Current Theme: Interdisciplinary Research

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

April 5, 2019

Speaker: Adam Geballe, M.D., Divisions of Human Biology and Clinical Research Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Lecture: “Cytomegalovirus – Fiend or Frenemy?” (PDF)

April 12, 2019

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

Lecture: “Role of neuronal GPCR signaling in the control of response against bacterial infections and immune homeostasis” (PDF)

April 19, 2019 (No Seminar Today)

Speaker: Bridget Marie Barker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Associate Director NAU ABSL3, Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, Northern Arizona University

Lecture: “Diversity among species of Coccidioides: Population genomics analysis and local population structure” (PDF)

April 26, 2019

Speaker: Ronald Desrosiers, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Pathology, University of Miami Health System

Lecture: "Viral vectors for prevention and therapy" (PDF)

May 3, 2019

MedSci 180C

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

Lecture: “Of mice and humans: Fundamental mechanisms of tissue-specific antifungal immunity”

May 10, 2019

Speaker: Iannis Adamopoulos, BSc(Hons), M.Phil, D.Phil, Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis, Institute of Pediatric and Regenerative Medicine, Shriners Hospital for Children

Lecture: TBA

May 17, 2019

Speaker: Anthony Richardson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
University of Pittsburgh

Lecture: TBA

May 24, 2019

Speaker: Carolyn Slupsky, Ph.D., Professor, Food Science & Technology, University of California, Davis

Lecture: TBA

May 31, 2019

Speaker: Athena Soulika, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis, Shriners Hospital for Children

Lecture: TBA

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)

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: “Integration of Microglial Cells in Germinal Zones of the Prenatal Cerebral Cortex” (PDF)

March 1, 2019

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

Lecture: “A new genetic model organism for primate biology, behavior, and health” (PDF)

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” (PDF)

March 15, 2019

Journal Club Session (STUDENTS ONLY)

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