Seminar Schedule, Fall 2017 - Winter 2018: Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology
School of Medicine, WSU Room 2268, Scott Hall | 11:30 am – 12:25 pm


Speaker: Xiaoping Zhong, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University
Title: Signal control of invariant T cell development and function
Host: Dr. Qing-Sheng Mi, Henry Ford Health System


Speaker:Joseph Brunzelle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dept. of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry and Life Sciences Collaborative Access Team, Argonne, IL
Title:"Structural Biology and LS-CAT at the Advanced Photon Source."
Host: Dr. Ladislau Kovari


Speaker:David Crich, Ph.D. Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, WSU
Title:  "Shaping Next Generation Aminoglycoside Antibiotics for Treatment of Multidrug Resistant Diseases.
Host: Dr. Ladislau Kovari

10-03-2017 - Orten Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Michael Levin, Professor, Vannevar Bush Chair
Director, Allen Discovery Center at Tufts, and Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology Morphological and behavioral information processing in living systems           
Title: Rewriting bioelectrical pattern memories for the control of growth and form: exploiting somatic primitive cognition for regenerative medicine.
Host: BMI graduate students and Dr. Domenico Gatti


Speaker:  Shari Pilon-Thomas, Ph.D., Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
Title: Adoptive Cell Therapy with Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes
Host: Wei-Zen Wei, PhD

10-17-2017 - Faculty Candidate

Speaker: Eric Sebzda, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. Division of Molecular Pathogenisis, Vanderbilt University Medical Ctr, Nashville, TN.
Title: Targeting immune regulators to treat autoimmunity and cancer.
Host: Dr. Harley Tse    

10-31-2017 -Faculty Candidate

Speaker: Heather M. Gibson, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Oncology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Title: Genetic Linkage analysis and immunoPET imaging to identify regulators of immunotherapy response.
Host: Dr. Harley Tse         


Speaker: Yuru Liu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, University of Illinois at Chicago,
College of Medicine
Title: Regulation of alveolar type II Cells in in the repair of lung injury.           
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang 

11-28-2017 - Faculty Candidate

Speaker: Wook-Jin Chae, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, Department of Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine
Title: Dickkopf-1 (DKK-1): A new immunomodulator of inflammatory diseases.
Host: Dr. Harley Tse     


Speaker: John Guatelli, M.D., Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego
Title:"How HIV-1 Vpu and Nef Co-op Endosomal Trafficking Pathways to Evade Host Immunity."
Host: Dr. Raghavendar Thipparthi


12-19-2017- Faculty Candidate

Speaker: Dr. Min Wu, M.D. Professor of Immunology & Microbiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of North Dakota
Title: Can non-coding RNA's Regulate Inflammation in Bacterial Infection
Host: Dr. Harley Tse

01-12-2018 - Immunology Focus Group

Speaker: Jun Lu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Yale University.
Title: Non-Cell-Intrinsic Mechanisms in the Control of Leukemia and Melanoma
Host: Qing-Sheng Mi, M.D., Ph.D. HFHS


Speaker: Andrew Winters, Post-Doc, K. Theis Lab
Title: The perinatal microbiome and its future role in precision medicine.
Host: Dr. Kevin Theis


Speaker: Dr. Wanqing Liu, Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Pharmacy, Wayne State University
Title: "Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Diseaes: Genetics, Diet and Precision Medicine"
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang

01-30-2018         **Cancelled: Rescheduled for 2/20/18

Speaker: Scott Rothbart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
Title: Functional proteomics approaches to annotate the lysine methylome
Host: Biochemistry Students

02-06-2018 - Immunology Focus Group

Speaker: Jeffrey Frelinger, Ph.D. Professor of Immunobiology, University of Arizona
Title:  New Genetic Tools for Mouse Immunologists
Host: Wei-Zen Wei, Wayne State University
Location: Wertz Auditorium, Hudson Webber Cancer Research Building, 4100 John R Street.
Time: 12:15 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.


Speaker: Penelope Higgs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Wayne State University
Title: "Signaling Networks Controlling Cell Fate Segregation in the Multicellular Developmental Program of Myxococcus Xanthus"
Host: Dr. Bharati Mitra


Speaker:  Scott Rothbart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
Title: "Functional Proteomics Approaches to Annotate the Lysine Methylome"
Host: Biochemistry Students


Peter Ma, Ph.D., Biologic & Materials Sciences, Professor, University of Michigan     
Title: Biomimetic environment for stem cells and regeneration
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang


03-06-2018 Immunology Focus Group

Wertz Auditorium (Hudson Webber Cancer Research Center, 2nd Floor) 4100 John R., Detroit, MI 48201
Time: 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm
Speaker: Luc Van Kaer, Ph.D., Elizabeth and John Shapiro Chair, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University
Title: Interactions between the Immune and Metabolic Systems
Host: Dr. Qing-Sheng Mi and Henry Ford Health System

03-13-2018     NO SEMINAR -  SPRING BREAK WEEK      


Speaker: Dr. Jian Hu, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University     
Title: Structural Biology of the ZIP metal transporters
Host: Dr. Bharati Mitra


Speaker: Dr. Nobukiko Kamada, University of Michigan
Title: TBA
Host: Dr. He

04-03-2018 Immunology Focus Group 


Speaker: Laurie Krug, Stony Brook University, New York
Title: Herpesvirus Pathogenesis
Host: Dr. Philip Pellett


Speaker: Dr. Sabra Klein, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Title: TBA
Host: Microbiology and Immunology Students

Speaker: Dr. Huangtian Yang, M.D., Principal Investigator, Head of Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology, Shanghai Instutues for Biological Sciences, Chinese academy of Sciences, Shanghai China
Title: "Plurpipotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiac Lineage Cells and Cardiac Repair."
Host: Dr. Jianjun Wang

Speaker: Dr. James Alwine, Emaritus Professor, Department. of Cancer Biology, University of Pennsylvania
Title: TBA
Host: Dr. Philip Pellett

05-08-2018  Immunology Focus Group 

Speaker: Aaron M. Newman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science, Stanford University
Title: TBD
Host: Donovan Watza, Wayne State University MD/PhD Program

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