Prior Basic Science Seminar Series

2008
Alexander R Horswill, Ph.D., Univ of Iowa, IA
Staphylococcus Aureus Biofilm Dispersal.

Nora Chapman, Ph.D., UNMC, Pathology and Microbiology, NE
Defective Enteroviruses and Human Heart Disease.

Richard Lloyd, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX:
RNA Virus Regulation of Cellular MMA Stress Granules and Processing Bodies.

Nora Sarvetnick, Ph.D., UNMC, Department of Surgery-Transplant, NE
The Regulation of Immunity.

Zhixin (Jason) Zhang, Ph.D., UNMC, Pathology and Microbiology, NE
Pax5, The Master Regulator for B Cell Development and Function.

Kaihong Su, Ph.D., UNMC, Pathology and Microbiology, NE
Abnormal Immune Regulations in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

2009
Demin Wang, Ph.D., Blood Research Institute, Blood Center of Wisconsin, WI
Signal Regulation of B Cells.

James Hagman, Ph.D., University of Colorado, CO
EBF, Epigenetic Reprogramming and the Control of B Cell Development.

Nicole LaRonde-LeBlanc, Ph.D., University of Maryland, MD
Structural and Functional Studies of Ribosomal RNA Processing Factors.

James Talmadge, Ph.D., UNMC, Pathology and Microbiology, NE
Regulation of MDSC by the Tumor Microenvironment.

Mark Atkinson, Ph.D., University of Florida, FL
Unlocking the Cure for Type 1 Diabetes: What is the Right Combination?

Tammy Kielian, Ph.D., UNMC, Pathology and Microbiology, NE
Toll-like Receptors at the Interface of Anti-Bacterial Immunity and Tissue Injury in the Brain.

Jack Tanner, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, MO
Structural Biology of Proline Catabolism.

Ferric C. Fang, M.D., University of Washington School of Medicine, WA
Antimicrobial Actions of Nitric Oxide.

George O'Toole, Jr., Ph.D., Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH
To Build a Biofilm.

Shi-Jian Ding, Ph.D., UNMC, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, NE
Mass spectrometry-based proteomics: recent development and applications.

Diane Allen-Gipson, Ph.D., UNMC, Internal Medicine, NE
Cigarette Smoke, Hydrogen Peroxide and NADPH Oxidase their Role in Adenosine-mediated Airway Wound Repair.

Daniel Wozniak, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, OH
The matrix of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms.

Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, PA
MicroRNA pathways in B-lymphomagenesis.

Daniel Peterson M.D.,Ph.D., Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE
IgA Mediated Homeostasis in the Gut.

Asit Pattnaik, Ph.D., Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE
Regulation of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Gene Expression and Virus Assembly.

Runqing Lu, Ph.D., UNMC, Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy, NE
Molecular Mechanism Controlling B Lymphocyte Growth and Differentiation.

2010
Jason Bartz, Ph.D., Creighton University, NE
Interspecies Transmission and Adaptation of Prions:The Role of Strain Interference.

Mark Coggeshall, Ph.D., Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, OK
How Do B Cells Endocytose Antigens?

Yongfeng Lu, Ph.D., Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE
Laser Material Processing and Optical Spectroscopy.

Kai Fu, M.D., UNMC, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, NE
The Functional Role of miR-17~92 miRNAs in Mantle Cell Lymphoma.

Ann Feeney, Ph.D., Scripps Institute, CA
Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Antigen Receptor Gene Rearrangement.

Jon Jacobs, Ph.D., PNNL, Richland, WA
Proteomic Applications to Host/Viral Interactions.

Oluwatoyin Asojo, Ph.D., UNMC, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, NE
Structural Studies of Human Hookworm Vaccine Candidates.

Paul Drew, Ph.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, AR
Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors: Potential Modulators of Multiple Sclerosis.

Lisa Jones-Engel, Ph.D. , University of Washington-NPRC, WA
Synanthropic Primates and Disease Risk in Asia.

Rakesh Singh, Ph.D., UNMC, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, NE
Novel Therapeutic Targets for Bone Metastasis: Insights from Tumor-Bone Interaction.

Wei-Xing Zong, Ph.D., Stony Brook University, NY
Cancer Cell Metabolism, Survival, and Innate Immunity.

Michael R. Yeaman, Ph.D., David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, CA
Wits vs. Genes: Confronting Antibiotic Resistant Infections.

Marko Z. Radic, Ph.D., University of Tennessee - Memphis, TN
Histone Deimination: Roles in Autoimmunity and Neutrophil Biology.

Guangshun Wang, Ph.D., UNMC, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, NE
Tailoring the Wide Spectrum Human Cathelicidin into Microbe-Specific Antimicrobial Peptides to Boost Human Innate Immunity.

Paul Davis, Ph.D., UNO, Biology Department, NE
A Perfect Pathogen? Hi-throughput Studies on Toxoplasma Reveal Weaknesses.

2011
Dong Wang, Ph.D., UNMC, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, NE
Therapeutic Potential of Nanomedicines in the Treatment of Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases.

Jian Zhang, M.D., University of Chicago, IL
Regulation of T Cell Activation and Differentiation by E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Cbl-b.

Larry Suva, PhD, UAMS College of Medicine, AR
Tumor Progression and Bone.

Jessica Snowden, PhD, UNMC, Department of Pediatrics, NE
Development & Characterization of a Novel Model of Murine CNS Catheter Infection.

Rajendar Deora, PhD, University of Colorado-Denver, CO
Molecular Determinants of Bordetella Biofilm Development in the Mouse Respiratory Tract.

Christine Skibola , PhD, University of California, Berkeley, CA
GWAS and Beyond to Identify Genetic Determinants and Therapeutic Targets for Follicular Lymphoma.

Anthony A. Campagnari, Ph.D., University of Buffalo, NY 
The role of Acinetobacter baummannii biofilms in persistence and pathogenesis.

David M. Underhill, Ph.D., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, CA
Phagocytosis & Inflammation: What's the Connection?

Gordon L Archer, M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA
How Does Methicillin Resistance Get Around? Models for the Dissemination of SCCmec Among Staphylococci

Carlos Orihuela, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center
Pneumococcal Biofilms in the Nasopharynx: a Role for Immune Evasion

Frank DeLeo, Ph.D. NIH, Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Evasion of Innate Host Defense by Bacterial Pathogens

Aleksey V Tolmachev, Ph.D., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Advanced Mass Spectrometry Platforms for Biomedical Research

Dorian McGavern, Ph.D., NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Illuminating Innate and Adaptive Anti-viral Immunity in the Living Brain

Daniel Medina, Ph.D., The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Identification and Expansion of Mantle Cell Lymphoma-Initiating Cells

Paul Fey, Ph.D., Pathology and Microbiology, UNMC
Staphylococcal Pathogenesis and the Link to Bacterial Metabolism

2012
Barry Sleckman, M.D., Ph.D., Washington University
DNA Double Strand Break Repair and Lymphomagenesis

Jan Burger, M.D., Ph.D., The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Microenvironment in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL): new insight into disease biology and new therapeutic targets

Matthew Zimmerman, Ph.D., Department of Cellular and Intergrative Physiology, UNMC
Oxidants and Antioxidants in Angiotensin II Intra-Neuronal Signaling and Neurogenic Hypertension

Bradley Britigan, M.D., Internal Medicine, UNMC
Bacterial Iron Metabolism: Target for a Novel Antimicrobial Strategy Using Gallium

Tammy Kielian, Ph.D., Pathology and Microbiology, UNMC
S. aureus Biofilms: Identifying Mechanisms of Immune Evasion and Strategies for Therapeutic Intervention

Jorge Escalante, Ph.D.,University of Wisconsin-Madison
Impact of Lysine Acylation on Prokaryotic Cell Physiology

Jeffrey N Weiser, M.D., University of Pennsylvania
Co-Infections Subvert Mucosal Immunity

Wei-Jun Qian, Ph.D., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Protein Quantification and Functional Proteomics Characterization Using Mass Spectrometry

David Lo, M.D., Ph.D., University of California
M cells: The Ultimate Mucosal Immune Surveillance Machine

Nancy Olsen, M.D., Pennsylvania State University
Early Warning Signals for Critical Transitions in Autoimmune Disease 

2013
Steven D. Carson, Ph.D., Pathology and Microbiology, UNMC
Coxsackievirus B3 Receptor, Ligands, and Stability

Richard L. Klemke, Ph.D., UC San Diego & Moores Cancer Center
'Finger Printing' Invasive Protrusions Reveals Metastatic Culprits

Amanda Ramer-Tait, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Microbial Provocation and Susceptibility to Gastrointestinal Inflammation

William B. Rizzo, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, UNMC
Sjogren-Larsson syndrome: molecular genetics and biochemical pathogenesis

Philip C. Hanna, Ph.D., University of Michigan Medical School
Using your host: B. anthracis and anthrax

Vinai Chittezham Thomas, Ph.D., Pathology and Microbiology, UNMC
Bacterial Programmed Cell Death: Evidence and Implications

Devendra K. Agrawal, Ph.D.(Biochem), Ph.D.(Med. Sciences),MBA, MS (ITM), FAAAAI, FAHA, FAPS
Immunomodulatory Role of Vitamin D In Coronary Artery Disease

Douglas Reed, Ph.D., The University of Pittsburg
Efficacy of Live Attenuated Vaccines Against Pneumonic Tularemia in a Rabbit Model

Jill R. Blankenship, Ph. D., University of Nebraska-Omaha
The role of septins in the pathogenesis and anti fungal drug susceptibility of the human pathogen Candida albicans"

Andrew K. Benson, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Convergence of host genetics and environmental factors shape the species composition and functional content of the gut microbiome

Susan Hafenstein, Ph.D., Penn State Hershey Medical School
Structural studies of virus entry and virus-host protein interactions

2014

Joseph F. Petrosino, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX
The human microbiome in health, disease, and death

Mark P. Brynildsen, Ph.D., Princeton University
Metabolism and its role in bacterial persistence

Gary Dunny, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Adaptation of Enterococcus faecalis to Biofilm and In vivo growth

Pamela Brown, Ph.D., University of Missouri 
Polar growth of the bacterial plant pathogen, Agrobacterium tumefaciens

Vincent A. Fischetti, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University
Exploiting what phage have evolved over a billion years to control pathogenic bacteria

Francisco J. Quintana, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Regulation of CNS autoimmunity

Elizabeth A. Grice, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Skin microbiome-host interactions in health and disease

Blake Wiedenheft, Ph.D., Montana State University
A CRISPR immune response to viral infections in Bacteria

Victor Huber Ph.D., University of South Dakota
Influenza virus: Superinfection and immunity

Katherine P. Lemon, M.D., Ph.D., The Forsyth Institute
Nose Picking for Progress: Mining the Nostril Microbiome for New Insights into Pathobionts

Tod Merkel, Ph.D., Food and Drug Admin
Pertussis Disease and Transmission

2015

Diane R. Bielenberg, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Neuropilins Modulate Physiological and Pathological Angiogenesis & Lymphangiogenesis

Carol Fassbinder-Orth, Ph.D., Creighton University
Alphavirus dynamics in a unique avian host and cimicid bug vector system: What the Buggy Creek Virus system can teach us about arbovirus ecology

Simon J. Foster, Ph.D., University of Sheffield, UK
Staphylococcus aureus: A super bug!

Shailesh Singh, Ph.D., Morehouse School of Medicine
Outsmarting Cancer Cells: Recruiting Diverse Roads to Death

Nancy Freitag, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
From soil to cytosol: the pathogenic transition of the environmental bacterium Listeria monocytogene

Chia Lee, Ph.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Regulation of Virulence in Staphylococcus aureus

Irina Artsimovitch, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Transformer proteins in control of xenogenes expression

Nita Salzman,M.D., Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin
Paneth cells, the microbiome, and Crohn's disease susceptibility

Mariano Sanchez-Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director, Center for Genome Science, USAMRIID
Immunomics: using Next-Generation DNA Sequencing to dissect the immune response to infectious diseases

Dennis Metzger, Ph.D.,Theobald Smith Alumni Chair,Director, Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease, Albany Medical College
Innate protection against influenza virus infection

2016
 
Lynn Hancock, Ph.D.,Associate Professor and Murphy Scholar,Co-Director, Beckman Scholars Program, University of Kansas
The role of peptide signaling in Enterococcus faecalis

Mary Nakamura, MD,Associate Professor of Medicine,Division of Rheumatology, University of California at San Francisco
Macrophages and Osteoclasts: Regulators of Bone and Immunity in Inflammatory Arthritis and Aging

David Ucker, Ph.D.,Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine
Life After Cell Death: Innate Apoptotic Immunity and Pathogen Subversion

Anne Davidson, MBBS, Investigator, Feinstein Institute, Professor of Molecular Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
A systems approach to renal inflammation in SLE

Jim Rogers, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Recent results from large-scale models of complex biochemical systems

Jovanka Voyich-Kane, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Montana State University,
Evading the Neutrophil:  Strategies of Staphylococcus aureus

Paul McCray, M.D., Roy J. Carver Chair  Pulmonary Research, Professor and Executive Vice Chair Department of Pediatrics,University of Iowa
Airway host defense defects in cystic fibrosis:lessons from animal models

Courtney Aldrich, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota
Design of Antibiotics for Tuberculosis