CRND Seminar Series

Fall - 2014


Fall 2014 CRND Data Club

Thursday September 25, 2014


298 - Galvin Life Science Center

Patty Champion

Patty Champion, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,

University of Notre Dame

“Quantitative and Molecular Insights into Mycobacterial Pathogenesis”

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Fall 2014 CTSS Seminar Series

October 3, 2014 -Friday. DeBartolo Hall,

RM 136. 11:00 a.m. - Noon

Meg Phillips

Meg Phillips, Ph.D.


Beatrice and Miguel Elias Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science,

Carolyn R. Bacon Professorship in Medical Science and Education,

Dept. of Pharmacology,University of Texas Southwestern Med Center

"Developing a new drug for Malaria: from concept to bedside"

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Dr. Meg Phillips

Visit on October 3rd, 2014
student pixFrom left to right:
Niraja Suresh, Francisco Fields, Stefan Freed, Katelyn Carothers, Micah Ferrel, Matthew Krusen, Dr. Meg Phillips, Lucy Smith, Trevor Kane and Nicholas Deason.

The Clinical and Translational Seminar Series organized by CRND hosted a presentation by Dr. Meg Phillips on October 3rd, 2014. Dr. Phillips is a leading researcher in the field of malaria drug development.  She shared the story of an emerging drug that targets a particular parasite enzyme with little toxicity to humans. During her seminar, Dr. Phillip described the unique journey of taking the process of drug discovery from a simple concept based in rational design in the test tube and following through all the way to studies in humans. This effort, which pulled in the expertise of a number of collaborators, has resulted in a promising new strategy for treating malaria, a disease that affects more than 300 million people globally and results in nearly a million deaths annually.
During her visit, Dr. Phillips met with students from the “Topics in Pathobiology” class, which is tied to the Seminar Series. Throughout the semester, the students read, present and discuss papers by the visiting speakers, and get a chance to meet with each visiting scholar over pizza.


Fall 2014 CTSS Seminar Series

November 7, 2014 -Friday. DeBartolo Hall,

RM 136. 11:00 a.m. - Noon

John Boothroyd

John Boothroyd, Ph.D.


Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine

"Home-invaders with a party agenda: how some strains of Toxoplasma sedate the dog, rearrange the furniture and then turn up the music!”

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Fall 2014 CRND Data Club

November 13, 2014 -Thursday. Galvin,

RM 298. Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Rob Stahelin

Robert Stahelin, Ph.D.

IUSM Showalter Scholar,

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine - South Bend,

Adjunct Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame

"Ebola Virus Lipid Gymnastics, My Little Version of Cirque Du Soleil"

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Fall 2014 CTSS Seminar Series

November 14, 2014 -Friday. DeBartolo Hall,

RM 136. 11:00 a.m. - Noon


Hank Seifert, Ph.D.

John E. Porter Professor of Biomedical Science,
Associate Chair,
Department of Microbiology-Immunology
Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine

 “How does diversification allow for important functions? – Lessons from the mechanisms and results of pilus antigenic variation in Neisseria gonorrhoeae

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Fall 2014 CTSS Seminar Series

November 21, 2014 -Friday. DeBartolo Hall,

RM 136. 11:00 a.m. - Noon

Mike Brennan

Mike Brennan, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor - Scientific Affairs,


“Developing TB Vaccines is Hard”

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Fall 2014 CTSS Seminar Series

December 12, 2014 -Friday. DeBartolo Hall,

RM 136. 11:00 a.m. - Noon

D Milner

Danny Milner, M.D., M.Sc.

Associate Professor of Pathology,

Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor,

Dept. of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health

“Pediatric Cerebral Malaria: Mortality and Pathogensis”

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