Past Seminars

Previous Seminars and Immunology Focus Groups



Speaker: Dr. Amin Jiang, Henry Ford Hospital
Title: TBA
Host: Dr. Qing-Sheng Mi


Speaker: Dr. Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, WSU
Title: "Ribonucleoprotein Bodies Organize Bacterial mRNA Decay"
Host: Madison Peterson and BMI students


Speaker: Dr. Shannon Manning, Associate Professor, Microbiology and Genetics, Michigan State University
Title: "Compositional and functional changes in the intestinal microbiome following infection with enteric pathogens"
Host: Dr. Kevin Theis


Speaker: Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Anatomical Sciences, SOM, WSU
Title: Bioactive Lipids and Ischemic Retinal Diseases
Host: Dr. Phil Pellett



Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Rockwell, Acting Director, Applied Immunology Center for Education and Research, Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Michigan State University
Title: "The role of the stress-activated transcription factor Nrf2 in T cell function."
Host: Dr. Wei-Zen Wei


Speaker: Dr. Joongkyu Park, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology & Dept. of Neurology, WSU School of Medicine
Title: "Molecular Mechanisms of Fear Learning in Mice and beyond…"
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang


Speaker: Dr. Domenico Gatti, Associate Professor, Biochem. & Molecular Biology, SOM, WSU
Title: "The Deep Learning Revolution in Biology and Medicine"
Host: TBA


Dr. Gil Mor, Scientific Director, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Vice Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SOM, WSU 
Title: The immune response to viruses and its importance in pregnancy complications."
Host: Dr. Phil Pellett


Faculty Candidate Seminar-- 1:00 pm, Room 3125 Scott Hall

Speaker: Melanie Higgins, Ph.D.
Title: Investigating Bacterial Enzymes to Improve Human Health
Host: Dr. Bharati Mitra


Speaker: Dr. Shengyi (Iris) Sun*, Assistant Professor, CMMG, Wayne State University
Title: Regulation of ER Homeostasis in Health and Disease
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang


Speaker: Dr. Yang Zhang, Professor, Dept. of Computational Medicine and BioInformatics,Dept. of Biological Chemistry, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Title:  Protein Structure Prediction
Host: BMI students, (Kendall Muzzarelli)


Speaker: Dr. Niel Henriksen, Scientist, Atomwise, Inc., Artificial Intelligence for Drug Discovery San Francisco, CA
Title: AIMS and AtomNet: The largest prospective study of a machine learning model for hit discovery
Host: Dr. Ladislau Kovari



Speaker: Dr. Xiaofan Wang, from Duke University
Title: New insights into mechanisms underlying cellular senescence
Host: Dr. Qing-Sheng Mi, HFHS


Speaker: Dr. Nichole Klatt, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Vice-Chair of Research, Univ. Of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Title: Mechanisms underlying microbiome influence on HIV infection.
Host: IM students (Madison Peterson)

11-05-2019          IMMUNOLOGY FOCUS GROUP -- Wertz Auditorium 12:00-1:15pm    

Speaker: Dr. Mitchell Kronenberg, La Jolla Institute for Immunology
Title: Development and function of natural killer T cells: an innate-like lymphocyte population.
Host: Dr. Qing-Sheng Mi, HFHS


Speaker: Dr. Stefan Pukatzki, Professor, Immunology and Microbiology, University of Colorado, Aurora
Title: The cholera bacterium: human pathogen and bacterial predator
Host: Dr. Jeffrey Withey


Speaker: Dr. Andrew M. Tai, Associate Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Title: Reorganizing cellular membranes to support RNA virus replication: lessons from hepatitis C and dengue virus
Host: Dr. Philip Pellett


Speaker: Dr. Zahra Assar-Nossoni, Scientist I - Structural Biologist, Structural Biology Services, Cayman Chemical Company, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Title: Structure-Based-Drug-Design Approaches in Industry
Host: BMI students (Cameron Roberts)


Speaker: Dr. Basel Abuaita, Univ. of Michigan
Title: IRE1α: Regulator of ER Stress and Innate Immune Defense.
Host: Dr. Jeffrey Withey


Speaker: Dr. Zhibing Zhang, Associate Professor, Depts. Of Physiology and Obstetrics/Gynecology, SOM, WSU
Title: The structural basis of meiosis expressed gene 1 (MEIG1) in modulating manchette function and its crosstalk with intraflagellar transport."
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang


Speaker: Jeanne Stuckey
Title: Patient to Lead Compound. U-M Cores can accelerate the process.
Host: Drs Brian Edwards & Ladislau Kovari

09-10-2019          IMMUNOLOGY FOCUS GROUP      


Immunology Focus Group

Speaker: Amal Amer, MD, Ph.D., Professor, Microbial Infection and Immunity, Ohio State
Title: TBA
Host: Dr. Yuan He

Speaker: Dr. Miriam Greenberg, Department of Biology, Wayne State Univ.
Title: Cardiolipin at the epicenter of energy metabolism - Implications for Barth syndrome
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang

Speaker: Dr. Grace Chen, University of Michigan
Title: Regulation of intestinal homeostasis by Nod-like receptors
Host: Dr. Yuan He

Speaker: Professor Gabriel Nunez, Paul de Kruif Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Title: TBA
Host: BMI Students, James Glassbrook

Speaker: Dr. Victor DiRita, Rudolph Hugh Professor & Chair, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University
Title: Physiological mechanisms that drive the fitness of the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni during chicken colonization
Host: BMI Post-docs, Dr. Andrew Winters

Speaker: Dr. Xuefeng Liu, Professor, Director of Telomeres & Cell Immortalization Program, Department of Pathology, Georgetown University          
Title: Patient-Derived Cell Models for Diagnostic and Regenerative Medicine.
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang
03-19-2019 - Vera Fay Righthand Lecture in Virology 

Speaker: Dr. Joshua T. Shiffer, Associate Member, Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Division/Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
Title: TBA
Host: Dr. Philip Pellett

03-07-2019 Faculty Candidate Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Colbert, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, North Dakota State University
Title: Structural Basis for Cell-Surface Signaling (CSS) by the Sigma-Regulator PupR in Pseudomonas capeferrum.
Host: Dr. Bharati Mitra
Time: 1-2pm

02-28-2019 Faculty Candidate Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Pascale Charest, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arizona
Title: Understanding chemical attraction…of cells!
Host: Dr. Bharati Mitra
Time: 1-2pm


Speaker: Dr. Ding Wang*, Professor of Oncology, Director, Clinical Trial Center and Phase 1 Clinical Trial Office Henry Ford Hospital
Title: Translations from Benchtop Science to Bedside Medicine in Anti-Cancer Drug Development.
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang
02-21-2019 RESCHEDULED

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Colbert, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, North Dakota State University
Title: TBA
Host: Dr. Bharati Mitra

Speaker: Dr. Grant Shauer, NIH (NIGMS) Pathway to Independence Postoctoral Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Rockefeller University
Title: Functional Dynamics in the Eukaryotic Replisome.
Host: Dr. Bharati Mitra

Speaker: Dr. Yang Zhang, Professor, Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Professor, Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Title: Protein Structure Prediction
Host: BMI Students (Kendall Muzzarelli)

02-05-2019 Immunology Focus Group 
Speaker: Dr. C. Garrison (Garry) Fathman, MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology, Stanford Univ. School of Medicine
Title: Translational research in immunology does not occur rapidly.
Host: Dr. Harley Tse
Location: Wertz Auditorium, Hudson Webber Cancer Research Center, 4100 John R. Street, Detroit, MI 48201

Speaker: Dr. Neal Hammer, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University College of Natural Science
Title: Investigating Staphylococcus aureus metabolic versatility reveals unexpected links to cell surface physiology and nutritional requirements for pathogenesis.
Host: Dr. Jeff Withey

Speaker: Dr. Michael Bachman, Associate Professor & Associate Director of Clinical Microbiology, University of Michigan
Title: Klebsiella pneumoniae: Colonization, Infection, and the Accessory Genome
Host: Paul Breen and Matthew Fountain, BMI Graduate Students

Speaker: Dr. Mallary Wacker, Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University
Title: Some like it hot, but they sweat when the heat is on: uncontrolled inflammation in staphylococcal infections.
Host: Matthew Fountain, BMI Graduate Student

Immunology Focus Group
Speaker: Dr. Ethan Shevach, Chief of the Cellular Immunology Section, Laboratory of Immune System Biology, NIAID
Title: Mechanism of Action of Foxp3+ Treg cells
Host: Dr. Eric Sebzda

Speaker: Dr. Rodney Dietert, Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Cornell University
Title: "Protecting the Human Superorganism".
Host: BMI post-docs, Dr. Andrew Winters

Speaker: Prof. Jeff Mackeigan, Professor of Cancer Biology and complex Diseases, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University
Title: "Genomic Landscape of a Rare Multisystem Genetic Disease"
Host: BMI students, James Glassbrook

Speaker: Dr. Felicia Goodrum Sterling, Associate Professor, The University of Arizona Health Sciences
Title: "Cytomegalovirus control of trafficking and signaling"
Host: Dr. Philip Pellett

Immunology Focus Group
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Wynn, Head, Early Discovery-Inflammation & Immunology Unit, Pfizer Inc.(formerly, Senior Investigator at NIAID) Title:Immune Drug Discoveries at Pfizer
Host: Matthew Fountain

Speaker: Dr. Alan Wolfe, Loyola University, Chicago
Title: Urine is Not Sterile: What's Next?
Host: Dr. Kevin Theis11-20-2017

Speaker: Dr. Arun Iyer, Assistant Professor, Director, U-BiND Systems Laboratory, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, WSU
Title: Tumor multicomponent targeting using theranostic nanoconstructs.
Host: Dr. Bharati Mitra

Speaker: Dr. Xuequen Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, Wayne State University School Medicine
Title: Insulin Biogenesis and Beta Cell Protein/lipid Homeostasis in Health and Diabetes
Host: Dr. Yuan He

ORTEN LECTURE (wednesday)
Speaker: Dr. Bruce Beutler, Professor, 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Title: Using high speed forward genetics to study immunity in mice.
Host: Biochemistry Students, Kendall Muzzarelli, Dr. Domenico Gatti

Speaker: Robert Ryan, Professor and Department Chair, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno
Title: Metabolic Origin of a Novel Heart Disease Biomarker.
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Berti, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice,College of Pharmacy, WSU
Title: Rational Interventions to Improve Outcomes of Challenging Staphylococcal Infection
Host: Dr. Bharati Mitra

Immunology Focus Group- Karmanos

05-29-2018 Immunology Focus Group
Speaker: Dr. Michael Nishimura, Professor and Co-Director, Oncology Institute Director, Immunologic Therapeutics Program, Layola University.
Title: "Antigen Recognition by T-cell Receptor-Transduced T-Cells"
Lunch for lecture audience: 12:00pm.
Lecture: 12:15-1:30pm.
Lunch for the speaker and students: 1:30 p.m.
Host: Wei-Zen Wei

Jun Li, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Neurology, Scientifice Director of Translational Neuroscience Institute, Wayne State University
Title: Segmental Demyelination
Location: 3125 Scott Hall
Time: 11:30 am – 1:15 pm
Host: Dr. Ladislau Kovari

05-08-2018  Immunology Focus Group
Aaron M. Newman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science, Stanford University
Title: Decoding Tumor Cellular Heterogeneity with Digital Cytometry
Host: Donovan Watza, Wayne State University MD/PhD Program

05-01-2018 Vera Fay Righthand Seminar
Dr. James Alwine, Emaritus Professor, Department. of Cancer Biology, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Human Cytomegalovirus: a master manipulator of host cell biology
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
Host: Dr. Philip Pellett

Dr. Huangtian Yang, M.D., Principal Investigator, Head of Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology, Shanghai Instutues for Biological Sciences, Chinese academy of Sciences, Shanghai China
Title: "Plurpipotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiac Lineage Cells and Cardiac Repair."
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang

Speaker: Dr. Sabra Klein, Associate Professor, W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Title: Sex as a Biological Variable in Infectious Diseases
Host: Ashley Anderson, Doctoral Candidate,

Speaker: Laurie Krug, Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Stony Brook University, New York
Title: Herpesviruses armed to combat uracils: the role of dUTPase and uracil-DNA repair in gammaherpesvirus pathogenesis and genomic stability
Host: Dr. Philip Pellett

04-03-2018 Immunology Focus Group 
Speaker: Gregory Behbehani, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Hematology James Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University
Title: Deep Cell Phenotyping in Hematologic Malignancies Enabled by Mass Cytometry
Host: Jessica Back, PhD
Location: Wertz Auditorium, Hudson Webber Cancer Research Building 4100 John R. Street, Detroit, MI 48201
Time: 12:15 – 1:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Nobukiko Kamada, Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology , Department of Internal Medicine,University of Michigan
Title: The mouth-gut axis: The influence of oral pathobionts on gastrointestinal disease
Host: Dr. Yuan He

Speaker: Dr. Jian Hu, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University     
Title: Structural Biology of the ZIP Metal Transporters
Host: Dr. Bharati Mitra

03-13-2018     NO SEMINAR -  SPRING BREAK WEEK      
03-06-2018 Immunology Focus Group
Wertz Auditorium (Hudson Webber Cancer Research Center, 2nd Floor) 4100 John R., Detroit, MI 48201
Time: 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm
Speaker: Luc Van Kaer, Ph.D., Elizabeth and John Shapiro Chair, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University
Title: Interactions between the Immune and Metabolic Systems
Host: Dr. Qing-Sheng Mi and Henry Ford Health System

Peter Ma, Ph.D., Biologic & Materials Sciences, Professor, University of Michigan     
Title: Biomimetic environment for stem cells and regeneration
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang

Scott Rothbart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
Title: "Functional Proteomics Approaches to Annotate the Lysine Methylome"
Host: Biochemistry Students

Penelope Higgs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Wayne State University
Title: "Signaling Networks Controlling Cell Fate Segregation in the Multicellular Developmental Program of Myxococcus Xanthus"
Host: Dr. Bharati Mitra

02-06-2018 - Immunology Focus Group
Jeffrey Frelinger, Ph.D. Professor of Immunobiology, University of Arizona
Title:  New Genetic Tools for Mouse Immunologists
Host: Wei-Zen Wei, Wayne State University
Location: Wertz Auditorium, Hudson Webber Cancer Research Building, 4100 John R Street.
Time: 12:15 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.

01-30-2018         **Cancelled: rescheduled for 2/20/18
Scott Rothbart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
Title: Functional proteomics approaches to annotate the lysine methylome
Host: Biochemistry Students

: Dr. Wanqing Liu, Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Pharmacy, Wayne State University
Title: "Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Diseaes: Genetics, Diet and Precision Medicine"
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang

Andrew Winters, Post-Doc, K. Theis Lab
Title: The perinatal microbiome and its future role in precision medicine.
Host: Dr. Kevin Theis

01-12-2018 - Immunology Focus Group
 Jun Lu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Yale University.
Title: Non-Cell-Intrinsic Mechanisms in the Control of Leukemia and Melanoma
Host: Qing-Sheng Mi, M.D., Ph.D. HFHS

12-19-2017- Faculty Candidate
Dr. Min Wu, M.D. Professor of Immunology & Microbiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of North Dakota
Title: Can non-coding RNA's Regulate Inflammation in Bacterial Infection
Host: Dr. Harley Tse

 John Guatelli, M.D., Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego
Title:"How HIV-1 Vpu and Nef Co-op Endosomal Trafficking Pathways to Evade Host Immunity."
Host: Dr. Raghavendar Thipparthi

11-28-2017 - Faculty Candidate
Wook-Jin Chae, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, Department of Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine
Title: Dickkopf-1 (DKK-1): A new immunomodulator of inflammatory diseases.
Host: Dr. Harley Tse     

Speaker: Yuru Liu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, University of Illinois at Chicago,
College of Medicine
Title: Regulation of alveolar type II Cells in in the repair of lung injury.           
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang 

10-31-2017 -Faculty Candidate
Heather M. Gibson, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Oncology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Title: Genetic Linkage analysis and immunoPET imaging to identify regulators of immunotherapy response.
Host: Dr. Harley Tse   

10-17-2017 - Faculty Candidate
Eric Sebzda, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. Division of Molecular Pathogenisis, Vanderbilt University Medical Ctr, Nashville, TN.
Title: Targeting immune regulators to treat autoimmunity and cancer.
Host: Dr. Harley Tse   

  Shari Pilon-Thomas, Ph.D., Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
Title: Adoptive Cell Therapy with Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes
Host: Wei-Zen Wei, PhD

10-03-2017 - Orten Lecture
: Dr. Michael Levin, Professor, Vannevar Bush Chair
Director, Allen Discovery Center at Tufts, and Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology Morphological and behavioral information processing in living systems           
Title: Rewriting bioelectrical pattern memories for the control of growth and form: exploiting somatic primitive cognition for regenerative medicine.
Host: BMI graduate students and Dr. Domenico Gatti

Speaker:David Crich, Ph.D. Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, WSU
Title:  "Shaping Next Generation Aminoglycoside Antibiotics for Treatment of Multidrug Resistant Diseases.
Host: Dr. Ladislau Kovari

Speaker:Joseph Brunzelle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dept. of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry and Life Sciences Collaborative Access Team, Argonne, IL
Title:"Structural Biology and LS-CAT at the Advanced Photon Source."
Host: Dr. Ladislau Kovari

: Xiaoping Zhong, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University
Title: Signal control of invariant T cell development and function
Host: Dr. Qing-Sheng Mi, Henry Ford Health System

Seminar: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, 11:30-12:30 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine, Speaker, Domenico L. Gatti, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Title: "Mechanism of Type 2 Metallo Beta-Lactamases." Hosted by Brian Edwards, Ph.D.
Seminar: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, 11:30-12:30 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine - Speaker, Kang Chen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Immunology and Microbiology, Oncology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Title: "Emerging Functions of B Lymphocytes in Immunological and Reproductive Health." Hosted by: Dr. Raghavendar Thipparthi. 
Immunology Focus Group Seminar: Wednesay, May 10th 2017, 11:30- 12:30, 7374 Scott Hall School of Medicine - Speaker, Federico Jensen, Ph.D., Professor for Immunology, National University Arturo Jauretche Head, Laboratory for Immunology of Pregnancy, Center for Pharmacological and Botanical Studies, Argentina, Title: "Unraveling the Role of B cells in Pregnancy beyond Antibody Production." Hosted by: Nihar Nayak Ph.D., D.V.M., and Kang Chen, Ph.D.
Immunology Focus Group Seminar: Tuesday, April 21, 2017, 3:30-5:00 pm, A. Paul Schaap Auditorium (Chemistry Building), 5101 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 – Speaker, David Schatz, PhD, Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; Chair, Department of Immunobiology, Yale University; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Title: "Targeting of V(D)J Recombination and Somatic Hypermutation in the Genome", Hosted by: Ashok Bhagwat, PhD and Kang Chen, PhD.  Sponsored by: The Office of Vice President for Research, Department of Chemistry, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute of Wayne State University and Henry Ford Health System.
Seminar: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 11:30-12:30 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Director of the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy, Director of the UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program, The Phyllis Kotter Friedman Professor for the Department of Neurosurgery and the State of Florida Endowed Cancer Research Chair at the UF College of Medicine, Title: "Immunologic targeting of human cytomegalovirus antigens in glioblastoma", Hosted by: PhD Student, Ashley Anderson
Seminar: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 11:30-12:30 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Molecular Medicine and Genetics and of Immunology and Microbiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Title: "ER Stress Mechanisms in Inflammation and Metabolism", Hosted by: Dr. Raghavendar Thipparthi 
CiBORG - BEST Seminar: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine, Speaker, Jennifer Carter-Johnson, Ph.D., J.D., Michigan State University, College of Law, Title: "Biology in Society", Hosted by: William Close, Ph.D. Candidate,, Sponsored by: Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry and the Wayne State University BEST Program.
Seminar: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11:30-12:30 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Katherine R. Spindler, Ph.D., Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School, Title: "Virus-Host Interactions in Encephalitic Virus Infection", Hosted by: PhD student, Jonathan Greenberg 
CiBORG - BEST Seminar: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine, Speaker, Danielle Whittaker, Ph.D., NSF BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, Michigan State University, Title: "Balancing Act: Managing a Research Center and Maintaining a Research Program", Hosted by: William Close, PhD candidate, Sponsored by: Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry and the Wayne State University BEST Program.
Seminar: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 11:30-12:30 pm, 8364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Wei-Zen Wei, Ph.D., Professor, Oncology and Microbiology/Immunology/Biochemistry WSU School of Medicine, Herrick Chair of Cancer Research, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Title: "Cancer Vaccination and Genetic Linkage Analysis", Hosted by: Dr. Harley Tse, 
Seminar: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11:30-12:30 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Kathryn Docherty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University. Title: "Bird-associated microbiomes: Effects of physiology, genetics, environment & social behavior.", Hosted by: Dr. Kevin Theis (313) 577-9746

Seminar: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 11:30-12:30 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Gilda Hillman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University. Title: "Synergy of Radiotherapy and Viral Cancer Vaccine for Induction of Specific Immunity to Tumor", Hosted by: Dr. Raghavendar Thipparthi (313) 577-1310

"Synergy of Radiotherapy and Viral Cancer Vaccine for Induction of Specific Immunity to Tumor"

Seminar: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 12:00- 1:00 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Travis Taylor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Toledo Health Science Campus. Title: "Flavivirus vs host: an ongoing battle"
"Flavivirus vs Host: An Ongoing Battle" 
**This seminar cancelled and will be rescheduled at later date.
Seminar: Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, 12:00-1:00  pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Patrick D. Schloss, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan. Title: "What deliverables can we expect from the Human Biome"
"What deliverables can we expect from the human microbiome"
Seminar: Monday, October 10th, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Javed Mohammed, DVM, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota, Title:"Targeting Pathways that regulate latent TGFbeta activation to modulate skin immunity"  Hosted by: Dr. Philip Pellett (313) 577-1564 or
Seminar: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Tiffany Weinkopff, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Title:"The Role of Vascular Remodeling during Leishmania Infection"  Hosted by: Dr. Philip Pellett (313) 577-1564 or
"The Role of Vascular Remodeling during Leishmania Infection"
Seminar: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Yuan He, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan. Title:"The INFLAMMASOME: Function and Activation Mechanism"  Hosted by: Dr. Philip Pellett (313) 577-1564 or
Seminar: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,Wayne State University School of Medicine, CS Mott Center for Human Growth and Development. Director of Perinatal Immunology Unit, Perinatology Research Branch, NICHD/NIH/DHHS. Title: "The physiological and pathological roles of T cells during late gestation" Hosted by: Dr. Kevin Theis 313-577-9746 or
Seminar: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, K. Gus Kousoulas, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research and Economics Development, Professor of Virology and Biotechnology atLouisiana State University. Title: "Engineering a highly efficacious live-attenuated herpes simplex type-1 vaccine against ocular and genital herpes simplex infections but unable to infect neurons"
Hosted by:
Dr. Philip Pellett 313-577-6494 or
Seminar: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm, 7364 Scott Hall School of Medicine – Speaker, Klaus Früh, Ph.D.
Professor, Oregon Health and Science University Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.
President and Chief Scientific Officer, TomegaVax Inc. Title: "The unique immune biology of cytomegalovirus"