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2013-2014 Seminar Schedule

Immunology and Microbial Sciences Affinity Group ImageSeminars are held Thursdays @ 12:00 - 1:00 pm in The Committee Lecture Hall of the Molecular Biology Building at Scripps Research in California, unless otherwise noted.

Students and post-docs at Scripps Research can reserve a space for lunch with the speaker by calling Daniella Carlson at (858)784-2776. Click here for past schedule.

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2013 Schedule

Masatsugu Ohora, PhD     

Associate Professor
Kyushu University, Japan

 “Store-operated calcium entry and T cell development”


Christian Hennig, MD   


CEO and co-founder of Zellkraftwerk

Hannover, Germany

 “Chipcytometry - Technology and Applications”


Hongbo Chi, PhD 


Associate Member, Immunology

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

 “mTOR signaling and metabolic control of T cell quiescence and suppression”


Amy Kenter, PhD

Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immununology

College of Medicine

University of Illinois at Chicago

 “Hyper-IgE in Omenn syndrome may arise from unscheduled isotype switching in bone marrow pro-B cells”


Alan Sher, PhD     


Chief, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases


 “IL-1/Type-1 IFN cross-talk in tuberculosis: a target for immunotherapy?”


K. Mark Ansel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology

UC San Francisco

“miRNA regulation of helper T cell responses” 



Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, Ph.D.       


Associate Member, Immunology

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

“Regulators of inflammatory response”


Facundo Batista, PhD    


Head, Lymphocyte Interaction Laboratory

London Research Institute

IAVI Lecture “Dynamic imaging of Lymphocyte activation – from single molecule to living tissue”


Douglas Green, Ph.D.

Member, St. Jude Faculty
Chair, Immunology

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

“DOA: How Caspases Promote and Prevent Cell Death and Development”


2014 Schedule

**Special Tuesday Seminar**

Nicholas Gascoigne, Ph.D.                             

Professor, Head of Dept. of Microbiology

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine :: National University of Singapore

“Themis regulates SHP1 to set the signalling threshold between positive and negative thymocyte selection”


When & Where:

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Committee Lecture Hall

MBB, Skaggs Institute / The Scripps Research Institute



Ken Dorshkind, Ph.D.


Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UCLA School of Medicine

“Evolving patterns of lymphopoiesis from embryogenesis through senescence”


**Special Monday Seminar**

Ellen Rothenberg, Ph.D.                                    

Professor, Division of Biology

California Institute of Technology

“Molecular dissection of the early T-cell lineage commitment program”


When & Where:

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Committee Lecture Hall

MBB, Skaggs Institute / The Scripps Research Institute



Barry Sleckman, M.D., Ph.D.    


Professor, Pathology and Immunology

Chief, Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine

Washington University St. Louis

“At the Intersection of DNA Damage Responses and Immune Responses”


**Special Friday Seminar**

Frederick Alt, Ph.D.                                    

Professor of Genetics and Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Antibody Diversity, Genome Stability, and Cancer”


When & Where:

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Committee Lecture Hall

MBB, Skaggs Institute / The Scripps Research Institute


George Georgiou, Ph.D.


Dept. of Chemical Engineering

Dept. of Biomedical Engineering

Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology

Univ. of Texas, Austin

“What's in your Blood?  Molecular-level Deconvolution of the Human Serological and B Cell Responses”


**Special Wednesday Seminar**

Jiahuai Han, Ph.D.    


Professor :: School of Life Sciences, Xiamen University
Adjunct Professor :: TSRI

“Molecular Mechanisms of TNF-induced necrosis (Necroptosis)”

When & Where:

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Committee Lecture Hall

MBB, Skaggs Institute / The Scripps Research Institute


Jeff Rathmell, Ph.D.          


Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Associate Professor of Immunology
Director of Graduate Studies, Pharmacology

Duke University School of Medicine

 “Lymphocyte Metabolism in Immunity and Leukemia”


Pippa Marrack, Ph.D.


Immunology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Medicine;

HHMI Investigator
Integrated Department of Immunology

University of Colorado

“A subpopulation of B cells that may link viral infections and autoimmunity”


Daniel Campbell, Ph.D.

Associate Member
Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Benaroya Research Institute, Seattle

“Control of regulatory T cell homeostasis and function”


Robert Schreiber, PhD                 


Alumni Endowed Professor, Pathology and Immunology

Professor, Molecular Microbiology

Washington University St. Louis

 “Using genomics to define cancer immunoediting and personalize cancer immunotherapy”


Wendy Garrett, M.D., Ph.D.    


Assistant Professor
Dept. of Immunology and Infectious Diseases,

Harvard School Of Public Health

 “The gut microbiota in colorectal cancer and colitis”


Emmanuelle Passegué, Ph.D.      CANCELED

Associate Professor
Department of Medicine (Division of Hematology/Oncology)




**Special Monday Seminar**

James Hagman, Ph.D.   

Integrated Dept. of Immunology
National Jewish Health

“Epigenetic regulation of early B cell transcription and development”

When & Where:

Monday, Apr. 7, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Committee Lecture Hall

MBB, Skaggs Institute / The Scripps Research Institute


Shannon Turley, Ph.D.         CANCELED

Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunobiology

Harvard Medical School

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute



Erika Pearce, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Immunology

Washington University St. Louis

 “Metabolic Regulation of T Cell Function and Fate”



Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D.

Chief, Mucosal Immunology Section
Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases


“Commensal control of tissue immunity”


Mark M. Davis, Ph.D.      CANCELED


Director, Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

HHMI Investigator



Prof. Dale Godfrey, Ph.D.    


Department of Microbiology and Immunology

University of Melbourne, Australia

President, Australasian Society for Immunology

“The growing family of innate-like T cells”

Seminar sponsored by:

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Jerome Zack, Ph.D.   


Professor, Depts. of Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics

Associate Director, UCLA AIDS Institute


“Novel Means To Target HIV Infection”


**Special Seminar**

Isaac Krauss, PhD                                                

Assistant Professor, Dept. Of Chemistry

Brandeis University

“Directed Evolution of Carbohydrate Clusters in the Design of HIV Immunogens”

Jointly sponsored by the Cell and Molecular Biology and the Immunology Affinity Groups, co-hosted by Drs. James C. Paulson and Dennis Burton.


When & Where:

Thursday, May 22, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater

The Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences


Sankar Ghosh, Ph.D.  


Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

Chairman, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Columbia University

 “NF-kB in Inflammation and Immunity”


Iannis Aifantis, Ph.D.            CANCELED   


Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology

New York University
HHMI Early Career Scientist



Jointly sponsored by the Cancer Affinity and Immunology Affinity Groups, hosted by Dr. Karsten Sauer.


Linda Wicker, Ph.D.              


Professor of Immunogenetics
Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

University of Cambridge  

“Unraveling causality:  type 1 diabetes-associated human polymorphisms in the IL2 and CTLA4 pathways”


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