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CFI in partnership with local theatre professionals present: "The Art of Oral Presentation"

Scientists are in the professional communication business. We write papers to that we hope other scientists will find useful. We give seminars to generate interest in our work and to engage other scientists in conversation and possible collaborations. Everyone has experienced the buzz of excitement a great talk can generate. Remarkably, despite the importance of this form of communication, there are few opportunities in scientific training to learn this discipline. Few scientists even consider that the art of oral communication is an academic discipline in its own right.

The Center for Immunology is committed to providing the best opportunities to all our trainees in learning the Art of Oral Presentation. To achieve this goal we have partnered with the experts: theater professionals. The yearly seminar series provides the principles of effective oral communication, examines deeper topics, and provides individual feedback.  Please join us for the following seminars: February 27, March 13 and April 10 at 10 a.m., the seminar is held in room CCRB 1-125.  All are welcome.



Dr. Brian Fife receives a RMM Translational Research Grant

On June 14, 2016, past and future grant awardees gathered for the 1st Annual Regenerative Medicine Minnesota(RMM) Idea Exchange and Celebration, held at the University of Minnesota. RMM is focused on researching the regenerative medicine therapies of the future, creating the infrastructure and recruiting professionals to deliver these therapies, and bringing these therapies to patients across the state.  Dr. Brian Fife received a Translational Research grant to explore a way to stop the immune system from destroying insulin-producing cells in patients with diabetes.




Dr. Alex Khoruts discusses "Reseeding the Gut"

In the December 2016 Nature Outlook article entitled "Reseeding the Gut" Dr. Alexander Khoruts discusses how gut microbiota likely plays important roles in inflammatory bowel disease and how implanting an entire microbial community from a healthy donor into a sick patient, is emerging as a spectacularly successful treatment for Clostridium difficile infection that cannot be cleared with any other standard therapies like antibiotics. To read the article or to learn more about Dr. Khoruts research click here. 



Congratulations to Dr. David Masopust, a new HHMI Faculty Scholar!!

Creative solutions to everyday problems and cutting-edge science have been rewarded as Dr. David Masopust has been named to the inaugural class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Faculty Scholars.  Read the complete article here


More center news

  • Co-housing with pet store mice changes the immune system of laboratory mice

    In this April 20, 2016 issue of Nature, Lalit Beura, Sara Hamilton, Marc Jenkins, Vaiva Vezys, Steve Jameson, Dave Masopust, show evidence of how laboratory rodents can skew immunology research but that "dirty mice" can clean up the results. Read more

  • Tolerance is established in polyclonal CD4+ T cells by distinct mechanisms, according to self-peptide expression patterns

    In this February 2016 Nature Immunology article, Deepali Malhotra, T. Dileepan, You Jeong Lee, Brian Fife, Kris Hogquist, Marc Jenkins, explain how tolerance mechanisms identified in eGFp-expressing mouse strains govern tolerance to true self antigens. Read more

  • Tumor specific T cells interacting with B16 Tumor cells& CD11c YFP DCs, courtesy of Brian Fife and Jason Mitchell

    Jason Mitchell and Brian Fife show Tumor specific T cells (red and green) interacting with B16 Tumor cells (blue) and CD11c YFP DCs (yellow)

  • Efficient generation of monoclonal antibodies against peptide in the context of MHCII using magnetic enrichment.

    In this June 2016 Nature Communications article Justin Spanier, Dmitri Kotov, Marc Jenkins, Brian Fife, et al show that after infection with Listeria monocytogenes expressing 2W and W6 antibody treatment, 2W-specific cells were magnetically enriched from the spleen of C57Bl6 mice. Read More

  • Regulated activation of TGF-b by stromal cells can directly control epithelial residence of cells of the immune system through a novel mechanism of intercellular communication.

    Javed Mohammed, Dave Masopust, Lalit Beura, Emily Thompson and Dan Kaplan, et al, report that UV irradiation promotes Langerhans cell migration through diminished integrin expression and TGF-b activation. Read More

  • Most microbe-specific naïve CD4 + T cells produce memory cells during infection

    In Science, January 2016, Noah Tubo, Marc Jenkins, Brian Fife, identify TH1, TFH and GC-TFH effector cells in different clonal populations of CD44highLLOp:I-Atetramer-binding cells on d.8 and d.60 after infection . Read More

  • Tanya Freedman, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Pharmacology

  • Marc Jenkins, PhD

    Director, Center for Immunology; Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

  • Vaiva Vezys, PhD

    Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

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    Tea and Talk!!

    every Monday and Thursday

    2:30 p.m. | 2-163 WMBB

    March 27

    Immunology Journal Club
    Thera Lee-Hogquist lab

    CD8+ T cells orchestrate pDC-XCR1+ dendritic cell spatial and functional cooperativity to optimize priming

    10:30-11:30 a.m. | 2-115 CCRB

    March 27

    Immunology MICaB Invited Speaker
    Dan Littman, PhD

    "Shaping of Immune Responses by the Microbiota."

    12:00-1:15 p.m. | 1-125 CCRB

    March 28

    Infection and Immunity Research Conference

    12:00-1:00 p.m. | 1-101 MRF (Lunch provided)

    March 29

    Immunology Supergroup
    Langlois lab

    1:30-2:30 p.m. | 1-125 CCRB

    March 29

    Surgical Transplant Conference


    4:00-5:00 p.m. | 11-157 PWB

    April 3

    Immunology Journal Club
    Freedman lab

    10:30-11:30 a.m. | 2-115 CCRB

    April 4

    Infection and Immunity Research Conference
    Shannon Kordus & Sarah Namugeny-Baughn lab

    12:00-1:00 p.m. | 1-101 MRF (Lunch provided)

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