Immunological Memory
and Vaccines

Speaker: Stella Berendam
Date: August 27, 2020

Stella Berendam provided a bird’s eyes view of innate and adaptive immunological memory systems, how they are maintained, and their relevance to vaccine designs.


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Transplantation immunology

Speaker: Cliburn Chan
Date: June 25, 2020

Cliburn Chan went over the Transplantation Immunology and the different forms of rejection.

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Speaker: Ria Goswami, PhD
Date: June 11, 2020

Ria Goswami provided an overview of HIV and AIDS discussing the progression and the course of the viral load as the it progresses to AIDS. The seminar involved a Q&A.

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Immunology & Infection

Speaker: Lindsay Dahora
Date: May 14, 2020

In this seminar, Lindsay Dahora explains the classes of infectious agents and the different infection types they can produce, including acute vs latent vs chronic infections. She also covers the various routes by which infectious agents enter our bodies, with a focus on the mucosal immunity of the gut. The presentation concludes with an overview of immune evasion strategies employed by different pathogens.

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The Immunobiology of SARS-CoV-2

Speaker: Stephanie Langel, PhD
Date: April 30, 2020

Stephanie Langel provides a timely overview of the immunobiology of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Topics covered include: an overview of the coronavirus family and their structural proteins, differences in the genome of various coronaviruses, how SARS-CoV-2 enters cells, and the types of immune responses in patients that relate to clinical outcomes. The seminar concludes with a discussion of potential therapeutic approaches against SARS-CoV-2.

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Trafficking of Immune Cells

Speaker: Stephanie Langel, PhD
Date: April 16, 2020

Stephanie Langel provides an overview of trafficking of immune cells and how they migrate throughout our body.

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B-cells & Antibodies

Speaker: Dr. Stella J. Berendam
Date: February 20, 2020

Dr. Berendam reviews the role of B-cells in the human immune system. Topics include B-cell development, activation & maturation, antibody classes, and antibody-based assays.

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T-cell Subsets & Roles

Speaker: Ashley Nelson, PhD
Date: February 6, 2020

Dr. Nelson covers T-cell subsets and their role in the adaptive immune system. Topics include T-cell activation, differentiation into CD4/CD8 subsets, and cytokines, 

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T-Cell Activation

Speaker: Dr. Cliburn Chan
Date: January 23, 2020

Dr. Cliburn Chan discusses T-cell activation. Unlike antibodies, T cells can “look” inside proteins and inside cells, and this is essential for defense against intra-cellular pathogens and tumors. This seminar reviews how T cells achieve this feat.

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Adaptive Immunity: Memory & Specificity

Speaker: Tulika Singh
Date: January 9, 2020

In this seminar, Tulika Singh discusses Adaptive Immunity. Topics to be covered include: the dynamic course of infection and the antigen-specific response to infection; the role of T and B cells in responding to infection, immunological memory, and the measurement of adaptive immunity.

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Innate Immunity: Danger & Stranger

Speaker: Dr. Cliburn Chan
Date: December 12, 2019

In this seminar, we take a deeper dive into the innate immune system. Once seen by many as “boring”, the innate immune system is now known to evaluate threats, formulate strategy and direct the adaptive immune response. Modern immunology begins with an understanding of how the innate immune system senses and responds to strangers and danger.

Overview of the Immune System

Speaker: Dr. Cliburn Chan
Date: November 14, 2019

Dr. Cliburn Chan, the co-director of the Center for Human Systems Immunology, kicks off the Immunology for Quants seminars with an overview of the human immune system. In this seminar, Dr. Chan covers the physical barriers that protect against infection, as well as an overview of the innate and adaptive immune systems.

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