Seminar Series

Upcoming Events:


Wednesday, March 3, 2021


Fredros Okumu, Ph.D.

Director of Science
Ifakara Health Institute

 

 

Talk title: “Building Resilience to Sustain Malaria Control in Africa”

ZOOM LINK
Also sponsored by Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms

Past Events:


Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Noon EST


Jeffrey Bailey, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Brown University

 

 

Talk title: “Genomics of Epstein-Barr Virus and Endemic Burkitt Lymphoma”

ZOOM LINK
Also sponsored by Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms


Friday,  February 12, 2021
Noon, EST


IID Research Updates

Jacob Tennessen, Ph.D.
Duraisingh Lab

“Three Signatures of Adaptive Polymorphism Exemplified by Malaria-Associated Genes”

Ya Lea Wang, Ph.D.
Huttonhower Lab

“Characterizing Microbial Community Viability Using High-Throughput Sequencing”

ZOOM LINK

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
12:00 Noon, EST


Mirelle Kamaiza, Ph.D.

Junior Fellow
Society of Fellows
Harvard University

 

 

Talk title: ” Detection of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Using Environment-Sensitive Probes”

ZOOM LINK

Also sponsored by: Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms"

 


Wednesday, January 27, 2021
12:00 Noon, EST


John Clardy, Ph.D.

Hsien Wu Daisy Yen Wu Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Harvard Medical School

 

 

 

“Chasing Molecules and Mechanisms in the Gut Microbiome”

ZOOM LINK

Monday, January 25, 2021
12:00 Noon, EST


MONDAY TALKS

Tim Caradonna
Schmidt Lab

“Rationally Design Immunogens that Focus to the Influenza Receptor Binding Site”

Poyin Chen
Goldberg Lab

“Organization of Shigella IpaB within Plasma Membrane”

ZOOM LINK


Wednesday, January 20, 2021
12 Noon EST


Jason Blackard, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

 

 

Talk title: “Opioid Use and Viral Infections: Expanding Translational Research Agenda”

ZOOM LINK

Also sponsored by Training Program in Infectious Disease and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms"

 

 


Monday, January 11, 2021
12:00 Noon EST


MONDAY TALKS

Kiera Clayton
Walker Lab

“HIV-Infected Macrophages Evade NK Cell-Mediated Killing While Driving Inflammation”

Elayne Fivenson
Bernhardt Lab

“Discovery of a New Essential Regulator of Lipopolysaccharide Synthesis in E. Coli”

ZOOM LINK


Wednesday, January 13, 2021
12:00 Noon EST


Sloan Devlin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Harvard Medical School

 

 

Talk title: “Gut Bacterial Modification of Bile Acids Alter Host Physiology”

ZOOM LINK


Monday, January 4, 2021
12:00 Noon EST


MONDAY TALKS

Colette Cywes Bentley
Pier Lab

“Modulating the Impact of Microbial Antigen on Neuroinflammatory Disease”

Kevin Ma
Grad Lab

“Genome-Wide Association Identifies Antibiotic Resistance and Susceptibility Genes in Neisseria Gonorrhoeae”

ZOOM LINK


Friday, December 11, 2020
NOON


IID Research Updates

Duo Peng, Ph.D.
Catteruccia Lab

Talk title: “A True Partnership: Male-Female Interactions that Shape Mosquito Reproductive Biology”

 

Phyllis Kanki, D.V.M., D.Sc.
IID Faculty Member

Talk title: “Impact of Arbovirus Infection on Pregnancy”

ZOOM LINK


Wednesday, December 9
NOON


James Whitney, Ph.D.

Center for Virology and Vaccine Research
Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School

 

Talk title: Pre-Clinical Therapeutic Development for HIV and Emerging Diseases”

Also sponsored by Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms

ZOOM LINK


Wednesday, December 2, 2020
NOON


Julian Parkhill, FRS, FMedSci

Professor, Department of Veterinary Medicine
Cambridge Infectious Diseases at The University of Cambridge

 

 

Talk title: “Phylogenomics: Emergence, Transmission, and Phenotype-Genotype Association in Bacterial Pathogens”

Also sponsored by: Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms

ZOOM LINK


Monday, November 16, 2020
NOON


MONDAY TALKS

Caitlin Brennan
Garrett Lab

Talk title: “An Oral Microbe Out of Place – Fusobacterium Nucleatum in the Intestinal Tract”

Brianna Lowey
Kranzusch Lab

Talk title: “Effectors of Cell Death in Bacterial Antiphage Defense”

ZOOM LINK


Friday, November 13, 2020, NOON


IID Research Updates – November 2020

Lerato E. Magosi, DPhil
Lipsitch Group/Shapiro Collaborator

Talk title: “Local vs. Imported Transmission? Identifying Patterns of HIV Transmission in the Botswana Ya Tsie Trial with Deep-Sequence Phylogenetics”


Alex Morano, Ph.D. Candidate

Dvorin Lab

Talk title: “Discovery of a Novel and Essential Member of the Plasmodium Falciparum Basal Complex”

ZOOM LINK


Wednesday, November 4, 2020
NOON


Kevin Urdahl, M.D., Ph.D.

Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Professor, Pediatrics and Immunology
University of Washington

 

Talk title: “Assessing Immunity Against Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in a Murine Ultra-Low Dose Infection Model”

ZOOM LINK


Wednesday, October 28, 2020
NOON


Anne Goldfeld, M.D.
Senior Investigator
Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Talk title: “Inflammation and Survival in TB/HIV Co-Infection”

ZOOM LINK


Wednesday, October 21, 2020
NOON


Kim Orth, Ph.D.

Investigator/Professor
Earl A. Forsyth Chair in Biomedical Science
W.W. Caruth, Jr. Biomedical Scholar
Department of Molecular Biology
University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center

Talk title: “Black Spot, Black Death, Black Pearl: Tales of Bacterial Effectors”

ZOOM LINK


Wednesday, October 14, 2020
NOON


Ian Cheeseman, Ph.D.

Milton S. & Geraldine M. Goldstein Young Scientist
Assistant Professor
Lead, Host Pathogen Interactions
Texas Biomedical Research Institute

 

Talk title: “Single Cell Genomics for Malaria Parasites”

 


Friday, October 9, 2020
Noon


IID Research Updates – October 2020

Caitlin Brennan, Ph.D.
Garrett Lab

Talk title: “An Oral Microbe Out of Place – Fusobacterium Nucleatum in the Intestinal Tract”

 

Mark Tye, Ph.D. Candidate
Mazitschek/Wirth Group

Talk title: “Development of Prolyl-tRNA Synthetase Inhibitors for the Treatment of Plasmodium Falciparum”


Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Noon


Carolyn Coyne, Ph.D.

Professor of Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh
Director, Center for Microbial Pathogenesis

 

 

Talk title: “Antimicrobial Signaling at the Maternal-Fetal Interface”


IID Research Updates
Friday, September 18, 2020 NOON


Lucas Pagura, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Burleigh Lab

Talk title: “When Theft Doesn’t Cut It: The Unexpected Need for Fatty Acid Synthesis in Trypanosoma Cruzi”

 

Michael Mina, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, CCDD

Talk title: “COVID-19: Can We Test Our Way Out of This?”

Zoom Information:
https://harvard.zoom.us/j/98426225326?pwd=aUxoQlNtU1VNSVhDWTdTU3JKbjZBQT09


Wednesday, October 16, 2020
NOON


 

Paul Bollyky, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center

 

 

 

Talk title: “Transkingdom Interactions Between Bacteriophages, Bacteria, and Their Human Hosts”

 


Thursday, September 10, 2020
12:00 PM


 

 


Friday, May 15, 2020
12:00 Noon


Lior Lobel, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Garrett Lab

“NO, not SARS-CoV-2. Diet Post-translationally Modifies the Gut Microbial Proteome to Modulate Renal Function”


Carolyn M. Boudreau

Ph.D. Candidate, Alter Lab

“Protecting Infants from Influenza with Vaccine-Induced Maternal Antibodies”

via ZOOM   Meeting ID:920 2451 2467   Password: 596993


Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Wei-Kung Wang, M.D., Sc.D.

Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine
Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
John A. Burns School of Medicine

 

 


Talk title: “Developing Serological Tests to Distinguish Flavivirus Infecions and Implications”

Also sponsored by Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms


Wednesday, February 26, 2020


Athe Tsibris, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
HU CFAR Developmental Core Associate Director

 

 

Talk title: “HIV-2 Latency and Its Reversal

Also sponsored by Training Program in Infectious Disease and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms


Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Michael Povelones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Pathobiology
University of Pennsylvania

 

 

Talk title: “Mosquito Immunity to Filariae Infection”

 


Friday, February 14, 2020


Research Updates Seminar, February 2020

Barry Bloom, Ph.D.
Former Dean of Harvard Chan School of Public Health

“What Do You Need to Know to Make a TB Vaccine?”

Eric Rubin, M.D., Ph.D.
Former Chair of IID Department
Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine

“Since Barry Got TB, I’ll Take Coronavirus”


Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Shaden Kawhami, Ph.D.

Vector Molecular Biology Section
Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

 

Talk title: “Blood Feeding Arthropods Induce Hemeoxygenase-1 in Host Skin Promoting Tolerance to Vector-Borne Pathogens”


Monday, January 27, 2020
12:00 Noon
NRB Conference Room, 1031


MONDAY TALKS

Rebecca Clements
Dvorin Lab

“PfBTP3 Reveals a Novel Role for a Basal Complex Protein in Transmission-Stage Malaria Parasites”

 

Joanna Olivas
Starnbach Lab

“Defining the Role of IFNy Induced Major Histocompatibility Complex Class II Expression on Uterine Non-Hematopoietic Cells During C. Trachomatis Infection”


Wednesday, January 29, 2020


Kathryn Stephenson, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
BIDMC

 

 

Talk title: “Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies for the Treatment and Prevention of HIV”


Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Sophie Helaine, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology
Harvard Medical School

 

 

Talk title: “Salmonella Persisters During Infection”


Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Michael Mina, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

Talk title: “Consequences of Measles on Immunological Memory Repertoires and Childhood Mortality”


Monday, December 16, 2019, 12:00 Noon
NRB Conference Room, 1031


MONDAY TALKS

Jerry Pier
Pier Lab

“Are All Diseases Infectious? Part 2”

Marsha Wibowo
Kostic Lab

“Reconstruction of Ancient Microbial Genomes from the Human Gut”


Friday, December 13, 2019


Research Updates Seminar December 2019

Pilar Garcia-Broncano, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, MGH

“Early Antiretroviral Therapy in Neonates with HIV-1 Infection Restricts Viral Reservoir Size and Induces a Distinct Innate Immune Profile”

 

Dan Neafsey, Ph.D.
Professor, Immunology and Infectious Diseases

“Development of Targeted Sequencing Assays for Molecular EPI Studies of Malaria Parasites and Vectors”


Wednesday, December 11, 2019


Carol Gross, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of California at San Francisco

 

 

Talk title: “New Insights into the Transcriptional Organization and Cellular Economy of Bacteria”


Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Laurie Comstock, Ph.D.

Division of Infectious Diseases
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

 

Talk title: “Genetics of Warfare Among the Gut Bacteroidales”


Wednesday, November 13, 2019


Jonathan Abraham, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Blavatnik Institute | Harvard Medical School

 

 

 

Talk title: “Using Antibodies to Disarm Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses”

 


Friday, November 8, 2019


Research Updates Seminar

Caroline Keroack
Ph.D. Candidate
Duraisingh Lab

“Comparative Chemical Genomics in Babesia Species Identifies a Novel Apicomplexan Drug Target”

Jonathan D’Gama
M.D./Ph.D. Candidate
Waldor Lab

“A Conserved Streptococcal Virulence Regulator Controls Expression of a Distinct Class of M-like Proteins”


Monday, November 4, 2019
12:00 Noon, NRB Conference Room, 1031


Siân Owen, Ph.D.
Baym Lab

“A Prophage has DNA-based Immunity to its Own Phage Protein”

Kimbria Blake, Ph.D. Candidate
Chiu Lab

“Mechanisms of Itch During Epicutaneous Staphylococcus Aureus Infection”


Monday, October 28, 2019
12:00 Noon, NRB Conference Room, 1031


MONDAY TALKS

Robert Summers, Ph.D.
Wirth Lab

“Identification of the Plasmodium falciparum Aceytl-CoA Synthetase as an Emerging Antiplasmodial”

Patrick Lenehan, M.D., Ph.D.
Dougan Lab

“Investigating Eosinophil Function in the Pancreatic Cancer Microenvironment”

 


Wednesday, October 30, 2019


Michael Starnbach, Ph.D.

Professor of Microbiology
Harvard Medical School

 

Talk title: “Chlamydia Infection – A Strategy of Stealth”


Wednesday, October 23, 2019


Jonathan Juliano, M.D., M.S.P.H., D.T.M.&H.

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Talk title: “The ACTGs of Malaria epidemiology in Central and East Africa”


Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Conor McMeniman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

 

 

Talk title: “Chemosensory Circuits Driving Mosquito Attraction to Humans”


Friday, October 11,2019
12:00 PM FXB, Room 301


Research Updates Seminar – October, 2019

Stephen Kissler, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Grad Lab

“Accounting for the Decline in Antibiotic Prescribing in Massachusetts: Better Prescribing, or Less Disease?”

Gregorgy Babunovic
Ph.D. Candidate, Fortune Lab

“Retinoic Acid and Macrophage Control of M. tuberculosis”


Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Nicanor Olbadia III, D.V.M., M.S., D.Sc.P.H., F.A.S.T.M.H.

Health Researcher
Department of Parasitology
Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud

 

Talk title: “Population Genomics of Plasmodium vivax from Selective Whole Genome Amplification to Inform Malaria Elimination Efforts in Panama”


Friday, September 27, 2019


Donald Hopkins, M.D., M.P.H.

Special Adviser for Guinea Worm Eradication
The Carter Presidential Center

 

 

Talk title: “Guinea Worm Eradication: The Final Five”


Wednesday, September 25, 2019
11:30 AM


David Serre, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

 

 

Talk title: “Gene Expression Analysis of the Malaria Parasite Plasmodium Vivax”


Monday, September 23, 2019


MONDAY TALKS

Eleonora Melzi
Batista Lab

“Evaluating Novel HIV-1 Vaccine Strategies in Human Antibody Knock-in Mice”

Jeffrey Duncan
Goldberg Lab

“Shigella Decreases Intercellular Tension which Promotes Cell-to-Cell Spread”


Friday, September 13, 2019


Research Updates Seminar – September 2019

Eric Franzosa, Ph.D.
Huttenhower Lab

“Uncovering Novel Lateral Gene Transfer Events in the Human Microbiome”

 

Kristine Werling, Ph.D. Candidate
Catteruccia Lab

“Plasmodium Parasite Development in the Anopheles Mosquito: An Intimate and Adaptable Relationship”


Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Jaap Goudsmit, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Harvard Chan School of Public Health

 


Talk title: “New Ways to Fight Influenza: Combining Active Immunization for the Young and Passive Immunization for the Old”


Friday, June 21, 2019


Emily Wong, M.D.

 

Africa Health Research Institute
Lecturer, Harvard Medical School

 

Talk title: “Vukuzazi: Next Generation Population Science in Rural KwaZulu Natal”

Also sponsored by Training Program in Infectious Disease and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms


Monday, May 20, 2019
12:00 Noon
NRB Conference Room, 1031


MONDAY TALKS

Holly Rawizza
Research Associate
Kanki Lab

“Pharmacokinetic and Programmatic Evaluations to Optimize TB/HIV Co-Treatment for Children”

Yan Zhou
Research Fellow
Higgins Lab

“High-Throughput Protein Screening Identifies Novel CD8+ T cell Antigens that Provide Protection Against Listeria Monocytogenes Infection”

 


Friday, April 26, 2019


Keith R. Matthews, Ph.D.

Institute of Immunology and Infection Research
Director, Centre for Immunity, Infection, and Evolution
University of Edinburgh

 

Talk title: “Cell-Cell Communication in African Trypanosomes”

Also sponsored by: Training Program in Infectious Disease and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


David Alland, M.D., M.Sc., D.T.M. & H

Professor and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, Center for Emerging Pathogens and the Rutgers
Regional Biocontainment Laboratories

 

Talk title: “Below the Iceberg of Consistency: TB’s Dynamic Genome and Heritable Drug Tolerance”

Also sponsored by: Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms


Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Michael S. Gilmore, Ph.D.

Sir William Osler Professor of Ophthalmology
(Microbiology and Immunobiology)
Harvard Medical School

 

 


Talk title:
“Multidrug Resistant Enterococci: How Life Emerging from the Sea Hardened Them for the Hospital Environment”


Friday, April 12, 2019
12:00 PM, FXB Room 301


April Research Updates Seminar

Brandon Sit, Ph.D. Candidate
Waldor Lab

“Immunogenicity of a Probiotic Oral Cholera Vaccine Candidate in Germfree Mice”

 

Rachel Rudlaff, Ph.D. Candidate
Dvorin Lab

“Stuck on You – Daughter Cell Segmentation in Plasmodium falciparum”


Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Tuan M. Tran, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Indiana University, School of Medicine

 

 

 

Talk title: “Recent Insights into Anti-Parasite Versus Anti-Disease Components of Malaria Immunity in Children”


Wednesday, March 13, 2019


Jan Conn, Ph.D.

Vector Biology and Population Genetics Professor
Department of Health, Wadsworth Center
School of Public Health, Biomedical Sciences

 

Talk title: “Knowledge Gaps in the Major Neotropical Malaria Vector Anopheles (AKA Nyssorhynchus) Darlingi”


Monday, March 11, 2019
12:00, NRB Conference Room, 1031


MONDAY TALKS

Lars Clark
Abraham Lab

“A Recurrent Antiboby Motif Targets the Viral Receptor-Binding Site in Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever Survirors”

Aurore Fleurie
Waldor Lab

“A Vibrio Cholerae BolA-family protein Controls Cell Envelope Integrity and Virulence”


Friday, March 8, 2019
12:00 PM, FXB Room 301


March Research Updates Seminar

Peter Dumoulin, Ph.D.
Burleigh Lab

“Trypanosoma Cruzi Intracellular Amastigote Glutamine Metabolism and its Impact on Susceptibility to Ergosterol Biosynthesis Inhibitors”

 

Yancong Zhan, Ph.D.
Huttenhower Group

“Identifying Novel Bioactive Microbial Gene Products in Inflammatory Bowel Disease”


Wednesday, March 6, 2019


Ellen Yeh, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,
Biochemistry and Pathology
Stanford University

 

 

Talk title: “1+1=1: Targeting Endosymbiosis for Antimalarial Drug Discovery”

Also sponsored by: Training Program in Infectious Disease and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms

Monday, March 4, 2019, 12:00
NRB Conference Room, 1031


Sooin Jang, Ph.D.
Engelman Lab

“Mechanism of CPSF6 Nuclear Import, an Alternative Polyadenylation Factor Implicated in Infectious Disease and Cancer”

 

Thibault Barbier, Ph.D.
Fortune Lab

“Genome-Wide Functional Characterization of Non-Coding RNAs in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Using Combinatorial CRISPRi”


Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 12:30
New Research Building, Room 1031


Nathalie Balaban, Ph.D.

The Racah Institute of Physics
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

 

Talk title: “Evolution of Resistance in Pathogens Under Intermittent Antibiotic Treatments”

Host: David Rudner
Trainee Host: Jeremy Amon

Co-Sponsored by: Graduate Training Programs in Bacteriology and in Infectious Disease & Basic Microbiological Mechanisms


Monday, February 25, 2019, 12:00
NRB Conference Room, 1031


MONDAY TALKS

Rui Guo
Gewurz Lab

“A CRISPR Screen Reveals B-Cell Factors that Restrict EBV Latency Gene Expression”

 

Eric Dumas
Starnbach Lab

“Towards a Mouse Model of Chlamydia Trachomatis Infection”


Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Irene Bosch, Ph.D.

CEO and Founder
E25Bio Inc.

 

 

 

Talk title: “Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya Virus Pathogenesis and Detection in the Human Host”


Friday, February 15, 2019
12:00 PM FXB Room 301


February Research Updates

Jacob Tennessen, Ph.D.
Neafsey Lab

Talk title: “Cryptic Taxa in the Anopheles Gambiae Complex from Burkina Faso”

 

Allison Fitzgerald Carey, M.D., Ph.D.
Fortune Lab

Talk title: “Functional Genomics of M. tuberculosis Clinical Strains”


Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Gautam Dantas, Ph.D.

Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Pathology & Immunology

 

 

Talk title: “Predicting and Combating Pathogenic and Abiotic Disruptions to Diverse Microbiomes”


Monday, January 28, 2019
12:00 Noon
NRB Conference Room, 1031


MONDAY TALKS

Rachel Rudlaff, Ph.D. Candidate
Dvorin Lab

“Stuck on You: The Plasmodium Basal Complex is Required for Proper Daughter Cell Segmentation”


Hoong Chuin Lim, Ph.D., M.S.

Bernhardt Lab

“Identification of Novel Corynebacterial Cell Division Factors that Regulate the Cell Separation Pathway”


Monday, January 14, 2019
12:00 Noon
NRB Conference Room, 1031


MONDAY TALKS

Severin Schink
Basan Lab

“Death of E. Coli During Carbon Starvation”

Apurva Govande
Kranzusch Lab

“Effector Functions of the Antiviral Second Messenger 2′-5′ Oligoadenylate”


Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Galit Alter, Ph.D.

Professor, Harvard Medical School
The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard

 

 

Talk title: “Using Systems Serology to Define Correlates of Immunity”


Monday, December 10, 2018
12:00 Noon
NRB Conference Room, 1031


MONDAY TALKS

Megan Sjodt, Ph.D.
Kruse Lab

“Structure of the RodA: PBP2 Bacterial Cell Wall Synthesis Machinery”

 

Jennifer Pena, Ph.D.
Dove Lab

“AlpA Controls Virulence Gene Expression in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa by Functioning as an Antiterminator”


Friday, December 7, 2018


December Research Updates Seminar

Rebecca Zash, M.D.
Shapiro Lab

“The Safety of Dolutegravir in Pregnancy: Data From Botswana”

 

Doug Paton, Ph.D.
Catteruccia Lab

“Cure, not Kill: Controlling Malaria by Protecting Mosquitoes from Plasmodium Parasites”


Monday, December 3, 2018
12:00 Noon
NRB 1031 (MBIB Seminar Room)


MONDAY TALKS

Saiyu Hang, Ph.D
Huh Lab

“Bile Acid Metabolites Conrol Th17 and Treg Cell Differentiation”

 

Braden Tierney, Ph.D. Candidate
Kostic Lab

“Metagenomic meta-analysis illuminates a vast universe of genes in the human microbiome”


Wednesday, December 5, 2018


Paul Turner, Ph.D.

Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University

 

 

 

Talk title: “Using Viruses to Select for Reduced Virulence of Bacterial Pathogens in Human Patients”


November 16, 2018
FXB 301, 10:00am


Chengcheng Jin, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Talk title: “Investigating Immune-Microbiota Interaction in Tissue Homeostasis and Cancer”


November 14, 2018
FXB 301, 10:00am


Travis Wiles, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Institute of Molecular Biology
University of Oregon

 

 

Talk title: “Dissecting the Form and Function of Host-Microbe Interactions Within the Intestine”


November 8, 2018
FXB 301, 10:00am


Shankar Iyer, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Gastroenterology,
Endoscopy and Hepatology

 

 

 

 

Talk title: “The Influence of Local Environmental Cues on the Maturation and Function of Tissue Resident Invariant Natural Killer T Cells”


Wednesday, November 7, 2018
FXB 301, 10:00 AM


Jeremiah Faith, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Immunology Institute and The Institute for
Genomics and Multiscale Biology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

 

 

Talk title: “Strain-Level Variation in Gut Microbiome Composition Drives Complex Disease Risk”


Monday, November 5, 2018
12:00 Noon
NRB 1031 (MBIB Seminar Room)


MONDAY TALKS

Nicole Lai
Chiu Lab

Talk title: “Sensory Neuronal Regulation of Enteric Host Defense Against Salmonella Typhimurium”

 

Christian Lorenz
Lory Lab

Talk title: “On the Road to a Lipoprotein Transport System Inhibitor: Stories of E. Coli and Pseudomonas”


Monday, November 5, 2018
FXB 301, 10:00 AM


Smita Gopinath, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Dept. of Immunobiology
Yale University

 

 

 

Talk title: “Antibiotic – Mediated Antiviral Immunity”


Friday, November 2, 2018


November Research Updates Seminar

Eunyoung Chun, Ph.D.
Garrett Lab

Talk title: “A Microbial Metabolite-Sensing Receptor Tunes Up Colonic Innate Immunity”

 


Monday, October 29, 2018
12:00 Noon
NRB 1031 (MBIB Seminar Room)


MONDAY TALKS:

Sean Whelan
Whelan Lab

“Whats the Junk?”

 

Yannick Brunet
Rudner Lab

“Regulation of Cell Wall Hydrolysis During Cell Growth in Bacillus Subtilis”


Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Scott Lindner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Penn State University

 

 

 

Talk title: “Be Prepared! Efficient Transmission of the Malaria Parasite”


Monday, October 15, 2018
12:00 Noon
NRB 1031 (MBIB Seminar Room


MONDAY TALKS:

Francesca Tomasi
Rubin Lab

“Cutting Loose: Why is Peptidyl-tRNA Hydrolase Essential?”

 

Katherine Barnett
Kagan Lab

“Phosphoinositide Interactions Direct cGAS Activity”


Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Igor Almeida, DS.c.

Professor, Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC)
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

 

 

Talk title: “Alpha-Gal Glycotopes as Effective Glycovaccines and Chemotherapy Biomarkers of Chagas Disease (American Trypanosomisis)”


Monday, October 1, 2018
12:00 Noon
NRB 1031 (MBIB Seminar Room)


MONDAY TALKS:

Geetha Mylvaganam
Walker Lab

“Understanding Mechanisms Underlying Follicular CD8 T Cell Differentiation in an Effort to Direct HIV Cure Therapeutics”

 

Welkin Johnson
Johnson Lab

“Novel Functions of the Env Entry Glycoproteins of Gammaretroviruses”


Monday, September 24, 2018
12:00 Noon
NRB 1030 (MBIB Seminar Room)


MONDAY TALKS:

Sungwhan Oh
Kasper Lab

“Metabolomic Perspectivesof Host-Gut Microbiota-Diet Interactions”

Clay Fuqua
Fuqua Lab

“Sticking to Your Point: Production and Control of a Polar Adhesive in a Model Pathogen”


Friday, September 14, 2018


September Research Updates Seminar

Skye Fishbein, Ph.D. Candidate
Rubin Lab

“LepA Controls Porin Synthesis from the Ribosome in Mycobacteria”

 

Brendan Elsworth, Ph.D.
Duraisingh Lab

“cCMP-Dependant Kinase (PKG) Plays an Essential Role in Parasite Egress and Invasion in Babesia Divergens”


Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Laurent Renia, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Singapore Immunology Network

 

 

 

Talk title: “Uncovering the Biological Mysteries of the Neglected Malaria Parasite, Plasmodium vivax”Past Events:


Monday, June 18, 2018


Alan F. Cowman, F.A.A., F.R.S.

Deputy Director – Science Strategy
Head, Division of Infection and Immunity
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

 

 

Talk title: “The Structure and Function of Complexes Required for Invasion of Human Red Blood Cells by Malaria Parasites”


Friday, May 11, 2018


May Research Updates Seminar

Seth Redmond, Ph.D.
Neafsey Lab

Talk title: “Selective Whole Genome Amplification: Working out the Kinks to Enable Scalable Malaria Genomic Epidemiogy”

 

Satoshi Kimura Ph.D.
Waldor Lab

Talk title: “New Insights into the Functional Consequences of tRNA Modification”


Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Robert Seder, M.D.

 

Chief, Cellular Immunology Section
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

 

 

 

Talk title: “Vaccine Approaches to Elicit Tissue Resident T Cells Against Malaria and Tuberculosis: It’s All in the Delivery”


Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Michael Strand, Ph.D.

Regents Professor of Entomology
University of Georgia

 

 

 

Talk title: “Role of the Gut Microbiota in Mosquito Growth and Development”

 


Friday, April 13, 2018


Katherine We, Ph.D. Candidate
Rubin Lab

Talk title: “Mycobacterial HtrA is Required to Detoxify a Cell Wall Muramidase”

 

Shahin Lockman, M.D.
Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Talk title: “Updates on the Botswana Combination HIV Prevention Project”


Thursday, April 12, 2018
Kresge G2, 4pm


Melody Zeng, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Michigan

 

 


Talk title: “Gut Microbiota-Induced lgG in Host Defense and Neonatal Immunity.”


Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Rich Losick, Ph.D.

Harvard College Professor
Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology

 

 

 

Talk title: “Stochasticity and Cell Fate”


Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Seth Rakoff-Nahoum, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Boston Children’s Hospital

 

 

 

Talk title: “Metabolites as Mediators of Gut Microbial Ecology”


Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Oliver Billker, Ph.D.

Wellcome Sanger Institute
Senior Group Leader

 

 

 

Talk title: “Functional Profiling of a Plasmodium Genome”


Friday, March 9, 2018


March Research Updates Seminar

Selina Bopp, Ph.D. and 
Robert Summers, Ph.D
Wirth Lab

Talk title: “Piperaquine, Plasmepsins, Paradoxes, and pH”

 

Sydney Lavoie, Ph.D. Candidate
Garrett Lab

Talk title: “Loss of a Microbial Metabolite Receptor Compromises Anti-Tumor Immunity”


Friday, March 2, 2018
9:30am


Chun-Jun (CJ) Guo

Postdoctoral Fellow, Sanford University

 

 


Talk title: “Using Genetics to explore the Chemistry and Biology of the Human Microbiota”


Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Matthew Waldor, M.D., Ph.D.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Edward K. Pass Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

 

 

Talk title: “Re-Engineering the Cholera Pathogen as a Probiotic”


Thursday, February 15, 2018
9:30 am


Mercedes Gomez de Agüero, Ph.D.

Group Leader, Swiss National Science Foundation
University of Bern

 

 

Talk title: “Birth with a Mature and Functional Skin Barrier: What is Necessary?”


Friday, February 9, 2017


February Research Updates Seminar

Scott Olesen, Ph.D.
Grad Lab

“The Distribution of Antibiotic Use and Its Effect on Antibiotic Resistance”

 

Catherine Koofhethile, Ph.D.
Essex Lab

“Meet the Postdoc: Transition from HIV-1C Immune Responses to Pro-viral Reservoir Studies”


Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Audrey Odom John, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases
Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine

 

 

Talk title: “Towards Noninvasive Diagnosis of Malaria”


Tuesday, February 6, 2018
4:00 PM


Kiaran Kirk, Ph.D., D.Phil., FAHMS

Dean, ANU College of Science
The Australian National University

 

 

Talk title: “Membrane Transport Proteins as Antimalarial Drug Targets”


Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Matthias Lichterfeld, M.D., Ph.D.

Mass General Hospital
Ragon Institute

 

 

 

Talk title: “HIV Reservoirs in Adults and Neonates”


Wednesday, January 24, 2017


Sebastian Lourido, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

 

Talk title: “Genome-Wide Approaches to Characterize Apicomplexan Parasites”


Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Lee Gehrke, Ph.D.

Hermann von Helmholtz Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, MIT
Professor of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School

 

 

 

Talk title: “Detecting and Differentiating Dengue and Zika Virus Infections in Central and South America”


Friday, December 8, 2017


December Research Updates Seminar

Allison Fitzgerald Carey, M.D., Ph.D.
Fortune Lab

Talk title: “TnSeq of Mycobacterium tuberculosis clinical isolates reveals strain-specific antibiotic liabilities”

 

Usheer Kanjee, Ph.D.
Duraisingh Lab

Talk title: “Transferrin receptor is an essential host receptor for P. vivax reticulocyte tropism and invasion”

 


Wednesday, December 6, 2017


John Connor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Microbiology
Boston University School of Medicine

 


Talk title: “The Circulating Immune Response to Ebolavirus Infection”


Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Elke Muhlberger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine
Director, Biomolecule Production Core, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL)

 

Talk title: “Filovirus Pathogenesis – Lessons Learned from Ebola’s Neglected Cousins”


Friday, November 17, 2017


November Research Updates Seminar

Peter Dumoulin, Ph.D.
Burleigh Lab

Talk title: “Trypanosoma cruzi Intracellular Amastigotes Regulate Progression through their Cell Cycle Under Stress to Promote Persistence and Survive Drug Toxicity”

 

Rachel Rudlaff
Ph.D. Candidate, Dvorin Lab

Talk title: “Neighbor-omics: Applying Proximity Labeling to Identify Critical Factors for and Essential Plasmodium Kinase”


Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Tovi Lehmann, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research
NIAID, NIH

 


Talk title: “High-Altitude Wind-borne Migration of Mosquito Disease Vectors”


Friday, November 3, 2017


November Research Updates Seminar

Bobby Brooke Herrera
Ph.D. Candidate, Kanki Lab

Talk title: “Human Immune Status and Responses to Zika and Dengue Viruses in West Africa”

 

Brian Russo, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Goldberg Lab

Talk title: “Activation of the Bacterial Type 3 Secretion System by Host Intermediate Filaments”

 


Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Roberto Kolter, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Harvard Medical School

 

 

Talk title: “The Importance of Communicating Our Science to the Public”


Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Michael Pollastri, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Northeastern University

 

Talk title: “Adventures in Kinase Inhibitor Repurposing for Tropical Diseases Drug Discovery”


Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Monty Montano, Ph.D.

Faculty of Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

 

Talk title: “Atypical Skeletal Muscle Profiles in HIV+ Asymptomatic Middle-Aged Adults”


Tuesday, August 29, 2017


 

Daniel Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D.

David M. and Paula L. Kipnis Distinguished Professor
Departments of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology
Washington University in St. Louis

 

Talk Title: “Gotta Get Out: Egress of Plasmodium Proteins and Parasites”


Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 10:00am


Regina Joice Cordy, Ph.D.

Research Associate, Emory University

 

 

 

Talk Title: “High-resolution metabolomics on plasma from human and non-human primates reveals differences based on stage and species of malaria infection.”


Friday, April 28, 2017


 Malcom McConville, Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Melbourne

 

 

Talk Title: “The Metabolism of Intracellular Parasites; A Key Determinant of Virulence”


Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Sarah Cobey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ecology & Evolution
University of Chicago

 

 

Talk Title: “Evolution, Immunity, and the Control of Influenza”


Friday, April 21, 2017


Peter Gilbert

Research Professor
Fred Hutch and Department of Bio-statistics
University of Washington

 

 


Talk Title:  “Neutralizing Antibody and viral Genetic Correlates of Vaccine Efficacy in Two Phase 3 Trials of the CYD-TDV Dengue Vaccine”

 


Friday, April 14, 2007


April Research Updates

Perrine Marcenac

Ph.D. Candidate, Catterrucia Lab

Talk Title: “A Key Reproductive Gene Affects the Tolerance of Anopheles Gambiae Mosquitos to Plasmodium Infections”

 

Allison Carey, M.D., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Fortune Lab

Talk Title: “TnSeq of M. Tuberculosis Clinical Isolates Reveals Strain-Specific Antibiotic Liabilities”


Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Scott Hensley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Microbiology
University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Graduate Studies

 

 

 

Talk Title: “Immune History and Seasonal Influenza Virus Susceptibility”

 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 10am


Daniel Neafsey

Associate Director, Genomic Center for Infectious Disease, Broad Institute

 

 

 

Talk Title: “TEMPUS FUGIT: Longitudinal Population Genomics to Study the Architecture of Anti-Malarial Drug Resistance”


Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Bree Aldridge, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology,
Tufts Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Services

 

 

 

Talk Title: “Adding it Up: Mycobacterial Growth, Division, and Drug Susceptibility”

 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017


 

Alexis Kaushansky, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Center for Infectious Disease Research

 

 

 

Talk Title: “Interrogating the Interface Between Pathogen and Host during Plasmodium Liver Infection”

FXB 301 – 10:00 am


Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Marla Keller, M.D.

Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Talk Title: “Sustained Vaginal Delivery of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate for HIV and Herpes Prevention”

Also sponsored by:
Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms


Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Sumit Vinayak, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases

 

 

 

Talk Title: “Molecular Genetics of the Diarrheal Pathogen Cryptosporidium parvum – Unraveling Parasite Biology and Identifying Novel Therapeutic Targets”

FXB 301 – 10:00am


Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Bruce D. Walker, M.D.

Director, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard and Harvard University Center for AIDS Research
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Professor of the Practice, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

 

 

Talk Title: “Hyperacute HIV Infection”


Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Daniel Weinberger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)
Yale School of Public Health

 

 

 

Talk Title: “Implications of Pathogen Interactions for Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines”

 


Friday, March 10, 2017


March Research Updates

Bobby Brooke Herrera

Ph.D. Candidate, Kanki Group

Talk Title: “Continued Transmission of Zika Virus in Humans in West Africa, 1992-2016”

 

Ed T. Ryan, M.D., DTM&H

Secondary Faculty Member

Talk Title: “Plasma and Memory B Cell Responses Targeting O-Specific Polysaccharide (OSP) Are Associated With Protection Against Vibrio Cholerae O1 Infection Among Household Contacts of Cholera Patients in Bangladesh”


Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Aimee Shen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Tufts University

 

 


Talk Title: “Constructing and Reviving Clostridium diffiicile Spores”

 


Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Dan Barouch, M.D., Ph.D.

Center for Virology and Vaccine Research
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School

 

Talk Title: “How Close Are We to a Zika Virus Vaccine?”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Dan Kahne, Ph.D.

Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Harvard University

 

 

Talk Title: “Molecular Machines that Build Membranes”


Friday, February 10, 2017


February Research Updates

Rebecca Zash, M.D.

Shapiro Group

Talk Title: “Evaluating Important Clinical Questions in PMTC using Birth Outcomes surveillance in Botswana”

Hsiao-Han Chang, Ph.D.

Lipsitch Lab

Talk Title: “Sequence-Based Design of a Sero-Diagnostic for Arboviruses”

 


February 8, 2017


Katherine Ruiz De Luzuriaga, M.D.

Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Program in Molecular Medicine

 


Talk Title: “Early Antiretroviral Therapy and HIV-1 Persistance in Children”


Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Hidde Ploegh, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator
Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Division of Molecular Biology
Department of Medicine
Boston Children’s Hospital

Talk Title: “Using Nanobodies: Phenotypic Screens, Visualization of an Immune Response”


Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Rochelle Walensky, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine
Harvard Catalyst
Massachusetts General Hospital

 

Talk Title: “How Do You Know You Have Made a Policy Difference? The Cost-Effectiveness of HIV Care and Prevention”


Wednesday, January 18, 2017


 

Johanna Daily, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

 

Talk Title: “Observational Studies of Plasmodium Falciparum Infected Individuals Reveal Protective Host Mechanisms in Cerebral Malaria and Clinical Immunity”