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

March 11, 2020

John Tisdale, MD
Senior Investigator

April 29, 2020

Craig Bassing, PhD
Associate Professor
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

May 20, 2020

Lorenzo Puri MD, PhD
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Previous Speakers

  • 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”

  • 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”

  • 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” 

  • January 2018

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

  • 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” 

  • 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” 

  • 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”

  • 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”

  • 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”
  • 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.”
  • January 2019
    Dr. Patrick C. WilsonPatrick C. Wilson, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Medicine-Section of Rheumatology
    University of Chicago
    “Influenza Immunity in Context”
  • 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”
  • 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”
  • 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”
  • 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” 
  • 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”
  • 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” 
  • 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”