The CMB Program hosts a weekly seminar presented by current students about their dissertation research, including background, methods, results, and discussion. CMB students are expected to attend and participate while in the Program and students begin presenting in their second year. The CMB community provides an opportunity to discuss research and provide students with feedback on their seminar with an evaluation form. 

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.

2023-2024 Academic Seminar Schedule

Tuesdays, 11:30am - 12:30pm, Davis Auditorium 

August 29Will Dowell
Jacob Mackinder
Implications of Ketone Bodies and Bronchial Smooth Muscle in Asthma and the Great Beyond
Sphingosine induction of Pseudomonas aeruginosa hemolytic phospholipase C, PlcH
September 5Erin Gaston
Victoria Gibson
Investigating TMEM16f’s Role In Sepsis Induce Endotheliopathy
Biomarkers of Response and Sensitivity to PRX3 Inhibitors in Mesothelioma
September 12Amber Goerner
Brianna Hilton
Investigating host factors involved in chronic Toxoplasma gondii infection
The Role of SLAM/SAP signaling in thymic gd T cell development
September 19Sylvester Languon
Zach Miller
Probing the Microenvironment of Coronavirus Double-Membrane Vesicles (DMVs)
Elucidating Factors that Regulate Antibody Secretion Following B cell Differentiation
September 26Katherine HorriganInvestigation of  T cell regulation and function in a novel inducible model of lung adenocarcinoma
October 3Emily JoyceCell-free analysis of DUOX1 NADPH oxidase function and its inhibition by thiol-reactive electrophiles
October 10Sarah-Catherine PaschallInvestigating Mechanisms for Spatial and Temporal Control of Kinesin Motors

October 17
Allison Morrissey
Mona Ruban
Endoplasmic Reticulum moves by hitchhiking on Golgi-derived vesicles
Elucidating PERK Mediated Cytokine Release and ISR Crosstalk During Influenza Infection
October 24Cameron Cordero
Vanessa Lopez
Unraveling the Pathways of 8-oxodG Mutagenesis and Repair Mechanisms
Mechanism of TOP1-dependent mutations in human cancer
October 31Anne SynderPowering the Parasite: Connecting Toxoplasma gondii myosin A motor function to parasite biology
November 7Jubilee AjiboyeTarget-based drug discovery for anticryptosporidials
November 14Frances MaleRhoptry-associated perforation of the host cell plasma membrane during Toxoplasma gondii invasion
November 21No CMB Seminar 
November 28No CMB Seminar 
December 5Ethan MatticeGeneration of drug resistant Cryptosporidium parvum as a means of identifying the molecular target of MMV665917
December 12Cong GaoProfiling heterochromatin landscape in MCF10A Breast Cancer progression model by integrative epigenomic and transcriptomic analysis
December 19Maurice NewtonRole of Endoplasmic Reticulum Oxidative stress in lung fibrosis"
January 9Bethany Mihavics"Decrypting factors contributing to Fertilization during Cryptosporidium infection"
January 16Marcus Weinman"Functional and Epigenomic Consequences of Somatic Mutation in non-coding Receptor Tyrosine Kinases in Epilepsy"
January 23Lea Drogalis Beckham"Structural and Biochemical Investigations of Human and T. cruzi DNA polymerase θ"
January 30Regina Visconti"VTI13 and VPS26C as part of endosomal trafficking in Arabidopsis roots"
February 6No CMB Seminar 
February 13Pauline DiGianivittorio"Exploring the Role of Host-Derived Sphingolipids in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Interactions with the Host"
February 20No CMB Seminar 
February 27Sebastian Duno Miranda“Cardiomyopathy-associated β-cardiac myosin mutations: a serendipitous opportunity to apply machine learning”
March 5Kate Quinn“Exploring the Role of BAZ1A in ER+ Breast Cancer: Developing Cellular Systems to Decipher Molecular Mechanisms in Epigenetic Regulation”
March 12Amanda Fastiggi“Therapeutic Ketosis Attenuates Asthma Associated Airway Hyperresponsiveness by Targeting Bronchial Smooth Muscle”
March 19No CMB Seminar 
March 26Emily Holt"Genetic Analysis of CNS Autoimmunity Using the Diversity of the Collaborative Cross Reveals Unique Phenotypes and Mechanisms"
April 2Gopika Nandagopal"Functional Characterization of C-terminal Domain STK11 Variants"
April 9Nate Shannon"Perinuclear mitochondrial clustering leads to differential gene expression patterns and proliferation defects"
April 16Kiera Malone“GRO-ing Pains: trial, error, and contaminating protein in the pipeline to uncover the structure and function of ATAD2/B”
April 23Soyeon Gullickson"L-Arginine substrate competition regulates NO-mediated cellular respiration threshold in Dendritic Cells"
April 30Jacob Mackinder"Sphingosine Cross-Protection by Pseudomonas aeruginosa SphBCD"
May 7Shannon Prior"Investigating early metastatic progression upon glutamine deprivation in STK11 null KRAS-driven lung adenocarcinoma"
May 14Paola Pena“Weight Loss and Therapeutic Ketosis Modulates Airway Epithelial Cell Inflammatory Responses”
May 21No CMB SeminarCMB Student Meeting
May 28Josh Victor 
June 4No CMB SeminarCMB Faculty Meeting
June 11Cam Cordero 
June 18 - July 9SUMMER BREAK 
July 16Jayita Barua 
July 23No CMB Seminar 
July 30Jacob Dearborn 
  Looking forward to next year? Here is a PDF of the scheulde for 2024-2025!