Seminars & Symposia

As part of their ongoing training, students in the virology track participate in a seminar series sponsored by the CVR.  This program supports a regular semi-monthly series, with seminars scheduled every other Friday during the academic year, in which leading national researchers are invited to present their work in different areas of virology, gene regulation, cell transformation, and a variety of topics in molecular biology and molecular genetics.  These seminars provide a stiumlating forum for exchanges of scientific ideas, information and research approaches.  In addition, graduate student trainees appointed to the NIH Virology Training grant present their work in an annual symposium that is part of this seminar series, allowing an opportunity for a critical analysis of their data by the CVR faculty.

Seminar Schedule:  Winter 2016

Feb 26     Alan N. Engelman, PhD     Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Integrase Structure and Inhibition of HIV-1 Replication

Feb 12     Christopher S. Sullivan, PhD     Dept of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, The University of Texas at Austin

RNAi, whose side are you on? Exploring gene silencing during virus infection of mammalian cells

Jan 15     Maribeth V. Eiden, PhD     Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Regulation, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH      LOCATION CHANGE – Tamkin Student Lecture Building,  F114

Koala Retroviruses: Evolution and Disease Dynamics

Seminar Schedule:  Fall 2015

Dec 11     Michael J. Buchmeier, PhD     Division of Infectious Diseases, Dept of Medicine, Dept of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine          LOCATION CHANGE – Tamkin Student Lecture Building,  F114

The Exciting New World of Arenaviruses 

Nov 13     Clodagh O’Shea, PhD     Molecular & Cell Biology Lab, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Exploiting viruses to understand and treat cancer 

Oct 16     Dominik Wodarz, PhD     Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

Virus dynamics: insights from mathematical models

Seminar Schedule:  Spring 2015

May 29     NIH Virology Training Grant Symposium

Kurt Patterson
(Sandmeyer Lab)
Ty3 retrotransposition: Preferential targeting at RNA pol III transcribed genes

Mitchell Schacht
(Sandri-Goldin Lab)
Structure-function analysis of HSV-1 ICP27

Joshua Smith
(Weiss Lab)
Investigating the interaction between human caveolin-1 and HIV gp41 using a soluble caveolin variant

Dylan Flather
(Semler Lab)
Defining and characterizing the functional role of nuclear proteins in enterovirus replication

May 15     Alan D. Frankel, PhD     Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco

Architecture and evolution of the HIV RNA export complex

May 01     Ralph S. Baric, PhD     Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dengue virus structure-guided immunogen design

Apr 17     Harmit S. Malik, PhD     Basic Sciences and HHMI Investigator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle

Rules of engagement: molecular arms-races between host and viral genomes

Apr 03     Sandra K. Weller, PhD     Department of Molecular Biology & Biophysics, University of Connecticut Health Center

Herpes simplex virus overcomes antiviral elements of the cellular DNA damage response to replicate its genome

Seminar Schedule:  Winter 2015

Feb 27     Erica Ollmann Saphire, PhD     Department of Immunology & Microbial Science, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla

Antibodies against Ebola virus:  The road map

Feb 20     (3PM) Jacques Izopet, MD, PhD     Laboratoire de Virologie, Institut Fédératif de Biologie, Toulouse, France

Hepatitis E virus infection:  From pathogenesis to treatment

Feb 18     (WED) W. Ian Lipkin, MD     Center for Infection and Immunity, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Small game hunting

Feb 13     Felicia D. Goodrum, PhD     Department of Immunobiology, University of Arizona, Tucson

Virus-host interactions controlling HCMV persistence

Jan 16     Alejandro Reyes Muñoz, PhD     Department of Biological Sciences, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Characterizing the human gut virome: New challenges, new tools

Seminar Schedule:  Fall 2014

Dec 12     Ilhem Messaoudi, PhD     Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of California, Riverside

Defining host-pathogen interactions during VZV infection using a nonhuman primate model

Nov 17     Ronald Swanstrom, PhD     Departments of Biochemistry & Biophysics; Microbiology & Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

HIV transmission, evolution, and pathogenesis:  From single genomes to deep sequencing

Oct 31     Ren Sun, PhD     Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology, University of California, Los Angeles

Quantitative viral genetics at single nucleotide resolution  

Oct 17     Luis P. Villarreal, PhD     Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine

RNA consortia: The boss of virus and life

Sept 16     Douglas J. Mahoney, PhD     Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases; University of Calgary

Oncolytic rhabdoviruses for treating cancer

Seminar Schedule:  Spring 2014

Jun 13     Douglas Jolly, PhD     Executive Vice President, Research & Pharmaceutical Development, Tocagen Inc, San Diego

Toca 511 – A retroviral replicating vector encoding a prodrug activating gene and a potential therapeutic for recurrent primary brain cancer in clinical trials

Jun 06     Suzanne Sandmeyer, PhD     Department of Biological Chemistry; Director, Genomics High-Throughput Facility, University of California, Irvine

Parsing the non-randomness of retroelement integration

May 23     Terence S. Dermody, MD     Departments of Pediatrics and Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Reovirus invasion of the brain:  A tale of two receptors

May 09     Timothy Tellinghuisen, PhD     Department of Infectious Diseases, The Scripps Research Institute, Florida Campus

The hepatitis C virus NS5A protein regulates RNA replication and assembly

Apr 25     Sonja M. Best, PhD     Chief, Innate Immunity and Pathogenesis Unit, Rocky Mountain Laboratories

New insight into the control of type I interferon signaling revealed by flavivirus mechanisms of antagonism

Apr 11     Mark Young, PhD     Departments of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology; Microbiology, Montana State University –  Bozeman

Advances in archaeal virus structures and functions

Seminar Schedule:  Winter 2014

Jan 10     Olve Peersen, PhD     Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Colorado State University

Structure and fidelity engineering of picornaviral polymerase elongation complexes

Jan 24     Carolyn Coyne, PhD     Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh

High-throughput RNAi screening identifies novel regulators of the secretory pathway and viral infections

Feb 21     SEMINAR CANCELLED     Douglas J. Jolly, PhD     Executive VP, Research & Pharmaceutical Development, Tocagen, Inc.

Toca 511 – A retroviral replicating vector encoding a prodrug activating gene and a potential therapeutic for recurrent primary brain cancer in clinical trials

Mar 14     Michaela U. Gack, PhD     Department of Microbiology & Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School      LOCATION CHANGE – Natural Sciences I, Room 1114

Phosphatase-induced antiviral signaling and viral immune escape

Seminar Schedule:  Fall 2013

Oct 11     Junghae Suh, PhD     Department of Bioengineering, Rice University

Reprogramming viruses for biomedicine

Oct 25     Colin Parrish, PhD     Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Cornell University

Understanding the emergence of epidemic viruses in new hosts- the cases of canine parvovirus and canine influenza virus

Nov 08     Irene Munk Pedersen, PhD     Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine

miR-regulation of jumping DNA originated from yesterday’s viruses

Seminar Schedule:  Spring 2013

Apr 12     Blossom A. Damania, PhD     Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

KSHV: Latency and reactivation

Apr 26     Susan R. Ross, PhD     Department of Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania

Identification of cellular genes involved in New World arenavirus entry

SPECIAL LOCATION Nelson Auditorium, Irvine Hall

May 10     Paula M. Cannon, PhD     Departments of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Pediatrics, University of Southern California

Using stem cells to engineer an HIV-resistant immune system

May 24     Andrew Pekosz, PhD     Departments of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology; Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Influenza A virus infection and particle assembly in respiratory epithelial cells

Jun 07     NIH Virology Training Grant Symposium

Dylan Flather (Semler Lab)

Isolation of RNP complexes associated with poliovirus RNA during replication

Brett Marro (Lane Lab)

A protective role for the chemokine receptor CXCR2 on oligodendrocytes during MHV-induced neuroinflammation

Megan Angelini (Buchmeier Lab)

SARS-Coronavirus nonstructural proteins 3, 4, and 6 induce double membrane vesicles

Jun 11     Ganes C. Sen, PhD     Department of Molecular Genetics, Cleveland Clinic

Innate immune responses to virus infection

Seminar Schedule:  Winter 2013

Jan 11     Joseph L. DeRisi, PhD     Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco

Strange tails:  Genomics and infectious disease

Jan 25     Charles L. Brooks III, PhD     Department of Chemistry & Biophysics, University of Michigan

Multi-scale explorations of virus maturation dynamics and mechanics

Feb 22     Sujan Shresta, PhD     Center for Infectious Disease, La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology

Protective vs. pathogenic effects of dengue vaccination

Mar 15     Karen L. Beemon, PhD     Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University

Retroviral oncogenesis:  Role of TERT and microRNAs

Seminar Schedule:  Fall 2012

Oct 12     Charles L. Brooks III, PhD     Department of Chemistry & Biophysics, University of Michigan


Multi-scale explorations of virus maturation dynamics and mechanics

Oct 26     Jerome A. Zack, PhD     Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics; Director UCLA Center for AIDS Research, University of California, Los Angeles

A stem cell approach to engineering T cell immunity towards cancer and HIV

Nov 09     Anthony A. James, PhD     Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics; Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine

Genetic engineering of mosquitoes to block dengue virus transmission

Nov 30     Takayuki Nitta, PhD     Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine


Murine leukemia virus glyco-gag facilitates retrovirus replication

Seminar Schedule:  Spring 2012

Apr 06     Eric Delwart, PhD     Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Viral discovery:  Sipping from the metagenomics fire hose

Apr 20     Thomas E. Lane, PhD     Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Director, Multiple Sclerosis Research Center, University of California, Irvine

Neural progenitor cells and repair in a viral model of demyelination

May 04     Eva Harris, PhD     Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, University of California, Berkeley

Natural and therapeutic antibodies and the B cell response against dengue virus

May 18     K. Eric Wommack, PhD     Plant & Soil Sciences; Biological Sciences, University of Delaware

The virosphere:  Ecological, biological and genetic contrasts of viruses across the biosphere

Seminar Schedule:  Winter 2012

Jan 13     Kurt Gustin, PhD     University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, Department of Basic Medical Sciences

Impact of picornavirus infection on trafficking of cellular protein and mRNA

Feb 10     Thomas Hope, PhD     Northwestern University Medical School, Department of Cell & Molecular Biology

Using a better understanding of the mechanisms of HIV sexual transmission to develop vaccines and microbicides

Feb 24     Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, PhD     Ohio State University, Dept of Veterinary Biosciences

Thriving under stress: Selective translation of HIV-1 during virus-mediated impairment of eIF4E translation activity

Mar 16     Barbara Sherry, PhD     North Carolina State University, Dept of Molecular Biomedical Sciences

Uncovering the cardiac response to viral infection:  Directed and discovery approaches

Seminar Schedule:  Fall 2011

Sept 23     Young Jik Kwon, PhD     UC Irvine, Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Synthetically-reinforced viruses for effective, tunable & synergistic gene therapy

Oct 14     Robin M. Bush, PhD     UC Irvine, Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Incorporating evolutionary analysis into influenza vaccine and drug design

Oct 28     Kevin B. Walsh, PhD   Postdoctoral Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute

Control of respiratory virus infection:  Role of cytokine storm, sphingosine-1- phosphate 1 receptor    

Past Seminars

Seminar Schedule:  Spring 2011

Apr 08     Marilyn Roossinck, PhD     The Samuel Roberts Noble Fnd, Plant Biol DivVirus ecology:

They aren’t the bad guys anymore

May 06     Forest Rohwer, PhD     San Diego State University, Cell & Mol Biology

Ecology of the human virome

May 20     NIH Virology Training Grant Symposium

Megan Angelini – Understanding the role of SARS-Coronavirus nsp3, nsp4 and nsp6 in double membrane vesicle assembly

Agnes Hajduczki – Engineering soluble membrane proteins by phage display

Erinn Parnell – Defining the role of cholinergic signaling in Human Papilloma Virus cervical carcinogenesis

Jun 03     Don Gilden, MD     Univ of CO School of Medicine, Dept of Neurology

The neurobiology of Varicella Zoster Virus infection

Seminar Schedule:  Winter 2011

Jan 14     Charles Rice, PhD     The Rockefeller University, Lab of Virology & ID

Antiviral activities of type I interferon-stimulated genes

Feb 11     James Alwine, PhD     University of Pennsylvania, Dept of Cancer Biology

Taking advantage of cellular stress response: how human CMV deals w/ stress

Mar 03    Julie Pfeiffer, PhD     University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center

Complex interactions in the gut:  enteric viruses, bacteria, mucosa & immunity 

Seminar Schedule:  Fall 2010

Oct 15     Hung Fan, PhD     Director, Cancer Research Institute

An old friend: Glycosylated Gag of Murine Leukemia Virus

Oct 29     Paul Gershon, PhD     UC Irvine, Dept of Mol Biol & Biochemistry

Is one protein enough to score an NIH grant?

Nov 12     Stacey Schultz-Cherry, PhD   St Jude Children’s Research Hosp, Dept of ID

Understanding a novel viral enterotoxin: and a little bit of influenza

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