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2016-2017 Conference

Center For Immunology

22nd Annual Immunology Conference

Edgewater Hotel, Madison, WI

April 11-13, 2017

2017 program

This year the 2017 Immunology Conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Immunology and the University of Chicago.  For 2 days the attendees enjoyed the beauty of The Edgewater Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin, a half-way point for both colleges.  The conference allowed over 160 scientists from both institutions to share their work and interact with each other in a beautiful and relaxing social setting. Each day was filled with short talks highlighting the work of pre and post-doctoral trainees, invited speakers, and faculty. A poster session was held each evening so that everyone had the opportunity to share their work and receive feedback. The first night was capped off with a dinner and a social mixer that included dancing and the musical stylings of "The Outliers", a cover band that features 2 of our very own faculty, Dr. Yoji Shimuzu and Dr. Dan Mueller. 

2016-2017 Schedule




2015 Conference

Center For Immunology

21st Annual Immunology Conference

St. James Hotel, Red Wing, MN

October 12-13, 2015

For the last 21 years, the Center for Immunology has hosted a research conference for students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty to focus on science away from the distractions of everyday life.  Over the years the conference has been co-supported by several corporate sponsors, the current sponsor of the 2015 retreat is Affymetrix/eBioscience.  The conference is an excellent opportunity for the participants to showcase their current research projects to each other and to the broader immunology research community at the University of Minnesota.

The two-day conference offers a series of short talks highlighting the work of pre and post-doctoral trainees, invited speakers, and faculty.  All student attendees present a poster in an evening poster session showcasing their work.  The first night is capped off with a dinner and a social mixer that includes dancing and the musical stylings of "The Outliers", a cover band that features 2 of our very own faculty, Dr. Yoji Shimuzu, and Dr. Dan Mueller. 

For the last 2 years, the two-day event has been held at the historic St. James Hotel in Red Wing, MN.  Not only does this venue showcase the beautiful Fall colors found along the Mississippi River but the area offers a variety of recreational and shopping activities to fill your free time.

This year was a special year...we celebrated the career of Dr. Matthew Mescher spanning almost 40 years and many accomplishments.  The first day of the retreat was devoted to Dr. Mescher and how he shaped not only the Center for Immunology but more than 15 Ph.D. students and over 21 Post-doctoral fellows and research associates.  We were lucky enough to hear talks from Dr. Mescher's first and last graduate students as well as many in between.  

Monday, October 12, 2015

9:00 - 9:45 Welcome – Marc Jenkins, Ph.D., Director, CFI

9:45 - 9:50 Matt Mescher, Ph.D.

9:50 - 10:10 Steven Balk, MD, Ph.D.(Grad Student 1976-1983) Professor, Harvard Medical School

“Advances in Prostate Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy”

10:10 - 10:30Aaron Turkewitz, Ph.D.(undergrad 1979-1980) Professor, University of Chicago

“Inheritance vs innovation in the evolution of modern cells”

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:10 Derry Roopenian, Ph.D.(Post-doc 1983 – 1984) Professor, The Jackson laboratory

“Getting here from there”

11:10 - 11:30 Steven Goldstein, M.D. Ph.D.(Grad Student 1983 – 1986) Professor, Sr. Vice President Brandeis University

  “T cell activation and ion channels”

11:30 - 11:50 Kevin Kane, Ph.D.(Post-doc 1986 - 1991) Professor, University of Alberta

“Determinants of NK cell receptor recognition of MHC-I"

11:50 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 1:50 Ross Kedl, Ph.D.(Grad Student 1993 – 1997) Professor, University of Colorado Denver

“T cell vaccinology… what attenuated infections aren’t telling us”

1:50 - 2:10 Clint Schmidt, Ph.D.(Grad Student 1995 – 2000) Dir. Res Operations, NovaDigm Therapeutic, Inc

”NDV-3, a vaccine to protect against Candida albicans and Staphylococcus aureus infections”

2:10 - 2:30 Chris Hammerbeck, Ph.D.(Grad Student 2001 – 2006) Research Immunologist, USAMRIID

"Hantavirus disease pathogenesis:  Modulating the immune response to discover mechanisms of disease"

2:30 - 2:50 Zhengguo Xiao, Ph.D.(Post-doc 2004 – 2008) Associate Professor, University of Maryland

“Being Positive When It’s Negative”

2:50 - 3:10 Michael Gerner, Ph.D.(Grad Student 2003 – 2009) Research Fellow, NIAID, NIH

“Seeing things clearly now …"

Free time and set up posters starting at 4:00

6:00 - 7:30  Dinner

7:30 - 9:00  Poster session

9:00 -          Social mixer featuring "The Outliers"


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

8:00 - 8:55 Breakfast  

9:00 - 9:30 Yu-Jung Lee, Ph.D.


9:30 - 10:00 Kaylee Schwefeger, Ph.D.

“Breast cancer, inflammation, and immunity: novel mechanisms of interaction”

10:00 - 10:20 Coffee Break

10:20 - 10:50 Sara Becker-Catania, Ph.D. (Affymetrix)

“Visualize the Whole Picture- A how to for multiplexed detection of RNA or protein expression”

10:50 - 11:20Lalit Beura, Ph.D.

"Normalizing pathogen exposure recapitulates adult human immune signatures in laboratory mice".

11:20 - 11:30 Final remarks

11:45 - 1:00 PI’s and Affymetrix meeting/lunch

Special thanks to our corporate sponsor: Affymetrix/eBioscience 

2015 retreat collage