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Seminars 2008 - 2009

All Seminars are at 12:00 noon on Thursdays in room 5623 of Med Sci II unless otherwise indicated.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Dr. Jay D. Keasling
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
"Synthetic Biology: From Bugs to Drugs and Fuels"
Hosted by: Stephen Cooper

September 4, 2008
Dr. Susan Rosenberg
Departments of Molecular & Human Genetics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Microbiology & Immunology
Baylor College of Medicine
"Mutation as a Stress Response and the Regulation of Evolvability"
Hosted by: Marilia Cascalho

September 11, 2008
This seminar will be held in M5330 Med Sci I
Dr. Rob Knight
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Colorado
"Defining a Core Human Microbiome"
Hosted by: Gary Huffnagle

September 18, 2008
Hosted by: Immunology Department
12:30-3:30 PM, installation at 4:00 PM, Palmer Commons
The Department of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics in the College of LS&A, and the Life Sciences Institute cordially invite you to attend a Symposium in Protein Structure honoring the career and memory of Dr. Martha L. Ludwig, UM. The event will be followed by the installation of Professor Janet L. Smith as the inaugural Martha L. Ludwig Endowed Chair.
Carl Correll
Rosalind Franklin University
Cathy Drennan
Rowena Matthews
Tom Steitz
Yale University

September 25, 2008
Dr. Craig Cameron
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Penn State University
"RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (in)fidelity: Mechanisms, consequences and applications"
Hosted by: David J. Miller

October 2, 2008
Dr. Dan Littman
Department of Molecular Immunology
New York University, New York
"Lineage decisions in thymocyte and effector T cell differentiation"
Hosted by: Cheong-Hee Chang

October 9, 2008
Dr. James Hildreth
Johns Hopkins
Department of Pharmacology
"Role of Proteins Involved in Cholesterol Homeostasis in HIV Replication"
Hosted by: Oveta Fuller

October 16, 2008
Dr. Harry L.T. Mobley
Chair, Microbiology and Immunology University of Michigan
"Proteus mirabilis and Complicated Urinary Tract Infection: A Model for Microbial Pathogenesis"
Hosted by: Cheong-Hee Chang

October 23, 2008
Dr. Roberto Cattaneo
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mayo Clinic
"Measles virus tropism: analysis and reprogramming"
Hosted by: Christiane Wobus

October 30, 2008
Dr. Robert Britton
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University
"Uncovering mechansims important for probiotic function"
Hosted by: Mary O'Riordan

November 6, 2008
Dr. Barbara Sherry
College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences NC State University
"Straight from the heart: the cardiac response to viral infection"
Hosted by: Kathy Spindler

November 13, 2008
Dr. Katsuri Halder
Department of Pathology and Microbiology-Immunology
Northwestern University
"Pathogenic secretomes: from genomics to molecular function"
Hosted by: Vern Carruthers

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"Microbial Interactions at Mucosal Surfaces"
Lora Hooper, Ph.D
Southwestern University
"Innate Immune Defense of the Gut Epithelial Surface"
Nicholas Mantis, Ph.D
Wadsworth Center, New York Department of Health
"Disarming Microbial Pathogens and Toxins at Mucosal Surfaces"
Linda Saif, Ph.D
Ohio State University
"Gut reactions to neonatal rotavirus infections and vaccines: a primary lesson for mucosal immunity"
Kim Barrett, Ph.D
University of California, San Diego
"The GI Epithelium: Peacekeeper Between Opposing Forces, Collaborator with Friendly Commensals"
Cathryn Nagler Ph.D
Harvard University
"The Enterohepatic Microenvironment Modulates Immune Responses to Vaccination"
Hank Seifert, Ph.D
Northwestern University
"Dancing with the Devil: Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Controls Interactions with Human PMNs"

November 20, 2008
Dr. Phil King
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Michigan
"Genetic Analysis of the Function of Ras GTPase-activating Proteins Inside and Outside of the Immune System"
Hosted by: Cheong-Hee Chang

December 4, 2008
Dr. Xiaowei Zhuang
Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology & Physics
Harvard University
"Zooming into virus-cell interactions- by single particle tracking and super-resolution imaging"
Hosted by: Joel Swanson

December 11, 2008
Dr. Michael Koomey
Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience
University of Oslo
"Promiscuity in the periplasm: O-linked protein glycosylation in the human pathogen Neisseria gonorrhoeae"
Hosted by: Vic DiRita

December 18, 2008
Dr. Kathryn A. Eaton
ULAM & Microbiology and Immunology
University of Michigan
"Enterohemorrhagic E. coli in germ-free mice"
Hosted by: Cheong-Hee Chang

January 15, 2009
Dr. Marilia Cascalho
Departments of Surgery & Microbiology and Immunology
University of Michigan
"Molecular Mechanisms of B Cell Memory"
Hosted by: Harry Mobley, Chair Department of Microbiology and Immunology

January 22, 2009
Dr. Partho Ghosh
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California
"The virulence and crossreactivity of Strep M1 protein"
Hosted by: Mary O'Riordan

January 29, 2009
Dr. Leslie J. Parent
Departments of Medicine & Microbiology and Immunology
Penn State
"Mechanistic Studies on Intranuclear Events in Retrovirus Assembly"
Hosted by: Alice Telesnitsky

February 5, 2009
Dr. Jane Koehler
Department of Medicine
University of California
"Bartonella: A proficiently persistent pathogen of lice and men"
Hosted by: Eric Krukonis

February 12, 2009
Dr. Chuanwu Xi
School of Public Health
University of Michigan
"Acinetobacter Antibiotic Resistance, Biofilm Development and Control"
Dr. Xi is a candidate for joint appointment in Microbiology and Immunology
Hosted by: Harry L.T. Mobley, Chair of Microbiology and Immunology

February 19, 2009
Giorgio Trinchieri
Laboratory of Experimental Immunology
National Cancer Institute at Frederick
"Innate Resistance, Inflammation and Cancer"
Hosted by: Yasmina Laouar

February 26, 2009
Dr. Leslie Berg
Pathology, Program in Immunology & Virology
University of Massachusetts
"Early programming of T cell differentiation"
Hosted by: Cheong-Hee Chang

March 5, 2009
Dr. David Irani
Department of Neurology
University of Michigan
"Pathogenesis of Alphavirus and Flavivirus Infections of the Spinal Cord"
Hosted by: Dave Miller

March 12, 2009
3330 Med Sci I, Coon Lecture Hall
Seminars are at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Dr. Dominique Missiakas & Dr. Cheryl Nickerson
Arizona State University Center for infectious Diseases & Vaccinology
10:00 a.m. seminar
Dr. Cheryl Nickerson
"Pathogens and Hosts: Role of Microgravity and Low Fluid Shear in Modeling Infectious Disease"
University of Chicago Department of Microbiology
3:00 p.m. seminar
Dr. Missiakas
"Transpeptidation reactions: Useful therapeutic targets?"
Co-Hosted by: Corning, Immunology Program, Pulmonary & Critical Care, MMMP and Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Students

March 19, 2009
Dr. Terrence Dermody
Department of Pediatrics & Microbiology and Immunology
Vanderbilt-Ingram University - Cancer Center
"Reovirus Receptors and Pathogenesis"
Hosted by: Jason Weinberg

March 26, 2009
Dr. Zhengrong Cui
College of Pharmacy
Oregon State University
"Toward rational vaccine delivery"
Hosted by: Yongqun (Oliver) He

April 2, 2009
Dr. William E. Goldman
Department of Molecular Microbiolgy
Washington University School of Medicine
"Intracellular Survival Strategies of a Discreet Fungal Pathogen"
Hosted by: Harry L.T. Mobley, Chair Department of Microbiology and Immunology

April 9, 2009
Dr. Ron Germain
Laboratory of Immunology
Lymphocyte Biology Section National Institute of Allergy and Infectous Diseases, NIH
"Integrating Molecular Studies, Models, and Movies into a Dynamic Multiscale View of the Immune System"
Hosted by: Phil King

April 16, 2009
Dr. Gary Luker
Radiology & Microbiology and Immunology
University of Michigan
"Illuminating Chemokine Receptor Signaling"
Hosted by: Vern Carruthers

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Dr. Phil Hawkins
Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK
"The role of PI3Ks in the assembly and activation of the neutrophil NADPH oxidase"
Hosted by: Joel Swanson

April 23, 2009
Dr. Virginia Miller
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Two tales of Yersinia"
Hosted by: Postdoctoral Fellow, Amanda Lloyd & Microbiology and Immunology

April 30, 2009
Dr. Shelley Payne
Section of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Universtiy of Texas, Austin
"Iron and bacterial pathogenesis: regulation of Shigella iron acquisition systems"
Hosted by: Harry L.T. Mobley, Chair Department of Microbiology and Immunology

May 7, 2009
Dr. Michael Imperiale
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Michigan
"BKV v. Cell"
Hosted by: Vern Carruthers

May 14, 2009
Dr. Walther Mothes
Department of Microbiology, Microbial Pathogenesis
Yale University
"Retroviruses manipulate cell-cell adhesion for the purpose of efficient cell-to-cell transmission"
Hosted by: Akira Ono

May 28, 2009
Dr. Susan Winandy
Department of Microbiology-Immunology
Northwestern University
"The Regulation of T cell development and Leukemogenesis by Ikaros: Mechanism of Action Through Notch"
Hosted by: Cheong-Hee Chang

June 4, 2009
Dr. Michael Dustin
Departments of Immunology & Pathology
NYU Langone Medical Center
"Better regulatory T cells through chemistry"
Hosted by: Malini Raghavan