Microbiology and Immunology Forum


The Microbiology and Immunology Forum (MCBI 7480) is an integral part of the graduate training program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in which students develop their skills in presenting research findings in a standard seminar format. All students are required to give a formal seminar once each semester on a topic from current research literature or their own research. The Forum is attended by all departmental faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and research staff who participate in discussion and critical review of the presentation.

Thursdays 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

January 17, 2024 – Wednesday, 2-3pm
“Control of CD4+ T cells to restrain inflammatory diseases via eukaryotic elongation factor 2 kinase”
Sunny Sneed, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology 

February 1, 2024
Poster Presentations – Microbiology & Immunology Doctoral Students ~ Brody, North 5th Floor
Abigail Dickerson:  “Differential Growth in Hematopoietic Progenitors of Aged DRAG Mice”

Jodi Ogle: “Role of a Brucella Wzx-Wzy-like Polysaccharide Biosynthetic Pathway in the Production of an Exopolysaccharide and its Effect on Virulence”
Will Roque: “Borrelia burgdorferi BBQ03 is a novel Factor H-binding protein”
Sunny Sneed:  “Subsets of T cells grown in vitro identified via flow cytometry”
Hannah Walsh“SpoVG is a Key Regulatory Protein Crucial for the Infectious Cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi”

February 14, 2024 – Wednesday, 2-3pm
“miR-153-3p Suppresses the Differentiation and Proliferation of Neural Stem Cells Via Targeting GPR55”
Abigail Dickerson, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology 

February 28, 2024 – Wednesday, 2-3pm
“Structural evolution of an immune evasion determinant shapes pathogen host tropism”
Will Roque, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology 

March 13, 2024 – Wednesday, 2-3pm
“Dual Adhesive Unipolar Polysaccharides Synthesized by Overlapping Biosynthetic Pathways in Agrobacterium tumefaciens”
Jodi Ogle, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology 

March 21, 2024
“Investigating the Role of BAFF in Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes”
Melissa Lempicki, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

March 27, 2024 – Wednesday, 2-3pm
“The Borrelia burgdorferi RelA/SpoT Homolog and Stringent Response Regulate Survival in the Tick Vector and Global Gene Expression during Starvation”
Hannah Walsh, Doctoral Student, Microbiology & Immunology 

March 28, 2024
“Investigating the role the polar autotransporter adhesin genes encoded by Brucella have on crossing mucosal barriers and virulence”
Connor Cribb, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

April 18, 2024 12:30-1:30pm
“Specific innate immune receptors induced aged-specific differences in hematopoietic progenitor differentiation”
Sara Lowe, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology 

May 1, 2024 – Wednesday, 9-10am
“Molecular Insights into the Regulation of Complement Protease C1s by the Multi-Specific SERPIN C1 Esterase Inhibitor”
Ryan Garrigues, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology 

May 2, 2024
A Novel Platform for Anti-Viral Therapeutic Vaccines”
Hoda Jabbour, Doctoral Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology

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