Seminars in Investigative Medicine

Dr. Eugene Oltz
Eugene Oltz, PhD, was the featured speaker for Seminars in Investigative Medicine in January 2020.

Seminars in Investigative Medicine, which began in 2017, is a monthly seminar series at WMed that attracts speakers representing a veritable who’s who in the field of immunology.

The series, which is held from October to May each academic year at the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus, serves as a gathering point for the medical school’s community of investigators, as well as investigators beyond WMed. The event was developed by Dr. Thomas L. Rothstein, assistant dean for Investigative Medicine and director of the Center for Immunobiology, as a way to promote collaboration and new discoveries that help patients.

The event is open to the public and all members of the WMed community, and the speaker series serves to highlight the best and brightest in the field of investigative medicine.

Upcoming Speakers

Presenter Date
Robert Balderas, PhD Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Daniel Goldstein, MD Thursday, October 14, 2021
Liz Leadbetter, PhD Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Robert Binder, PhD Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Laurence Morel, PhD Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Lorenzo Puri, MD, PhD Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Jeffrey Rothstein, MD Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Harry Schroeder, MD, PhD Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Previous Speakers

  • January 2021
    Dr. Meinrad BusslingerMeinrad Busslinger, PhD
    Senior Scientist and Scientific Deputy Director
    Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria
    “The role of chromatin loop extrusion in generating a diverse antibody repertoire” 
  • January 2020
    Dr. Eugene OltzEugene Oltz, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity
    The Ohio State University College of Medicine
    “Chromatin-Based Regulation of Gene Expression Programs in the Immune System” 
  • December 2019
    Dr. Karen HaasKaren Haas, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Microbiology and Immunology
    Wake Forest School of Medicine
    “Harnessing the Protective Capacity of Innate B Cells for Anti-Tumor Responses” 
  • November 2019
    Dr. Grace ChenGrace Chen, MD
    Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
    Division of Hematology/Oncology
    University of Michigan
    “Host-Microbial Interactions in the Development of Inflammation and Tumors in the Colon”
  • May 2019
    Dr. Michael McHeyzer-WilliamsMichael McHeyzer-Williams, PhD
    Department of Immunology and Microbiology
    Scripps Research Institute
    “ReProgramming B Cell Memory: One Cell at a Time” 
  • April 2019
    Dr. Ann Marshak-RothsteinAnn Marshak-Rothstein, PhD
    Professor of Medicine
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
    “Nucleic Acid Sensors at the Interface of Autoimmunity and Autoinflammation”
  • March 2019
    Dr. Lisa BorghesiLisa Borghesi, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Immunology
    Scientific Director, Unified Flow Core
    University of Pittsburgh
    “B Lymphocyte Development: Mouse, Man and Computational Modeling”
  • February 2019
    Dr. David ScottDavid Scott, PhD
    Professor and Vice Chair for Research
    Department of Medicine
    Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
    “Engineering Specific Regulatory T cells: Fighting Fire with Police CARs”
  • January 2019
    Dr. Patrick C. WilsonPatrick C. Wilson, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Medicine-Section of Rheumatology
    University of Chicago
    “Influenza Immunity in Context”
  • December 2018
    Judy LiebermanJudy Lieberman, MD, PhD
    Chair, Cellular and Molecular Medicine
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Harvard Medical School
    “Immune Pore-forming Proteins: The New Bug Exterminators.”
  • October 2018
    Dr. Bonnie B. BlombergBonnie Blomberg, PhD
    Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
    “Contributors to Vaccine Response: Aging, Obesity, and Inflammation”
  • May 2018

    Dr. Coleen McNamaraColeen McNamara, MD
    Frances Myers Ball Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division
    University of Virginia
    “The Role of B Lymphocytes in Atherosclerosis”

  • April 2018

    Dr. Nicole BaumgarthNicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD
    Professor of Immunology
    University of California, Davis
    “Innate-Like B Cells: The Inbetweeners – What They Do and How They Do It”

  • March 2018

    Dr. Garnett KelsoeGarnett Kelsoe, DSc
    James B. Duke Professor of Immunology
    Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
    Duke University
    “New biology for the germinal center reaction” 

    Dr. David AllmanDavid Allman, PhD
    Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    Director, Cell Separation Facility, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute
    Associate Director, Abramson Cancer Center Flow Cytometry Core Facility
    University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
    “How Serum Antibody Titers are Maintained” 

  • February 2018

    Dr. Gregg SilvermanGregg Silverman, MD
    Professor of Medicine and Pathology
    Associate Director, Division of Rheumatology
    Director, Laboratory of B-cell Immunobiology
    NYU School of Medicine
    “Lupus, Autoimmunity and the Microbiome” 

  • January 2018

    Dr. Barbara Lynne KeeBarbara Lynne Kee, PhD
    Professor of Pathology
    University of Chicago
    “Transcriptional Repression in Lymphocyte Cell Fate”

  • December 2017

    Dr. Roberta PelandaRoberta Pelanda, PhD
    Professor of Immunology & Microbiology
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    “Bridging Studies of B Cell Tolerance and Autoimmunity from Mice to Humans” 

  • November 2017

    Dr. Michael Paul CancroMichael Paul Cancro, PhD
    Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
    “New Subsets, New Checkpoints: Expanding Roles for Tbet+ B Cells in Health and Disease”

  • October 2017

    Dr. Mark Jay Shlomchik, Seminars in Investigative MedicineMark Jay Shlomchik, MD, PhD
    Endowed Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    “How Autoimmunity Gets Started and How it Causes Damage”