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.

Spring 2024 Schedule:

Jan 9

Dr. Michaela Gack

Cleveland Clinic Florida Research & Innovation Center

Topic: Regulatory Mechanisms of Virus Infection and Immunity

Host: Siyuan Ding

Jan 16

Dr. Boris Striepen

University of Pennsylvania

Topic: Cryptosporidium and the Biology of Parasite Sex

Host: David Sibley

Jan 23

Dr. David Fidock

Columbia University

Topic: Leveraging genetics to tackle the spread of drug-resistant malaria

Host: Dan Goldberg

Jan 30

Dr. Elizabeth Egan


Topic: Deciphering the role of the red cell in Plasmodium falciparum malaria

Host: Dan Goldberg

Feb 6

Dr. Chris Sassetti

UMass Chan Medical School

Topic: How do host and pathogen genetic variation influence Tuberculosis

Host: Jen Philips

Feb 13 Canceled

*Ernie Simms Lecture*

Feb 20

Dr. Jonathan Abraham

Harvard University

Topic: Alphavirus interactions with cellular receptors

Host: Sean Whelan

Feb 27

Dr. Kerwyn C Huang


Topic: Quantitative models of microbial ecology

Host: Mario Feldman

Mar 5

Dr. Deb Hogan


Topic: Fungal and bacterial evolution in chronic lung infections

Host: Tamara Doering

Mar 12

Dr. Heran Darwin

New York University

Topic: The Aldehyde Hypothesis

Host: Scott Hultgren

Mar 19

Dr. Eva-Maria Strauch

Washington University in St. Louis

Topic: TBD

Host: Henry Schreiber (Hultgren Lab)

Mar 26

Dr. Christian Harding


Topic: Expanding the range of bioconjugate vaccines to fight MDR bacteria

Host: Mario Feldman

Apr 2

Dr. Sloan Siegrist

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Topic: Engineering the (myco)bacterial cell envelope: fundamentals & application

Host: Christina Stallings

Apr 9

Dr. Sebastian Lourido

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Topic: A functional genomics guide to apicomplexan parasitism

Host: David Sibley

Apr 16

Dr. Deepshika Ramanan

Salk Institute

Topic: Multigenerational transfer of immunity via the entero-mammary axis

Host: Meng Wu

Apr 23

Dr. Thomas Bernhardt

Harvard University

Topic: Regulation of bacterial cell surface assembly

Host: Michele LeRoux

Apr 30

Dr. Mojan Naghavi

Northwestern University

Topic: The role of +TIP proteins in HIV infection

Host: Sebla Kutluay

May 7

Dr. Vaughn Cooper

University of Pittsburgh

Topic: How biofilm and immunodeficiency influence the evolution of antimicrobial resistance

Host: Michele LeRoux

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

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