RoyCurtissIII 220x300 “Inducing mucosal immunity – historical past and the present using Salmonella as our friend”

Roy Curtiss, III, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Volker Hall, Lecture Room B
1670 University Boulevard

Reception to follow in the Edge of Chaos
Lister Hill, 4th Floor
1700 University Boulevard

Roy Curtiss, professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, has a joint appointment in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology in the College of Medicine and is a member of the UF Cancer Center. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Inventors, the St. Louis Academy of Sciences and the Arizona Arts, Science and Technology Academy. He has 60 years of research experiences in genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, biomedical sciences and vaccinology. He attended Cornell University and the University of Chicago and has been a researcher-educator at Brookhaven National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, the University of Tennessee, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Washington University in St. Louis, Arizona State University and the University of Florida. Dr. Curtiss’ current research focuses on the design, construction, and evaluation of vaccines to elicit protective host immune responses in agriculturally important animals and humans, mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and host immune responses to infections and vaccines. He received the first US patent issued for a genetically modified (micro)organism (c1776) while at UAB. He also holds the first patent on genetically engineered attenuated bacteria to deliver protective antigens as vaccines to prevent infectious diseases (invented at UAB) as well as the first patents (with Guy Cardineau – a UAB MCB graduate) on genetically modified plants expressing pathogen-derived protective antigens as vaccines against bacterial and viral pathogens. Dr. Curtiss has received many honors during his career, the most recent being the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Microbiology. 

Bertram M. Marx Endowment

Bertram M. Marx Endowment Edgar and Margot Marx established an endowment to support the Bertram M. Marx Graduate Student Research Grants Program, which has been active since 1982. Each year, two graduate students interested in cancer research are selected by the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s internal committee to receive these awards. To further honor the memory of Edgar’s father, Edgar and Margot established the Bertram M. Marx Lectureship in 1985. The lectureship, which is hosted by the UAB Department of Microbiology, supports annual visits to the UAB campus by scientists noted for their work examining the basic biology of cancer as well as the impact of infection, inflammation and immune regulation on the development and progression of cancer and other chronic diseases. The Marx Lectures are given by top leaders in their respective fields and have included Nobel Laureates and members of the US National Academy of Sciences. See the list of prior Marx Lecturers.
The Department of Microbiology and the whole UAB research community are deeply grateful to the Marx family for their continued generosity in providing resources to bring truly outstanding scientists to Birmingham and UAB.