Conference Program

Friday, August 25, 2017
All conference activities will take place at the Morris Inn Smith Ballroom Concourse
  • 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Registration
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m.  Opening Reception
  • 6:00 p.m.  Dinner
  • 7:30-7:40 p.m.  Welcoming Remarks
  • 7:40-8:45 p.m.  Presentations: Dr. Thomas Kehl-Fie and Dr. James Slauch, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (Organizers of the 23rd Annual MMPC)

Saturday, August 26, 2017
All conference activities will take place at McKenna Conference Center, unless otherwise noted
  • 7:00 a.m.  Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:10 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction
  • 8:10-9:30 a.m.  Oral Session #1: (Faculty and Trainee)
  • 8:15-8:35 a.m.  Dr. Prajwal Gurung, University of Iowa.
    IL-4 signaling is required for optimal production of IFN-gamma by T cells during Leishmania infection.
  • 8:35-8:55 a.m.  Dr. Travis Taylor, University of Toledo.
    Interferon signaling in Peromyscus leucopus confers a potent and specific restriction to vector-borne flaviviruses
  • 8:55-9:15 a.m.  Dr. Ryan Langlois, University of Minnesota.
    Mechanisms dictating cellular susceptibility and resistance to influenza A virus infections in vivo
  • 9:15-9:30 a.m.  Dr. Tatiana Clemente, Indiana University School of Medicine (Trainee)
    IL-17 pathway is downregulated by type IV effector proteins during Coxiella burnetii infection
  • 9:30-9:50 a.m.  Refreshment Break
  • 9:50-10:50 a.m.  Oral Session #2 (Faculty & Trainee)
  • 9:55-10:15 a.m.  Dr. Benjamin T. Kopp, The Ohio State University and The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Human Cystic Fibrosis Macrophages Have Defective NOX Assembly, an Effect Augmented by Burkholderia cenocepacia
  • 10:15-10:35 a.m.  Dr. Andrew T. Ulijasz, Loyola University Chicago.
    A novel family of redox sensors in the streptococci
  • 10:35-10:50 a.m.  Briana Zellner, University of Toledo (trainee presentation)
    Characterization of Two Novel Francisella tularensis Virulence Factors: FTL1678 and FTL1695
  • 11:00-12:30 p.m.  Poster Session #1 Odd numbered posters, Rooms 100-104 and 112-114
  • 12:15-1:15 p.m.  Lunch
    Sack lunch available in the Smith Ballroom at the Morris Inn
  • 1:20-2:15 p.m.  Career Panel: Global Health Research in the Field
    Dr. Nur Hasan, University of Maryland College Park/CosmosID
    Dr. Neil Lobo, University of Notre Dame
    Dr. Mary Ann McDowell, University of Notre Dame
  • 2:15-3:35 p.m.  Oral Session #3 (Faculty & Trainee)
  • 2:20-2:40 p.m.  Dr. Nicole Koropatkin, University of Michigan.
    How bacteria eat your veggies: Molecular details of glycan scavenging by gut Bacteroidetes
  • 2:40-3:00 p.m.  Dr. John Kirby, Medical College of Wisconsin.
    Xenobiotics Alter the Microbiome and the Phageome to Disrupt Resting Metabolic Rates
  • 3:00-3:20 p.m.  Dr. Judith Behnsen, University of Illinois at Chicago.
    Friends and Foes: How Enterobacteriaceae colonize and compete in the gut
  • 3:20-3:35 p.m.  Rachael Hardison, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University (Trainee).
    Older and Wiser: Adaptability and Persistence of nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHI) in Otitis Media
  • 3:35-5:10 p.m.  Poster Session #2 & Refreshments - Even numbered posters, Rooms 100-104 and 112-114
  • 5:10-6:30 p.m.  Oral Session #4 (Faculty & Trainee)
  • 5:15-5:35 p.m.  Dr. Haina Shin, Washington University School of Medicine
    Adaptive immunity protects against sexually transmitted Zika virus
  • 5:35-5:55 p.m.  Dr. Kevin Sokolowski, University of Louisville.
    Old Dogs and New Tricks- Understanding the Roles of RNA:Protein Interactions on Alphaviral Infection
  • 5:55-6:15 p.m.  Dr. Tuan Tran, Indiana University School of Medicine.
    A systems immunology analysis of naturally acquired immunity to malaria in African children
  • 6:15-6:30 p.m.  Tiffany Claeys, Medical College of Wisconsin (Trainee).
    Human T cell differentiation in pediatric nontuberculous mycobacterial disease
  • 6:30 p.m.  Dinner on your own

Sunday, August 27, 2017
All conference activities will take place at McKenna Conference Center
  • 7:30 a.m.  Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:50 a.m.  Oral Session #5 (Faculty & Trainee)
  • 8:35-8:55 a.m.  Dr. Yann Dufour, Michigan State University.
    Control of phenotypic diversity in Vibrio cholerae
  • 8:55-9:15 a.m.  Dr. Julia van Kessel, Indiana University Bloomington.
    Regulation of quorum sensing genes by the master LuxR regulator in Vibrio harveyi
  • 9:15-9:35 a.m.  Dr. Sasha Shafikhani, Rush University Medical Center.
    Exotoxin T enables Pseudomonas aeruginosa to keep its Type III Secretion System
  • 9:35-9:50 a.m.  Dylan White, University of Minnesota (Trainee).
    Assessing regulation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis membrane vesicle production by the phosphate-responsive Pst/SenX3-RegX3 system
  • 9:50-10:10 a.m.  Refreshment Break
  • 10:10-11:40 a.m.  Oral Session #6 (Faculty & Keynote)
  • 10:10-10:30 a.m.  Dr. Erin Garcia, University of Kentucky.
    Who’s touching me? Contact-dependent interactions in pathogenic Burkholderia
  • 10:30-10:40 a.m.  Keynote Introduction
  • 10:40-11:40 a.m.  Keynote: Dr. Jeffery Cox, University of California Berkeley.
    Architecture of Mce lipid transport systems that connect inner and outer bacterial membranes
  • 11:50-12:00 p.m.  Final Announcements and Announcement of the 25th MMPC

Poster Information

The posters will be held in the McKenna Conference Center, Rooms 100-104 and 112-114. Posters should be hung on the board or space corresponding to your abstract number. Posters for Session #1 can be hung up Saturday morning, and must be removed at lunch. Posters for Session # 2 can be hung at lunch and must be removed by the end of the day. Please be available to present your poster during your scheduled poster session.

Odd number posters will present in Poster Session #1 (11-12:30 pm on Saturday)

Even number posters will present in Poster Session #2 (3:35- 5:10 pm on Saturday)