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Seminar Speakers for Spring 2018


January 25

Stavroula Hatzios-Assistant Professor, Yale University

February 1

Angela Poole-Assistant Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

February 8

Javier Jaimes Olaya, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Gary Whittaker Lab, My research focuses on the understanding of the Coronavirus entry processes into the cell. In particular, I’m assessing the role of the cellular proteases in the cleavage of the Spike protein of Feline Coronaviruses (FCoV) and the use of protease inhibitors as a possible therapeutic strategy. I’m also studying the genetic and protein changes that can alter the tropism in FCoV.

February 15

Patrick Gibney, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, Cornell University

February 22

Lory Henderson, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Martin Wiedmann Lab, I am interested in how different environmental conditions affect bacterial physiology in ways that impact their transmission to human hosts and their ability to cause disease. My research focuses on determining the mechanism by which the positive regulatory factor A (PrfA) and SigB interact to regulate expression of prfA and other functions related to Listeria monocytogenes transmission.

March 1

Stacey Heaver, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Ruth Ley Lab, Shingolipid-dependent interactions between gut bacteria and their human hosts.

March 8

Samantha ScottGraduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Pamela Chang Lab, My research focuses on the impact and mechanism of action of various microbially produced metabolites on the intestinal barrier function both in vitro and in vivo.

Peter Diebold, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Ilano Brito Lab, Antibiotic resistance and horizontal gene transfer in the gut microbiome.


Monique Theriault, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

David Russell Lab, Host-directed therapy for treatment against tuberculosis.

Andrew St. James, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Ruth Richardson Lab, My research interest is the application of multi-omic analyses to study the ecology and physiology of sulfate reducing bacteria in methanogenic habitats.

March 22

Michael Petassi, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Joe Peters Lab, I study transposons and other mobile genetic elements that facilitate horizontal gene transfer between diverse species of bacteria. These elements play an important role in the evolution of new pathogens, especially in regards to the spread of antibiotic resistance genes.

March 29

Elliot Jackson, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Ian Hewson Lab:

April 12

Rachel Fieweger, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Brian VanderVen Lab

Rebecca Choi, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Jeongmin Song Lab, I am studying Salmonella typhi, which causes ~200 million annual deaths in the world. My research goal is determining the function of PltA, which is one of the subunits of typhoid toxin, a virulence factor of S. typhi.

April 19

Jingqui Liao, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Martin Wiedmann Lab, My current research focuses on understanding the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that shape the biogeographic pattern of foodborne pathogens, chiefly Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica, using genomic and molecular tools.

Sam Barnett, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Daniel Buckley Lab, My research uses DNA stable isotope probing along with high throughput 16S and metagenome sequencing to examine the role of microbial communities in soil carbon cycling.

April 26 

Anna Weaver, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Tobi Doerr Lab, Bacteria must remodel and regenerate their cell wall to successfully divide. I am using Vibrio cholerae as a model organism to investigate the role of lytic transglycosylases in this essential process.

Shannon Murphy, Graduate Student, Microbiology, Cornell University

Tobi Doerr Lab, Cell wall degrading enzymes allow bacteria to properly grow and maintain cell shape. I am researching endopeptidase function and regulation in Vibrio choleraeto uncover potential strategies for targeting the cell wall with antibiotics.