Seminar Series 2014–2015

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

DateSpeaker/InstitutionTitleSponsor
Sept. 9
Sept. 16 Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health; Director, Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy, University of Minnesota

Influenza virus and dual-use research of concern: Potential crisis or fear-mongering?

Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Ph.D.
Sept. 23
Sept. 30 Erdal Toprak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Green Center for Systems Biology and Pharmacology, UT Southwestern 

Evolution of antibiotic resistance and hypersensitivity

Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
Oct. 7 James Collins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, UT Southwestern

It's no fluke! Using planarians to guide our understanding of parasitic schistosomes

Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
Oct. 14 Jessica Moreland, M.D.Division Chief, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology, UT Southwestern

Neutrophil priming by TLR agonists: Role of common polymorphisms

Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
Oct. 21
Oct. 28 Sing Sing Way, M.D., Ph.D., Pauline and Lawson Reed Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics Immune pathogenesis of prenatal infection Neal Alto, Ph.D.
Nov. 4
Nov. 11 Mary K. Estes, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Virology & 

Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Human intestinal wnteroids: Translating Stem cell biology to understand human enteric microbial pathogenesis

Molecular Microbiology
graduate students

Nov. 18 Kimberly Reynolds, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Green Center for Systems Biology, UT Southwestern  Using evolutionary statistics to map interactions in bacterial genomes Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
Nov. 25 George Chaconas, Ph.D., Professor, 

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Immunology & Infectious Diseases, University of Calgary

From molecules to mice: Biochemistry and molecular biology of the lyme disease spirochete

Michael Norgard, Ph.D.
Dec. 2 Stephanie Karst, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Florida Norovirus Interactions with B cells and Bugs

Molecular Microbiology
graduate students

Dec. 9 John MacMicking, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Microbial  Pathogenesis, Yale University

IFN-inducible GTPases in mammalian host defense

John Schoggins, Ph.D.
Dec. 16 Nicholas Heaton, Ph.D., Faculty Candidate, Mount Sinai Hospital Long-term survival of influenza virus infected cells and effects on viral pathogenesis Michael Norgard, Ph.D.
Dec. 23 No Seminar
Dec. 30 No Seminar
Jan. 6 Dawn M. Wetzel, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and PharmacologyUT Southwestern Targeting cell entry as therapy for leishmaniasis Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
Jan. 13 Jörn Coers, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center IFN-inducible GTPases in host resistance and inflammation  Sebastian Winter, Ph.D.
Jan. 20 Julie Pfeiffer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, UT Southwestern How gut bacteria enhance enteric virus infectivity Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
Jan. 27 Matthew Daugherty, Ph.D., Faculty Candidate, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Rules of engagement: Molecular insights from host-pathogen arms races Michael Norgard, Ph.D.
Feb. 3 Philip R. Hardwidge, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Medicine Pathobiology, Kansas State University E. coli effectors targeting ribosomal proteins and metabolic enzymes Vanessa Sperandio, Ph.D.
Feb. 10
Feb. 17 Britt Glaunsinger, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California Rewiring gene expression pathways during viral infection Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
Feb. 24
Mar. 3
Mar. 10 Kenneth A. Stapleford, Ph.D., Faculty Candidate Institut Pasteur Arbovirus evolution In vivo: Adaptation, transmission, and pathogenesis Michael Norgard, Ph.D.
Mar. 17 Karen Ottemann, Ph.D.Chair and Professor, Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, University of California - Santa Cruz  Connections between bacterial chemotaxis and pathogenesis in the ulcer-causing pathogen Helicobacter pylori David Hendrixson, Ph.D.
Mar. 24
Apr. 1 **University Lecture Series**
Gary Nabel, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals 
Sulkin Visiting Professor
The long and winding road to an Ebola vaccine Michael Norgard, Ph.D.
Apr. 2 **Special Seminar Day**
Gary Nabel, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals
Sulkin Visiting Professor 
Addressing viral diversity: Challenges for AIDS and universal influenza vaccines Michael Norgard, Ph.D.
Apr. 7 Lee-Ann Allen, Ph.D., Professor, Internal Medicine and Microbiology,  University of Iowa  Human neutrophil dysfunction and tularemia pathogenesis Jessica Moreland, Ph.D.
Apr. 14
Apr. 21 Scott Gray-Owen, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto Sweet heat: Tactical immune triggering promotes infection and disease by the pathogenic neisseria Eric Hansen, Ph.D.
Apr. 28 Kim Orth, Ph.D.Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, UT Southwestern Black spot, black death, black pearl: The tales of bacterial effectors Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
May 5 David S. Weiss, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine CRISPR-Cas mediated gene regulation in bacterial innate immune evasion and beyond (BWF) Vanessa Sperandio, Ph.D.
May 12 Heran Darwin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, NYU Langone Medical Center Proteasomal regulation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis virulence (BWF) Kim Orth, Ph.D.
May 19 Sara Cherry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania Using genetic approaches to study antiviral immunity Julie Pfeiffer, Ph.D.
May 26 Raksha Jain, M.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care, UT Southwestern TBA Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
Jun 9 Çagla Tükel, MS, Ph.D., Professor (Assistant), Department of Microbiology, Department of Immunology, Temple Univeristy Bacterial amyloids: friend or foe? Sebastian Winter, Ph.D.

The series is sponsored, in part, by an educational grant from Thermo Fisher.