• Past Seminar Speakers

    Fall 2014

    Robin G. Lorenz, Department of Pathology, University of Alabama Birmingham
    The role of p-glycoprotein in intestinal inflammation

    Guido Silvestri, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University
    Target cell restriction in AIDS pathogenesis and eradication

    Hector Aguilar-Carreno, Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Washington State University
    Multiple Glycoprotein Functions of a Deadly CONTAGION: Nipah Virus

    Steven M. Varga, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Consequences of CD8 T Cell Memory to RSV

    E. Peter Greenberg, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington
    Microbial social engineering: Control of cooperation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Gregory A. Smith, Department of Microbiology-Immunology, Northwestern University
    Alphaherpesviruses in the spotlight: a neuroinvasive nanomachine in action

    Matthew C. Wolfgang, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina
    Reciprocal regulation of cyclic AMP signaling drives acute and chronic virulence phenotypes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Zuoan Yi, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    The regulation of T cells in specialized tissue microenvironments

    M. Suresh, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin
    Signaling and Transcriptional Basis of T-Cell Memory

    Ann M. Stock, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Rutgers University
    Insights into Two-Component System Architecture from Phosphorylation Profiling: Enough is Enough

    Hilde Cheroutre, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
    Mucosal T cells: Same Players Different Strategies

    Joseph Dillard, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, University of Wisconsin
    Breaking down the wall: Peptidoglycan degradation and the pathogenesis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae

    Wendy Maury, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    The Role of TIM Proteins in Ebola Virus Infection

    Gabriel Nunez, Department of Pathology, University of Michigan
    Linking Pathogen Virulence, the Microbiota and Immunity

    Spring 2014

    Pamela Hall, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of New Mexico
    Pharmacological disruption of agr quorum sensing in Staphylococcus aureus protects against skin and soft tissue infection

    David Weiss, Emory Vaccine Center, Emory University
    CRISPR/Cas-mediated endogenous gene regulation is required for bacterial innate immune evasion

    Kim Lewis, Department of Biology, Northeastern University
    Persisters and the quest for a biofilm-sterilizing antibiotic

    Christine Petersen, Department of Epidemiology, University of Iowa
    Lessons from a Tropical Disease in the Midwest

    Jenny Gumperz, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Linking NKT cells to Inflammation

    Shan-Lu Liu, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, University of Missouri
    New Cellular Factors Modulating Viral Infections

    S. Celeste Morley, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis
    Immunodeficiency as a movement disorder: impaired immunity in mice deficient for L-plastin

    Robert Schleif, Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University
    The Bottom Line on the Regulatory Protein AraC (240 Person-years of work)

    Dennis W. Metzger, Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease, Albany Medical College
    Influenza and Secondary Bacterial Pneumonia Mechanisms

    George A. O'Toole, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    To Build a Biofilm

    Daniel Zurawski, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
    Defining an appropriate strain and developing animal models to study Acinetobacter baumannii pathogenesis and novel antimicrobials

    Ekaterina Heldwein, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University
    Herpesviruses on the way out: what structures and biophysics can tell us

    Fall 2013

    John Kirby, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    Chemosensory regulation of microbial communities

    William Goldman, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of North Carolina
    The Progression of Pneumonic Plague

    Craig Ellermeier, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    A Bacterial Receptor for Lysozyme Controls σ Factor Activation and Lysozyme Resistance

    Wilmara Salgado-Pabón, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    Molecular Pathogenesis of Staphylococcal Infective Endocarditis

    Steven McElroy, Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa
    Untangling the Role of Bacteria in Development of Neonatal Necrotizing Enterocolitis 

    Keji Zhao, Laboratory of Epigenome Biology, National Heart Lung & Blood Institute
    Epigenetic regulation of T cell differentiation

    Erhard Bremer, Laboratory for Molecular Microbiology, University of Marburg, Germany
    The big fight of a small bacterium with osmotic challenges - cellular stress responses to a ubiquitous cue

    Peter Crompton, Laboratory of Immunogenetics, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
    Unraveling the Mechanisms of Naturally-Acquired Immunity to Malaria

    Felipe Diaz-Griffero, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Innate immunity against HIV-1

    David Farrar, Department of Immunology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    Interfering with allergic diseases

    Douglas B. Weibel, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin
    Studying bacterial cell division and chromosome segregation using small molecules

    Carol Duffy, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama
    Don't kill the messenger! Does the HSV-1 VP22 protein promote translation by preventing mRNA cleavage by a viral nuclease?

    Blaise Boles, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan
    Bacterial Functional Amyloids

    Jyoti Misra Sen, Immune Cells and Inflammation Section, National Institute on Aging
    T cell factor-1 regulated T cell development and function

    Kartik Chandran, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    The lysosomal transporter Niemann-Pick C1 is a critical intracellular receptor for Ebola virus

    Donna Farber, Department of Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center
    Tissue compartmentalization of T cell responses in mice and man

    Spring 2013

    Keith Jarosinski, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    Herpesvirus-induced oncogenesis and transmission

    Shelley M. Payne, University of Texas at Austin
    Shigella pathogenesis: Life in the intracellular environment

    Michael Schmidt, Medical University of South Carolina
    Bacteria, Burden and Bundles: How Copper Surfaces Enhance Patient Safety

    John Butler, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    B cell and repertoire development in swine: a challenge of current paradigms

    Daniel C. DiMaio, Yale University
    Traptamers: artificial transmembrane proteins that inhibit HIV

    John-Demian Sauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    The role of inflammasome activation in the induction of cell mediated immunity

    Morgan Huse, Sloan-Kettering Institute
    Lipid-based patterning of the cytoskeleton at the immunological synapse

    Arturo Casadevall, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University
    Thoughts on the origin of microbial virulence

    Kumaran S. Ramamurthi, National Cancer Institute
    Morphogenesis of large structures during development

    Stokes Peebles, Vanderbilt University
    IL-13 modulation of Th17 cytokine responses

    Michael S. Diamond, Washington University in St. Louis
    New insights into innate and adaptive immune responses against flaviviruses and alphaviruses

    Fall 2012

    Timothy L. Yahr, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    The Pseuomonas aeruginosa type III secretion system: to be on or not to be on, that is the question

    Mark R. Denison, Vanderbilt University
    Coronavirus RNA proofreading: a novel determinant of evolution, replication, and pathogenesis

    Craig D. Ellermeier, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    Activation of ECF sigma factors in response to cell envelope stress in Bacillus subtilis and Clostridium difficile

    Valley Stewart, University of California, Davis
    Transmitter phosphatase control of two-component signal transduction

    Jeffrey Rathmell, Duke University
    Lymphocyte metabolism in immunity and leukemia

    Stacey L. Schultz-Cherry, St Jude Children's Research Hospital
    Pathogenesis of RNA viruses: Fat mice and a viral enterotoxin

    William Shafer, Emory University
    Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance expressed by Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Implications for pathogenesis

    Dennis E. Ohman, Virginia Commonwealth University
    All Stressed Out: Adaptation of a Stress Response System in Pseudomonas for Pathogenesis in Cystic Fibrosis

    Victor J. Torres, New York University Langone Medical Center
    Staphylococcus aureus bi-component toxins: pore-forming toxins involved in the disarmament of the host surveillance system

    Thomas G. Bernhardt, Harvard Medical School
    The ABCs of bacterial cell division

    Carolyn Hovde Bohach, University of Idaho
    Cattle: The silent reservoir of E. coli O157:H7

    Allan Zajac, University of Alabama Birmingham
    Tuning CD8 T cell responses

    Tammy L. Kielian, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    S. aureus biofilms: identifying mechanisms of immune evasion and strategies for therapeutic intervention

    Patrick M. Schlievert, PhD, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa
    Glycerol Monolaurate-Coenzyme Q Based Formations as Topical Microbicides