Tropical and Molecular Parasitology
Seminar Series and Journal Club
Fall 2012

Wednesday - 12:00 Noon
Rm 8101
McDonnell Pediatric Research Building

Please contact the host if you wish to meet with the speaker
Seminar and Journal Club Schedules
Date Speaker & Host Title/Topic


Sep. 12

Speaker: Soojin Jang, Ph.D.

Speaker: Erin Brettmann

Host: Beverley Lab

Dissecting the Metabolic Roles of Pteridine Reductase 1 in Trypanosoma brucei and Leishmania major

The profile of snoRNA-derived microRNAs that regulate expression of variant surface proteins in Giardia lamblia

Article: J Biol Chem. (2011) 286: 10429-10438
PMID: 21239486

Article: Cell Microbiol. (2012) 14:1455-1473
PMID: 22568619
Sep. 19 Speaker: Vasant Muralidharan, Ph.D.
Host: Goldberg Lab
A Toxoplasma gondii Pseudokinase Inhibits Host IRG Resistance Proteins Article: PLoS Biol. (2012) 10, e1001358
PMID: 22802726
Sep. 26 Skip due to MPM Conference    
Oct. 3

Speaker: Michael S. Behnke, Ph.D.
Sibley Lab

Toxoplasma gondii immune evasion & the first view into global gene expression of the merozoite stage  
Oct. 10

Speaker: Niraj H. Tolia, Ph.D.
Host: Tolia Lab

Targeting erythrocyte invasion of Plasmodium parasites  
Oct. 17 Speaker: Drew Etheridge, Ph.D.
Host: Sibley Lab

A look at Toxoplasma gondii's distinct strategies for immune evasion and dissemination

Oct. 24

Speaker: Tim J. Vickers, Ph.D.
Beverley Lab

tRNA formylation is the essential function of 10-formyl-tetrahydrofolate in Leishmania

Article: Mol Microbiol. (2009) 71:1386-1401
PMID: 19183277
Article:Mol Biochem Parasitol. (2009) 166: 142-152
PMID: 19450731

Oct. 31 Speaker: Keke Fairfax, Ph.D.
Host: Pearce Lab

Upregulation of Retinal Dehydrogenase 2 in Alternatively Activated Macrophages during Retinoid-dependent Type-2 Immunity to Helminth Infection in Mice

Article: PLOS Pathog. (2012) 8: e1002883
PMID: 22927819

Nov. 7

Speaker: Peter U. Fischer, Ph.D
Host: Weil Lab

Recent advances in ultrastructural assessment of Wolbachia – filarial nematode interactions  
Nov. 14 Speaker: Priya Pal
Host: Goldberg Lab
Clec9A+ Dendritic Cells Mediate the Development of Experimental Cerebral Malaria

Article: J Immunol. (2012) 189: 1128-1132
PMID: 22732587

Nov. 21

Speaker: Audrey R. Odom, M.D., Ph.D.

CANCELLED - Isoprenoid biology in the malaria parasite

Nov. 28

Speaker: Marcos Santos, Ph.D.
Beverley Lab

Genetic manipulation (and challenges) of the second major family of Leishmania glycoconjugates, proteophosphoglycans (PPGs)  
Dec. 5

Speaker: Jacquin C. Niles, M.D., Ph.D.
Goldberg Lab (CV)

Chemically-inducible systems for regulated gene expression in Plasmodium falciparum

Article: Nucleic Acids Res. (2012) 40: e64
PMID: 22275521
Article: ACS Chem Biol. (2010) 5: 851-861
PMID: 20545348

Dec. 12 Speaker: Asis Khan, Ph.D.
Host: Sibley Lab

Coevolution of Toxoplasma gondii with its hosts: the “Red Queen Hypothesis”



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