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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 2018

February 1, 2018
Poster Presentations
Microbiology & Immunology Doctoral Students ~ Brody, North 5th Floor
Alexander Bastian
“GMCSF-NAg vaccines change antigen presenting cell preference of interacting T cells”
Kayla DeOca:  "
The Unforeseen Antagonistic Activity of CD25 in IL2Signaling"
Dariel Hopersberger:  “How does BAB2_1083 Function in Cyclic di-GMP Signaling in Brucella?
Wesley Kendle:  
The role of HBZ in cell-to-cell infection of T-cells by human T-cell leukemia virus type 1”
Nathaniel Seals: “A characterization of the bfmRS two component regulatory system in Acinetobacter baumannii”         
 
February 22, 2018
"Regulatory T cells trigger effector T cell DNA damage and senescence caused by metabolic competition "
Alexander Bastian, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology 

March 8, 2018
"Antibacterial photosensitization through activation of coproporphyrinogen oxidase"
Nathaniel Seals, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

March 15, 2018
"HTLV-1 uses HSPG and neuropilin-1 for entry by molecular mimicry of VEGF165"
Wesley Kendle, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

 March 22, 2018
"AraC-like transcriptional activator CuxR binds c-di-GMP by a PilZ-like mechanism to regulate extracellular polysaccharide production"
Dariel Hopersberger, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

April 5, 2018
"From Cell Death to Cell Metabolism:  Holin-Antiholin Homologs with New Functions"
Samantha Palethorpe, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology  

April 10, 2018 - Tuesday, 11:00 - 12:00
"Exploring the Role of TACI-Ig to Down Regulate Auto-Reactive B Cells in Inflammatory Bowel Disease"
Kayla DeOca, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

April 26, 2018
"Versatile roles of SpoVG in modulating the physiology of Borrelia burgdorferi"
Priyanka Theophilus,  Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

May 3, 2018
"TBAGMCSF-MOGabrogates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis via the inductionMOG-specific FOXP3+ regulatory T cells through low affinity TCR-antigenrecognition events"
Cody Moorman, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology


May 11, 2018 - Friday
"
Anti-CD25 mAbs andtheir scFv counterparts establish low-zone IL-2 signaling required for thecultivation and stabilization of murine and human CD25high FOXP3+Tregs"
Rebecca Nickle, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

Fall 2017

August 15, 2017
"Determining the role of adipocyte mediated lipid antigen presentation in the induction of regulatory arNKT cells"
Rebecca Nickle, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology

August 24, 2017
"The Bacterial Second Messenger Cyclic di-GMP Regulates Brucella Pathogenesis and Leads to Altered Host Immune Response"
Dariel Hopersberger, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology


September 7, 2017
"Vitamin C Facilitates Demethylation of the Foxp3 Enhancer in a Tet-Dependent Manner"
Kayla DeOca, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology
 

October 5, 2017
"Explosive cell lysis as a mechanism for the biogenesis of bacterial membrane vesicles and biofilms"
Samantha Palethorpe, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

October 17, 2017 (Tuesday)
Poster Presentations
Microbiology & Immunology Doctoral Students ~ Brody, North 5th Floor

Kayla DeOca: "IL-2/CD25 Fusion Proteins as a Unique Tool to Probe IL-2 Trans-presentation "
Dariel Hopersberger: "How does BAB 2_1083 Function in Cyclic di-GMP Signaling in Brucella?"

October 19, 2017
"The SpoVG mystery in Borrelia burgdorferi"
Priyanka Theophilus,  Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

November 2, 2017
"Exploring the Role of Galectin-1 in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Immune Evasion"
Kassondra Balestrieri, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Surgery

November 16, 2017
"GMCSF-Neuroantigen fusion proteins interact with GM-CSFR+ CD11cdendritic cells to induce regulatory T cells that suppress experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and re-establish tolerance via a mechanism of infectious tolerance"
Cody Moorman, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

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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