Current Theme: Interdisciplinary Research

All seminars are held Fridays at 12:10 PM at 1005 Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility (GBSF Main Auditorium).

January 11, 2019

MedSci 180C

Speaker: Sumathi Sankaran Walters, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, University of California Davis

Journal Club Session: “Introduction to Microbiology & Immunology Research” (STUDENTS ONLY)

January 18, 2018

Speaker: Sungjin Kim, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center for Comparative Medicine, University of California, Davis

Journal Club Session: “Cutting Edge: Antibody-Dependent Memory-like NK Cells Distinguished by FcR ƴ Deficiency” (STUDENTS ONLY)

January 25, 2019

Speaker: Judith A. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Lecture: “Brucella: a master manipulator of intracellular defenses”

February 1, 2019

Speaker: Marcelo Kuroda, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, SVM: Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, Center for Comparative Medicine, University of California, Davis

Lecture: “Understanding the role of macrophages in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in HIV/AIDS using the nonhuman primate model”

February 8, 2019

Speaker: David Segal, Ph.D., Professor, Genome Center, University of California, Davis, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, MIND Institute, School of Medicine

Lecture: “A Center for Interventional Genetics” (PDF)

February 15, 2019

Speaker: Frank R. Sharp, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, Davis

Lecture: “Lipopolysaccharide from Gram negative bacteria causes Alzheimer's Disease and White Matter Hyperintensities” (PDF)

February 22, 2019

Speaker: Stephen C. Noctor, Ph.D., Associate Professor, MIND Institute, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and The Center for Neuroscience, University of California, Davis

Lecture: TBA

March 1, 2019

Speaker: Mark Krasnow, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Biochemistry, Stanford University

Lecture: TBA

March 8, 2019

MedSci 180C

Speaker: Yan Xiang, Ph.D., Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, San Antonio, Long School of Medicine, University of Texas Health

Lecture: “Interfering with interferons: immunology lessons learned from poxiviruses”

March 15, 2019

Journal Club Session (STUDENTS ONLY)

April 5, 2019


April 12, 2019

Speaker: Alejandro Aballay, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Oregon Health Sciences University

Lecture: TBA

April 19, 2019


April 26, 2019


May 3, 2019

Speaker: Michail S. Lionakis, M.D., Sc.D., Chief, Fungal Pathogenesis Section, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Lecture: TBA

May 10, 2019


May 17, 2019

Speaker: Anthony R. Richardson, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Lecture: TBA

May 24, 2019


May 31, 2019


November 15, 2019

Speaker: Carolyn Coyne , Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh

Lecture: TBA

Fall Quarter 2018 (CRN # 31401)

September 28, 2018

Speaker: Prasanna Jagannathan, M.D., Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine, Stanford University

Lecture: “Immunologic consequences of early life malaria exposure and prevention” (PDF)

October 5, 2018

Speaker: Susan Lynch, Ph.D., Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Lecture: “Canary in the Coalmine: The Neonatal Gut Microbiome and Childhood Atopy and Asthma” (PDF)

October 12, 2018

Speaker: Shota Atsumi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Letters and Science, University of California, Davis

Lecture: “Microbial chemical production from carbon dioxide” (PDF)

October 19, 2018

No Class – 12th Annual Host Microbe Interactions Retreat in Tahoe City, CA

October 26, 2018

Speaker: James B. Whitney, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard, Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Lecture: "Therapeutic development for HIV-1 and emerging diseases" (PDF)

November 2, 2018

Speaker: Luxin Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis

Lecture: “One emerging food safety concern: the formation of viable-but-nonculturable and sublethally-injured cells” (PDF)

November 9, 2018

Speaker: Jeroen Saeij, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis

Lecture: “Systemic identification of Toxoplasma virulence factors” (PDF)

November 23, 2018

No Class – Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30, 2018

Speaker: Brian D. Strahl, Ph.D., Oliver Smithies Investigator, Professor & Vice Chair, Faculty Director, Peptide Synthesis and Arraying Facility, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of North Carolina

Lecture: “Transcriptional control by readers and writers of the Histone Code” (PDF)

December 7, 2018

Speaker: Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Ph.D., Member, Department of Infectious Diseases, Deputy Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Lecture: “Influenza in High Risk Populations” (PDF)

Contact the IOR, Dr. José V. Torres (, if you would like to meet with the speaker.