2021 Lectures
Lecture: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Webex meeting:
Meeting ID:2436 954 9317
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Choreography of and age-associated changes in thymocyte central tolerance
Lauren Ehrlich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Biosciences
Department of Oncology, Dell Medical School
The University of Texas at Austin
Host: Qing-Sheng Mi, MD, PhD
Henry Ford Health System
Lauren Enrlich
Lecture: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Webex meeting:
Meeting ID: 2433 276 4985
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Transcriptional regulation of Innate T cell development
Laurent Gapin, Ph.D.
Department of Immunology & Microbiology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
and National Jewish Health, Denver
Host: Qing-Sheng Mi, MD, PhD
Henry Ford Health System
Laurent Gapin
Lecture: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
ZOOM meeting:
Meeting ID: 913 4746 7602
Password: 426679
Epigenetic remodeling of the tumor microenvironment
in mutant IDH1 gliomas: therapeutic implications
Maria Castro, Ph.D.
R.C. Schneider Collegiate Professor of Neurosurgery
University of Michigan
Host: Wei-Zen Wei, PhD
Department of Oncology
Wayne State University
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      In addition to serving as the R.C. Schneider Collegiate Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr. Castro is a Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan. Her work focuses on understanding the role of oncometabolites and the tumor - immune microenvironment. In particular, she is interested in the impacts of the tumor-immune microenvironment on tumor progression, immune cell migration and response to therapeutics.

Maria Castro
Lecture: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
ZOOM meeting:
Meeting ID: 973 9594 5678
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Influenza Pathogenesis and Vaccine Responses
in Vulnerable Populations
Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Ph.D.
Department of Infecious Diseases
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Host: Andrew Lipchik, PhD
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Wayne State University
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      Dr. Schultz-Cherry serves as the Deputy Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Influenza Collaborating Center, Co-Director for the NIAID-funded Center for Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) and Co-Director for the NIAID-funded Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Center (CIVIC).

Stacey Schultz-Cherry
Lecture: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
ZOOM meeting:
Meeting ID: 981 1622 4259
Password: 391524
The IgG antibody paradox in insulin resistance:
pathogenic and therapeutic
Andrew Lipchik, Ph.D.
Postodoctoral Fellow
Department of Genetics
Stanford University
Host: Kang Chen, PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wayne State University
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      Dr. Lipchik received his doctorate from Purdue University in 2013. Following his graduate work, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Michael Snyder at Stanford University, where he has focused on understanding the interactions between the immune system and glucose metabolism. His work has identified Immunoglobulin G (IgG) and the neonatal Fc receptor, FcRn, as a critical molecular link between inflammation and the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Lipchik has extended this paradigm to demonstrated the potential of IgG as a therapeutic to improve insulin sensitivity. He will be continuing this work at Wayne State in the Department of Pharmaceutical Science, where he’ll be joining as an assistant professor this summer.

Andrew Lipchik
Lecture: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
ZOOM meeting:
Meeting ID: 913 1577 9990
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Regulation of NAC1 in T cells and T Cell-Mediated Immunity
Jim Song, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
Texas A&M University
Host: Wei-Zen Wei, PhD
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Wayne State University
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      Nucleus accumbens-associated protein-1, NAC1, is part of the BTB/POZ family of nuclear factors and is a transcriptional repressor. NAC1 has been shown to play a role in cancer, particularly in intratumoral responses to hypoxia and in the promotion of glycolysis. Dr. Song’s work is currently focused on the role of NAC1 in intratumoral immunity and T cell reprogramming.

      Dr. Song developed his expertise in T cell biology during his training with Dr. Michael Croft at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology and built on his success there as an Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor at Penn State. In addition to over 70 publications, Dr. Song has authored several book chapters focused on regulatory T cells and cancer. He was awarded the Woodward Education Scholar Award, numerous Travel Grants and currently has funding through NIAID and the NCI to support his work on Treg in autoimmune arthritis as well as the role of NAC1-mediated suppression of anti-tumor immunity.

Jim Song