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Department of Microbiology and Immunology

M&I Will Be Well Represented at IMMUNOLOGY 2017™

The American Association of Immunologists will hold their IMMUNOLOGY 2017™ meeting May 12 – 16 in Washington, D.C. The Department of Microbiology & Immunology will be well represented at the meeting by members of the faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. A list of presenters and chairs of block symposia are below:


Shilpak Chatterjee, Ph.D.
               Post-doctoral fellow, Mehrotra lab

Title: Targeting Sphingosine kinase 2/S1P axis Decreases Immunosuppressive Potential of Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells (MDSCs) and Improves Tumor Control
               Block Symposium: Immunosuppressive Networks and Tumor Immunity (05/14/17)

Paramita Chakraborty, Ph.D.
               Post-doctoral fellow, Mehrotra lab
               Title: S1P/PPARgamma axis metabolically reprograms the T cells to modulate their anti-tumor potential
               Block Symposium: Cell Therapy for Cancer (05/16/17)

Alessandra Metelli
               Ph.D. Candidate, Li Lab
               Title: GARP-TGFβ Axis on Activated Platelets Supports Tumor Progression

Payal Dhar
               Ph.D. Candidate, Jennifer Wu’s Lab
               Title: Modulation of signaling preference of NK cells by different forms of NKG2D ligands and its implications

Stephen Iwanowycz, Ph.D.
               Post-doctoral fellow, Liu Lab
               Title: Molecular chaperone is required for gut tolerogenic dendritic cell development and function
               (Also received 2017 AAI Trainee Abstract Award)


Tumor Immunology Section (Organizer: Dr. Chrystal Paulos)
Chairs from M&I: Drs. Zihai Li, Jennifer Wu and Shikhar Mehrotra

Innate Immunity to Microbes Section
Chair from M&I: Dr. Bei Liu

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