• 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 Spivey Auditorium (Aud 2) 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.

    Fall 2015

    August 25 John V. Williams, MD
    Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    "Why Pulmonary CD8 T Cells Won't Fight, Fight, Fight for Iowa"
    Host: Steven Varga, PhD
    Co-sponsored with the Center for Immunology and Immune Based Diseases
    September 1 NO SEMINAR

    September 8 Blaise R. Boles, PhD
    Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    "Fold modulating function: Functional amyloids produced by Staphylococcus aureus"
    Host: Patrick Schlievert, PhD
    September 15 Dorian McGavern, PhD
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH
    "Real-time insights into the regulation of sterile vs. antimicrobial CNS immunity"
    Host: John Harty, PhD
    Co-sponsored with the Center for Immunology and Immune Based Diseases
    September 22 Christopher Waters, PhD
    Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University
    "Cyclic di-GMP: A global regulatory maestro that orchestrates the adaptation of bacteria to changing environments"
    Host: Timothy Yahr, PhD
    September 29 Melissa B. Lodoen, PhD
    Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California Irvine
    "Host-Parasite Interactions, Immunity, and Pathogenesis"
    Host: Mary Wilson, MD
    October 6 Moriah L. Szpara, PhD
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Penn State University
    "Variability, adaptation, and evolution in alpha-herpesviruses"
    Host: Richard Roller, PhD
    October 13 Matthew Wargo, PhD
    Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of Vermont
    "Pseudomonas detection of host-derived amines using a particular sub-family of AraC-like regulators"
    Host: Timothy Yahr, PhD
    October 20 Alexander R. Horswill, PhD
    Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    "The social life of Staphylococci"
    Host: Patrick Schlievert, PhD
    October 27 Catharine Bosio, PhD
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
    "Building a Better Mousetrap: Using Classic Immunology to Develop Effective Tularemia Vaccines"
    Host: Kevin Legge, PhD
    November 3
      1110 MERF
    Distinguished Mentor Award and Lecture
    November 10 Katherine P. Lemon, MD, PhD
    The Forsyth Institute
    "Nose Picking for Progress: Mining the Nasal Microbiome for New Insights into Pathobionts"
    Host: Blaise Boles, PhD
    November 17 Elsa Bou Ghanem, PhD
    Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine
    "The role of neutrophils and extracellular adenosine in shaping host resistance to Streptococcus pneumoniae lung infection" 
    Host: John Harty, PhD
    December 1 Drew Kitchen, PhD
    Department of Anthropology, University of Iowa
    "Evolutionary genetics reveal the shared history of humans and our parasites and pathogens"
    Host: Mary Wilson, MD
    December 8 Mishtu Dey, PhD
    Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa
    "Structural enzymology of mononuclear non-heme iron enzymes"
    Host: David Weiss, PhD