Innovative Cell Research Webinar Series: Host-Pathogen Interactions

  • When:  Thursday 20 June 2013
  • Time:  7.30 - 9 pm (2.30 - 4 pm EST)
  • Register here

Heightened resistance to antibiotic drugs and the reduced potency of available vaccines clearly indicate that understanding the dynamics of host-pathogen interactions and the resulting modulation in cell signaling is increasingly imperative. A clearer picture of the underlying molecular mechanisms will result in the development o! f novel vaccines and therapeutic interventions that will enhance host immunity, circumvent pathogen evasion strategies, and prevent the likelihood of serious infections. Our panel of experts will provide some insight into the progress being made in the exciting study of host-pathogen interactions, and will discuss some of the strategies and technologies they have used when working various viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens.

Meet the Speakers:

Abe Brass is an assistant professor in the Microbiology and Physiological Systems Department at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Brass's group studies viral-host interactions and the host's intrinsic immune system. He obtained his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago. After a short-track residency in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Brass completed his clinical training in gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital, while working as a postdoctoral fellow in the Genetics Department of Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School.

Nihal Altan-Bonnet received her PhD from Rockefeller University and completed her postdoctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health. Since 2006, Altan-Bonnet has been an assistant professor at Rutgers University, where she has applied her expertise in imaging to understanding the dramatic membrane remodeling events that take place within cells upon infection with RNA viruses such as poliovirus, rhinovirus and hepatitis C virus. In September 2013, she will be moving her lab to the National Institutes of Health, where she will become an Earl Stadtman Investigator and head of the laboratory of host-pathogen dynamics.

Scott S. Grieshaber, PhD, is an assistant professor of oral biology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. His laboratory focuses on the pathogenesis of the Chlamydia family of bacteria, intracellular bacterial pathogens with a complicated developmental cycle. Grieshaber is using high-screening microscopy coupled with real-time computer image analyses to probe the interaction between chalmydia and host cells at the individual cell level. He received his PhD from the University of Wyoming and did postdoctoral research on intracellular pathogenesis at NIH’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana.

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