Past Seminars

Speaker Institute Title Host/Sponsor
10/4/2016 Clifford V. Harding, MD, PhD Kahn Professor & Chair of Pathology, Director, Medical Scientist Training Program, Case Western Reserve University Seminar: Clifford V. Harding, MD, PhD, Case Western Reserve University
10/18/2016 Steve Estus, PhD Dept of Physiology Seminar: Steve Estus, PhD, Dept of Physiology, University of Kentucky
10/25/2016 Stacey Gilk, PhD Indiana University Seminar, Stacy Gilk, PhD, Indiana University
11/1/2016 Kathryn Lethbridge PhD Candidate, Dept of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky Seminar: Kathryn Lethbridge, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
11/8/2016 Iryna Pinchuk, PhD Gastroenterology, Dep of Int. Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch Seminar, Iryna Pinchuk, PhD
11/15/2016 Alex Nail PhD Candidate, Dept of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky Seminar: Alex Nail, PhD Student, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
12/6/2016 Mary Bosserman, PhD Research Scientist, Evolv, Lexington, KY Seminar: Mary Bosserman, PhD
12/13/2016 Octavio A Gonzalez, DDS, MS, PhD Assistant Professor, Cener for Oral Health Research, College of Dentistry, University of Kentucky Seminar: Octavio Gozalez, DDS, MS, PhD, College of Dentistry
2/7/2017 Latha Ganesan Research Scientist, Dept of Internal Medicine, Ohio State University Seminar: Cancelled - To Be Rescheduled
3/28/2017 Christina Savage PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky Seminar: Christina Savage, PhD Student, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
4/4/2017 Evan Lynch PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky Seminar: Evan Lynch, PhD Student, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
4/11/2017 Emma Wilson, PhD Assoc Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Univ California Riverside Seminar: Emma Wilson, PhD, Associate Provessor, Univ California Riverside
4/18/2017 Luke Heil PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky Seminar: Luke Heil, PhD Student, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
4/25/2017 Janakiram Seshu, PhD Dept. of Biology, University of Texas San Antonio Seminar: Janakiram Seshu, PhD, Dept of Biology, Univ Tex at San Antonio
5/9/2017 Grant Jones PhD Candidate, Dissertation Defense, Dept of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics Defense Seminar: Grant Jones, PhD Student, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
6/16/2017 Maria Dixon Dissertation Defense, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky Seminar: Maria Dixon, PhD Student, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
7/11/2017 Sara Alhakeem PhD Candidate, Dissertation Defense, Dept of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics Seminar: Sara Alhakeem, PhD Defense Seminar - Suppression of Anti-Tumor Immunity in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Via Interleukin-10 Production
7/17/2017 Heather Evans PhD Candidate, Dissertation Defense, Dept of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics Seminar: Heather Evans, PhD Defense Seminar - Pneumocystis murina suppresses innate immunity to this opportunistic, fungal pathogen
7/25/2017 Carrie L. Shaffer, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky Seminar: Carrie L. Shaffer, Ph.D., Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky - Exploring the biogenesis and molecular structure of bacterial nanomachines at the host-pathogen interface
7/27/2017 Vaneet Arora, MD Assistant Professor, Division of Clinical Pathology (Microbiology), Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Seminar: Vaneet Arora, MD University of Kentucky - Translational Research: A bench to bedside story with C. difficile
8/15/2017 Paul M. Duffin, PhD Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Transylvania University, Lexington KY Seminar: Paul M. Duffin, PhD, Transylvania University - Teaching microbiology through research: lessons from Neisseria gonorrhoeae
8/22/2017 Jacqueline Rivas, PhD Post-doc, Bondada Lab, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Seminar: Jacqueline Rivas, PhD, Post-doc in Bondada Lab - Features of B Cell Dysregulation in Early Multiple Sclerosis
9/5/2017 Katie McKenna PhD Candidate, Dissertation Defense, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Defense Seminar: Katie McKenna, Bondada Lab - Novel role of Prostate Apoptosis Response-4 tumor suppressor in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia
9/12/2017 Gabby Keb Fields Lab, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Student Seminar: Gabby Keb, Fields Lab - Rickettsia and Their Unique Mechanism for Cell-to-Cell Spread
9/19/2017 Beth Oates Erin Garcia Lab, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Student Seminar: Beth Oates, Erin Garcia Lab - Therapeutic Molecular Editing Advancements in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
9/26/2017 Ethan Strattan Hildebrandt Lab, Departments of Internal Medicine - Hematology and Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Student Seminar: Ethan Strattan, Hildebrandt Lab - Epigenetic changes in chronic lymphocytic leukemia: Therapeutic possibilities
10/3/2017 Jennifer White Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky Seminar: Jennifer White, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky - Untangling the web: endosymbiotic bacterial effects on spider biology Brian Stevenson
10/10/2017 Paul Davis Department of Biology, University of Nebraska Seminar: Paul Davis, Department of Biology, University of Nebraska - Developing effective countermeasures against the human parasite Toxoplasma gondii Tony Sinai
10/17/2017 Derek Fisher Department of Microbiology, Southern Illinois University Seminar: Derek Fisher, Department of Microbiology, Southern Illinois University - Life on the Inside: Chlamydial Development, Metabolism and Virulence Ken Fields
10/24/2017 Infectious Disease Research Day
10/31/2017 Megan Bergkessel California Institute of Technology Seminar: Megan Bergkessel, California Institute of Technology - Transcriptional regulation during slow growth in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Brian Stevenson
11/7/2017 No Seminar
11/8/2017 Yibin Yang Fox Chase Cancer Center Seminar: Yibin Yang, Fox Chase Cancer Center - Investigating and Analysis of Non-Proteolytic Protein Ubiquitination Pathway in CD30 Positive Lymphoma Beth Garvy
11/14/2017 Steven van Lanen College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky Joint Appointee Seminar: Steven van Lanen, College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky - Discovery and Biosynthesis of Nucleoside Antibiotics Targeting Translocase 1 Beth Garvy
11/21/2017 Thanksgiving Week - No Seminar
11/28/2017 Hoda Saghaeiannejad-Esfahani van Lanen Lab, College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky Student Seminar: Hoda Saghaeiannejad-Esfahani, van Lanen Lab - CAR T cell therapy
12/5/2017 Mostafa Rahnama Fields Lab, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Post-Doc Seminar: Mostafa Rahnama, Fields Lab - The global regulators Velvet and laeA are required for host infection and ongoing symbiosis in the endophytic fungus Epichloë festucae
12/12/2017 Finals Week - No Seminar
1/9/2018 Daniel Irimia, MD, PhD Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Seminar: Daniel Irimia, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital - Autocatalytic Reactions During Neutrophil Swarming
1/30/2018 Nancy Freitag, PhD University of Illinois at Chicago Seminar: Nancy Freitag, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago - From soil to cytosol: the pathogenic transition of the environmental bacterium Listeria monocytogenes Sarah D'Orazio, PhD
2/6/2018 Mollie Winfield Jewett, PhD University of Central Florida Seminar: Mollie Winfield Jewett, PhD, University of Central Florida - Determination of the Genetic Basis for Borrelia burgdorferi Mammalian Infectivity Brian Stevenson, PhD
2/13/2018 * Evan Lynch Departments of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and Internal Medicine - Digestive Health Student Seminar: Evan Lynch, Barrett Lab - Epithelial Specific p85-alpha Ablation Promotes Crypt Resilience to Radiation Injury Barrett Lab
2/14/2018 * Michelle Pitts Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics PhD Defense: Michelle Pitts, D'Orazio Lab - The role of Pro-Inflammatory Mediators IFNβ and Prostaglandin E2 in Suppression of Innate Immunity to Listeria Monocytogenes D'Orazio Lab
2/27/2018 Joan Cook-Mills, PhD Northwestern University Seminar: Joan Cook-Mills, PhD, Northwestern University - Maternal lipids regulate development of offspring dendritic cells and allergic disease Beth Garvy, PhD
3/6/2018 * Christina Savage Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Student Seminar: Christina Savage, Stevenson Lab - SpoVG appears to be an essential global regulator of transcription and translation throughout the enzootic cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi Stevenson Lab
3/13/2018 Animesh Dhara Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Post-Doc Seminar: Animesh Dhara, PhD, Sinai Lab - A deubiquitinase regulating the organization of the Toxoplasma gondii cell cycle Sinai Lab
3/20/2018 Natalia Korotkova, PhD UK Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Seminar: Natalia Korotkova, PhD, UK Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry - Biogenesis and function of streptococcal cell wall carbohydrates Beth Garvy, PhD
3/27/2018 Richard Brennan Chair, Department of Biochemistry, Duke University School of Medicine Seminar: Richard Brennan, Duke University - Dissection of the molecular circuitry controlling virulence in Francisella tularensis MIMG Students
4/3/2018 * Luke Heil Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Student Seminar: Luke Heil, Garvy Lab - Altered neonatal immunodominance and universal influenza vaccination Garvy Lab
4/9/2018 Jun Yan, MD, PhD James Graham Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville Seminar: Jun Yan, MD, PhD, University of Louisville - Beta-Glucan-mediated Tumor lmmunotherapy: From Bench to the Bedside Don Cohen, PhD
4/10/2018 Jun Li, PhD Biomolecular Sciences Institute, Florida International University Seminar: Jun Li, PhD, Florida International University - Molecular Basis of Malaria Transmission to Mosquitoes Beth Garvy, PhD, and the UK Entomology Department
4/23/2018 Barbara Nikolajczyk, PhD UK Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, Associate Director for Translational Research in Diabetes Seminar: Barbara Nikolajczyk, PhD, UK Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences - Mitochondrial dysfunction synergizes with fatty acids to support Th17 inflammation in human type 2 diabetes Beth Garvy, PhD
4/24/2018 * Kathryn Lethbridge Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Student Seminar: Kathryn Lethbridge, Stevenson Lab - Borrelia miyamotoi, an emerging global pathogen Stevenson Lab
5/1/2018 Ahmed Abdel-Latif, MD, PhD UK Cardiovascular Medicine Seminar: Ahmed Abdel-Latif, MD, PhD, UK Cardiovascular Medicine - Exploring Bone Marrow Therapeutic Targets in lschemic Heart Disease Beth Garvy, PhD
5/8/2018 Robert Lochhead Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Seminar: Robert Lochhead, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital - From mouse models to human patients: Immune dysregulation in Lyme arthritis Brian Stevenson, PhD
5/11/2018 Catherine Brissette, PhD University of North Dakota Annual Department Retreat
5/15/2018 Chrystal Paulos Medical University of South Carolina Seminar: Chrystal Paulos, Medical University of South Carolina - Enhancing adoptive T cell transfer therapy for cancer Subba Bondada, PhD
2015/2016

August 4, 2015
Mohamed Elgazzar, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, East Tennessee State University College of Medicine
Innate Immunity Cell Reprogramming in Sepsis

September 1, 2015
Alexei Tumanov, MD, PhD, Trudeau Institute
Lymphotoxin Pathway in Mucosal Homeostasis
 
September 9, 2015
Erin C. Garcia, PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Burkholderia use contact-dependent interbacterial signaling to coordinate group behaviors with ki
 
September 15, 2015
Vincent J. Venditto, PhD, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Kentucky
Chemical approaches to modulating the immune system in autoimmunity and infectious disease
 
September 22, 2015
Govindarajan Rajagopalan, DVM, PhD, Mayo Clinic
Staphylococcal Superantigens – Not Just Toxic Shock Syndrome
 
October 6, 2015
Luke Heil, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis:  Pathogenesis and New Therapeutic Targets
 
October 13, 2015
Evan Lynch, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis:  Pathogenesis and New Therapeutic Targets

November 10, 2015
Sunil Nooti, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
The Role of Spleen in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
 
November 17 2015
Stuart A. Thompson, PhD, Section of Infectious Diseases, Dept. of Medicine, Augusta University
Control of Campylobacter jejuni pathogenesis and metabolic characteristics by the post-transcriptional regulator CsrA
 
December 1, 2015
Marie Gehman, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
The Role of Batf2 in LPS/IFNγ Polarized Macrophages*
*dissertation seminar
 
December 8, 2015
Will Arnold, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
Gene regulation in Borrelia burgdorferi: Potential ties to bacterial replication
 
December 15, 2015
Anne-Catrin Uhlemann, MD, PhD, Columbia University
Genomic adaptation of bacterial pathogens
 
January 19, 2016
Katie McKenna, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
Role of Prostate Apoptosis Response 4 Tumor Suppressor in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
 
January 26, 2016
Samuel Gruber, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
Autoimmune Uveitis: Breakdown of the eye’s immune privilege by commensal microbes
 
February 02. 2016
Heather Evans, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
The life cycle stages of the opportunistic fungal pathogen Pneumocystis murina provoke a differential immune response
 
February 09, 2016
Grant Jones, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
Listeria monocytogenes is unable to replicate inside either naïve or inflammatory monocytes recruited to the gut during infection
 
February 16, 2016
Sara Alhakeem, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
Growth Regulation of B-cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia by IL-10
 
March 1, 2016
Maria Dixon, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
Antisense AFP transcripts in mouse liver and their potential role in AFP gene regulation
 
March 8, 2016
John Gensel, PhD, SCOBIRC, Dept of Physiology, University of Kentucky
The role of macrophages in spinal cord injury
 
April 12, 2016
Christina Savage, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
DNA-binding protein SpoVG influences regulation of glycerol metabolism in Borrelia burgdorferi
 
April 26, 2016
Alexandra Gjevre Nail, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
Zhx2 Regulates Expression of Sex-biased Liver Genes
 
May 03, 2016
Michelle Pits, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky
Prostaglandin E2 in the Listeria-infected liver: Is it harmful
 
May 10, 2016
Sing Sing Way, MD, PhD, Cincinnatti Children's Hospital
The immune pathogenesis of prenatal infection
 
May 17, 2016
Sven Bergstrom, PhD, Department of Molecular Biology Umea University, Sweden
Infection Biology of Relapsing Fever Borrelia

2014/2015

February 3, 2015      
Katie McKenna, Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics,University of Kentucky
Novel role of B cell receptor signaling in regulation of Tc11, an oncogene, and Par4, a tumor suppressor gene, in B-cell malignancies
 
February 10, 2015
Heather Evans, Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics,University of Kentucky
Pneumocystis murina trophozoites generate protective adaptive responses while suppressing α-1, 3-glucan-induced IL-1α production
 
February 24, 2015
Karine Oben, Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics,University of Kentucky
Investigating the Therapeutic Potential of Withaferin A (WA) in a 5q Myelodysplastifc Syndrome (MDS) Model
 
March 3, 2015
Harry Mobley, Ph.D., Frederick G. Novy Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School
Redefining Virulence:  Bacterial Gene Expression during Human Infection
 
March 24, 2015
Michelle Pitts, Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics,University of Kentucky
Innate immunity to foodborne L. monocytogenes is not impeded by Type I interferon signaling
 
March 21, 2015
Sara Alhakeem, Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics,University of Kentucky
The role of B cell receptor signaling in IL-10 production and the effects of IL-10 on B-1 and B-CLL cell survival
 
April 7, 2015
Maria Dixon, Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics,University of Kentucky

Antisense AFP transcripts in mouse liver and their potential role in AFP    

April 14, 2015
Will Arnold, Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics,University of Kentucky
Regulation of Gene Expression: Influence of Metabolism on Virulence
 
April 21, 2015
Kate Creasy, Ph.D. Candidate, Nutritional Sciences, University of Kentucky
Zhx2 regulation of lipid metabolism and the balance between cardiovascular and hepatic health
 
April 21, 2015
Grant Jones, Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics,University of Kentucky
Exposing the extracellular life cycle of Listeria monocytogenes
 
April 28, 2015
Joseph E. Qualls, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Fueling anti-mycobacterial immunity with L-citrulline
 
May 19, 2015
Minen Al-Kafajy, Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics,University of Kentucky

Zhx2 regulation of target genes in the liver and non-hepatic tissues: Insights from BALB/c mouse substrains 

 

2013/2014

March 12, 2013
Timothy Kowalik, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

March 26th, 2013
Konstantin V. Korothov, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Kentucky.

April 2nd, 2013
Udeni Balasuriya, PhD, Professor of Virology, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky. 

April 16th, 2013
Isabelle Coppens, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute.

April 23th, 2013
Karla J.F. Satchell, PhD, Department of Microbiology-Immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

June 6th, 2013
Max D. Cooper, MD, Emory University School of Medicine.

October 8, 2013
Kasper Hoebe, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati / Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

November 5, 2013
Matthew Lawrenz, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Louisville.

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