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Seminar Series Fall 2011-Spring 2012
Thursday 1:30-2:30 pm, Rayford Auditorium
Date Speaker Title Host

 August 25, 2011

Prasad Potluri- Dissertation Defense "Septal Peptidoglycan Synthesis and Modification Influences Cell Shape in Escherichia coli" Dr. Kevin Young

 September 1, 2011

Sean Garrison, Ph.D.
Faculty Candidate 

"Emerging Role for the p53-Target Gene Puma during Lethal Bacterial Sepsis"

Dr. Richard Morrison

 September 8, 2011

Karl Boehme, Ph.D.
Faculty Candidate 

"New Insights into Mechanisms of Reovirus Pathogenesis"

Dr. Richard Morrison

September 12, 2011


September 15, 2011

Min Fang, Ph.D.
Faculty Candidate 

"Uncovering the mechanisms of Natural Killer cell - mediated resistance to a viral disease." 

Dr. Richard Morrison

September 22, 2011

Pushpa Pandiyan, Ph.D
Faculty Candidate

"Interactions between CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ Tregs and Th17 cells"

Dr. Richard Morrison

September 29, 2011 Shonna McBride, Ph.D.
Faculty Candidate 
"The C. difficile cpr Locus Mediates Resistance to Antimicrobial Peptides through Molecular Mimicry"

Dr. Richard Morrison

October 6, 2011 Jinjong Myoung, Ph.D.
Faculty Candidate
"Breaking the Barriers:  KSHV Infection in the B Cell Compartment & Control of Its Reactivation"

Dr. Richard Morrison

October 13, 2011 Andrew Goodwin, Ph.D.
Fish Pathologist/Inspector (AFS-FHS)
Professor/Associate Director
UAPB Aquaculture/Fisheries Center
Pine Bluff, AR
"Exotic Rhabdoviruses in Wild and Farmed Fish: Interactions, Epidemiology, and Politics" Dr. Wayne Gray
October 20, 2011 Roger Rank, Ph.D.
Chlamydia Research Group
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Research Institute
"Life in the female genital mucosa: the intimate relationship between Chlamydia and the inflammatory response"  
October 27, 2011 Open    
November 3, 2011 Mike Konkel, Ph.D.
Washington State University
"The foodborne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni exploits mammalian host cell receptors and signaling pathways" Dr. Dan voth
November 10, 2011 Paul Hermonat, Ph.D.
Professor, Cardiology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
“Adeno-Associated Virus Projects: Molecular biology and gene transfer” Wayne Gray
November 17, 2011 Ilhem Messaoudi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute
Assistant Scientist
Division of Pathobiology & Immunology
Oregon National Primate Center
Oregon Health & Science University
"Uncovering host and viral factors that control VZVacute and latent infection using a nonhuman primate model" Dr. Wayne Gray
November 24, 2011 Thanksgiving Holiday    
December 1, 2011 Ann Jerse, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Uniformed Services University
"Life in the female genital mucosa: the intimate relationship between Chlamydia and the inflammatory response" Dr. Roger Rank
December 8, 2011 Xuming Zhang, Ph.D. "Molecular Dissection of Coronavirus-Host Cell Interaction: Implications for Viral Pathogenesis and Persistence".  
December 15, 2011      
January 12, 2012 Dahong Zhou
“Cancer Therapy-Induced Residual Bone Marrow Injury” Dr. Marie Chow
January 19, 2012   Fidel Zavala
John Hopkins University
“Induction of protective memory  CD8+ T cells against malaria parasites” Dr. Jason Stumhofer
January 26, 2012 Juan Liu
Graduate Student
Dissertation Defense
February 2, 2012  OPEN    
February 9, 2012  Martin Cannon, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
"Life, death and immune regulation in ovarian cancer" Dr. Martin Cannon
February 16, 2012  Usha Ponnappan, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
 "Proteasomes at the crossroads of inflammation and immunity during senescence" Dr. Usha Ponnappan
 February 23, 2012 Eduardo Salinas
Graduate Student
"Defining post-translational modifications and protein interactions of mLANA that regulate its function during Murine Gammaherpesvirus-68 infection" Dr. Craig Forrest
March 1, 2012  Paul Lieberman
Gene Regulation Group
The Wistar Institute, Philedelphia, PA
"Mechanisms of Genome Maintenance: Lessons from Gammaherpesvirus Latency" Dr. Craig Forrest
 March 8, 2012 Laura Broderdorf
Graduate Student
"The importance of cAMP-dependent protein kinase in C. burnetii infection of macrophages." Dr. Daniel Voth
 March 15, 2012 Ashley (Scott) Groshong
Graduate Student
"Identification of RpoS-regulated virulence factors of Borrelia burgdorferi" Dr. Jon Blevins
 March 22, 2012 Graduate School Spring Break  
March 29, 2012  Justin Graham
Graduate Student   
"Regulatory Mechanisms of Staphylococcus aureus ClpC"  Dr. Chia Lee
April 5, 2012  Jennifer Junecko
Graduate Student
"Regulation of biofilm by the SaeRS two-component system in Staphylococcus aureus." Dr. Chia Lee
 April 12, 2012 Arturo Casadevall, MD, Ph.D. 
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Medicine.          
Department of Microbiology and Immunology,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
"Mammals, Martians and Dinosaurs: nihilistic thoughts on the origin of microbial virulence" Dr. Richard Morrison
 April 19, 2012 John Skare, Ph.D.
Texas A&M
"The use of bioluminescent Borrelia burgdorferi to track pathogenic features and gene regulation during active infection" Dr. Jon Blevins
 April 26, 2012      
 May 3, 2012 Andreas J. Baumler, Ph.D.
UC Davis
“Food from the fire: How the host response feeds Salmonella” Laura Broederdorf
 May 10, 2012      
May 17, 2012