Microbiology and Immunology Forum

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.

Thursdays 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Biotech Conference Room, BT 110

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 onthe 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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