Bi-Monthly Multidisciplinary Virology Seminar Series

It is essential for researchers to keep abreast of the work being done by colleagues in a variety of disciplines. To facilitate this, the UCLA-CDU CFAR and the UCLA AIDS Institute sponsors a bi-monthly conference featuring presentations made by researchers working in both basic and translational sciences, clinical therapeutics and biomedical prevention. The topics covered include, among many others, host-virus interactions, novel therapeutics, vaccines, stem-cell research, aging, and viral pathogenesis. The Bi-monthly Multidisciplinary Virology Seminar Series is an in-person meeting from 9:00am to 10:00am in the Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB) 154 every other Tuesday.  A light breakfast will be available during the meeting.  

For more information regarding the Multidisciplinary Virology Seminar Series and/or to be added to the listserv for these meetings, please contact Rina Lee-Cha.

DATE Presenter #1  (9:00AM) Presenter #2  (9:30AM)
10/03/23 Guo Qi “Modulation of repopulation of anti-HIV gene modified cells to enhance efficacy and safety” William Mu “Induction of autophagy to improve anti-HIV T cell responses for HIV cure approaches”
10/17/23 Pablo Alvarez “Unraveling alphaviruses neuroinvasion: Molecular insights from a stem cell based blood-brain barrier model” Karly Nisson “Degradation of CCDC137 is an important function of HIV-1 Vpr that is independent of cell cycle arrest”
10/31/23 Javier Ibarrondo “Anti-HIV Therapeutic Chimeric Antibodies” Melanie Dimapasoc “Targeting the HIV Reservoir”
11/14/23 Zheng Cao “Lactate removal restores T cell function and improves efficacy of CAR-T cells” Alex Stevens “Peering into Nucleocapsid Metastability of Herpesviruses Using CryoEM”
11/28/23 HOLIDAY
12/12/23 Mayra Carrillo “Chronic HIV infection generates dysfunctional antitumor responses and loss of tumor suppression in humanized mice” Sankara Palani “Tropism of the Andes virus a new world hantavirus in mice”
12/26/23 HOLIDAY
01/02/24 HOLIDAY
01/09/24 CANCELLED
01/23/24 Laura Martinez “HIV+ pre-lymphoma and lymphoma immunophenotyping by CyTOF and imaging mass cytometry” Shallu Tomer “Effect of Cannabinoids on Macrophage inflammation”
02/06/24 Balamurugan Arumugam “Targeting HIV-1 infection with bNAb-based bispecific Chimeric Antigen Receptor.” Vivian Yang “Characterization of ubiquitin ligase adaptor DCAF1 and its role in viral infections.”
02/20/24 HOLIDAY
03/05/24 Ayub Ali “Targeting HCMV by a Novel Bispecific Antibody with Therapeutic Potential” Jeff Harding “The effects of THC in HIV”
03/19/24 Dr. Kwe Yinda from NIH “Hendra virus genomics and the assessment of pathogenic potential of a novel pararubularvirus.” Dr. Koki Morizono “Envelope protein-specific B cell receptors direct lentiviral vector tropism in vivo”
04/02/24 Jonathan Jih “The Incredible Bulk: Human cytomegalovirus tegument architectures uncovered by AI-empowered cryoEM.” Maria Daskou “Powassan virus neurotropism and disease mechanism”
04/16/24 Anjali Sharma “Tumor microenvironment of NHL and AIDS NHL” Serina Huang “Positive selection analyses identify a single WWE domain residue that shapes ZAP into a more potent restriction factor against alphaviruses”
04/30/24 Fumiaki Ito “Structural insights into immune evasion by HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2” Zhenlan Yao “Evolutionary arms race shapes efficient chikungunya virus production in macrophages”
05/14/24 Jocelyn Kim “Barcoded HIV-1 reveals proviruses associated with cell clonal proliferation or viremia have distinct chromatin patterns” William Mu “Rapamycin treatment improve anti-HIV CAR T cell functions”
05/28/24 HOLIDAY
06/11/24 Sara Makanani Wenting Chen