Seminar Series

The Department of Microbial Pathogens and Immunity holds regular seminars with invited speakers from outside the institution, as well as researchers from Rush University.

2017-2018 seminars schedule

Seminars are held in Cohn Research Building Auditorium Room 160 (1735 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612), unless noted otherwise.

Date and Time Speaker Title
January 13, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Xiu-Ti Hu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Rush University Medical Center
Host: Alan Landay, PhD
“Cocaine, HIV and Aging-Induced Alterations in Calcium Regulation in Cortical Pyramidal Neurons”
January 27, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
David O’Connor, PhD
Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Host: Alan Landay, PhD
“Assessing the Risk of Zika Virus Infection in Macaque Monkeys”
February 10, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Judith Behnsen, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Illinois at Chicago
Host: David Williams, PhD
“Friends or Foes:  Enterobacteriacae and Fungi in the Gut”
February 24, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Lydie Trautmann, PhD
Chief of the Cellular Immunology Section
US Military HIV Research Program
Host: Lena Al-Harthi, PhD
“HIV Immunopathogenesis in Acute Infection: What Can We Learn for an HIV CURE?”
March 3, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Abhinav Bhushap, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology
Host: Alan Landay, PhD
“Engineering Microfluidic Tissue Models and Cell-based Sensors”
March 22, 2017
Wednesday, 12-1 p.m.
Jonathan D. Geiger, PhD
Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Host: Alan Landay, PhD
“Endolysosomes May Be Targeted for Therapeutic Intervention Against HIV-1 Associated Neurocognitive Disorder and Alzheimer’s Disease”
March 24, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Petronela Ancuta, PhD
Associate Professor
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Microbiology, Infectiology and Immunology
Université de Montréal and CHUM Research Centre
Host: Edward Barker, PhD
“Finding Ways to Prevent HIV-1 Replication and Persistence in Th17 Cells”
April 14, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Charles R. Rinaldo, PhD
Chairman and Professor
Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
University of Pittsburgh
Graduate School of Public Health
Host: Alan Landay, PhD
“Unique Lipid Metabolism is Associated with HIV-1 Nonprogression”
April 28, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Michael R. Betts, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Alan Landay, PhD

“Recirculation of Cytotoxic CD8+ T Cells in Humans”

May 12, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Elhanan Borenstein, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Genome Sciences
University of Washington
Host: Alan Landay, PhD
“Systems Biology and Model-Based Multi-Omic Analysis of the Human Microbiome”
May 26, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
George Weinstock, PhD
Evnin Family Professor
Director, Microbial Genomics
The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Farmington CT
Host: Alan Landay, PhD
“Adventures in Medical Metagenomics”
September 25, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Jan K. Kitajewski, PhD
Professor and Head
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Chicago, Chicago IL
Host: Michael Fill, PhD
Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Notch Functions in Angiogenesis by Diverse Mechanisms”
 
Please Note Room Change:
Physiology & Biophysics Conference Room 1201 Jelke
October 13, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Donna MacDuff, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Illinois at Chicago
Host: David Williams, PhD
“The Diverse Roles of the Linear Ubiquitin Chain Assembly Complex in Innate Immunity and Inflammation”
October 27, 2017
Friday, 3-4 p.m.
David J. Shapiro, PhD
Professor
Department of Biochemistry
University of Illinois, Urbana IL
Host: Lena Al-Harthi, PhD
Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Targeting Breast and Ovarian Cancer Through ER-mediated Hyperactivation of the UPR”
November 10, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Lionel C. Clement, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College
Host: David Williams, PhD
“From Nephrotic Syndrome to PCSK9”
December 8, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Philip LoVerde, PhD
Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Pathology
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Host: David Williams, PhD
Schistosoma mansoni: Genetic Basis of Oxamniquine Drug Resistance, Drug Mode of Action, Drug Redesign and Use as a Biomarker”
December 15, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Sharon Stack, PhD
Professor and Director
Harper Cancer Research Institute
University of Notre Dame
Host: Ryan Ross, PhD
Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Regulation of Ovarian Cancer Metastasis”
January 26, 2018
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Stephen J. Kron, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
University of Chicago
Host: Ryan Ross, PhD

Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Zombie Apocalypse: Accelerated Cell Senescence in Cancer Therapy”

Please Note Room Change:
Armour Academic Facility, ACC971

January 29, 2018
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Eric A. Sobie, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Programmatic Developement
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacological Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
Host: Lothar Blatter, PhD
Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Understanding the Consequences of Heterogeneity in Cardiac Ion Channels and Calcium Handling Proteins”
 
Please Note Room Change:
Physiology & Biophysics Conference Room 1201 Jelke
February 16, 2018
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Edward Barker, PhD
Associate Professor
Rush University
Department of Microbial Pathogens and Immunity
“SIV Infection Leads to the Presence of NK-B Cells Expressing IL-18 in the Colon of Rhesus Macaques”
March 5, 2018
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Alfred L. George Jr., MD
Magerstadt Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago IL
Host: Xun Ai, PhD

Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Discovery and Investigation of Calmodulinopathy”

Please Note Room Change:
Physiology & Biophysics Conference Room 1201 Jelke

April 6, 2018
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Rima McLeod, MD
Professor
Department of Visual Science, Department of Medicine, Committee on Genetics, Committee on Immunology, Committee on Molecular Medicine/MPMM
University of Chicago
Host: Lena Al-Harthi, PhD
“TBA”
April 20, 2018
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Richard B. Silverman, PhD
Professor
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University
Host: Lena Al-Harthi, PhD
Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“TBA”
May 4, 2018
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Kasturi Haldar, PhD
Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Host: Lena Al-Harthi, PhD
“TBA”

Please call the department at (312) 563-3455 or email our seminar coordinator, Maureen Richards, PhD for additional information.

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