• Microbiology Department Seminar Series

    Every semester we are proud to host outstanding seminar speakers. These seminars are held Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. in Watzke Auditorium (Aud 3) in the Bowen Science Building (unless otherwise noted).  All are encouraged to attend free of charge.  If you are interested in more seminars at The University of Iowa, please visit The Carver College of Medicine's Upcoming Events.

    Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program please contact the host listed below.

    SPRING 2015

    January 27 George Dimopoulos, PhD
    Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins University
    "The mosquito microbiota in disease transmission"
    Host: Mary Wilson, MD
    Co-sponsored with the Mechanisms of Parasitism Training Program 
    February 3 Margaret Kielian, PhD
    Department of Cell Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    "Enveloped virus entry: Mechanisms and regulation of membrane fusion"
    Host: Wendy Maury, PhD
    February 10

    Mishtu Dey, PhD
    Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa
    "Structural enzymology to understand redox-active enzyme function"
    Host: David Weiss, PhD 
    February 17 Tom Bobik, PhD
    Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology, Iowa State University
    "Bacterial microcompartments, widespread prokaryotic organelles for metabolic optimization"
    Host: David Weiss, PhD
    February 24 Victor J. DiRita, PhD
    Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Michigan
    "Campylobacter colonization mechanisms in a natural host model"
    Host: Steven Clegg, PhD
    March 3 Shaden Kamhawi, PhD
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
    "The influence of vector-derived factors on Leishmania transmission and disease progression"
    Host: Mary Wilson, MD
    March 10 Kevin B. Urdahl, MD, PhD
    Department of Immunology, University of Washington
    "Understanding and overcoming the barriers to T cell mediated immunity against tuberculosis"
    Host: Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD
    March 24 Ilya V. Frolov, PhD
    Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama Birmingham
    "Let's make our knowledge of virus-host interactions useful. Engineering of alphaviruses with programmed phenotypes"
    Host: Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD
    March 31 Pradeep Singh, MD
    Department of Microbiology, University of Washington
    "Regional Lung Evolution Produces Bacterial Diversity During Cystic Fibrosis Infections"
    Host: Timothy Yahr, PhD
    April 7 Martin L. Moore, PhD
    Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
    "Interaction of the respiratory syncytial virus fusion protein with epidermal growth factor receptor"
    Host: Steven Varga, PhD
    April 14 Thomas J. Braciale, MD, PhD
    Department of Pathology, University of Virginia
    "Dendritic Cells and the Control of Antiviral Effector and Memory T Cell Responses during Respiratory Virus Infection"
    Host: Steven Varga, PhD 
    Co-sponsored with the Center for Immunology and Immune Based Diseases
    April 28 Steve Melville, PhD
    Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
    "Looking at Type IV pili at the cellular and atomic level"
    Host: Craig Ellermeier, PhD
    May 5 Lauren O. Bakaletz, PhD
    The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
    "Extracellular DNA-associated DNABII proteins as a target for disruption of biofilms formed by nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae"
    Host: Microbiology Graduate Students