Microbiology & Immunology

Interaction-driven molecule discovery from host-microbe symbioses

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Marcy Balunas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Medicinal Chemistry
Associate Professor in Marine Science
Associate Professor in Chemistry
Affiliate Faculty, Marine Sciences and Technology Center
Affiliate Faculty, Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Research Associate, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut

Refreshments will be served

Integration of Genomic and Epidemiologic Data to Detect Hospital Transmission of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Shawn Hawken, Ph.D. Candidate (Snitkin Lab)
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Michigan Medical School

Dissertation Seminar

This dissertation seminar will be available both in person (5330 Med. Sci. I) and by BlueJeans web conferencing (see link above)

#Resist or #Persist, survival decisions of the intracellular pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Alfredo Torres, Ph.D.
Herman Barnett Distinguished Professor
Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology
Assistant Dean, Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
University of Texas Medical Branch

Molecular mechanisms at play in Vibrio cholerae’s environmental lifestyle

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Melanie Blokesch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of cholera, is considered to be an important model organism for studying infectious diseases. However, compared to its pathogenic potential, much less is known about the bacterium’s lifestyle in its primary habitat, the aquatic environment. Such environmental habitats often contribute to pathogen emergence, which is frequently accomplished through the acquisition of novel genetic information by means of horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Natural competence for transformation as a mode of HGT plays a key role in bacterial evolution and V.