Current Theme: Interdisciplinary Research

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

Please note: All MMI 291 seminars will continue via Zoom.

September 24, 2021

Speaker: Brittany Miller, Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology Graduate Group, Bäumler Lab, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, UC Davis

Title: “Enteric pathogens modulate the host to carve out a niche for expansion in the gut”

October 1, 2021

Speaker: Mary E. Kable, Ph.D., Research Molecular Biologist, USDA ARS WHNRC, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis

Title: “What we can measure: unique relationships among gut bacterial taxa and patterns of dietary carbohydrate consumption” (PDF)

October 8, 2021

Speaker: Nicole Baumgarth, D.V.M Ph.D., Professor, Center for Immunology & Infectious Diseases, Dept. Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, University of California, Davis

Title: “Humoral responses to infections” (PDF)

October 15, 2021

Speaker: Jogender Tushir-Singh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, School of Medicine, UC Davis

Title: “To Live or Let Die: Unraveling Charged Interactions for the Next Effective Cancer Therapeutic Design” (PDF)

October 22, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Harmit Singh Malik, Professor and Associate Director, Division of Basic Sciences, HHMI Investigator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Title: “Rules of engagement: molecular arms races between host and viral genomes” (PDF)

November 5, 2021

Speaker: Marijke Keestra-Gounder, Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Title: “Activation of ER stress impacts immune responses to enteric pathogens." (PDF)

November 12, 2021

Speaker: Mo Kaze, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jonathan Eisen Lab, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, School of Medicine, UC Davis

Title: “This GRAS isn’t greener: Biopesticides as Unintentional Reservoirs and Vectors of Antibiotic Resistance Genes and Mobilizable Elements" (PDF)

November 19, 2021

Speaker: Dewi (Mega) Megawati, Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology Graduate Group, Stefan Rothenburg Lab, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, UC Davis

Title: “Broad Spectrum Antiviral Activities of Recombinant Enhanced Antiviral Restrictors (REAVRs)” (PDF)

December 3, 2021

Speaker: Melody Man Hing Li, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Johanna and Joseph H. Shaper, Family Chair, University of California Los Angeles, CA

Title: “TRIMming the host interferon response: the role of ubiquitination in ZAP antiviral mechanism” (PDF)

April 2, 2021

Speaker: Fabian Rivera-Chavez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Biological Sciences, Division of Host-Microbe Systems and Therapeutics, Section of Molecular Biology. University of California, San Diego

Title: “How Cholera toxin promotes pathogen acquisition of host-derived nutrients” (PDF)

April 9, 2021


Speaker: Susan VandeWoude, D.V.M., Professor of Comparative Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences, Colorado State University

Title: “SARS-CoV-2 infection and evolution in companion animals: Implications for variant emergence” (PDF)

April 16, 2021

Speaker: Huibin Yu, Ph.D. Candidate, Rothenburg Lab, Microbiology Graduate Group, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine

Title: "Intermediate inhibition of PKR by the Myxoma Virus K3L Ortholog M156 Activates the NF- κB Pathway” (PDF)

April 23, 2021

Speaker: Mariana X. Byndloss, DVM, Ph.D.., Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, Associate Director, Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Title: “Disruption of microbiota and intestinal epithelial interactions during early-life promotes obesity” (PDF)

April 30, 2021

Speaker: Megan Liou, Ph.D. Candidate, Bäumler Lab, Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology Graduate Group

Title: “Dine in or delivery: Pathogens and commensals access discrete host respiratory niches for gut expansion” (PDF)

May 7, 2021

Speaker: Jessica Mizzi, Ph.D. Candidate, Sumner Lab, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Microbiology Graduate Group, UC Davis

Title: “Genomics of Antarctic Cyanobacteria: Biography, Circadian Rhythms, and Oxygenic Photosynthesis in the Presence of Hydrogen Sulfide" (PDF)

May 14, 2021

Speaker: Annie Vogel Ciernia, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Djavad Mowafaghian Center for Brain Health, The University of British Columbia

Title: “Microglia Memory: Fine Tuning Gene Expression in the Brain" (PDF)

May 21, 2021

Speaker: Jie Zhu, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Coaker Lab, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis

Title: "Understanding plant-pathogen interactions at single cell level" (PDF)

May 28, 2021

Speaker: Taylor Heckman, Ph.D. Candidate, Soto Lab, Microbiology Graduate Group, Department of Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis

Title: “One Strep at a Time: New Advances in Understanding and Controlling the Fish Pathogen Streptococcus iniae" (PDF)

January 22, 2021

Speaker: Colin R. Parrish, Ph.D., John M. Olin Professor of Virology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

Lecture:Understanding emerging epidemic viruses in animals - mechanisms, evolution and epidemiology” (PDF)

January 29, 2021

Speaker: Benjamin Laufer, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, Perinatal Origins of Disparities Center, Genome Center, Environmental Health Sciences Center, MIND Institute

Lecture: "Epigenomic Profiling of Neurodevelopmental Disorders” (PDF)

February 5, 2021

Speaker: Juan Castillo, Chemistry Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis

Lecture:Structural Characterization of Dietary Carbohydrates using Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) Platform to Monitor Food-microbe Interactions” (PDF)

February 12, 2021

Speaker: Taylor Reiter, PhD Candidate, Food Science Graduate Group, Lab for Data Intensive Biology, University of California, Davis

Lecture: TBD

February 19, 2021

Speaker: Oliver Fregoso, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Lecture: "Understanding the DNA damage response in HIV replication and cure" (PDF)

February 26, 2021

Speaker: Lucie Etienne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, CIRI, Lyon, France

Lecture:Evolutionary conflicts between viruses and mammalian antiviral factors” (PDF)

March 5, 2021

Speaker: Bethany Henrick, Ph.D., Director, Immunology & Diagnostics, Evolve Biosystems, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Food Science and Technology Department, University of Nebraska

Lecture: "Impact of B. infantis EVC001 Feeding in Premature and Term Infants on the Gut Microbiome, Nosocomially Acquired Antibiotic Resistance, and Enteric Inflammation" (PDF)

March 12, 2021

Speaker: Chorong Park, Microbiology Graduate Group, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Rothenburg Lab, UC Davis

Lecture:Host species-specific inhibition of the antiviral protein kinase R by poxviral pseudosubstrate inhibitors.” (PDF)

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