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Seminar Series – Spring 2012

Tuesdays, 12 pm – 1 pm

Baldwin Auditorium, Lurie Medical Research Center

April 3 Amy Weinmann, Ph.D., Univ. of Washington

“The Interplay Between T-bet and Bcl-6 in T Helper Cell Differentiation"

April 10 Nicholas Huffmaster, Northwestern Univ. (DGP)

“Characterizing the Role of Herpesvirus VP1/2 De-Ubiquinating Activity”

April 17 Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D., NIH, Mucosal Immunology Section

“Host/Commensal/Pathogen Interactions at Barrier Sites” 3-3186

April 26 Patrick Hearing, Ph.D., Stony Brook Univ.

HUGHES “Inhibition of Cellular Anti-Viral Responses during Adenovirus Infection”

May 1 Leo LeFrancois, Ph.D., Univ. of Connecticut Health Center

“It Takes Guts: Two Faces of Mucosal Memory T Cells”

May 8 Jenifer Coburn, Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin

“The Role of the Borrelia burgdorferi Integrin Ligand P66

in the Tick-Mouse Infection Cycle”

May 15 Adofo Garcia-Sastre, Ph.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Viral Inhibition of Type I Interferon Responses” 3-3744

May 22 Rob Knight, Ph.D., HHMI/Univ. of Colorado at Boulder

“Spatial and Temporal Variability in the Human Microbiome”

May 24 Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D., Columbia Univ.

“Antagonism of Innate Immunity by Picornaviruses”

May 29 Sebastian Ahrens, Northwestern Univ. (DGP)

“Identification of Residues Critical for Structure and Function

of the Rho-Inactivation Domain (RID) of Vibrio cholerae MARTX

and Their Biological Implications”

June 5 Robert Hendricks, Ph.D., Univ. of Pittsburg School of Medicine

“Shaping the Functional HSV-Specific CD8 TCR Repertoire

in Latently Infected Trigeminal Ganglia”

June 12 E. Peter Greenberg, Ph.D., Univ. of Washington

“Quorum Sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa - a Metabolic Mechanism

for Community Policing of Free-Loaders in a Cooperating Group”

June 19 Koshonna Brown, Northwestern Univ. (DGP)

“The Role of HSV-1 Glycoproteins in Fusion”

June 26 Cornelia Bergmann, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Med.

“Control of Persistent CNS Infection: When T Cells Fail, B Cells Rule!”


Jan. 3 Denise Burnside, Northwestern Univ. (IGP)

“The Emerging Role of TolC in Legionella pneumophila"

Jan. 10 Peter Savage, Ph.D., Univ. of Chicago

“Development, Specificity, and Function of Endogenous Tumor-Associated Regulatory T Cells”

Jan. 17 Zheng Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Univ. of Illinois - Chicago

“Biology and Immunity of Ag-Specific Gamma/Delta T Cells in TB and Other Infections”

Jan. 24 Irena Antic, Northwestern Univ. (IGP)

“Characterizing the PMT-Like Effector Domain of Vibrio vulnificus MARTX Toxin”

Jan. 31 Edward Barker, Ph.D., Rush Univ. Medical Center

“HIV Evasion of Natural Killer Cells: A Story of How to Have Your Cake and Eat it Too”

Feb. 7 Steven Blanke, Ph.D., Univ. of Illinois at Urbana

To be announced

Feb. 14 Alison Finnegan, Ph.D., Rush Univ. Medical Center

“The Route of Antigen Exposure Affects the Differentiation of Th1 and Th17 Cells”

Feb. 21 Sarah Karaba, Northwestern Univ. (MSTP)

“The Emerging Opportunistic Pathogen Stenotrophomonas maltophila”

Feb. 28 Christoph Tang, Ph.D., Imperial College, London

“Evasion of Innate Immunity by Neisseria meningitidis: a Hot Topic?”

March 6 Luis Actis, Ph.D., Miami Univ., Oxford OH

“Acinetobacter baumannii, an Emerging Bacterial Pathogen Expressing Intriguing Phenotypes”

March 13 Wayne Yokoyama. M.D., HHMI/Washington Univ.

“Development and Tolerance of Natural Killer Cells”

March 20 Joel Baines, Ph.D., Cornell Univ.

“How to Exploit the Nucleus: A Lesson from Herpes Simplex Virus”

March 27 Elliot Androphy, M.D., Indiana Univ.

“Papillomavirus and p53: Different HATS for Different Reasons”