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2012-2013 Seminar Schedule

September 2013 - June 2014

2012 Schedule

Lawrence Stern, PhD                                                             

Professor of Pathology

University of Massachusetts Medical School

“Insights into molecular mechanisms of antigen presentation and T cell activation, from crystal structures of ERAP1, HLA-DO, and SIV-Nef”


Pamela L. Schwartzberg, MD, PhD    

Senior Investigator, Genetic Disease Research Branch

National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

 “Regulating Lymphocyte Interactions: lessons from a Primary Immunodeficiency”


Abul K. Abbas, MD                                                                  

Professor and Chair,

Department of Pathology

University of California, San Francisco

“Controlling autoimmunity: the effector/regulatory T cell balance”


Kazuma Tomizuka, PhD                                                      

Vice president & Chief Scientific Officer

Kyowa Hakko Kirin California

“New approaches to explore in vivo gene functions and expressions: B-cell complementation system and human artificial chromosomes


Herbert "Skip" Virgin, MD, PhD                                           

Mallinckrodt Professor and Chair

Dept. of Pathology & Immunology

Washington Univ. School of Medicine

“Role of autophagy proteins in host defense and disease susceptibility”


Olivier Lantz, MD, PhD                                                                 

Research Director ::  Immunity and Cancer

Institut Curie, France

“Mucosal Associated Invariant T cells: an evolutionarily conserved subset with anti-microbial activity”


Charles P. Lin, PhD                                            

Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology

Harvard Medical School

“Optical techniques for cell tracking in live animals”


Mitchell Kronenberg, PhD       

President and Chief Scientific Officer
Autoimmune Research; Developmental Immunology

La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology

“Diverse roles of HVEM, a TNF super family receptor, in controlling immune responses at mucosal surfaces”


2013 Schedule

Kenneth L. Rock, MD                                                             

Professor and Chair of Pathology

University of Massachusetts Medical School

“New insights into MHC class I presentation and T cell development”


Jonathan Yewdell, MD, PhD                            

Laboratory of Viral Diseases

Cellular Biology and Viral Immunology Section


“Adventures in Viral Immunology: Translating DRiPs”


**Special Friday Seminar**     CANCELED

Committee Lecture Hall @ 3 pm

Richard Flavell, PhD            

Professor and Chair, Immunobiology

Yale School of Medicine

Investigator, HHMI

 “Inflammasomes in health and disease”


Nilabh Shastri, PhD                                                               

Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis

Molecular & Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley

“Revealing the inner self.  Immune surveillance by killer T cells”


Paul H. Patterson, PhD                                                       

Professor of Biological Sciences

Division of Biology
California Institute of Technology

“Brain-Immune-Gut Connections in Autism and Schizophrenia”


Martin Kagnoff, MD       CANCELED

Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

Director of the Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology

UC San Diego


Patrick Wilson, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Section of Rheumatology
University of Chicago

“Human B cell responses to influenza: insights for vaccine development ”


Stephen Smale, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair

Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics

UCLA School of Medicine

“Selective regulation of pro-inflammatory gene expression”


Gary Koretzky, MD, PhD       

Professor of Medicine

Director, Signal Transduction Program

Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute

University of Pennsylvania

“TCR Signaling Mutants Uncover Rare Innate-like T cell Populations”


**Special Monday Seminar**

Imm. East Conference Room @ 4pm

Yina Huang, PhD  

Assistant Professor

Washington University

Department of Pathology and Immunology

“Signals driving T cell migration and activation”


Anthony DeFranco, PhD       


Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology

UC San Francisco

“Mechanisms of TLR stimulation of germinal center antibody responses”


William Robinson, MD, PhD   

Associate Professor
Division of Immunology and Rheumatology
Stanford University School of Medicine

 “Large-scale characterization of antibody repertoires”


Daniel B. Stetson, PhD     

Assistant Professor of Immunology

Department of Immunology
Univ. of Washington

 “Endogenous Retroelements and Autoimmune Disease”


Paul Allen, PhD                                                 

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Washington Univ. St. Louis

“Signaling and specificity of positive selection of CD4+ T cells”


Eric G. Pamer, MD                


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

“Microbiota-mediated defense against intestinal infection”


Frederick Alt, PhD           CANCELED

Professor of Genetics and Medicine

Harvard Medical School

“Antigen Receptor Locus Diversification, Genome Stability and Cancer in the Immune System”


**  New seminar just added **

William Schief, PhD      

Associate Professor of Immunology

Department of Immunology & Microbial Science

The Scripps Research Institute

"Epitope-focused vaccine design"


David Schatz, PhD       

Professor of Immunobiology

Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Yale School of Medicine

HHMI Investigator

 “Chaos in the genome:  (mis)targeting of V(D)J recombination and somatic hypermutation”


Averil Ma, MD, PhD       

Professor, Department of Medicine, Gastroenterology

UC San Francisco

 “Ubiquitination, immune homeostasis, and autoimmunity”


Erica Ollmann Saphire, PhD   


Department of Immunology & Microbial Science


 “Ebola VP40 rearranges into different structures for different functions”


Joseph G. Sodroski, MD      CANCELED

Professor of Microbiology and Immunobiology

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Harvard Medical School

 “Structure and Neutralization of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Envelope Glycoprotein Trimer”


Dario Vignali, PhD     

Member, St. Jude Faculty
Vice Chair, Immunology

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

“Molecular Control of Regulatory T cell Stability and Function”


Jenny Ting, PhD     

Alumni Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Director, Center for Translational Immunology

University of North Carolina

 “The NLR Family and It's Broad Role in Immunity


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