Reminder/Update: M&I Symposium and Alumni Reunion (May 16-17, 2013)

Dear M&I students/postdocs/faculty/staff/colleagues (past and present):  

If you have not already done so, please be sure this is on your calendars and register at the link below! On May 16, our Department will be hosting a full-day symposium featuring M&I alumni and new M&I faculty talking about their research in virology, immunology, and microbial pathogenesis.  The following day, additional M&I alumni will be featured in a program that will include participants from many other UNC bioscience departments.  Social events will be taking place each day, and you’ll be getting more information when you register at

Registration assures that you will have a seat at Thursday's symposium, including lunch and refreshments; that you'll get free drinks at the M&I student/postdoc poster session (afternoon of May 16) and at the West End Wine Bar (reserved for this event with live music on the evening of May 16); that you'll be able to sign up for tours to preview our new departmental space (afternoon of May 17); and that you'll be invited to attend a reception at the Ackland Art Museum (evening of May 17).  There’s even a 5K run on the morning of May 18, with proceeds benefiting the high school outreach program NC DNA Day (sign up at  

This is all part of the Carolina Biosciences Alumni Reunion (, celebrating the 5th anniversary of the highly successful BBSP (Biological & Biomedical Sciences Program) that unifies biosciences graduate admissions, programs and curricula.  

Thursday’s M&I Symposium:

8:30 – 8:40          Bill Goldman (Baseman lab, 1980) – M&I Professor and Chair (2008)
Introductory Remarks

8:40 – 9:15          Tem Morrison (Kenney lab, 2004) – Assistant Professor, Univ. of Colorado School of Medicine
Clearance and Persistence of Arthritogenic Alphaviruses

9:15 – 9:50          Robert Rickert (Clarke lab, 1992) – Professor, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute
Probing the signal transduction pathways that govern normal and aberrant B lymphocyte differentiation

9:50 – 10:15        Tony Richardson – M&I Assistant Professor (2008)
Host immunometabolism and Staphylococcus aureus disease outcomes

10:15 – 10:45     Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:20     Duncan Krause (Baseman lab, 1982) – Professor and former Chair, Univ. of Georgia
Mycoplasma pneumonia Terminal Organelle Form and Function: A Random Walk

11:20 – 11:45     Nat Moorman – M&I Assistant Professor (2010)
The role of host and viral factors in HCMV protein synthesis

11:45 – 12:10     Cary Moody – M&I Assistant Professor (2010)
Understanding the Contribution of the DNA Damage Response to Human Papillomavirus Replication

12:10 – 1:15        Lunch

1:15 – 1:50         Christine Biron (Pagano lab, 1980) – Professor and former Chair, Brown Univ.
Conditioning NK and T Cell Responses to Viral Infections: Experience Matters

1:50 – 2:25         Nancy Haigwood (Edgell lab, 1980) – Director, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Outmaneuvering Envelope to Build a Better HIV Vaccine

2:25 – 2:50         Kristina Abel – M&I Assistant Professor (2009)
From pediatric immunology to pediatric vaccines

2:50 – 3:15         Rita Tamayo – M&I Assistant Professor (2009)
Regulation of Clostridium difficile virulence gene expression

3:15 – 3:45         Coffee Break

3:45 – 4:20         Priscilla Wyrick (Gooder lab, 1971) – Professor and Chair, ETSU (retired)
Estrogen Enhances Chlamydia trachomatis Genital Infection

4:20 – 4:45         Yisong Wan – M&I Assistant Professor (2008)
GATA3 controls T cell function beyond Th2 differentiation

4:45 – 5:10         Ed Miao – M&I Assistant Professor (2011)
Caspase-11 protects against cytosolic bacteria

5:15 – 6:30         Poster Session and Open Bar

Friday will feature an alumni networking breakfast that includes:

Ellen Aho (Cannon lab, 1989) – Professor, Concordia College

John Puziss (Bassford lab, 1991) – Director of Technology Licensing at Yale Univ.

Lani San Mateo (Kawula lab, 1999) – Associate Scientific Director, Janssen R&D

Friday’s program will include two science symposia (morning and afternoon) with alumni speakers from many graduate programs and featuring:

Lewis Lanier (Haughton lab, 1977) – Professor and Chair, UCSF
From Carolina Graduate Student to Biotech and Back to Academics

I’m sure you see why we are excited about a program that features such distinguished participants.  For those of you will be traveling back to Chapel Hill for this event, be sure to check for information on special rates at several convenient hotels:  The Carolina Inn (where we have already reserved rooms for our speakers), The Franklin Hotel, and Aloft.

Looking forward to seeing you at this big event!

-- Bill

William E. Goldman, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Microbiology & Immunology
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box #7290
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
(919) 966-9580