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2008 Fall Seminar Series

Sponsored by Ewing Halsell Foundation of San Antonio

Seminars held from 9:30-10:30 am at the UTSA main campus in BSE 3.106


August 29, 2008

Regulation of Host Gene Expression by Geminivirus AL2 Protein
Gabriela Lacatus, PhD, Student, UTSA, CMB Program

September 5, 2008

The Role of Dendritic Cells in the Immune Response to Cryptococcus neoformans
Dr. Karen Wozniak, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School

September 12, 2008

Microarray Analysis of Gene Expression in the Southern Cattle Tick Associated with Infection by Babesia bovis, the Causative Agent of Cattle Fever
Dr. Felix Guerrero, PhD, Research Physiologist - Insects Microbiology, Immunology, USDA-Kerrville

September 19, 2008

Proteomic and Functional Studies of the Molecular Interactions Between Trypanosoma cruzi and Host Cells
Dr. Igor Almeida, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, UT El Paso

September 26, 2008

HCV Infection and Vaccine Strategies
Dr. Krishna K. Murthy, PhD, Scientist Department of Virology & Immunology, SFBR, San Antonio

October 3, 2008

The Effects of Aging on Tolerance to AChR, the Autoanitgen in Myasthenia gravis
Dr. Ellen Kraig, PhD, Professor of Cellular & Structural Biology, UTHSCSA

October 10, 2008

The Host Response to Chlamydiae – New Directions
Dr. Roger Rank, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Arkansas, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute

October 17, 2008

Cellular Bioengineering: Models for Vascular Pathophysiology and Toxicology
Anand K Ramasubramanain, PhD, Assistant Professor, UTSA

October 24, 2008

Now Infecting More Than 3 Billion People: Helicobacter pylori, the Most Successful Pathogen in the World
Dr. Scotty Merril, PhD, Assistnat Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Maryland

October 31, 2008

Host-Virus Interactions: From Pathogenesis to Therapeutics of an Oncogenic Herpesvirus Associated with AIDS-Kaposi’s Sarcoma
Dr. Shou-Jiang Gao, PhD, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology & Molecular Medicine, UTHSCSA

November 7, 2008

Host-Pathogen Interactions in the Development of Lyme Disease and Melioidosis
Dr. Mark Wooten, PhD, Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Medical College of Ohio

November 14, 2008

Genetic Dissection of Candida albicans Biofilm Formation
Dr. Aaron Mitchell, PhD, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

November 21, 2008

Tackling the Genetically "Intractables": New Insights into the Biology of Obligate Bacterial Pathogens through Functional Genomics
Dr. Raphael Valdivia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Duke University

November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Break

December 5, 2008


December 12, 2008

Cytolysin-Mediated Perforation of the Phagocytic Vacuole: Application to Antigen Discovery and Vaccine Development
Dr. Darrin Higgins, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Genetics, Harvard University