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MI&I Seminar Series

The Microbial Infection and Immunity Seminar Series (MIISS) features distinguished national and international scientists. This seminar series may be partnered with various departments, centers, and/or institutes in order to enhance the seminar appeal and breadth. 
The MIISS is directed by Drs. Shan-Lu Liu and Jacob Yount​.

Upcoming Seminars

​January 16, 2018 Gregory Melikian, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine
The Melikian lab has characterized the mechanism of HIV Env glycoprotein-mediated membrane fusion.
Seminar Topic: "Determinants of single enveloped virus entry and fusion"

​January 23, 2018 Jyothi Rengarajan, PhD, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine Emory University
The Rengarajan lab is interested in understanding how the bacterial pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis evades host immunity. 
​Seminar Topic: "Targeting Immunomodulatory Pathways in Tuberculosis for Improving Vaccines"


Past Seminars

May 2, 2017
Howard C. Hang, PhD, Richard E. Salomom Family​ Associate Professor, The Rockefeller University
The Hang laboratory is interested in elucidating fundamental mechanisms of host-microbe interactions and developing new therapeutic strategies to combat microbial infections.
Seminar Topic: "Chemical Dissection of Host Immunity and Microbial Pathogenesis"

​Marc​h 22, 2016 Caetano Reis e Sousa, PhD, Senior Group Leader; Head, Immunobiology Laboratory, The Francis Crick Institute
The Reis e Sousa laboratory studies innate immune receptors and signaling pathways triggering DC activation and promote T cell priming or that generally act to modulate the function of DCs.
Seminar Topic:  "A DaNGeRous talk about dendritic cells"

​April 19, 2016 ​​Christopher Sassetti, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, University of Massachusetts Medical School
The Sassetti Lab studies the unique physiology of the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis and the disease it causes.
Seminar Topic:  "Understanding tuberculosis pathogenesis through combinatorial genetics of host and pathogen"

​May 24, 2016 Siamon Gordon, PhD, Glaxo Wellcome Professor Emeritus of Cellular Pathology, University of Oxford
Dr. Gordon is noted for his work on the phenotypic and functional diversity of macrophages.
Seminar Topic:  "Macrophage Activation, Fusion and Function"

​May 19, 2015 Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Fishberg Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Director, Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai​
Seminar Topic:  "TRIM proteins: regulators of virus sensing and antiviral immunity​"

​June 16, 2015 Carolyn R. Bertozzi, PhD, T.Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Seminar Topic:  “Imaging glycoconjugates, from vertebrates to microbes​"

​November 17, 2015 Joseph T. Barbieri, PhD, Professor and Interim Chair of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Director, Medical Scientist Training Program, Medical College of Wisconsin​
The Barbieri laboratory studies microbial pathogenesis, analyzing both the pathogen and the host.
​Seminar Topic: “Entry of the Botulinum toxins and Tetanus toxin into Neurons”