DTM Past Seminars


Past Department of Tropical Medicine Seminars

Fall 2015

September 21, 2015
Ahmed Aly, PhD - CANCELED
Tulane University

September 14, 2015
"Alanine aminotransferase is involved in the metabolic regulation of nitrogen waste in blood-fed Aedes aegypti mosquitoes"
Patricia Scaraffia, PhD
Tulane University


Spring 2015

January 13, 2015 - Special Seminar
"Stress response in Leishmania"
Miguel Morales, PhD
University of Notre Dame

January 26. 2015
"Critical role of macrophages in the pathogenesis of AIDS using the SIV/macaque model"
Marcelo Kuroda, MD, PhD

February 2, 2015
"Signal transduction and rickettsial infection of tick cells"
Natthida Petchampai, PhD

February 9, 2015
"The innate immune system in AIDS pathogenesis"
Amitinder Kaur, MD

February 23, 2015
"The reservoir host blame game: Misunderstandings, myths, and mistakes in the life cycle of Trypanosoma cruzi in the Southeastern United States"
Sam Jameson, PhD Student

March 2, 2015
"Dissecting promastigote to amastigote differentiation in Leishmania amazonensis"
Catherine Nation, PhD Student

March 9, 2015
Kevin Caillouet, PhD - Canceled
St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District

March 16, 2015
"Kuru, leprosy & other AIDS topics..."
Preston Marx, PhD

March 23, 2015
"Ebola: An update on diagnostics and therapy"
John Schieffelin, MD

March 30, 2015
Spring Break

April 6, 2015
"The Perfect Complement for Dengue"
Berlin Londono, PhD

April 9, 2015 -- Special Seminar
"Synthetic DNA Vaccines for Difficult Infectious Disease Targets"
David B. Weiner, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

April 13, 2015
"Cryptic Species Revealed by Phylogeography of Triatoma dimidiata, the Main Chagas Vector in Central America"

Patricia Dorn, PhD

April 20, 2015
General Faculty Meeting

April 27, 2015
"Population-Wide Malaria Testing and Treatment with Rapid Diagnostic Tests and Artemether-Lumefantrine in Southern Zambia: A Community Randomized Step-Wedge Control Trial Design"
Thomas Eisele, PhD
Tulane GHSD

May 4, 2015
Claudia Herrera, PhD


Fall 2014

September 22: Fernando Noriega (FIU) "Neuropeptides, flux theory, and regulation of juvenile hormone synthesis in mosquitoes"

October 6: Jun Isoe (University of Arizona) "More detailed views of mosquito oogenesis and blood meal digestion"

October 13: Claribel Murillo-Solano (DTM) "In vitro susceptibility of P. falciparum to HSP90 inhibitors"

October 27: William Wimley (Tulane) "Combating antibiotic resistance with synthetic molecular evolution: Engineering a new generation of peptide antibodies"

November 7: Adriana Costero-Saint Denis (NIH) "NIH application process and funding opportunities, with emphasis on DMID programs"

November 10: Eric Dumonteil (Universidad Autonoma de Yucatán) "Chagas disease control: Can we meet the goals of the London declaration on neglected tropical diseases?"

November 17: Shaymaa Abdalal (DTM) "Distinct essential functions for polyamine biosynthesis enzymes in malaria parasite blood and mosquito development stage"

November 24: Glen Palmer (LSU) "The Candida albicans vacuole: a story of virulence, drugs, and exploitation"

December 1: Rajesh Kumar (DTM) "A nanoparticle delivery of P. falciparum Pfs25 induced potent malaria transmission blocking immunity"

December 8: Juan Martinez (LSU)"Spotted fever group rickettsiae: molecular mechanisms of disease"

Spring 2014

February 3: Lisa Morici (Tulane) "Bacterial-derived membrane vesicles as a multi-antigen vaccine platform"

February 17: Kristen Healhy (LSU) "Predicting Asian tiger mosquitoes through time and space"

February 18: Mark Riddle (NMRC) "Development of vaccines against bacterial diarrheas: Needs, challenges, and progress"

March 17: Avik Biswas (DTM) "Analysis of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) genetic variability and its impact on pathogenesis: Implications in Eastern Indian HBV carriers"

March 24: Mariana Leguia (NAMRU) "Assessing dengue-induced changes in gene expression profiles via ribosome profiling"

March 24: Marcin Kwissa (Emory) "Systems biological analysis of dengue infection reveals a role of CD14+CD16+ monocytes in stimulating plasmablast differentiation"

March 31: Alison Quayle (LSU) "Chlamydia trachomatis in the human endocervix: How local environment influences survival"

April 7: Yi Cao (DTM) "Construction of a transgenic murine malaria parasite for the evaluation of a P. falciparum blood-stage vaccine"

April 15: Bernadette Ferraro (U. Penn) "Inducing Humoral Responses to Multiple Sporozoite and Liver Stage Malaria Antigens Using Exogenous Plasmid DNA"

April 28: Christopher Mores (LSU) "The emergence of dengue and chikungunya viruses: Invasive arboviral threats to the US"

May 5: Virginia Belloni (DTM) "Effect of L-cycloserine on blood-fed Aedes aegypti mosquitoes"

May 12: Kevin Macaluso (LSU) "Arthropod-Rickettsia interactions: ecological and molecular analysis"

Fall 2013

September 30: Seth Pincus (LSU) "Eradicating HIV infection with antibodies and immunoconjugates"

October 7: Tonya Colpitts (DTM) "Flavivirus-host interactions in the mosquito"

October 14: Patricia Scaraffia (DTM) "Investigating nitrogen metabolism in Aedes aegypti mosquitos using multiple approaches"

October 21: Hee-won Park (Tulane) "Progress in structure-based development of narrow-spectrum antibiotics from vitamin analogs"

October 28: Deepak Kaushal (Tulane) "How Mycobacterium tuberculosis copes with stress"

November 4: Anusha Gopalakrishnan (DTM) "Genetic recombination and hotspot recognition - Does Plasmodium care?"

November 11: Claudia Herrera (DTM) "Revising Chagas disease in the United States: Do we really know enough?"

November 18: Edward Wojcik (LSU) "Drug leads against microtubule motors in Plasmodium: How a non-conserved protein segment turns out to be more important than it looks"

November 25: Cecilia Sanchez (Tulane) "From the lung to the heart of Chagas: Repurposing an FDA-approved drug to treat patients with chronic Chagas disease"

December 2: Carrie Manore (Tulane) "Toward an early warning system for forecasting human West Nile Virus incident"

December 9: Pamela Kozlowski (LSU) "Shigella LPS-invasin complex as an adjuvant for nasal HIV vaccines"

December 16:  Dawn Wesson (DTM) "Vector ecology research in the Department of Tropical Medicine: What do kissing bugs and yellow fever have in common?"


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