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:

August 26, 2020, 9:00am-10:00am:  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, 12:00pm-1:00pm:  MIISS.  Barney Graham, PhD, Deputy Director, Vaccine Research Center, NIH/NIAID
Seminar Topic: “Rapid COVID-19 Vaccine Development Enabled by Prototype Pathogen Preparedness”

September 09, 2020, 12:00pm-1:00pm:  MIISS.  Keith Reeves, PhD, Associate Professor; Director, CFAR Advanced Technologies Core, Harvard
Seminar Topic: "Adaptive NK Cells Responses Against Viruses and Virus Vaccines"

October 07, 2020, 12:00pm-1:00pm:  MIISS.  Kingston Mills, PhD, Professor, Experimental Immunology, School of Biochemistry & Immunology, Trinity College Dublin
Seminar Topic: TBA

October 21, 2020, 12:00pm-1:00pm:  MIISS.  Leah Cowen, PhD, Professor, Department Of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
Seminar Topic: TBA

November 18, 2020, 12:00pm-1:00pm:  MIISS.  Michael Niederweiss, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Seminar Topic: TBA

December 02, 2020, 9:00am-10:00am:  MIISS.  Gordon Brown, PhD, Professor; Director, MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, University of Exeter
Seminar Topic: TBA

December 16, 2020, 12:00pm-1:00pm:  MIISS.  Jennifer Martinez, PhD, Principal Investigator, Inflammation and Autoimmunity Group, NIH/NIEHS
Seminar Topic: TBA

2019-2020 Seminars:

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"
170 DHLRI, 2:30pm-3:30pm

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"
170 DHLRI, 2:30pm-3:30pm

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"
170 DHLRI, 2:30pm-3:30pm

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"
170 DHLRI, 2:30pm-3:30pm

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"
170 DHLRI, 10:30am-11:30am

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"
170 DHLRI, 2:30pm-3:30pm

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"
170 DHLRI, 2:30pm-3:30pm

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"
170 DHLRI, 2:30pm-3:30pm

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"
115 BRT, 2:30pm-3:30pm

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"
170 DHLRI, 11:00am-12:00pm

February 12, 2019:  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"
105 BRT, 11:00am-12:00pm

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"
L035 James, 11:00am-12:00pm

February 26, 2020:  MIISS.  Janet Lee, MD, Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Seminar Topic: TBA
B050 James, 11:00am-12:00pm

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