Friday December 8th, 2017
8:30am to 4:00pm
Lewis Katz School of Medicine
Temple University
Student Faculty Center
3500 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140


Pestka Lecturer Awardee
Dr. Sonja Best, PhD

Laboratory of Virology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
“Beyond Retroviruses: Restriction of flavivirus replication by primate TRIM5”

Dr. Daniel Kadouri, M.Sc. PhD
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
“Predatory Bacteria, a new ally in the fight against infection”

Dr. Boris Striepen, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine
“Cryptosporidium: sex, drugs and parasites” 

Poster presentations with awards for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers
Abstract submission details and online registration at:
The following Student Abstracts were selected for presentation:

Vanessa L. Muñoz
Kingella kingae extracellular polysaccharides promote innate immune evasion and virulence
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
PI: Joseph W. St. Geme III 

Valeria M. Reyes Ruiz
Broad detection of bacterial type III secretion system and flagellin proteins by the human NAIP/NLRC4 inflammasome
Department of Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
PI: Sunny Shin

Neil Sullivan
Validation of broad-spectrum CRISPR/Cas9 gRNAs for HIV-1 excision therapy
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Drexel University College of Medicine
PI: Brian Wigdahl

Ebony Gary
HIV-1 DNA co-delivered with mucosa-associated epithelial chemokine (MEC/CCL28) enhances anti-HIV-1 antibodies and targets CCR10+IgA+ B cells to intestinal epithelium 
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Drexel University College of Medicine
PI: Michele Kutzler

Michael H Lee
Bacterial amyloids from biofilms break tolerance in lupus
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University
PI: Stefania Gallucci   

click here to register:

Additional Information for Today’s Meeting

The forum schedule, venue location and directions as well as complementary parking instructions are attached. 
Please use the guideapp for the conference booklet.   We are seeking faculty judges for today’s poster sessions.

passcode: 26piif

Event Location: Student Faculty Center 4th Floor, Lewis Katz School of Medicine Temple University, Health Science Campus, Corner of Broad and Ontario Street

Parking: Complimentary Parking Vouchers are provided for theOntario East GarageAdjacent to Temple University Hospital (3401 N. Broad St.,Philadelphia, PA 19140). 

Public Transportation: SEPTA Subway Broad Street Local Line (Orange Line), Take the Broad Street Line and exit at the Allegheny stop.
Walk north on Broad Street two blocks until you reach the Student Faculty Center (at the corner of Broad and Ontario Street).

Abstracts for oral presentation consideration should be emailed to Dr. Michele Kutzler (
Abstracts for poster presentation should be uploaded during the registration process.