Microbiology Seminar Series

The Microbiology seminar series is held weekly during the academic year. Speakers present current research on pathogenic bacteria, fungi, protozoa, helminths, or viruses, covering topics that include fundamental biological discovery, mechanisms of virulence, host: pathogen interactions, and host immunity to pathogens.

The seminar is held on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm in MPRB 8101.

2022-2023 Schedule:


Dr. Ana Flores Mireles

University of Notre Dame

Topic: Deficiencies in the fibrinolytic system predisposes the host to develop a catheter-associated urinary tract infection

Hosted by: Michael Caparon


Dr. Michele LeRoux

Washington University in St. Louis

Topic: Toxin-antitoxin systems mediate bacterial immunity to phage


Dr. Ali Ellebedy

Washington University of St. Louis

Topic: B Cell Response to mRNA Vaccination in Humans: Learning from ‘Experiments of Nature’


Dr. Damian J Krysan

University of Iowa

Topic: Genetic Interaction Analysis of Fungal Pathogens

Hosted by: Tamara Doering


Dr. M. Stephen Trent

University of Georgia

Topic: Pushing the Envelope: Building and Maintaining the Gram-negative Outer Membrane

Hosted by: Mario Feldman


Dr. William McCoy

Washington University in St. Louis

Topic: Acne, Antibiotics, and Arthroplasties

Hosted by: Siyuan Ding


Dr. Photini Sinnis

Johns Hopkins University

Topic: The Establishment of Malaria Infection: Parasite Bottleneck and Point for Intervention

Host: Daniel Goldberg


Dr. Rachel Fearns

Boston University

Topic: Interplay between cellular nucleotide biosynthesis and pneumovirus transcription and genome replication

Host: Sebastien Felt, Postdoc


Dr. Vern Carruthers

University of Michigan

Topic: Toxoplasma strategically exploits host ESCRTs for nutrient salvage from infected cells

Host: David Sibley


Dr. Aaron Schmidt

Harvard Medical School

Topic: Eliciting antibodies to conserved viral sites and their role in viral evolution

Host: Sean Whelan


Dr. Sanjay Ram

University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Topic: Harnessing virulence factors to develop vaccines and immunotherapies against Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Host: Hrishikesh Kulkarni


Dr. Shumin Tan

Tufts University

Topic: Illuminating Mycobacterium tuberculosis exploitation of environmental ionic cues during infection

Host: Jen Philips


Dr. Harry B. Greenberg

Stanford University

Topic: Rotavirus pathogenesis and immunity

Hosted by: Siyuan Ding


Dr. Malcolm Winkler

Indiana University

Topic: Regulation of Peptidoglycan Synthesis at the Pathway and Protein Dynamics Levels in the Ovoid-Shaped Pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae

Host: Scott Hultgren


Dr. Alexis Kaushansky

Seattle Children’s

Topic: TBD

Host: Daniel Goldberg


Dr. David Russell

Cornell University

Topic: TBD

Host: Christina Stallings & Jen Philips


Dr. Brenda Bass

University of Utah

Topic: TBD

Host: David Wang


Dr. Bree Aldridge

Tufts University

Topic: Engineering Combination Therapies for Tuberculosis

Host: Christina Stallings


Dr. John Bell

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Topic: TBD

Host: Luis Casorla, Postdoc Wang lab


Dr. Jan Carette

Stanford University

Topic: Genetic Dissection of Viral Pathogenesis and Host Defense

Host: Carolina Lopez


Dr. Andrew Goodman

Yale University

Topic: Mechanisms of host-microbiome interaction

Host: Mario Feldman


Dr. Michael Farzan

University of Florida

Topic: TBD

Host: Liang Shan


Dr. Viviana Simon

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Topic: COVID-19

Host: Ali Ellebedy


Dr. Wendy Barclay

Imperial College London

Topic: TBD

Host: Siyuan Ding


Dr. Nihal Altan-Bonnet

National Institutes of Health

Topic: Coronaviruses and egress

Host: Marjorie Cornejo-Pontelli, Postdoc Whelan Lab

4-Apr *Ernie Simms Lecture*

Dr. M. Kariuki Njenga

ESU Global Health- Kenya Washington State University

Topic: TBD

Host: Sean Whelan


Dr. Ansel Hsiao

University of California, Riverside

Topic: TBD

Host: Andrew Kau


Dr. Michael Emerman

Fred Hutch, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and UW Medicine

Topic: The origins of HIV-1 through the lens of host-virus interactions

Host: Sebla Kutluay


Dr. Judith Berman

Tel Aviv University

Topic: Genetic and physiological routes to antifungal drug tolerance

Host: Tamara Doering


Dr. Joanne Flynn

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Topic: Unraveling protection against tuberculosis

Host: Christina Stallings & Jen Philips


Dr. Bryan Bryson

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Topic: Host pathogen interactions in tuberculosis

Host: Christina Stallings

Please note! The Microbiology Seminar Series was formerly referred to as the MMMP Seminar Series. This is the same seminar.

Please check back regularly as details may change. This website will always have the most up to date information. For questions, access to zoom links, or updates please contact L.Stevens@wustl.edu