More than 140 students and researchers shared their findings during the annual conference, held May 15th.
Four keynote speakers presented:
- J. Andrew Alspaugh, MD
Duke University School of Medicine
“Hidden in Plain Sight: Microbial Immune Avoidance”
Mycology speaker, sponsored by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
- Peggy Cotter, PhD
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Medicine “CDI/CDS System Mediated Cooperation, Competition, and DNA Transposition in Burkholderia”
Bacteriology speaker, sponsored by Beckman-Coulter
- John M. Dye, Jr., PhD
"Flipping your mindset: an Ebola virus inspired tale"
Virology speaker, sponsored by the Witebsky Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
- Patricia Johnson, PhD
UCLA Molecular Biology Institute
“Host:parasite interactions between the sexually transmitted parasite: Trichomonas vaginalis and its human host”
Parasitology speaker, sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry
Four student researchers, all Erwin Neter Award finalists, presented their research:
- Christian Ahearn
Murphy Lab, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
“Discovery of a putative nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae human respiratory epithelial cell invasin”
- Taylor Glausen
Blader Lab, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
“Identification of Toxoplasma gondii genes that induce seizures”
- Stephanie Monticelli
Ward Lab, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Rochester Medical Center
“The role of poxvirus EV-specific glycoproteins in cell binding and entry”
- Shannon Murphy
Dörr Lab, Department of Microbiology, Cornell University
“Vibrio cholera encodes a cell wall hydrolase adapted for zinc- starved enivronments”
Two post-doctoral researchers presented their work:
- Amanda Bloom, PhD
Panepinto Lab, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
“Cryptococcal thermotolerance is linked to antigen masking and cell cycle progression via mRNA decay-dependent reprogramming”
- Megan Jones, PhD
Visser Lab, Department of Oral Biology, UB School of Dental Medicine
“The MSP protein of Treponema denticola interrupts activity of phosphoinositol processing in neutrophils”
Jay Leipheimer, PhD student.
Mentor: John Panepinto, PhD.
Christian Ahearn, PhD student.
Mentor: Timothy Murphy, MD.
Paige Daniels, PhD student.
Mentor: James Bangs, PhD.
Joseph Smith, PhD.
Mentor: Laurie Read, PhD.