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14th Biomedical and Comparative Immunology Symposium

FIU Comparative Immunology Club

Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Friday, March 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM (PST)

Miami, FL

14th Biomedical and Comparative Immunology Symposium

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FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus: MARC Pavilion
11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33174

Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Friday, March 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM (PST)


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 2:48 PM

BIOMEDICAL AND COMPARATIVE IMMUNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

Florida International University, Modesto Maidique Campus

MARC Pavilion

 

PROGRAM

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 1st

 

8:00 – 9:00 am     On-site Registration and Continental Breakfast

 

9:00 – 9:15 am     Welcome Remarks

                             Dr. Kenneth G. Furton, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

                             Dr. Charles H. Bigger, Professor, Biological Sciences &

FIU FSRTA Executive Director & MBRS Program Director

 

9:15 – 10:15 am   Plenary Session I

Systemic iron regulation in vertebrates, an unusual hormone-receptor story

Tomas Ganz

Department of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

         

10:20 – 10:40 am

Endothelin 3 promotes tumor progression by increasing angiogenesis in a mouse model of melanoma

Nikeisha Chin, Juan Carlos Gallegos, Rosy Cruz, Ruslan Garcia, Andrea Gonzalez, David Fernandez, and Lidia Kos

Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

10:40 – 11:05 am

Regulation of the suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 (SOCS3) by zinc

Juan P. Liuzzi and Ashley Tracey

Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, FL

         

11:05 – 11:20 amRefreshment Break       

 

11:20 – 11:35 am

An evaluation of the leaf optical properties for Thalassia testudinum and implications for optical modeling

Kymberlee Osborne1and Kellie Dixon2

1Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL;

 2Chemical Ecology, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL

 


11:35 – 12:00 pm

Identification of bioactive collagen type II alpha 1 protein in shark cartilage dietary supplement

Liza Merly1,2 and Sylvia L. Smith1

1Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL; 

2Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

12:00 – 1:15 pm   LUNCH

 

1:15 – 2:15 pm     Plenary Session II

Immunogenomics of the snail Biomphalaria glabrata
Coen M. Adema
Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

 

2:20 – 2:40 pm

HIV infection and drugs of abuse: Role of acute phase proteins

Aarthi Kalaichezhian, Thangavel Samikkannu, Adriana Y. Arias, and Madhavan N. Nair

Department of Medicine & Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology (NIP), Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

2:40 – 3:00 pm

Evaluation of a novel DNA extraction technique for optimal recovery of DNA from epithelial cells

Julian Mendel1, 2 and DeEtta Mills1,2, 3

1International Forensic Research Institute, 2Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 3Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

3:00 – 3:15 pm     Break

 

3:15 – 3:35 pm

The role of GSK3 in eukaryotic cell movement

Tong Sun, Bohye Kim, and Lou W. Kim

Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

3:35 – 3:55 pm

Motor response investigation in individuals with cerebral palsy using near infrared spectroscopy

Ujwal Chaudhary1, Michael Hall1, Jean Gonzalez1, Leonard Elbaum2, Martha Bloyer2, and Anuradha Godavarty1

1Optical Imaging Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing, Florida International University, Miami, FL;

2Department of Physical Therapy, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 


3:55 – 4:15 pm

Are IgM anti-U1Ap titers a good system to classify SLE and MCTD patients?

Annia Mesa1,2, Jason A. Somarelli3, Wengson Wu4, Laisel Martinez5, Eric L. Greidinger5, and Rene J. Herrera2

1Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL;

2Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, FL;

3Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC;

4Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL;

5Miami VA Medical Center and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

 

4:15 – 4:30 pm     Break

 

4:30 – 6:00 pm     Poster Presentations     

 

Poster 1. 

ABO Blood group gene association with breast cancer risk

Allen Caobi1, Sandeep Kumar Singh2, and Mehmet Tevfik Dorak2

1Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL;

2Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

Poster 2.

A critical assessment of NOTCH4 polymorphisms 

Sandeep Kumar Singh1, Anshul Saxena2, Sankalp Das2, and Mehmet Tevfik Dorak1

1Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, FL;

2Department of Biostatistics, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

Poster 3.

UV irradiated transgenic mice that over-express Endothelin 3 in the skin show melanoma metastasis to the lymph nodes

Deannys Batista, Ana Paula Benaduce, and Lidia Kos

Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International University,

Miami, FL

 

Poster 4.

Endothelin 3 over-expression partially compensates for the lack of melanocortin receptor-1 signaling in agouti yellow mice

Javier Pino and Lidia Kos

Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International University,

Miami, FL

 


Poster 5.

Generation of null mutants of aquaporin homologs in Leishmania

Leslie Leal, Srotoswati Mandal, Adrian Piloto, Goutam Mandal, and Rita Mukhopadhyay

Department of Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

Poster 6.

Recombinant ferritin of Fasciola hepatica (FhFtn-1) a potential serodiagnostic antigen for human fascioliasis

Caleb Ruiz-Jiménez, Kimberly Cabán-Hernández, and Ana M. Espino

University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

Poster 7.

Immunopathogenic mechanisms by HIV-1 clade B and C: role of redox expression and thiol modification

Elena M. Santiago, T.  Samikkannu, S.P. Kanthikeel, A.Y. Arias, and Madhavan P. Nair

Department of Medicine & Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology (NIP),Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

Poster 8.

Candidate TLR agonist restores DC-NK cross-talk and improves immunization outcomes in nicotine-exposed hosts 

Erika Nourishirazi, Elisabeth Guinet, Kevin Lang, and Mahyar Nouri-Shirazi

Florida Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Boca Raton, FL

 

 

6:30 pm                Shuttle Departs for Mutiny Hotel (Pick-up at Frost Art Museum)

 


FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd

 

8:00 – 9:00 am     On-site registration and Continental Breakfast

 

9:00 – 9:15 am     Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Charles H. Bigger, Professor, Biological Sciences & FIU FSRTA Executive Director & MBRS Program Director

 

9:15 – 10:15 am   Plenary Session III

Immunity at the emergence of multicellular life

Thomas C.G. Bosch

Zoological Institute, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany

 

10:20 – 10:45 am

Ciona VCBPs are secreted into the gut lumen, bind bacteria, and are recognized by circulating hemocytes

Larry J. Dishaw

University of South Florida, Department of Pediatrics, All Children's Hospital & Department of Molecular Genetics, St. Petersburg, FL

 

10:45 – 11:00 amBreak

 

11:00 – 11:20 am

Ultrastructure of Swiftia exserta, a gorgonian octocoral from the western Atlantic

Lorenzo P. Menzel1, Barry Stein2, and Charles H. Bigger1

1Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International  University, Miami, FL;

2Indiana Molecular Biology Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

 

11:20 – 11:40 am

The NLRP2 inflammasome: A novel inflammatory platform expressed

in human glia

Julia Minkiewicz1, Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari1, and Robert W. Keane1,2

1Department of Physiology & Biophysics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL;

2The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

 

11:40 – 11:50 am

The conditions that promote face recognition in infants

Reef Tyuse, Irina Castellanos, Sheila Krogh-Jespersen, and Lorraine E. Bahrick

Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL

 

11:50 - 1:25 pm    LUNCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:25 – 2:25 pm

B cell and antibody repertoire development in rabbit bone marrow and gut-associated lymphoid tissues: Role of intestinal microbiota

Katherine Knight

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Infectious Disease and Immunology Institute, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

2:30 – 2:50 pm    

The regulatory repertoire of Pseudomonas aeruginosa AmpC ß-lactamase regulator AmpR includes virulence genes

Deepak Balasubramanian1, Lisa Schneper2, Massimo Merighi3,†, Roger Smith3,§, Giri Narasimhan4, Stephen Lory3, and Kalai Mathee2,*

Department of 1Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, 2Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, 4School of Computing and Information Science, Florida International University, Miami, FL;

3Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA;

Current address: Glycosyn Inc., Medford, MA;

§Current address: Semprus Biosciences, Cambridge, MA

 

2:50 – 3:15 pm

Genome-wide association signals from the HLA region and evolutionary lineages

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