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MICaB Invited Speaker Seminar Series

Spring Semester 2023
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) unless otherwise noted

Meeting ID: 917 8077 7331
Passcode: S0bUfe

January 23: Hybrid Seminar

Breck Duerkop, PhD

“Bacteriophage resistance shapes enterococcal fitness and evolution”

Department of Immunology & Microbiology, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Host: Ryan Hunter, PhD (rchunter@umn.edu)


January 30:

Philip Ahern, DPhil

"Decoding the immunomodularity function of gut bacteria"

Cleveland Clinic, Lerner Research Institute

Host: Kris Hogquist, PhD (hogqu001@umn.edu)


February 6: Hybrid Seminar

Fang Li, PhD

"Molecular mechanisms of COVID-19 and intervention strategies"

Dept of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota Medical School

Host: Pam Skinner, PhD (skinn002@umn.edu)


February 13:

Justin Taylor, PhD


Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

Host: Marc Jenkins, PhD (jenki002@umn.edu)


February 20: Virtual Seminar via Zoom only

Jordi Torrelles, PhD

"The impact of the human lung mucosa in Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis" 

Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, University of Texas, San Antonio

Host: Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, PhD (kbl@umn.edu)


February 27: Virtual via Zoom only

Richard Obst, PhD


Department, institution, and city

Host: Daniel Mueller, PhD (muell002@umn.edu)


March 13: Hybrid Seminar

Andrew McGuire, PhD


Immunology and Vaccine Development Program, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

Host: Ryan Hunter, PhD (rchunter@umn.edu)


March 20:

Gregory Barton, PhD


Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Host: Tanya Freedman, PhD (tfreedma@umn.edu)


March 27: Hybrid Seminar

Meike Dittman, PhD

"Innate responses in respiratory virus defense and transmission"

Department of Microbiology, NYU, Langone Health

Host: Ryan Langlois, PhD (langlois@umn.edu)


April 3:

Stuart Mannering, PhD


Department of Human Immunology, St. Vincent’s Institute, Fitzroy, Australia

Host: Brian Fife, PhD (bfife@umn.edu)


April 10: Hybrid Seminar

Matthew Daugherty, PhD


Department of Molecular Biology, University of California, San Francisco

Host: Ryan Langlois, PhD (langlois@umn.edu)


April 17: Virtual via Zoom Only

Leslie S. Kean, MD, PhD


Director, Stem Cell Transplant Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Host: Bruce Blazar, PhD (blaza001@umn.edu)


April 24: Hybrid Seminar

*Greg R. Germaine Frontiers in Science Lecture*

Ruaidhrí Jackson, PhD

"A new frontier in neuro-mucosal immunity"

Department of Immunology, Harvard Medical School

Hosts: Anthony Baughn, PhD and Mark Herzberg, PhD


May 1: Hybrid Seminar

Keke Fairfax, PhD

"Using helminths to expose the role of pathogens in modulating host immune development"

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Utah, Salt lake City

Host: Sara Hamilton Hart, PhD


May 8: Hybrid Seminar

Georg Gasteiger


Würzburg Institute of Systems Immunology, Würzburg Germany

Host: David Masopust, PhD


Jointly sponsored by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Center for Immunology. 


Student Seminar Series

Spring Semester 2023
THURSDAYS, 12:00-1:00

Hybrid seminars held in 1-110 LRB/MTRF and available by livestream Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 967 9688 8066
Passcode: s3LTyt



No Seminar



Carlo Castillo, “Applying a novel co-culture platform to profile host-anaerobe interactions”

Advisor: Ryan Hunter

Sylvia Klein, “The role of the cGAS/STING pathway in determining host specificity for dengue virus”

Advisor: Matt Aliota

Student host: Brigitte Flannery

Faculty Reviewers: Jeff Gralnick, Tyler Bold, Kim Mansky



Foster Powers, “Antigen specific CD4 T cell activation and physical interaction with lung APCs in tuberculosis”

Advisor: Tyler Bold

Tristan Neal, “A Fibroblast Zoo for Studying RNA Virus Cross-Species Replication Potential”

Advisor: Ryan Langlois

Student host: Amanda Haeberle

Faculty Reviewers: Alon Herschhorn, Bryce Binstadt, Walt Low



Rex Huang, “Establishing a genome-wide screening platform of human NK cells”

Advisor: Branden Moriarity

Eddie Cruz, “Phenotype of antigen-specific T cell subsets in pancreatic cancer”

Advisor: Ingunn Stromnes

Student host: Grant Hickok

Faculty Reviewers: Bruno Lima, Michael Kyba, Hongbo Pang



Julia Jackson, “Exploring the functional capacity of iteratively stimulated cd8 T cells”

Advisor: Dave Masopust

Taylor DePauw, “The Role of KLF2 and S1PRs in CD8 T cell Trafficking”

Advisor: Steve Jameson

Student host: Dani Vasquez Rico

Faculty Reviewers: Kirsten Nielsen, Ingunn Stromnes, Martina Bazzaro


Rob Hullsiek, “Cytokine Induced Memory Like NK Cell Function is Enhanced Upon ADAM17 Inhibition”

Advisor: Bruce Walcheck

Joel Pardo, “Exploring APOBEC3B in Breast Cancer”

Advisor: Doug Yee

Student host: Caleb Kim

Faculty Reviewers: Wade Bresnahan, Brian Fife, Tom Griffith



Sookyong Joo, “The Role of Recirculating Thymic T regulatory cells in Regulation of Treg Development and Central Tolerance”

Advisor: Mike Farrar

Mary Piaskowski, “Profiling a novel marine-derived compound with activity against Cryptosporidium parvum”

Advisor: Rob O’Connor

Student host: Cara-lin Lonetree

Faculty Reviewers: Julia Willett, Geoff Hart, Carol Lange





Nicole Marquez Reyes, “Characterizing Rhodopseudomonas palustris Methyl-thio Alkane Reducatses”

Advisor: Kathryn Fixen

Thomas Hougard, “Tregs in the Aging Brain”

Advisor: Mike Farrar

Student host: Robert Maddox

Faculty Reviewers: Kevin Lang, Bruce Walcheck, Scott McIvor



Jordan Ernest, “Type 1 interferons, and the regulation of regulatory T cells”

Advisor: Mike Farrar

Jovany Betancourt, “Assessing the role of SP140 in conferring resistance to Cryptococcus neoformans infection”

Advisor: Kirsten Nielsen

Student host: Sarah Wall

Faculty Reviewers: Sandy Armstrong, Jesse Williams, Hai Dang Nguyen


Emil Lou, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Medicine, MICaB Graduate Faculty Candidate

Intercellular cross-talk and evolution of chemoresistance: Breaking the Code(s)”

Faculty Advocate: Martina Bazzaro






Ethics Seminar- Ameeta Kelekar

Attendance mandatory for 1st year Ph.D. MICaB students



Peter Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, MICaB Graduate Faculty Candidate

“Targeting leukemia in the niche”

Faculty Advocate: David Largaespada





Cancer Center Seminar Series

To view the Masonic Cancer Center Seminar Series, click here.


In person or online via Zoom as noted.