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2014-2015 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 The Scripps Research Institute in California, unless otherwise noted.

Students and post-docs at Scripps can reserve a space for lunch with the speaker by emailing Daniella Carlson.

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2014 Schedule

Eric Meffre, Ph.D.                                                

Associate Professor of Immunobiology and of Medicine (Immunology)
Yale University

“Intrinsic and extrinsic regulation of early B cell tolerance checkpoints”


Ellen Robey, PhD                                                

Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis

University of California, Berkeley

“Visualizing T cell selection in the thymus”


Alessandro Sette, PhD                                        

Center Head, Division Head, and Professor
Center for Infectious Disease; Division of Vaccine Discovery

La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology

“Evaluating Immune Responses by Comparison to Responses Associated with Severe Disease and Natural Immunity”


Emmanuelle Passegué, Ph.D.     

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


“The many faces of hematopoietic stem cells”


Sara Cherry, PhD    


Associate Professor of Microbiology

Penn Genome Frontiers Institute            
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

“Using genetic approaches to study antiviral immunity”


Hidde Ploegh, PhD        


Member, Whitehead Institute

Professor of Biology, MIT

“New Approaches to Visualizing Immune Cells”


Mark Anderson, MD, PhD     



Director, UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program

UCSF Diabetes Center

“Control of immune tolerance by Aire-expressing cells”


2015 Schedule

Janelle Ayres, PhD  

Assistant Professor
Department of Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis
The Salk Institute

“The intestinal microbiota protects against infection and inflammation induced pathology”


Michael A. Farrar, PhD                                     


Center for Immunology, Masonic Cancer Center

Dept. of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

University of Minnesota

“Cytokine Signaling and Regulatory T cell development”


John Schiller, PhD                                             

Head, Neoplastic Disease Section

Center for Cancer Research

National Cancer Institute/ NIH

“Why HPV VLP Vaccines Work So Well: Implications for Future Subunit Vaccines”


Michael Cahalan, PhD             

Distinguished Professor and Chair

Department of Physiology and Biophysics

University of California, Irvine

“Imaging T cell activation from lymph node to single molecules”

Host: Dr. Karsten Sauer


Linda Sherman, PhD

Dept. of Immunology and Microbial Science

The Scripps Research Institute

AAI President 2014-2015

“The many roles of PTPN22 in the immune system”

Host: Dr. Wendy Havran


Kenneth Murphy, MD, PhD              


Professor, Pathology and Immunology

Washington Univ. St. Louis
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

“Transcriptional basis of DC diversification”


Lewis Lanier, PhD  


American Cancer Society Research Professor and Chair,

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

University of California, San Francisco

“Natural Killer cells in viral immunity”

Host: Dr. Karsten Sauer


David Wiest, PhD         


Professor, Immune Cell Development and Host Defense Program

Deputy Chief Scientific Officer

Fox Chase Cancer Center

 “Post-transcriptional control of T cell development and transformation”

Host: Dr. Wendy Havran


Iannis Aifantis, PhD               canceled


Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology

New York University
HHMI Early Career Scientist



**Special Seminar** 

Prof. William R. Heath, PhD, FAA          

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The Peter Doherty Institute,

The University of Melbourne

“Tissue resident memory T cells in viral and parasitic disease”

Monday, Mar. 16, 2015 @ 12 noon
The Committee Lecture Hall

MBB, Skaggs Institute / The Scripps Research Institute

Host: Dr. Linda Sherman


Bryan R. Cullen, PhD        


Professor, Dept. of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Director, Center for Virology

Duke University

“Viruses and microRNAs”                                   

Host: Dr. Changchun Xiao


Gabriel Victora, PhD 


Principal Investigator/ Whitehead Fellow

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

“Cellular and clonal dynamics in germinal centers”

Host: Dr. Lars Hangartner


Carl Ware, PhD            


Professor & Director

Infectious and Inflammatory Disease Center

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

“Translating Information Flow in the LIGHT-Lymphotoxin Network”

Host: Dr. Linda Sherman


Shannon Turley, PhD      

Principal Scientist, Cancer Immunology


“Regulation of Leukocyte Function and Territoriality by Stromal Cells”

Host: Dr. Dwight Kono


James Paulson, PhD                                       

Acting President and CEO

Professor and Chair, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

The Scripps Research Institute

“Siglecs as sensors of self”

Host: Dr. Karsten Sauer


**Special Monday Seminar** 

Nicholas R.J. Gascoigne, PhD          Monday @ 1 PM

Provost’s Chair Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

National University of Singapore

 “Themis and the control of T cell signaling”


Host: Dr. Wendy Havran



Susan Kaech, PhD                 


Associate Professor of Immunobiology

HHMI Early Career Scientist

Yale School of Medicine

“Fattening up immunological memory”

Host: Dr. Michael McHeyzer-Williams


Ari Melnick, MD      


Gebroe Family Professor of Hematology/Oncology

Director, Sackler Center for Biomedical and Physical Sciences

Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology

Weill Cornell Medical College

“Epigenetic control of the humoral immune response”


**Special Monday Seminar**

Tannishtha Reya, PhD   Monday @ 1 canceled  


Professor of Pharmacology


“Imaging cancer heterogeneity and therapy resistance in real time”


Louis J. Picker, MD                            

Professor of Pathology/Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Head, Division of Pathobiology and Immunology

Oregon Health and Science University

“Cytomegalovirus Vectors: Exceptional Efficacy from Unconventional Cellular Immune Responses”


Luanne Peters, PhD 


The Jackson Laboratory

 “Phenotype-driven Approaches to Gene Discovery: Rasa3 and Inherited Anemia in scat Mice”

Jointly sponsored by the Cell and Molecular Biology and the Immunology Affinity Groups

Host: Dr. Velia Fowler


Ashley Haase, MD

Regents' Professor and Head

Department of Microbiology

University of Minnesota

 “Live Attenuated SIV Vaccine: Lessons for Designing an Effective HIV Vaccine”

Host: Dr. Michael Oldstone


Michael Carroll, PhD                                        


Professor of Pediatrics

Head, Graduate Program in Immunology :: Harvard Medical School

Senior Investigator, Pathology :: Boston Children's Hospital

“Regulation of immunity by lymph node stromal cells”

Host: Dr. Roberto Baccalà


Kai Wucherpfennig, MD, PhD       


Professor, Department of Neurology

Harvard Medical School

Professor and Co-chair, Cancer Immunology & AIDS

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

“In vivo discovery of novel targets for cancer immunotherapy”

Host: Dr. Luc Teyton


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