MICaB Invited Speaker Seminar Series

Spring Semester 2022
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

January 24: Virtual via Zoom Only
Kristi Frank, PhD
"Enterococcus faecalis vs. Lysozyme: Just When it Seemed Like the Coast Was Clear"
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Host: Tony Baughn, PhD (

January 31: Virtual via Zoom Only
Gianna Hammer, PhD
Department of Immunology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
Host: Kris Hogquist, PhD (

February 7: Virtual via Zoom Only
Sofia Casares, PhD
Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Host: Pam Skinner, PhD (

February 14: Virtual via Zoom Only
Katrin D. Mayer-Barber, PhD
Laboratory of Clinical Immunology & Microbiology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD

Host: Vaiva Vezys (

February 21: Hybrid
*Dr. Paul Cleary Autoimmunity and Infection seminar*
Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD
“The human genetic and immunological determinants of life-threatening COVID-19”
Professor, Senior Attending Physician, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY
Host: Paul Cleary, Professor emeritus (

February 28: Virtual via Zoom Only
Jamie Spangler, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Host: Bruce Blazar, PhD (

March 14: Hybrid
Edouard Vannier, PharmD, PhD
Department of Medicine, Division of Geographic Medicine & Infectious Diseases, Tufts Medical School
Host: Roberta O’Connor

March 21: Virtual via Zoom Only
Lauren Ehrlich, PhD
Department of Molecular Biosciences, Cancer Prevention and Research Insitute of Texas, Austin, TX
Host: Tanya Freedman, PhD (

March 28: Hybrid
Xiao Heng, PhD
"Beyond reverse transcription initiation -- Structure and function characterization of HIV-1 primer binding site"
Department of Biochemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
Host: Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, PhD (

April 4: Virtual via Zoom only
Michael Gerner, PhD
“Regulation of the immune response through lymphoid tissue microanatomy”
Department of Immunology, University of Washington

April 11: Hybrid
Jie Sun, PhD
"Respiratory viral infection: from acute morbidity to chronic sequelae"
Division of Infectious Disease and International Health, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Host: Hinh Ly, PhD (

April 18: Virtual via Zoom only
Carla Rothlin, PhD
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Host: Steve Jameson, PhD (

April 25: Virtual via Zoom only
*Greg R. Germaine Frontiers in Science Lecture*
Tami Lieberman
"Inferring in-human commensal biology by reconstructing within-person bacterial evolution"
Institute For Medical Engineering & Science, Massachusetts Institute for Technology, Cambridge, MA
Host: Anthony Baughn, PhD ( and Mark Herzberg, PhD (

May 2: Virtual via Zoom only
Daniel Kaplan, MD, PhD
Department of Immunology, University of Pittsburgh
Host: David Masopust, PhD (


Student Seminar Series

Spring Semester 2022
THURSDAYS, 12:00-1:00

Recurring Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 926 8239 6602
Passcode: 5Rrz8X



Sabrina Arif, “Host transcriptional responses to interpopulation gut microbiome variation”
Advisor: Ran Blekhman
Michael Patterson, "Macrophage specific Trem2 deletion decreases atherosclerotic plaque growth and foamy macrophage formation"
Advisor: Jesse Williams
Student host: Carlo Castillo
Faculty Reviewers: Janet Schottel, Yoji Shimizu, Khalil Ahmed

Susan Schmidt, “Deciphering the Role of Progesterone Receptor/STAT Signaling Crosstalk in Endocrine Resistant Breast Cancer”
Advisor: Carole Lange
Zak Hying, “Characterization of efficient transition to methylotrophy in Methylorubrum extorquens”
Advisor: Jannell Bazurto
Student host: Eduardo Cruz
Faculty Reviewers: Yinduo Ji, Brian Fife, Scott McIvor

Alison Barkhymer, “Species difference in the antiviral immune response to influenza”
Advisor: Ryan Langlois
Claire Thefaine, “Bystander inflammation and the persistence of memory CD8 T cells”
Advisor: Sara Hamilton Hart
Student host: Taylor DePauw
Faculty Reviewers: Craig Bierle, Tanya Freedman, Branden Moriarity

Jesenia Perez, “Identification of proteomic determinants of differential PARPi response in high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC)”
Advisor: Stefani Thomas
Anders Lindstedt, “Deficiency in the Src-family Kinase LynB Exacerbates Lupus through a Dendritic Cell-driven Mechanism”
Advisor: Tanya Freedman
Student host: Jordan Ernest
Faculty Reviewers: Ryan Hunter, Sara Hamilton Hart, Hongbo Pang

Andrew Adams, M.D., Ph.D., MICaB Graduate Faculty Candidate
“Modifying T Cell Costimulation to Prevent Transplant Rejection”
Faculty Advocate: Marc Jenkins

Tailor Mathes, “Phenotypic heterogeneity of cellular host defense mechanisms in tuberculosis”
Advisor: Tyler Bold
Sarah Wall, “Investigating memory CD8 T cell-mediated immunopathology”
Advisor: Steve Jameson
Student host: Rex Huang
Faculty Reviewers: Jannell Bazurto, Nichole Klatt, Zohar Sachs


Madison Ahmad, “Longitudinal vaginal microbiome analysis of patients with recurrent bacterial vaginosis”
Advisor: Nichole Klatt
Tyler Rollman, “Understanding human cytomegalovirus pathogenesis in trophoblast stem cells”
Advisor: Craig Bierle
Student host: Robert Hullsiek
Faculty Reviewers: Hinh Ly, Dave Masopust

Olivia Smith, Title: "Tissue-resident memory CD8 T cell reactivation orchestrates a pan-immune tissue response"
Advisor: Dave Masopust
José Valentín López, “Elucidating the Role of Androgen Receptor Variants in Prostate Cancer Lipid Metabolism”
Advisor: Scott Dehm
Student host: Julia Jackson
Faculty Reviewers: Sandy Armstrong, Christina Camell, Stefani Thomas


Taylor Crooks, “Pyrazinamide Activity in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Exploring Conventional Drug Resistance Through Unconventional Means”
Advisor: Tony Baughn
Student host: Sookyong Joo
Faculty Reviewers: Pam Skinner, Bruce Walcheck, Gregory Vercellotti

Ethics Seminar- Ameeta Kelekar
Attendance mandatory for 1st year Ph.D. MICaB students



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