Seminar Series 2015–2016

The Department of Microbiology hosts a weekly seminar series at 11 a.m. Tuesdays in room NL4.124 on the North Campus.

DateSpeaker/InstitutionTitleSponsor
Nov. 3 Vincent Tagliabracci, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology
UT Southwestern  
“Phosphorylation of bacterial spore coat proteins by a new family of kinases” Neal Alto, Ph.D.
Nov. 10 Margaret Phillips, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
UT Southwestern 
"Pseudoenzyme function in Trypanosome polyamine metabolism" Ivan D'Orso, Ph.D.
Nov. 17 David H. Price, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa 
"RNA polymerase II elongation control" Ivan D'Orso, Ph.D.
Lee Kraus, Ph.D. 
Nov. 24 No Seminar
Dec. 1 John Karijolich, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Plant & Microbial Biology
University of California Berkeley
Faculty Candidate 
“Viral Induction and Co-Option of Retrotransposon-derived Noncoding RNAs” Michael Norgard, Ph.D.
Dec. 8  Michael Starnbach, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology
Department of Immunology
Harvard Medical School 
"Evasion of the host immune response by Chlamydia trachomatis" Vanessa Sperandio, Ph.D.
Dec. 15 Don Gammon, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, RNA Therapeutics Institute
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Faculty Candidate  
“Abortive Infections Provide New Approaches to Exploring Virus-Host Interactions” Michael Norgard, Ph.D.
Dec. 22 No Seminar
Dec. 29 No Seminar
Jan. 12 Matthew Welch, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of California, Berkeley 
“Mobilization of the actin cytoskeleton by microbial pathogens”  Neal Alto, Ph.D.
Jan. 19 Andrew Koh, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Department of Microbiology, Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
UT Southwestern 
“The Role of the Gut Microbiota in the Development of Infections and Graft-versus-Host Disease” Ivan D'Orso, Ph.D.
Jan. 26 Jeff Cirillo, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
Texas A&M Health Science Center 
“Tracking a Killer from Worms to Man”  Michael Shiloh, Ph.D.
Feb. 2 Anthony R. Richardson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of Pittsburgh 
"Immunometabolism and Staphylococcus aureus Infections"  Sebastian Winter, Ph.D.
Feb. 9 Elisabeth Martinez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology
UT Southwestern 
"Epigenetic strategies to target infectious and non-infectious disease" Ivan D'Orso, Ph.D.
Feb. 16 Ken Cadwell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology
NYU School of Medicine Skirball Institute 
"Immunomodulation by Viruses and the Gut Microbiome" Tiffany Reese, Ph.D.
Feb. 23 Emily Troemel, Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Biological Sciences
Section of Cell and Developmental Biology
UC San Diego 
"Microbial pathogenesis and host response in C. elegans" Neal Alto, Ph.D.
Mar. 8 Blossom Damania, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
"Modulation of Cellular Signaling and Oncogenesis by KSHV" Julie Pfeiffer, Ph.D.
Mar. 15 Ian Mohr, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Microbiology
NYU School of Medicine 
"Going viral to triage translation: treasuring host trinkets and trashing treacherous PAMPs" Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
Mar. 22 Andreas Bäumler, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
University of California Davis
"The Pyromaniac Inside You: Salmonella metabolism in the host gut" Student Hosted
Mar. 30 Robert Siliciano, M.D., Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator, Molecular Biology & Genetics
John Hopkins University
"Curing HIV Infection: Recent Progress and Remaining Obstacles" S. Edward Sulkin Visiting Professorship
Michael V. Norgard, Ph.D.
Mar. 31 Robert Siliciano, M.D., Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator, Molecular Biology & Genetics
John Hopkins University
"Measuring and Eliminating the latent reservoir for HIV" S. Edward Sulkin Visiting Professorship
Michael V. Norgard, Ph.D.
Apr. 5 Shaeri Mukherjee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology Department
The George William Hooper Foundation
University of California San Francisco
“Legionella and the Unfolded Protein Response – A fight for survival” Kim Orth, Ph.D.
Apr. 12 Fitnat Yildiz, Ph.D.
Professor
PBSci - Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department
University of Santa Cruz 
"Mechanism and regulation of biofilm formation in Vibrio cholerae" David Hendrixson, Ph.D.
Apr. 19 Sumit Chanda, Ph.D.
Professor, Infectious & Inflammatory Disease Center
The Burnham Institute for Medical Research, SBP Medical Discovery Institute  

"Systems-based analysis of host-pathogen interactions"

Nan Yan, Ph.D.
Apr. 26 Joshua J. Woodward, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology
University of Washington 
"Eavesdropping on Bacterial Conversations: Deciphering the mechanisms of c-di-AMP mediated host-microbe interactions" Sebastian Winter, Ph.D.
May 3

Clodagh O'Shea, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

“Exploiting viruses to understand and treat cancer” Student Hosted
May 10 Peter Sarnow, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Microbiology
Department of Immunology
Stanford University 
"Interaction of a liver-specific microRNA with the hepatitis C virus RNA genome" John Schoggins, Ph.D.
May 17 Manuela Raffatellu, M.D.
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
University of California, Irvine 
"Guts, Germs and Steel: Microbes and Metal in the Inflamed Gut" Vanessa Sperandio, Ph.D.