Congratulations to the organizers, speakers and participants for a successful program celebrating our 100th anniversary of the Eastern PA Branch ASM.

Introduction to the Meeting by Branch President Dieter M. Schifferli, Ph.D., Dr.Med.Vet., DVM and ASM President Vic DiRita, Ph.D., and talk by branch member and archivist James Poupard PhD

History Antimicrobial Resistance by branch member Alan Evangelista Ph.D., and History of Diagnostics by branch member Irving Nachamkin DrPH, MPH

Legionnaires’ Disease by branch member Sunny Shin Ph.D. and History of Vaccine Development by branch member Michele Kutzler Ph.D.

Question and Answer Session and Closing with moderators Toby Eisenstein Ph.D. and Linda Miller, Ph.D.


Friday December 4th, 2020

Virtual and Live Streamed on YouTube – click here

Morning Session
8:35 A.M. Introduction and Welcome- EPA-ASM student chapter
8:40 A.M. ASM Membership Benefits – Dieter Schifferli, DVM, PhD, President EPA-ASM Chapter
8:45 A.M. Paula Watnick, MD, PhD,
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
“How microbial metabolites control innate immunity and metabolism in a model host intestine”

Graduate Student and Postdoctroal Fellow Presentations
9:45 A.M. Jean-Bernard Lubin, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia “A gnotobiotic mouse model of pediatric host-commensal interactions”
10:05 A.M. Break
10:15 A.M. Rina Matsuda, Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania “Inflammatory monocytes enhance control of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis by intestinal pyogranulomas”
10:35 A.M. Elisha Segrist, Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania “Microbiota-derived cyclic dinucleotides drive dSTING-dependent enteric antiviral immunity in enterocytes”
10:55 A.M. Ruchika Dehinwal, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow University of Pennsylvania “Salmonella outer membrane vesicles serve as traps for antibacterial host molecules “

11:15 A.M Poster Sessions and Lunch Break
11:15 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. Odd number poster presentations
12:15 P.M. to 1:15 P.M. Even number poster presentations

Afternoon Session
1:30 P.M. Tajie Harris, PhD
Associate Professor of Neuroscience, University of Virginia School of Medicine
“Alarmin’ the Immune System in the Brain”

Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Talks
2:30 P.M. Ronald Lucarelli, Graduate Student, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University “Eicosanoid-activated PPARα inhibits NFκB-dependent Bacterial Clearance during post-Influenza Superinfection”
2:50 P.M. Hager Mohamed, Graduate Student, Drexel University College of Medicine “Exposure to non-thermal plasma increases markers of immunogenicity in a model of latent HIV-1 infection”
3:10 P.M. Break
3:20 P.M. Carolina Rezende Melo-Silva, PhD,  Postdoctoral Fellow, Thomas Jefferson University “Type I interferon receptor signaling coordinates innate immune cells to control an acute viral disease”

3:40 P.M. 2020 Pestka Lecturer
Stanley Plotkin, MD, Emeritus Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
“The Past, Present, and Future of Vaccines”

4:40 P.M. Presenter Recognition and Poster Presentation Awards* *sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and PBL Assay Science
5:00 P.M. Meeting Close


Abstract submissions:
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Important Dates:
Oral Presentation Abstract Deadline: November 20th, 2020
Poster Presentation Abstract Deadline: November 25th, 2020
On time Meeting Registration Deadline: December 2nd, 2020

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Organized by the Eastern Pennsylvania Branch & Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology