple Negative Breast Cancer for Investigation of the Pro-metastatic Niche"
Kassondra Balestrieri, Doctoral Student, Department of Surgery

October 20, 2015 (Tuesday)
"Poxvirus Survival 1O1: Exploring novel putative mechanisms employed by the Vaccinia virus protein O1 to combat the mammalian immune response"
Anastasia Weeks, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

October 29, 2015
"Identification of Unique Flagellar Proteins in Borrelia burgdorferi"
KiHwan Moon, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

November 5, 2015
"The Human T cell Leukemia Virus Type-1 Encoded Protein HBZ regulates homotypic T-cell aggregation by increasing Intercellular Adhesion Molecule-1 expression"
Laura Fazio-Kroll, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

November 12, 2015
"Investigating the significance of a newly characterized interaction between HTLV-1 basic leucine zipper factor (HBZ) and small Maf transcriptional regulators in the development and progression of Adult T-cell Leukemia"
Amanda Rushing, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

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