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Upcoming Seminars

(Tuesdays 4:00 pm from Sep 27, 2022)

Tuesday, September 27 - Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry at UTHSC
Klaus Schughart (                   
Title: The host response to viral infections in humans and mice         
Tuesday, October 4 - Technical University Braunshweig
Martin Korte (     
Title: Long-term effects of immunostimulation on synaptic plasticity and Neurodegeneration
(MIB joint seminar)
Tuesday, October 18 - Washington University
Michael Gale (
Title: Innate immunity and control of RNA virus infection
(MIB joint seminar)
Tuesday, October 25 - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (SJCRH)
Stacey Schultz-Cherry  (
Title: Influenza in Vulnerable Populations
(MIB join seminar)
(in person planned)
Tuesday, November 8 - FUJIFILM VisualSonics
Title: High resolution multi‐modal imaging in preclinical models using the Vevo 3100/LAZR‐X 
(open if in person or Zoom)
Tuesday, November 15 - University of Pennsylvania
Title: TENTATIVE - Coronaviruses: History, Biology and Innate Immune Antagonism      
(in person planned)
Tuesday, November 22 - Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine
Jacob Yount  (
Title: Innate immunity protein IFITM3 limits pandemic virus emergence and disease severity      
(in person planned)

Past Seminars

Fall 2021

November 9: Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, PhD, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "Targeting innate immunity and PANoptosis for the treatment of inflammatory and infectious diseases"

October 26: Charles Dela Cruz, MD, PhD, Yale University. "Type I and Type III Interferons in COVID‐19"

October 11: Tony Wang, Office of Vaccines and Research, FDA. "Rational Design of a Live Attenuated SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Candidate" 

September 28: Joel Wertheim, PhD, associate professor of Medicine, UC San Diego. “Current perspective of the origin of SARS-CoV-2” 

September 7: Amber Smith, PhD, associate professor of Pediatrics. "COVID‐19 virtual patient cohort suggests immune mechanisms driving disease outcomes" 

Spring 2021

July 29: Marcus T. Cicerone, PhD, and Ronit Sharon-Frilling, PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology. "Viral Envelopment and Host Cell Membrane Remodeling Mechanisms Explored with Label-Free Coherent Raman Microscopy" 

April 20: Brandt D. Pence, PhD, assistant professor, College of Health Sciences, University of Memphis. "SARS-CoV-2 spike protein induced immunometabolic activation in monocytes which can be blocked by metformin" 

March 30: Colleen Jonsson, PhD, director of the RBL and ISHPS, and Amber Smith, PhD, associate professor of Pediatrics. "The Emergence and Importance of SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern" 

March 9: Heather Smallwood, assistant professor of Pediatrics. "Clinical, immunological, and virological characterization of COVID-19 in children and adults: updates from the CIViC-19 study"

Aug 22, 2022