The CMB Program holds a weekly seminar for students to present their current dissertation research to the UVM community. All students are expected to attend and participate in seminars while in the CMB Program. Second year students and beyond will present an annual formal seminar that describes their research, including background, methods, results, and discussion. CMB faculty and students will submit Seminar Evaluations to the CMB Program Administrative Office after each presentation.

These evaluations will be shared with each student speaker in an effort to improve their presentation skills.

Our seminars are open to all in the University community. If you would like to be included on our weekly seminar announcement email distribution list, please email us.

2018-2019 Seminar Schedule

All CMB seminars are held at 11:30 am on Tuesdays in the Davis Auditorium.

Date Presenter Title
September 11 Abbas Raza "Genetic analysis of Bphse and Shs, novel loci controlling histamine hypersensitivity in mice"
September 18 Blas Guigni "Electrical stimulation prevents chemotherapy-induced atrophy in cultured muscle cells"
September 25 Diana Gerrard "Defining Super Enhancer regions in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma"
October 2 Chris Dustin “DUOX1-dependent IL-33 signaling and type 2 responses involve redox regulation of Src Kinase”
October 9 Mike Secinaro - Defense “The contribution of metabolism to the regulation of caspase activity and cell death in T lymphocytes”
October 16 Vicki DeVault - Defense “Regulation of Natural Killer T Cell Subset Development and Function by Slam Family Receptors”
October 23 Wyatt Chia "Protein S-glutathionylation/glutaredoxin-1 axis in the regulation of allergic airways remodeling and epithelial cell plasticity"
October 30 Eric Bolf "Thyroid Hormone Receptor Signaling in Breast and Thyroid Cancers"
November 6 Alvee Hasan "Targeting Cryptosporidium sexual differentiation for novel drugs and tools"
November 13 No Seminar  
November 20 Thanksgiving Break  
November 27 Huy Tu “Human antibody response to primary Zika infection targets type-specific quaternary structure epitopes”
December 4 Brittany Carroll “NTHL1: A glycosylase that moves”
December 11 Lauren Hinkel “Response to and utilization of mucin by the opportunistic pathogen Stenotrophomonas maltophilia
December 18 Nick Chamberlain “Lung epithelial PDIA3 plays a critical role in influenza infection”
December 25 Winter Break  
January 1 Winter Break  
January 8 Leslie Sepaniac "Houston, do we have a problem? Return of micronuclei"
January 15 Dominique Lessard "Tau Mediated Regulation of Kinesin-3 Motility and Behavior"
January 22 Evan Elko “Linking Peroxiredoxin 4 and ER Oxidative Stress to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis”
January 29 Sierra Bruno “Mitochondrial Fission Protein Dynamin Related Protein 1 (Drp1) in Allergic Airways Disease”
February 5 Michael Mariani “An Epigenomic Approach to Unravel Herpesvirus Host-Pathogen Interactions for Varicella Zoster Virus”
February 12 Inessa Manuelyan "Granulin and its effect on Zika virus growth"
February 19 JJ Bivona “The contribution of muscle to the inflammatory environment following lung injury”
February 26 Princess Rodriguez “Ikaros regulates chromatin landscape in mature B cells and is critical for B-cell tolerance”
March 5 Town Meeting Day  
March 12 Spring Break  
March 19 Alex Thompson "Mutations in the Kinesin Motor KIF22 Cause Skeletal Dysplasia"
March 26    
April 2 Andrea Foote “Investigating the Mechanism of ssDNA Binding and Acta2 Repression by Purine-Rich Element Binding Protein B: Implications in Cardiovascular Disease”
April 9 Annalis Norman "Isolation of monoclonal antibodies for a novel hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome therapy"
April 16 Rachel Stadler "Visualizing force production during 3D motility of Toxoplasma gondii"
April 23 Jamie Deutsch “Unraveling the role of AF10 in Acute Leukemia”
April 30 Kathryn Svec "Mechano-chemical regulation of sub-cellular signaling during cell migration"
May 7 Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills
Visiting VLC seminar speaker,
University of Virginia
The alpha-gal syndrome in three phases (i) discovery, (ii) relevance of ticks and their predators, (iii) complications ranging from anaphylaxis to long term cardiovascular risk”
May 14 Emily Whitaker “Characterization of T cell syncytia, a unique subpopulation of HIV-1-infected cells”
May 21 Phill Munson - Defense “Exosomes and Their Role in Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma”
May 28 Noelle Gillis “Restoration of thyroid hormone receptor beta (TR) signaling re-programs anaplastic thyroid cancer cells”
June 4 Alisa Cario “Disease associated mutations in Tau alter dynamic interactions with microtubules”
June 11 Scott Vanson "Crystallization of DNA-bound Polymerase θ Helicase-like Domain"
June 18 Mingu Kang "Identification of A Kinase Anchoring Proteins (AKAPs) in Cell Adhesion Complexes: Potential Critical Effectors for Cell Migration"
June 25 Emily Stassen "DNA methylation in the cattle brain"
July 2 Frances Male
Julia Snyder
"The impact of Toxoplasma gondii parasites on the host cell membrane during invasion"
"Genetic regulation of dendritic cell activation-induced nitric oxide production"
July 9 Jonathon Ferrell
Trevor Wolf
July 16 Cole Davidson
Theresa Montgomery
July 23 Somen Mistri  
July 30 Bristy Sabikunnahar
Lucy Greetham