Faculty Seminar Program

The Texas Biomedical Research Institute's Faculty Seminar Program provides an opportunity for scientific staff and their colleagues to share their findings. All seminars are held in the Denney Conference Center from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend these seminars.

Date Presenter/Talk


March 25
 Dr. Siddappa Byrareddy, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, "α4β7 Integrin Antibody Reduces SIV Transmission and Gastrointestinal Pathology by Targeting Distinct Mucosal Tissues"
April 8
Dr. Jacqueline Stephens, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, "Emerging Roles of the JAK-STAT Pathway in Metabolic Disease States"
April 29
Dr. Joseph Skelton, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, "Severe Childhood Obesity"
Dr. Michael Muehlenbein, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, "Title Pending"
May 27
Dr. Yan Xiang, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, "Interfering with Interferons: Immunology Lessons Learned from Poxviruses"
September 2

Dr. Gaya Amarasinghe, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, "Filoviral Immune Evasion and Replication Mechanisms"

October 7

Dr. Ben Kelly, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA, "Scaffolding Mitochondrial Gene Expression for Virulence in a Protozoan Parasite"


January 16
Dr. Geoffrey David Clarke, Research Imaging Institute, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, "Magnetic Resonance Imaging as Tool for Understanding Diastolic Heart Failure"
February 17
Dr. Marcelo Kuroda,Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA, and Chair, Division of Immunology, Tulane National Primate Research Center, Covington, LA, "Critical Role of Macrophages in the Pathogenesis of AIDS Using the SIV/Macaque Model"
February 20
Dr. Colin Parrish, Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University, "Host Jumping of Viruses - What We Have Learned from the Emergence of New Epidemic Parvoviruses and Influenza Viruses in Dogs"
February 25
SSA Lawrence Alexander, FBI Headquarters, "The FBI’s Investigation into the 2001 Anthrax Mailings"
Note:  This seminar starts at 10:00 a.m.
March 6
Dr. Stanley Lemon, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, "Hepatitis A virus: New Insights in an Ancient Disease"
March 31
Dr. Adam E. Locke, Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, "Identification ad Comparison of Loci Associated with Obesity and Fat Distribution"
April 23
Dr. Ian H. Cheeseman, Department of Genetics, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, "Exploring Within-host Diversity and Artemisinin Resistance in Malaria Infections"
May 8, 2015
Dr. Smita Kulkarni, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, "Functional Impact of Host Non-coding RNAs on HIV Infection"
June 2
Dr. Yoav Gilad, Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago, "Buffering of Protein Expression Levels Within and Between Species"
September 25
Dr. Anna Honko, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, "Well-Characterized Macaque Models for Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses: the Foundation for Identification of Common Pathogen Signatures and Potential Biomarkers or Surrogate Endpoints"

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