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 stimulating 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:  Spring 2016

May 13      Heinz Feldmann, MD, PhD    Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, NIH
Emerging Viruses – From Disease Modeling to Vaccines

Apr 15      CANCELLED – Haig H. Kazazian, Jr., MD     Department of Pediatrics, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
A potential role for somatic retrotransposition in cancer

Apr 1       Matthew J. Evans, PhD    Department of Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Plasticity of tropism defining hepatitus C virus host interactions

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
Koala Retroviruses: Evolution and Disease Dynamics
LOCATION CHANGE – Tamkin Student Lecture Building,  F114

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
 The Exciting New World of Arenaviruses 
LOCATION CHANGE – Tamkin Student Lecture Building,  F114

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    

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 (Buchmeier Lab)- Understanding the role of SARS-Coronavirus nsp3, nsp4 and nsp6 in double membrane vesicle assembly
Agnes Hajduczki (Weiss Lab)- Engineering soluble membrane proteins by phage display
Erinn Parnell (Bernard Lab) – 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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