IMP Seminar Series

IMP Seminars are from 4:00-5:00 PM in Whitehead Auditorium.

Ethics Seminars
Date Ethics Seminar Speaker
Monday, August 29 "Research Misconduct/Data Manipulation" Shonna McBride, PhD- MMG Faculty Member
Tuesday, August 30 “I can’t believe they will not let me publish it again!!@#$” Jerry Boss, PhD- IMP Faculty Member
Tuesday, September 6 "Mentor/Mentee Rights & Responsibilities" Dan Kalman, PhD- IMP & MMG Faculty Member
Monday, September 12 "Interactions with Other Scientists" Cynthia Derdeyn, PhD- IMP & MMG Faculty Member
Tuesday, September 13 "Usage of Animals in Research" Sam Speck, PhD- IMP & MMG Faculty Member
Tuesday, September 20 "Data Management and Sharing" John Altman, PhD- IMP Faculty Member

Regular Seminars
Date Seminar Title Speaker
Tuesday, September 27 N/A No Seminar (IMP Faculty Meeting)

Monday, October 4

“CD8 T-cells in human cancer”

Haydn T. Kissick, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
Emory University

Tuesday, October 11

“The Influence of the Gut Microbiota on Host Physiology: In Pursuit of Mechanisms”

Rheinhallt M. Jones, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University

Tuesday, October 18

“The surprising (and somewhat mysterious) innate immune defenses of the epithelium”

Michael Zasloff, MD
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics; Scientific Director, MedStar
Georgetown Transplant Institute, Georgetown University Hospital

Tuesday, October 25

“How T cells respond to tuning of TCR signal strength”

Byron Au-Yeung, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Tuesday, November 1

“Trefoil factor proteins regulate inflammation at the mucosal interface”

De‘Broski R. Herbert, PhD
Associate Professor of Infectious Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, November 8

“Inflammatory Disease & the trafficking of cells/molecules through lymphatic vessels”

Gwendalyn J. Randolph, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology & Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine

Tuesday, November 15 "Outcomes of influenza infection and vaccination in pregnancy”

Ioanna Skountzou, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Emory University School of Medicine

Tuesday, November 22 Thanksgiving Holiday No Seminar
Tuesday, November 29

“Pathogenesis and Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis”

Padmini Salgame, PhD
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Tuesday, December 6

“Pulmonary immunity to influenza”

Troy Randall, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology
University of Alabama Birmingham

Tuesday, December 13 “Control of Therapeutic T cell Responses with Synthetic Notch Receptors”

Kole T. Roybal, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California, San Francisco

Tuesday, January 10 “Gene Expression Programs in Human Lymphoid Cells: Regulation
in Two and Three Dimensions”

Eugene Oltz, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pathology & Genomic Medicine
Washington University, St. Louis, School of Medicine
Hosted by Jerry Boss, PhD

Tuesday, January 17 “Immune Triage: Understanding host resilience to infection and trauma” Amanda Jamieson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Brown University
Hosted by Rabin Tirouvanziam, PhD
Tuesday, January 24 “Infection induced memory CD8 T cells: a few short stories”

Vladimir Badovinac, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology & Interdisciplinary Program in Immunology
Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
Hosted by Mandy Ford, PhD

Friday, January 27

Special Recruitment Seminar

“How did our immune system evolve?”

Max Cooper, MD
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Tuesday, January 31 “Epigenetic regulation of Immune responses: Infection and Treg cells”

Nick Lukacs, PhD
Godfrey Dorr Stobbe Professor of Pathology
University of Michigan
Hosted by Jake Kohlmeier, PhD and sponsored by the Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Tuesday, February 7

"Adaptive Responses of Natural Killer Cells during Viral Infection"

“It's All about a Mouse Virus”

10-11am - Joseph Sun, PhD
Associate Professor, Immunology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Weill Cornell Medical College
Hosted by the IMP fourth-year students

4-6pm - Rafi Ahmed, PhD
**Distinguished Faculty Lecture**
GRA Eminent Scholar
Director of the Emory Vaccine Center
Emory University School of Medicine

(Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Cente)

Tuesday, February 14 No Seminar
Thursday, February 16

Special Recruitment Seminar


Tuesday, February 21 “Complement as a crucial mediator of T cell immunity” Peter Heeger, MD
Irene and Arthur Fishberg Professor of Medicine
Director, Translational Transplant Research Center
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Hosted by Mandy Ford, PhD and sponsored by the Emory Transplant Center
Tuesday, February 28 “Innate Control of Viral Infections”

Catherine Blish, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Stanford University
Hosted by Cheryl Day, PhD

Tuesday, March 7

“Gut integrity in sepsis”

Craig Coopersmith, MD
Professor, Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Tuesday, March 14 Seminar Cancelled
Tuesday, March 21

“Regulation of T cell physiology by the commensal microbiota”

Dan Littman, PhD
Professor, Departments of Molecular Immunology & of Pathology
New York University School of Medicine
Hosted by Rafi Ahmed, PhD and Mehul Suthar, PhD
Tuesday, March 28

“Apoptotic and Necroptotic Signaling in Embryos and Lymphocytes”

Jianke Zhang, PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Thomas Jefferson University
Hosted by Ed Mocarski, PhD and sponsored by the Emory Vaccine Center
Tuesday, April 4

“Host Pathogen Interactions of M. tuberculosis controlled by RIP”

Michael Glickman, MD
Professor of Immunology Microbial Pathogenesis, Molecular Biology, and Medicine
Cornell University
Hosted by John Altman, PhD
Tuesday, April 11

“Clonal and Cellular dynamics in Germinal Centers”

Gabriel Victora, PhD
Assistant Professor & Head
Laboratory of Lymphocyte Dynamics
The Rockefeller University
Hosted by John Altman, PhD
Tuesday, April 18 IMP Alumni Career Panel
Tuesday, April 25

“Influenza virus antigenic drift and how Susi Linderman might have saved your life”

Scott Hensley, PhD
Associate Professor, Vaccine Center
Wistar Institute
Hosted by Anice Lowen, PhD and sponsored by the Department of Microbiology & Immunology


All 1st and 5th year students are required to attend all Ethics seminars. (2nd year students must attend any lectures they missed in the first year).

Regular seminars will take place on Tuesday’s at 4:00 PM in the Whitehead Auditorium unless noted otherwise. All students are required to attend each seminar as you will be graded based on your attendance and participation. Each year students are encouraged to attend lunches with the visiting seminar speakers.

 A detailed program calendar that also includes Wednesday Research in Progress talk information can be found at this link:

IMP Student Research In Progress (RIP)

IMP Student Research in Progress (RIP) Seminars are on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 PM in Whitehead Auditorium.



September 7, 2016

Student Meeting: Dr. Brian Evavold, Director & Dr. Larry Boise, DGS

September 14, 2016 Shardule Shah & Cathy Gavile
September 21, 2016 David Holthausen & Chris Cutler
September 28, 2016 Rakieb Andargachew & Victor Band
October 5, 2016

Chris Petersen & Lex Bally

October 12, 2016 Andrew Jones
October 26, 2016 Zach Ende & Kevin Sia
November 2, 2016 Dana Tedesco & Jaclyn Espinosa
November 9, 2016 Lynette Chea & Jung Hwa Lee
November 16, 2016 Osric Forrest & Nikki Powell
November 30, 2016 Matt Kudelka & Sonia Laurie
December 7, 2016 Chet Joyner & Junghwa Choi
December 14, 2016 Colleen McGary & Jenny Cosby
January 4, 2017

Madelyn Houser & Paul Dunbar

January 11, 2017

Chingwen Chen & Thayer King

January 18, 2017

Chris Lewis & Morgan Barham

January 25, 2017

Alex Wolfarth & Alice Cho

February 1, 2017

James Bowen & Amanda Mener

February 8, 2017

Yan Feng & Daniel Chopyk

February 15, 2017

Moji Hassan & David Mathews

February 22, 2017

Gordon Dale & Alex Wein

March 1, 2017

Sarah Hayward

March 8, 2017 Bijean Ford & Maria White
March 15, 2017

Lisa Mills & Sarah Connolly

March 22, 2017

Levelle Harris & Jessica McCaffery

March 29, 2017

Taryn McLaughlin & Julia McBrien

April 5, 2017

Nourine Kamili & Madeline Price

April 12, 2017

Tesia Cleverly & Anna Morris

April 19, 2017

Oluwaseyi Adekunle & Dominika Swieboda

April 26, 2017

Tiger Li & Luis Munoz

May 2, 2017

Samantha McInally & Jessica Shartouny

May 3, 2017

Danny Chang & Camilla Margaroli

May 9, 2017 Elina El-Badry & Mike La Muraglia
May 10, 2017


May 17, 2017


May 24, 2017