The Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity (MI&I) is pleased to sponsor and co-sponsor seminars on campus that are of interest to individuals studying microbiology and immunology.

Of note is the MI&I Seminar Series (MIISS) which features distinguished national and international scientists in the field. Certain events in the seminar series may be a collaboration with various departments, centers, and/or institutes in order to enhance the seminar appeal and breadth. The MIISS is directed by Dr. Haitao Wen.

2020-2021 Seminars:

June 2, 2021:  MIISS.  Mercedes Gonzelez-Juarrero, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology, Colorado State University
Seminar Topic: TBA

May 19, 2021:  MIISS.  Alexander Horswill, PhD, Professor, Department of Immunology & Microbiology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Seminar Topic: "Regulation of Staphylococcus aureus colonization and disease"

May 5, 2021:  MIISS.  Ping-Chih Ho, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of Lausanne
Seminar Topic: "Metabolic hurdle and reprogramming orchestrate T cell anti-tumor responses"

May 3, 2021:  MIISS.  Joseph P. Zackular, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Seminar Topic:  “Pathogen-microbiota cooperation during Clostridioides difficile infection"

April 21, 2021:  MIISS.  Tammy Kielian, PhD, Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Seminar Topic: "Metabolic crosstalk between Staphylococcus aureus biofilm and innate immunity influences infection persistence"

March 24, 2021:  MIISS.  Matthew Welch, Professor, PhD, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Seminar Topic: “Mobilization of the cytoskeleton by microbial pathogens”

March 10, 2021:  MIISS.  M. Stephen Trent, PhD, Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Georgia
Seminar Topic: "“Pushing the Envelope: Building and Maintaining the Gram negative Outer Membrane”

February 24, 2021:  MIISS.  Karin Sauer, PhD, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Binghamton University
Seminar Topic: "Bacterial Biofilms: Development, Regulation, Dispersal, and Therapeutic Strategies"

February 10, 2021:  MIISS.  John Boothroyd, PhD, Burt and Marion Avery Professor of Immunology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Seminar Topic: “How one single celled eukaryote invades and coopts the cells of so many others: the story of the remarkable generalist, Toxoplasma gondii"

January 27, 2021:  MIISS.  Pamela Schwartzberg, MD, PhD, Chief, Cell Signaling and Immunity Section, NIAID, NIH
Seminar Topic: “Integrating T cell signals: Lessons from Primary Immunodeficiencies"

January 13, 2021:  MIISS.  Tobias Hohl, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Seminar Topic: “Foiling Fungal Invasion: Lessons from the Mycobiome and from Pulmonary Antifungal Immunity”


December 16, 2020:  MIISS.  Jennifer Martinez, PhD, Principal Investigator, Inflammation and Autoimmunity Group, NIH/NIEHS
Seminar Topic: "Non-canonical autophagy: a double-edged sword"

November 18, 2020:  MIISS.  Michael Niederweiss, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Seminar Topic: “The Tuberculosis Necrotizing Toxin”

October 21, 2020:  MIISS.  Leah Cowen, PhD, Professor, Department Of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
Seminar Topic: “Identifying Vulnerabilities in Fungal Pathogens Through Functional and Chemical Genomic Analysis”

October 07, 2020:  MIISS.  Kingston Mills, PhD, Professor, Experimental Immunology, School of Biochemistry & Immunology, Trinity College Dublin
Seminar Topic: “The two faces of IL-17: protective immunity to infection and disease pathology in autoimmunity”

September 09, 2020:  MIISS.  Keith Reeves, PhD, Associate Professor; Director, CFAR Advanced Technologies Core, Harvard
Seminar Topic: "Adaptive NK Cells Responses Against Viruses and Virus Vaccines"

August 26, 2020:  MIISS.  Hai Qi, PhD, Professor, Institute for Immunology, Tsinghua University
Seminar Topic: “Controlling the B cell immunity: from germinal center dynamics to neural circuits and behaviors”

August 31, 2020:  MIISS.  Barney Graham, PhD, Deputy Director, Vaccine Research Center, NIH/NIAID
Seminar Topic: “Rapid COVID-19 Vaccine Development Enabled by Prototype Pathogen Preparedness"


2019-2020 Seminars:

February 26, 2020:  MIISS.  Janet Lee, MD, Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Seminar Topic: Heme metabolism and host defense: cross signals during macrophage activation”

February 19, 2020:  MIISS.  Kirsten Nielsen, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Minnesota
Seminar Topic: "Cell wars:  The fight between Cryptococcus and the immune system"

February 12, 2020:  Takeshi Egawa, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Seminar Topic: "Lymphocyte proliferation during the development, immune response and oncogenesis"

January 29, 2020:  MIISS.  Tod Merkel, PhD, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, US Food & Drug Administration
Seminar Topic: "The host response to Pertussis infection and vaccination"

December 16, 2019:  Ali Ellebedy, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Seminar Topic: "B cell responses to influenza viruses in humans: Looking deeper into their origin, specificity, and fate"

December 12, 2019:  Jacqueline Payton, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Seminar Topic: "Discoveries in epigenomics drive precision medicine approaches in lymphoma and beyond"

December 4, 2019:  MIISS.  Emanuela Bruscia, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics (respiratory) Yale School of Medicine
Seminar Topic: "Macrophages and innate immune dysregulation in Cystic Fibrosis"

November 20, 2019:  MIISS.  Jennifer Bomberger, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh
Seminar Topic: "Complex communities: Decoding microbial interactions in the respiratory tract"

November 6, 2019:  MIISS.  Sing Sing Way, MD, PhD, Pauline and Lawson Reed Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases; Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Seminar Topic: "Immune pathogenesis of prenatal infection"

October 23, 2019:  MIISS.  Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology; Professor, Departments of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Medicine, and Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, Duke University School of Medicine
Seminar Topic: "Insights into the Cryptococcus pathogenic species complex through comparative genomics"

October 16, 2019:  MIISS.  Gaya K. Amarasinghe, PhD, Professor, Departments of Pathology & Immunology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, and Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St.  Louis
Seminar Topic: "Viral Immune Evasion Mechanisms"

October 2, 2019:  MIISS.  Paul G. Thomas, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Immunology, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
Seminar Topic: "How the host determines disease outcome after influenza virus infection"

September 18, 2019:  MIISS.  Edward A. Miao, MD, PhD
, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University
Seminar Topic: "Infectious models reveal unique role for caspase-7 after cytotoxic lymphocyte attack"

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