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WiPS Schedule - Spring 2023

Work in Progress Seminars (WiPS) for Spring 2023

All WiPS seminars are at 12:00 P.M., MONDAY, in BPS Room 1425 and on Zoom, unless noted otherwise.
Seminar Coordinator: Rob Abramovitch

Zoom link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/94051994566
Please note:  The password will be emailed separately prior to the seminars

WiPS Evaluation Form

Spring 2023

Date Speaker Title Faculty Evaluators
January 9 Melene Alakavuklar, Postdoc, Crosson Lab Two periplasmic proteins with domains of unknown function promote envelope integrity in in Brucella ovis  R. Hausinger
C. Waters
January 16 Martin Luther King Day, WiPS Cancelled
January 23 Kiwon Ok, Postdoc, O'Halloran Lab Quantitative Inorganic Phenotyping of Gram-negative Bacteria  A. Olive 
  Troy Burtchett, Hammer Lab Evidence for redundancy in farnesyl diphosphate production in Staphylococcus aureus B. Schutte 
January 30 Kati Ford, TerAvest Lab Investigating Inward Electron Transfer in Shewanella oneidensis D. Ducat
  Santhosh Gatreddi Postdoc, Hausinger Lab Lactate racemase: Structure of the substrate-bound enzyme and reductive inactivation of the nickel-pincer cofactor E. Walker
February 6 Rose Kithan, Sundin Lab Interplay Between Innate immunity and the Microbiome in Apple Fruit R. Schwartz

Alex Wessel, Waters Lab

Reviving the dead: transforming V. cholerae mutant libraries through natural competency N. Hammer
February 13 Manos Kokarakis, Ducat Lab Quorum or not to quorum, utilizing acyl homoserine lactone systems in S. elongatus pcc 7492 C. Adami
  Charles Whitehead-Tillery, Mansfield Lab Characterization of Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase E. coli plasmids from humans  S. Mulrooney
February 27 Joel Marty, Kaminski Lab The effects of THC, CBD, and the selective CB2 agonist, JWH-015 on pan CB8+ T cell inflammatory responses S. Manning 
  Micah Ferrell, Postdoc, Waters Lab Biochemical Characterizations of the AvcD Bacterial Phage-defense Deaminases J. Scott
March 6 Spring Break, WiPS Cancelled
March 13 Megan Korne, Bonito Lab The Ecology of Endobacteria that inhabit the Fungal Family Mortierellaceae C. Vieille 
  Han Wen, Xi Lab The effect of the symbiosis between Wolbachia wAlbB and Anopheles stephensi on anti-plasmodium immune response of the mosquito  V. DiRita
March 20 Heather Murdoch, Abramovitch Lab Defining interactions of carbon metabolism and acidic pH during Myobacterium Tuberculosis pathogenesis K. Parkin 
K. Yu
March 27 Kevin Santiago-Morales, Lebeis Lab
Generating a representative bacterial synthetic community to alleviate phosphorus stress in plants
Y. Zhang 
  Imani Pascoe, Bonito/Lebeis Labs Identifying how microbial modulation of ethylene impacts rhizosphere microbiome assembly and persistence  J. Pestka
April 3 Bassel Abdalla, Abramovitch Lab Leveraging Myobacterium abscessus (Mab) and Myobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) resistance mutations to drive rational drug development of MmpL3 inhibitors  S. Shames
  Haleigh Gilliland, Olive Lab A genome-wide screen in FLAMs defines host regulating antibiotic efficacy during Myobacterium abscessus infection D. Pyeon
April 10
Seth Garwin, Postdoc, O'Halloran Lab
Dynamics of Intra- and Extracellular Zinc rearrangement during Mammalian Fertalization C. Arvidson
  Matt Schnizlein, Postdoc, Crosson Lab Investigating the role of alternative ion gradients in Bacteroids fragilis fitness under bile acid stress K. Parent 
April 17 Morgan Collins, Petroff Lab Impact of Seminal Fluid on Group B Streptococcus Vaginal Colonization S. Crosson
  Joelis Lama-Diaz, Hammer Lab Staphylococcus aureus TcyA scavenges host cysteine and methionine synthesis intermediates to satisfy the requirement for nutrient sulfur  S. Schrenk