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

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
Daniel Wilkinson, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology


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