Seminars & Symposia

As part of their ongoing training, students in the virology track participate in a seminar series sponsored by the CVR. This program supports a regular semi-monthly series, with seminars scheduled every other Friday during the academic year, in which leading national researchers are invited to present their work in different areas of virology, gene regulation, cell transformation, and a variety of topics in molecular biology and molecular genetics. These seminars provide a stimulating forum for exchanges of scientific ideas, information and research approaches. In addition, graduate student trainees appointed to the NIH Virology Training grant present their work in an annual symposium that is part of this seminar series, allowing an opportunity for a critical analysis of their data by the CVR faculty. The CVR Seminar Series is sponsored by Zymo Research.


Please visit our Youtube channel for Virtual Seminars for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Oct 06 Abraham J. Qavi, PhD
Assistant Professor in Residence, Dept. of Pathology
University of California, Irvine
"Manipulating Light for the Detection of Filoviruses in Resource-Limited Settings"

Oct 20 Alvin Yu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics
University of California, Irvine
"Molecular Simulations of HIV Replication - Maturation and Capsid Self-Assembly"

Nov 03 Benjamin R. Morehouse, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
University of California, Irvine
"Cyclic Nucleotide Signals in Bacterial Antiviral Immunity"

Nov 16 Yeva Mirzakhanyan Dissertation Defense (Gershon Lab)
"Combination of protein crosslinking mass spectrometry with protein structure prediction for molecular structure modeling of vaccinia virus"
1:30 PM in Natural Sciences I, Room 1114

Nov 17 Graduate Student Research-In-Progress Meeting
Thomas Caldwell
(Forthal Lab) "Modeling the HIV Genetic Bottleneck in vitro"
Mahina Mitul (Wagar Lab) "Evaluation of EBV Infection Dynamics Using Human Tonsil Organoids"

Jan 19 Ivan Marazzi, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Biological Chemistry
University of California, Irvine
"Transcriptional Control of the Virus Within Us"

Feb 02 Graduate Student Research-In-Progress Meeting
Speakers TBD

Mar 01 Joseph M. Hyser, PhD
Assistant Professor, Virology & Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine
"Lightning Storms of Calcium Signaling during Virus Infection and Spread"

Mar 15 Dmitry Lyumkis, PhD
Associate Professor, Laboratory of Genetics
Hearst Foundation Developmental Chair
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
"Dissecting Pathogens and Arming Hosts: A Journey through the Structure, Function, Inhibition, and Evolution of Retroviral Integrase"

Mar 18 CVR Career Development Symposium
Lynn W. Enquist, Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology, Emeritus
Princeton University
Keynote Speaker
"A 51-year Adventure in Virology"


Apr 26 Anna Cliffe, PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology
University of Virginia
"Intersection of the Herpes Simplex Virus Genome with Neuronal Immune and Cell Stress Signaling Pathways"

May 10 Carolina B. Lopez, PhD
Theodore and Bertha Bryan Professor of Environmental Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine
"Long-term Consequences of Acute Parainfluenza Virus Infection"

May 24 NIH Virology T32 Training Grant Symposium
José Morán (Marsden Lab)
Gema Olivarria (Lane Lab)
Stephanie Salazar (Koyuncu Lab)
Lavanya Manjunath (Buisson Lab)

Sep 30 Rachel J. Whitaker, PhD
Professor of Microbiology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Predicting Viral Epidemics in Microbial Populations"

Oct 21 Nir Drayman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
UC Irvine
"Single Cell Virology"

Nov 04 Benjamin Gewurz, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine
Associate Chair, Virology Program, Harvard Medical School
"Survival in the Eye of the Storm: Epstein-Barr Virus Subversion of Key B-cell Pathways Enables Persistent Infection"

Dec 16 Graduate Student Research-In-Progress Meeting
Julia DeRogatis (Tinoco Lab) “Cell-Intrinsic CD38 Expression Sustains Exhausted CD8+ T Cells by Regulating Their Survival and Metabolism During Chronic Viral Infection”
Stephanie Salazar (Koyuncu Lab) “Investigating the Effect of Interferon Responses on Alpha Herpesvirus Invasion and Spread in the Nervous System”

Jan 27 Thomas Gallagher, PhD
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Loyola University of Chicago
"Mechanisms of Coronavirus Entry"

Feb 10 UC Riverside 16th Annual SoCal Symposium on Glial-Neuronal Interactions in Health and Disease
Thomas E. Lane, PhD will be giving the Glenn Hatton Lecture on "Evaluating the Role of Microglia in Host Defense and Repair in a Model of Viral-Induced Neurologic Disease"
Register here
Symposium Program and Schedule

Feb 24 Graduate Student Research-In-Progress Meeting
Lavanya Manjunath
(Buisson Lab) "APOBEC3B Drives PKR-Mediated Translation Shutdown and Stress Granule Formation in Response to Viral Infection"
Karla Viramontes (Tinoco Lab) "T Cell-Intrinsic PSGL-1 Inhibitory Function During Chronic Viral Infection"

Mar 10 Reginald McNulty, PhD
Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
UC Irvine
"A Novel Model of NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation"

Mar 24 Travis Wiles, PhD
Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
UC Irvine
"Life, Death, & Symbiosis: Exploring the Nested Life Cycles of Bacteria and Viruses within the Gut"

Apr 07 Mark Slifka, PhD
Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Oregon Health & Science University
"Vaccine Durability – What Have We Learned So Far?"

Apr 21 Ronald Swanstrom, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics
UNC School of Medicine
"Unplanned Excursions: HIV Neuropathogenesis and Latency"

May 05 Graduate Student Research-In-Progress Meeting
Dominic Javonillo (Lane Lab) "Characterizing the Impact of a Neurotropic Murine Coronavirus Infection on Alzheimer's Disease Pathology"
Olivia Ritchie (Kwon Lab) “Cell-Guised Viruses for Targeted Gene Therapy”

May 10 NIAID, NIH Virology Training Grant Symposium
Emily Neubert (Tinoco Lab) "HMGB2 Regulates the Differentiation and Stemness of Exhausted CD8+ T Cells During Chronic Viral Infection"
José Morán (Marsden Lab) "Enhancing "Kick and Kill" HIV Cure Approaches"
Gema Olivarria (Lane Lab) "Determining the Contribution of Neutrophils to Demyelination Using a Viral-Induced Model of Multiple Sclerosis"
Liang Liu (Shi Lab) "HIV mRNA 3' Processing: Mechanism, Regulation, and Therapy"

Oct 1    Dennis Burton, PhD
James and Jessie Minor Chair in Immunology and Microbiology
Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla
Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies to Viruses; HIV but mostly SARS-CoV-2

Oct 29 Coleen K. Cunningham, MD
Professor and Chair of Pediatrics, UC Irvine
Pediatrician-in-Chief and Senior VP CHOC
Active and Passive HIV Immunization in Neonates

Nov 12    Rémi Buisson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Chemistry
Department of Pharmacological Science
UC Irvine
APOBEC3A AND APOBEC3B at the Crossroads of Anti-Viral Activity and Cancer Mutagenesis

Feb 11    Marta M. Gaglia, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Tufts University School of Medicine
Hijacking the Host: Viral Mechanisms to Control Gene Expression and Anti-Viral Responses

Feb 25    Katherine R. Spindler, PhD
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Michigan Medical School
Evasion of the Host Antiviral Response in an Animal Model of Adenovirus Infection

Mar 9    Sean Whelan, PhD
Marvin A. Brennecke Distinguished Professor
Head of Molecular Microbiology
Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
Cell Entry and Inhibition of Arenaviruses

Mar 11    Michael Emerman, PhD
Division of Human Biology
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
The Origins of HIV-1 Through the Lens of Host-Virus Interactions

Apr 8    Glenn Rall, PhD
Chief Academic Officer
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple Health
The Origins of HIV-1 Through the Lens of Host-Virus Interactions

Apr 22    Julie Pfeiffer, PhD
Professor, Kern and Marnie Wildenthal President’s Research Council
Department of Microbiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Factors that Effect Enteric Virus Evolution

May 20    Junjie Guo, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neuroscience
Yale University
Targeting Programmed – 1 Ribosomal Frameshifting in SARS-CoV-2

June 3    Aron Lukacher, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Penn State

June 9   Christopher Bartley, MD, PhD
Hanna H. Gray Fellow, HHMI
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Profiling the Antibody Repertoire NeuroCOVID-19

Jan 29    Ralph Baric, PhD
William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor
Department OF Epidemiology
Department Microbiology & Immunology
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Epidemic and Pandemic Coronaviruses of the 21st Century

Feb 12    Michael Farzan, PhD
Chair, Professor
Department of Immunology and Microbiology
Scripps Florida
Effective protection from HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2

Feb 19    Richard Kuhn, PhD
The Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor in Science
Department of Biological Sciences
Krenicki Family Director, Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease
Purdue University
Structural studies of Zika, Dengue and related flaviviruses

March 5    Andrea Marzi, PhD
Chief, Immunobiology and Molecular Virology Unit
National Institute of Health
NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), Rocky Mountain Labs
VSV-based vaccine for emerging viruses

Mar 12    Orkide Koyuncu, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
University of California Irvine
Nervous system infections: Viruses taking the long way

All spring seminars were cancelled due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Jan 10  Dirk Dittmer, PhD
Professor; Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UNC-Chapel Hill; UNC School of Medicine
Exosomes mediate paracrine phenotypes for Kaposi Sarcoma-associated herpesvirus

Jan 31  David Evans, PhD
Professor; Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology; University of Alberta
Poxvirus recombination and reactivation: Mechanism, applications, and real world implications

Feb 21  Elizabeth Connick, MD
Professor of Medicine, Immunology, and BIO5 Institute; University of Arizona
HIV Exploits B Cell Follicles to Evade Immune Detection: Hiding in Plain Sight!

Sep 27  Marcus Ernst Peter, PhD
Tom D. Spies Professor of Cancer Metabolism; Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Killing cancer cells with toxic siRNAs

Oct 11  Suellen Hopfer, PhD, CGC
Department of Population Health & Diseases Prevention; Department of Pediatrics; University of California, Irvine
Contributors to vaccine hesitancy: The case of adolescent HPV vaccination

Nov 15  Paula Cannon, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Molecular Microbiology Immunology; Keck School of Medicine at USC
Genome Editing versus HIV

Apr 19   Paul Turner, PhD
Elihu Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; Yale University
Using viruses to select for reduced virulence of bacterial pathogens in human patients 

May 3   Hector Aguilar-Carreno, PhD
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Viral-Host Interactions During Entry and Egress of the Deadly Nipah Virus

May 17   Diane Griffin, MD, PhD
Vice President, U.S National Academy of Sciences; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Alphavirus encephalomyelitis: Determinants of outcome

May 17   Elodie Ghedin, PhD
Director, Center for Genomics & Systems Biology; New York University; Departments of Biology, and Global Public Health
Genetic Diversity and Interactions in Flu Infections

Jan 11   John H. Connor, PhD
Boston University School of Medicine; Department of Microbiology
Evolution and Addiction in Ebola virus replication 

Feb 22   David C. Bloom, PhD
University of Florida College of Medicine; Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Role of Non-coding RNAs in HSV-1 Latency and Reactivation

Mar 15   Adam Lauring, MD, PhD
University of Michigan Medical School; Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
RNA virus mutation rates, another spandrel?

Oct 5    Yongsheng Shi, PhD
UC Irvine; Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Host shutoff mechanisms of the Herpes Simplex virus

Nov 2   Melody Li, PhD
UC Los Angeles; Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
The role of cellular cofactors and splice variants in the antiviral mechanism of ZAP

Nov 16   Roberto Tinoco, PhD
UC Irvine, School of Medicine; Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
PSGL-1, a new player in the immune checkpoint landscape

Apr 20    Ted Pierson, PhD
National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases; Laboratory of Viral Diseases, NIH
ZIKV Vaccination and Immunity

May 4    Sumit Chanda, PhD
Sanford-Burnham Institute for Biomedical Research
Systems-based Analyses of Host Pathogen Interactions

May 17   (THU)  Cedric Feschotte, PhD
Special Seminar: co-sponsored w/ MB&B
Cornell University; Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Transposable Elements as Catalyst of Convergent Molecular Innovations

May 18   Britt Koskella, PhD
UC Berkeley; Department of Integrative Biology
Examining the Role of Lytic Bacteriophages in the Microbiome

June 1     NIH Virology Training Grant Symposium
William Hu (Sandri-Goldin Lab) – Structure-Function Analysis of the HSV-1 Regulatory Protein ICP27
Margaret Lugin (Kwon Lab) – Hybrid Adeno-associated Viruses for Multi-modal and Versatile Therapy
Steven Wandro (Whiteson Lab) – Coevolution of Enterococcus with lytic phage.
Wendy Ullmer (Semler Lab) – Disruption of Nucleocytoplasmic Trafficking is Required for AUF1 Restriction of Picornavirus Translation in Human Cells

Jan 19     Junghae Suh, PhD
Department of Bioengineering, Rice University
Synthetic Virology: Reprogramming Viruses into Controllable Nanodevices

Feb 23    Ann Arvin, MD
Vice Provost and Dean of Research , Department of  Pediatrics and of Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University
Molecular Mechanisms of Varicella-Zoster Virus Pathogenesis

Feb 28    (WED) Vineet KewalRamani, PhD
Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH
HIV-1 Nuclear Entry and  Intranuclear Trafficking

Mar 9     Sunnie Thompson, PhD
Department of Microbiology, Center for AIDS Research, Birmingham School of Medicine, University of Alabama
Identification of dengue host factors required for viral translation during a live infection using TUX-MS

Sept 29     Ilhem Messaoudi Powers, PhD    
Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine
Mechanisms of protection conferred by recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus–based vaccines against Ebola and Marburg virus infections

Oct 27     Grant McFadden, PhD
Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines & Virotherapy Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University
The long and winding road from poxvirus tropism to oncolytic virotherapy

Nov 17     Felicia Goodrum, PhD
Department of Immunobiology & BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona
Viral regulation of host trafficking and signaling

Apr 4      Frederic D. Bushman, PhD
Department of Microbiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
The Human Virome in Health and Disease

Apr 21     Marshall Bloom, MD
Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Health
The enigmatic biology of tick-borne flaviviruses

May 5     Ileana Cristea, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
Dynamic Proteome Organization and Host Defense during Viral Infection

June 2     NIH Virology Training Grant Symposium
William Hu (Sandri-Goldin Lab) – TBA
Margaret Lugin (Kwon Lab) – TBA
Joshua Smith (Weiss Lab) – TBA
Wendy Ullmer (Semler Lab) – TBA

Jan 20     John V. Moran, PhD
Department of Human Genetics & Internal Medicine, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Michigan Medical School
Studies of a Human Transposable Element

Feb 17     Nicole F. Steinmetz, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University SOM
From black-eyed peas to nanotechnology: plant virus-based nanomedicine

Mar 3      William Paul Duprex, PhD
Department of Microbiology, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), Boston University School of Medicine
Modeling the evolutionary trajectories of an expanding Morbillivirus genus: getting in, getting about getting out and about

Nov 18      David T. Pride, MD, PhD    
Department of Pathology & Medicine, Associate Director, Microbiology, University of California, San Diego
Role and spread of viruses in the human microbiome

Oct 14     Andrew Noymer, PhD    
Department of Public Health, University of California, Irvine
Optimal measles vaccination schedules in developing countries: Insights from mathematical modeling

Sept 30     Jennifer B.H. Martiny, PhD
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine
The evolutionary ecology of marine bacteriophage

May 27      NIH Virology Training Grant Symposium
William Hu (Sandri-Goldin Lab) – Structure-Function Analysis of the HSV-1 Regulatory Protein ICP27
Kurt Patterson (Sandmeyer Lab) – Ty3 Retrotransposition: Preferential Targeting at RNA Pol III Transcribed Genes
Joshua Smith (Weiss Lab) – Directed Evolution of a Soluble Human Caveolin-1 Variant
Dylan Flather (Semler Lab) – Defining the functional role of nuclear proteins in rhinovirus replication

May 13      Heinz Feldmann, MD, PhD
Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, NIH
Emerging Viruses – From Disease Modeling to Vaccines

Apr 15      CANCELLED – Haig H. Kazazian, Jr., MD    
Department of Pediatrics, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineA potential role for somatic retrotransposition in cancer

Apr 1      Matthew J. Evans, PhD
Department of Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Plasticity of tropism defining hepatitus C virus host interactions

Feb 26      Alan N. Engelman, PhD    
Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Integrase Structure and Inhibition of HIV-1 Replication

Feb 12      Christopher S. Sullivan, PhD
Dept of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, The University of Texas at Austin
RNAi, whose side are you on? Exploring gene silencing during virus infection of mammalian cells

Jan 15      Maribeth V. Eiden, PhD
Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Regulation, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH
Koala Retroviruses: Evolution and Disease Dynamics
LOCATION CHANGE – Tamkin Student Lecture Building, F114

Dec 11      Michael J. Buchmeier, PhD    
Division of Infectious Diseases, Dept of Medicine, Dept of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine
he Exciting New World of Arenaviruses 
LOCATION CHANGE – Tamkin Student Lecture Building,  F114

Nov 13     Clodagh O’Shea, PhD
Molecular & Cell Biology Lab, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Exploiting viruses to understand and treat cancer 

Oct 16      Dominik Wodarz, PhD
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine
Virus dynamics: insights from mathematical models