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Departmental Seminar Series


Fall 2015

June 19, 2015 (note: Friday at 9:00 a.m.)
"Transcriptional Regulation of pqsR, a Gene that Encodes a Regulator of Quinolone Signal Synthesis and Virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
Dissertation Defense by John Farrow, Microbiology & Immunology PhD candidate

September 9, 2015 (note: Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Brody Burgundy Auditorium)
"Human T-cell Leukemia Virus Type 1 Basic Leucine Zipper Factor (HBZ) Interacts and Inhibits the Acetyltransferase Activity of Multiple Cellular Coactivator Families to Deregulate Transcription"
Dissertation Defense by Diana Wright, Microbiology & Immunology PhD candidate

September 15, 2015
"Chemical disruption of copper homeostasis as an anti-microbial weapon in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans"
Dennis J. Thiele, PhD, George Barth Geller Professor, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
http://thielelab.duhs.duke.edu/

October 6, 2015
"Composition and assembly of the outer spore layers of Bacillus anthracis: The more we learn, the less we know."
George Stewart, PhD, BS, Professor & Chair, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
http://vpbio.missouri.edu/faculty/George_Stewart.html

October 28, 2015 (Note: Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in Brody Burgundy Auditorium)
"Role of the Iron Storage Ferritins Dps and DpsL during the Prolonged Oxidative Stress Response of Bacteroides fragilis"
Dissertation Defense by Michael Betteken, Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

November 17, 2015
"The Goldilocks Conundrum: Novel Roles for NOD-like Receptors in Maintaining Immune System Homeostasis in the Gut"
Irving C. Allen, MS, MBA, PhD, Assistant Professor, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/people/bios/allen-irving.asp

November 20, 2015 (Note: Friday at 12:00 p.m. in Brody Burgundy Auditorium)
"Function of disintegrin-like domain of KSHV gB in regulating virus infection"
Dissertation Defense by Lia Walker, IDPBS PhD Candidate

December 3, 2015 (Note: Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in East Carolina Heart Institute, Conference Rooms B-D)
"SpecializedProresolution Mediators: Impact on Inflammatory LungDisease and Macrophage Polarization"
Joint seminar with Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and East Carolina Diabetes & Obesity Institute
Richard P. Phipps PhD, Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY

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Spring 2015

January 13, 2015 (Canceled)
"Copper as an anti-microbial weapon in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans"
Dennis J. Thiele, PhD, George Barth Geller Professor, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
http://thielelab.duhs.duke.edu/

March 17, 2015
"Lessons from Bloodless Worms" Iqbal Hamza, PhD, Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
http://hamza.umd.edu/

March 19, 2015 (Thursday, Biotech Building BT110)
"Oxidative stress resistance strategies of Helicobacter pylori"
Lisa G. Kuhns, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

March 24 2015 (Biotech Building BT110)
"Genetic Modification of Thermotoga to degrade cellulose efficiently"
Hui Xu, PhD Candidate, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

March 31, 2015
"High-throughput cryo-electron tomography: Visualizing molecular machines in cells"
Jun Liu, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Texas - Houston, TX
https://med.uth.edu/pathology/faculty/jun-liu/

April 23, 2015 (Note: Thursday)
"Therapeutic targeting of PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling in acute lymphoblastic leukemia"
Alberto M. Martelli, MD, PhD, Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

May 5, 2015 (Biotech Building BT110)
"Biochemistry and Physiology of the β-Class CarbonicAnhydrases from Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain PAO1"
Shalaka Lotlikar, PhD, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

May 6, 2015 (Note: Wednesday at 9:00am)
"Cytokine-neuroantigen fusion proteins induce anti-specific tolerance in a rodent model of multiple sclerosis"
Dissertation Defense by Alan Curtis, Microbiology & Immunology PhD candidate

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Fall 2014

July 16, 2014 (Wednesday, 10:00 a.m., Brody 5E114)
"Hollow Fiber Cell Culture: Cell Culture in 3 Dimensions"
John J.S. Cadwell, President and CEO, FiberCell Systems Inc.

August 5, 2014
"Function and Regulation of the Polysaccharide Utilization Locus, Don, in the Gut Symbiont Bacteroides fragilis"
Yanlu Cao, Microbiology Doctoral Candidate, ECU, Dissertation Defense

September 9, 2014
"From bench to bed: VPA restores sensitivity to chemotherapeutic agents in Adult T-cell Leukemia by rescuing the miRNA pathway" Jean-Marie Péloponèse, PhD, Associate scientist, CNRS (The National Center for Scientific Research), Montpellier, France
http://www.cpbs.cnrs.fr/spip.php?article279&lang=en

September 18, 2014 (Thursday)
"Flavivirus envelope proteins inhibit T cell receptor signaling"
Jack Stapleton, M.D., Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City
http://molcellbio.grad.uiowa.edu/faculty/Jack-Stapleton

September 30, 2014
"Immunity and Immunopathology of Brucellosis"
Jerod Skyberg, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri
http://vpbio.missouri.edu/faculty/Jerod_Skyberg.html

October 14, 2014
"I eat, therefore I am": Nutrients altering Metabolism and Virulence potentialof the Agent of Lyme Disease"
Janakiram Seshu, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Texas, San Antonio
http://bio.utsa.edu/faculty-staff/dr.janakiram-seshu/

November 4, 2014
"The Streptococcal Collagen-like Protein-1 (Scl1) is a Multifunctional Adhesin in Extracellular Matrix Interactions, Biofilm Formation, and Host Colonization by Group A Streptococcus"
Heaven Oliver-Kozup, PhD

November 17, 2014 (Monday, Biotech Conference Room 110)
"Role of PknA and PknB in Mycobacterium tuberculosis"
Tripti Anandan, PhD

November 18, 2014 (Canceled)
"MRSA vs MRSA"
Paul Dunman, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center-NY
http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/people/27478844-paul-dunman

November 21, 2014 (Friday, 12:00 pm, Burgundy Auditorium)
"Layered Regulation of a Pathway Capable of Altering Quinolone Production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
Kyle A. Tipton, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology, ECU, Dissertation Defense

December 2, 2014
"The P-value is not a clinical chemistry measure: Why biomedical scientists need to know the basics of statistical analysis"
Jamie DeWitt, PhD, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/wootenlab/dewitt.cfm

December 8, 2014 (Monday, 9:30am, Burgundy Auditorium)
"Irr is the main iron-responsive transcriptional regulator in Brucella and its activity is controlled by inactivation and degradation through its interaction with heme in response to cellular iron levels"
David Martinson, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology, ECU, Dissertation Defense

December 9, 2014
"HIV Pathogenesis:Lessons From NeuroAIDS"
Ronald Swanstrom, PhD, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
http://www.med.unc.edu/biochem/swanstrom

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Spring 2014

March 25, 2014
(12:30 to 1:30 p.m.) "Ionic Iron Trafficking in Aerobes from Bacteria to Homo Sapiens"
Daniel J. Kosman, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
http://medicine.buffalo.edu/content/medicine/faculty/profile.html?ubit=camkos

April 15, 2014
"Role of the Borrelia burgdorferi β-Barrel Assembly Machine in Outer Membrane Biogenesis"
Darrin R. Akins, PhD, Professor, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
http://www.oumedicine.com/mi/faculty/darrin-akins-phd

April 22, 2014
"Biomaterials based induction of immune tolerance and immunotherapy"
Duncheng Wang, PhD

April 29, 2014
"Reciprocal regulation of cAMP signaling drives acute and chronic infection phenotypes in Pseudomonas aerugiosa"
Matthew C. Wolfgang, PhD, Associate Professor, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
http://www.med.unc.edu/microimm/faculty/microbial-pathogensis/matthew-c-wolfgang-ph-d

May 6, 2014
"Exercise and immune function: The role of psychological stress"
Krissy Rehm, PhD, ACSM-HFS, Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
http://www.umc.edu/Education/Schools/Medicine/Clinical_Science/Internal_Medicine/Divisions%28Internal_Medicine%29/Allergy___Immunology/Kristina_Krissy_E__Rehm,_PhD,_ACSM-HFS.aspx

May 13, 2014
"The Production of Virally-Derived Peptides for Recognition by CD4+ T Cells - Not So Conventional"
Laurence C. Eisenlohr, VMD, PhD, Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

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