COBRE Seminar Series

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  • Provide a forum for investigators in our Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) to share their findings with colleagues at MSU
  • Provide a forum for distinguished biomedical scientists from other institutions to present their work and keep us current on the latest developments
  • Provide distinguished scientists an opportunity to see our facilities and meet our scientists and thus enhance the reputation of MSU
  • Include a special seminar in which the speaker is selected by graduate students and post-doctoral researchers
  • Enhance awareness of infectious diseases research to faculty and administrators throughout the university


Year 1-2 Seminar Speakers

  • Dr. Kevin Macaluso, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Vector-borne diseases laboratory (Arthropod-Rickettsia interactions: ecological and molecular analysis)
  • Dr. Jeffrey L. Thorne, Biological Sciences and Statistics, North Carolina State University (Using disease data to inform models of protein evolution)
  • Dr. Nick Fitzkee, Department of Chemistry, Mississippi State University (Protein structure in adverse conditions: nano-particle surfaces and non-native states)
  • Dr. James Bliska, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Stony Brook University (Regulation of host innate and adaptive immune responses by the type III effectors of Yersinia)
  • Dr. Yunxin Fu, Director, Computational Genomics Section, University of Texas (Coalescent and highly variable mutation rates during germ-line development of Drosophila melanogaster males)
  • Dr. Hulin Wu, Director, Center for Integrative Bioinformatics and Experimental Mathematics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (Multi-scale systems biology modeling for immune response to influenza infections; bio-big-data approaches and beyond)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Year 3 Seminars

  • Dr. Rita Scheman is the Director of Publications and Executive Editor and the American Physiological Society
  • Dr. Rodney Dietert, Professor at Cornell University (Creative Thinking in Science)

      Dr. Pruett Dr. Dietert Creative Thinking in Science Dr. Rodney Dietert, Professor at Cornell University, instructs Dr. Pruett on methods he developed for creative thinking in science. This was part of a 4-hour  workshop on this topic in which Dr.   Dietert shared methods he has developed and presented to a variety of audiences, including Program Staff at the National Institute for Environmental Health  Sciences. This workshop was part of our MSU COBRE Seminar Series.

  • Dr. Andrew Camilli, Professor, Tufts University, "Vibrio cholera life cycle and ways to prevent infection".
  • Dr. Mohamed Elasri, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs, University of Southern Mississippi, "Insights into Recalcitrant Staph infections".
  • Dr. Norbert Kaminski, Professor and Director of the Institute for Integrative Toxicology, Michigan State University, Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells as a Target for Cannabinoids".
  • Dr. Alice Lowen, Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, "Influenza Virus Reassortment".
  • Dr. Yizhi Tao, Associate Professor, Rice University, "Structure and Assembly of the Salmon Anemia Virus".
  • Dr. Rita Tamayo, Assistant Professor, UNC School of Medicine, "Regulation of Flagellum and Cytotoxin Biosynthesis in Clostridium difficile".
  • Dr. Juw Won Park, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville, "Big Data and Systems Biology Approaches to Explore Transcriptome and RNA Regulatory Networks".
  • Dr. Nancy Freitag, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, "From Soil to Cytosol: the Pathogenic Transition of the Environmental Bacterium Listeria monocytogenes".


Year 4 Seminars

  • Dr. Wilmara Salgado-Pabon, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa Health Care-Carver College of Medicine, "Vibrio cholera life cycle and ways to prevent infection".
  • Dr. David Walker, Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch, "The Role of Endothelial Cells in Rickettsial Infection".
  • Dr. Hyunglin Eoh, Assistant Professor, Kent School of Medicine of USC, "Is Latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis metabolically active"
  • Dr. Jialiang Yang, Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, " Identification Of Human Aging Signatures, The Association Between Aging And Age-Related Diseases And Drugs To Increase Human Healthspan Based On Next-Generation Sequencing Data Analyses".
  • Dr. Joseph Zala, Professor, Boston University School of Medicine, "The Role of Glycosylation in the Evolution of Influenza A Virus".
  • Dr. Kelly Doran, Assistant Professor, San Diego State University, "Mechanisms of Blood-Brain Barrier Penetration by Group B Streptococcus".
  • Dr. Shahid Karim, Professor, University of Southern Mississippi, " Elucidating Tick Biology to Fight Disease".