MICaB Invited Speaker Seminar Series

Fall Semester 2021
Mondays at 12:00 noon

All seminars will be live streamed through the Zoom link below.

Hybrid In-person/Zoom seminars will be held in: 1-125 Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building (CCRB) – 2231 6th St SE (Across from Huntington Bank Stadium)

Meeting ID: 922 8322 9698 
Passcode: XWQ5JW
September 13: 
Hybrid: In person in CCRB 1-125 and livestreamed via Zoom
“From drugs to dissemination: biology and treatment of systemic fungal infections”
Department of Pathology, Division of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Host: Kirsten Nielsen (
September 20: 
Virtual via Zoom
"Stochastic epigenetic control of T cell development and function"
Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Host: Marc Jenkins
September 27: 
Hybrid: In person in CCRB 1-125 and livestreamed via Zoom
“Proteasomes, hormones and metabolism in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, NYU Langone Health, New York, NY
Host: Anthony Baughn, PhD
October 4: 
Virtual via Zoom
"Deconvolving the tumor microenvironment across cancer types and during tumor progression"
Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Host: Mike Farrar
October 11: 
Virtual via Zoom
“New insights into hepatitis E virus infection and pathogenesis"
Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Host: Hinh Ly (
October 18: 
Virtual via Zoom
Head of Cellular Genetics and Senior Group Leader, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Hinxton, England 
Host: Mike Farrar
October 25: 
November 1: 
Virtual via Zoom
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
Host: Brian Fife
November 8:
Virtual via Zoom
“Mixing approaches for drug discovery in human parasitic nematodes”
Department of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Host: Matt Aliota ( 
November 15: 
"Type 1 Diabetes: from mouse model to human, one cell at a time"
Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
Host: Brian Fife
November 29: 
Virtual via Zoom
*MICaB Student Invited Speaker*
"Leveraging evolutionary trade-offs and phage selection pressure to reduce bacterial pathogenicity"
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Host: Dira Putri (
December 6: 
Department of Pathobiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Host: Kris Hogquist
December 13:
Virtual via Zoom
"Fortifying the Barrier: Microbial Interactions at the Skin Surface"
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Host: Kathleen Boris-Lawrie 
December 20: 
Chief, Inflammation & Innate Immunity Unit, NIH, NIAID, LCIM, Bethesda, MD
Host: Vaiva Vezys

Student Seminar Series

Fall Semester 2021
THURSDAYS, 12:00-1:00
Hybrid seminar held in 1-110 LRB/MTRF and available by livestream Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 991 8375 3527
Passcode: c5s9rT
Andrew Adams, PhD, MICaB Graduate Faculty Candidate
“Modifying T Cell Costimulation to Prevent Transplant Rejection”
Faculty Advocate: Marc Jenkins
Dallas Fonseca
"Mechanisms of Natural Transformation in Archaea"
Advisor: Kyle Costa
Student host: Claire Thefaine
Faculty Reviewers: Chris Staley, Hai-Bin Ruan, Masato Yamamoto
Meagan Rollins
“Generation of T cell receptor exchange mice to develop a more effective engineered T cell therapy for pancreatic cancer”
Advisor: Ingunn Stromnes
Student host: Susan Schmidt
Faculty Reviewers: Anna Selmecki, Michael Kyba, Subree Subramanian
Maude Ashby
“Thymic IFN impacts T cell selection”
Advisor: Kris Hogquist
Student host: Buck O'Flanagan
Faculty Reviewers: Alon Herschhorn, Xavier Revelo, Tim Starr
Minna Ding
“Defining the criteria for establishing a murine model of latent Cryptococcus neoformans infection using clinical isolates”
Advisor: Kirsten Nielsen
Student host: Jesenia Perez
Faculty Reviewers: Yuying Liang, Jesse Williams, Amy Skubitz

Richard Martinez
"Metaproteomic profiling of translationally active bacteria within airway mucus"
Advisor: Ryan Hunter
Student host: Zak Hying
Faculty Reviewers: Trinity Hamilton, Dan Mueller, Kaylee Schwertfeger
Phil Dougherty
"iPSC genome editing to enhance therapeutic potential"
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Student host: Tailor Mathes
Faculty Reviewers: Will Harcombe, Kris Hogquist, Walter Low
Natalie David
“Role of nuclear corepressors in T helper cell development and function”
Advisor: Mike Farrar
Student host: Taylor Crooks
Faculty Reviewers: Jeff Gralnick, Geoff Hart, Carol Lange
David Hsu
"Isolation of Novel Fe(III)-Reducing Bacteria from the Soudan Underground Mine"
Advisor: Jeff Gralnick
Student host: Alison Barkhymer
Faculty Reviewers: Kathryn Fixen, Tom Griffith, Reuben Harris
Roberta O’Connor, PhD, MICaB Graduate Faculty Candidate
“Marine drugs for apicomplexan parasites”
Faculty Advocate: Hinh Ly

Jacob Myers
“Exploring Mechanisms of Activating Receptor-Induced Exhaustion in Human Natural Killer Cells”
Advisor: Jeff Miller
Student host: Sabrina Arif
Faculty Reviewers: Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, Tyler Bold, Justin Drake

Hrishi Venkatesh
"Checkpoint blockade-based combination therapy elicits a CD4 T cell-dependent protective response against BCR-ABL+ B cell leukemia."
Advisor: Mike Farrar
Student host: Madison Ahmad
Faculty Reviewers: Wade Bresnahan, Jeff Miller, Kim Mansky
Elizabeth Okafor
“Characterizing the role of Natural Killer cells in subjects with Cryptococcal Meningitis”
Advisor: David Boulware and Kirsten Nielsen
Student host: Jacob Hildebrand
Faculty Reviewers: Larry Wackett, Bryce Binstadt, Martina Bazzaro
Fathima Mohamed
“Investigating Therapeutic Targets for Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease”
Advisor: Bruce Blazar
Student host: Abigail Gress
Faculty Reviewers: Tony Baughn, Ingunn Stromnes, Chris Pennell

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