Where:  BBRB 170
When: Tuesdays at noon

September 9, 2014
"Structural Insight into the Biogenesis of Beta-barrel Membrane Proteins"
Susan Buchanan, Ph.D.
, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD (Host: Michael Niederweis)

September 16, 2014- No seminar

September 23, 2014
"Composition of the Bone Marrow Plasma Cell Pool"
David Allman, Ph.D. , Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (Host: Lou Justement)

September 30, 2014
"Structural Insights into Genome Packaging by dsDNA Viruses"
Marc Morais, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Host: Terje Dokland)

October 7, 2014
- No seminar

October 14, 2014- No seminar

October 21, 2014- No seminar

October 28, 2014
"Metabolic regulation of community behavior in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
Co-sponsored by The Center for Free Radical Biology , Lars Dietrich, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University (Hosts: Fran Lund/Jianhua Zhang)

November 4, 2014
"Virus Membrane Fusion and Virus Budding"

Margaret Kielian, Ph.D., Department of Cell Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Host: Ilya Frolov)

November 10, 2014
Glenn Randall, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, University of Chicago (Host: George Luo)

November 11, 2014
"Platelet-activating Factor Regulates T Cell Activation and Trafficking"

Tamas Jilling, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, UAB (Host: Beatriz Leon)

November 18, 2014
“A Sweet Journey to a Sugar-coated Trail: Bacterial Protein Glycosylation and Secretion”

Hui Wu, Ph.D.Department of Pediatric DentistryUAB (Host: Chuck Turnbough)

November 25, 2014- No seminar

December 2, 2014
"Microbial Wikileaks: Deciphering Microbial Conversations With Intent to Disarm"

Michael Federle, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Illinois at Chicago (Host: David Briles)

December 9, 2014
"Driving Endospore Development by Applying a Brake"
Charles Moran Jr, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (Host: Chuck Turnbough)

December 16, 2014
"Recombination Mediator Proteins- Multitasking Guardians of Genome Integrity"
Sergey V. Korolev, Ph.D., Edward A. Doisy Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologySaint Louis University School of Medicine (Host: Elena Frolova)

January 6, 2015
"Bio-Inspired Polymeric Nanomaterials for Cell Encapsulation and Drug Delivery"
Eugenia Kharlampieva, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, UAB (Host: Peter Prevelige)

January 13, 2015
"Focus on Foci: The Regulation and Functions of RNA-Protein Granules in Quiescent Cells"

Paul Herman, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Genetics, The Ohio State University (Host: David Bedwell)

January 20, 2015
"Factors and Features that Control Ribosome Synthesis is Eukaryotes"

David Schneider, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, UAB (Host:Sunnie Thompson)

January 27, 2015

"Immunity to Neisseria gonorrhoeae: four cytokines and a vaccine?"
Mike Russell, Ph.D., Witebsky Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology, University at Buffalo (Host: Jiri Mestecky)

February 3, 2015
“Microbiota in juvenile spondyloarthritis”

Matthew Stoll, M.D., Ph.D., MSCSDivision of Pediatric RheumatologyUAB (Host: Fran Lund)

February 10, 2015
"A mechanistic link between rhinoviruses and asthma"
Ann Palmenberg, Ph.D., The Institute for Molecular Virology, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison (Host: Microbiology Graduate Students - Beth Walters)

February 17, 2015 
"Macrophages Old and New"
Gwen Randolph, Ph.D.Wash. U., Saint Louis, MO (Host: Fran Lund)

February 24, 2015- Marx Lecture
“Typhoid fever: new insights into an old disease”

Jorge Galán, Ph.D., Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale School of Medicine (Host: Fran Lund)

March 3, 2015- No Seminar

March 10, 2015- No Seminar

March 17, 2015
"HPV and the DNA Damage Response"
Lou Laimins, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology-Immunology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (Host: Mengxi Jiang)

March 24, 2015- No Seminar

March 31, 2015- No seminar

April 7, 2015- No seminar

April 14, 2015
"A novel class of Nuclear Localization Signals (NLSs) targeting Membrane Proteins to the Inner Nuclear Membrane"

Gino Cingolani, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Thomas Jefferson University (Host: Michael Niederweis)

April 21, 2015
"Cellular and clonal dynamics in germinal centers"
Gabriel Victora, Ph.D.,  Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, MA (Host: Immunology Graduate Students - Jennie Hamilton)

April 28, 2015

“The Invisible Hand of the Black Queen: Helpers and Beneficiaries in the Ocean and Elsewhere”
J. Jeffrey Morris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, UAB (Host: Terje Dokland)

May 5, 2015
Stephanie Eisenbarth, M.D., Ph.D., School of Medicine,  Yale University (Host: Hui Hu)

May 12, 2015
Dan Gorelick, Ph.D.Department of Pharmacology and ToxicologyUAB (Host: Michael Niederweis)

May 19, 2015
"Getting to the Edge: Network Biology Identifies Essential Hubs in Arabidopsis Interactions Networks"

Shahid Mukhtar, Ph.D., Department of Biology, UAB (Host: Fran Lund)

May 26, 2015
"Transcriptional Control of Natural Killer T Cell Development"

Barbara Kee, Ph.D., Molecular BiosciencesMolecular BiosciencesUniversity of Chicago (Host: Chris Klug)

June 2, 2015

Eric Sorscher, M.D., Division of Hematology/Oncology, UAB (Host: Fran Lund)

July 21, 2015
S. Celeste Morley, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (Host: Fran Lund)

Committed to the study of infectious and immune-mediated diseases

The UAB Department of Microbiology is consistently ranked amongst the best microbiology departments in the country, and faculty currently hold more than 50 grants and $13 million in extramural grant funding. We are a vibrant highly collaborative research community actively serving the university mission of excellence in research, service and teaching. 

It is an exciting time to be a scientist at UAB and in the Department of Microbiology. The department is actively recruiting new faculty members and with our existing cadre of investigators and the new faculty who join us, we plan to capitalize on the department’s strong foundation and heritage to build a scientifically rich environment that will allow us to meet our twin missions of carrying out cutting-edge, fundamental basic and translational research to improve human health and educating the next generation of scientists who will lead the fight against infectious and immune-mediated diseases.


We are improving human health by carrying out cutting-edge, fundamental basic and translational research focusing on the bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause human disease. Faculty in the Department of Microbiology have research programs in five broad yet interconnected areas; Microbial Pathogenesis, Immunology, Virology, Structural Biology and Cancer.


We are educating and training the next generation of scientists, educators and entrepreneurs who will lead the fight against infectious and immune-mediated diseases. Department of Microbiology faculty participate in teaching classes to undergraduate, graduate and medical students and serve as the organizers and course directors for a number of the graduate level classes.