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The FSU Life Sciences Symposium


2017 Life Sciences Symposium

Fighting the Invisible Enemies: Host-Pathogen Interactions in Infectious Diseases  



February 9-10, 2017
College of Medicine Auditorium
Florida State University


Attention: Due to the memorial service for Matt Wittman, poster setup will not be available until 8:00 AM Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Registration is closed, but walk up registrations will be available at the front desk.

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Thursday, February 9th

8:00-8:45 Check-in
8:50-9:00 Opening Remarks - Richard Nowakowski

Session Chair - Hengli Tang

9-9:45 Ana Fernandez-Sesma, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dengue virus immune evasion: feeling the STING

9:50-10:10 Jaeyul Kwon, Chungnam National University
Role of NADPH oxidases in T cell receptor signaling

10:15-10:35 Fanxiu Zhu, Florida State University
Innate immune sensing of cytosolic DNA and viral evasion strategies

10:40-10:55 Coffee Break

11:00-11:20 Scott Tibbetts, University of Florida
Resolving the structure and function of noncoding RNAs from a lymphomagenic gammaherpesvirus

11:25-11:45 Yoon-Soek Choi, Chungnam National University
Quantitative and qualitative changes of FoxP3+ Regulatory T cells in human acute viral infection.

11:45-1:35 Lunch at Fresh Food Company (voucher included in packet)

1:35-1:55 Stephanie Karst, University of Florida
The Interplay between Noroviruses and Commensal Bacteria

Virology I
Session Chair - David Meckes

2:00-2:20 David Bloom,  University of Florida
In vivo Knock-down of the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Latency-Associated Transcript Reduces Reactivation from Latency and Therapeutic Implications

2:25-2:45 Gretchen Bentz, Mercer University
Manipulation of Sumoylation Processes by Epstein-Barr virus LMP1

2:50-3:10 Timothy Megraw, Florida State University
Zika virus activation of the centrosome

3:15-3:35 Zsolt Toth,  University of Florida
Transcriptional reprogramming of primary effusion lymphoma cells during KSHV reactivation

3:40-4:00 Coffee Break

4:00-5:00 Grand Rounds - Paul Lieberman, The Wistar Institute
Epigenetic Control of Gammaherpesvirus Latency and Targeted Therapy

5:00 PM Grand Rounds Reception

Friday February 10th

Structural Biology
Session Chair - Scott Stagg

9:00-9:45 Hong Zhou,  UCLA
In situ structures of viral genome and genome transcription

9:50-10:10 Attila Remenyi,  Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Structural insights into MAP kinase mediated cellular signaling.

10:15-10:35 Scott Stagg, Florida State University
The Structures of Adeno-Associated Virus and It's Binding Partners.

10:40-11:00 Coffee Break

11:05-12:05 Professional Development Talk-Don Caspar, Professor Emeritus, Florida State University: Trials and Errors in My Exploration of Viral Assembly

12:10-12:30 Qian Yin,   Florida State University
Structural Basis of AIM2 inflammasome Activation and Regulation

12:30-2:00 Lunch and Poster Session

Virology II
Session Chair - Yi Ren

2:05-2:50 Britt Glaunsinger, HHMI/University of California Berkeley
Controlling the message: viral manipulation of host gene expression during infection

2:55-3:15 Hwa-Jung Kim, Chungnam National University
Mycobacterial components regulating macrophage apoptosis via targeting mitochondria

3:20-3:40 Hengli Tang, Florida State University
Stem cells and Zika virus infection

3:45-4:05 Coffee Break

4:10-4:30 David Meckes, Florida State University
Hijacking the host exosomal trafficking pathways by Epstein-Barr virus

4:35-4:55 Kathy Shair, University of Pittsburgh 
New insights into Epstein-Barr virus LMP1 oncogenesis

5:00-5:20 Yeon-Sook Kim, Chungnam National University 
Concentration of Soluble DPP4 in patients infected with MERS-CoV: is it correlated with the severity of MERS-CoV illness?

5:25-5:30 Concluding Remarks and Award Announcements - Jeffrey Joyce

5:30 Reception


Information for Attendees:

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Lunch will be served on Thursday and Friday to those who have tickets, and to anyone else on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be coffee breaks both days to allow plenty of time to talk.


Information for Poster Presenters:

We have space for 60 poster presentations. Posters will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. A $250 prize will be awarded for one outstanding poster on Friday evening. Posters should be no larger than 40" x 60". Poster locations are not assigned and are available on a first come, first served basis. Push pins and binder clips are available at the registration table. There are no electrical outlets available for poster presenter use. Posters should be set up starting at :00 AM February 10. All posters should remain up through 3:45 PM on Friday, February 10. All posters should be picked up before the reception on Friday evening. Any posters not picked up will be kept in the Biomedical Sciences office for one week.


Information for Speakers:

Invited speakers will be registered automatically. If you have any special needs, please contact . If you are traveling from outside Tallahassee, please contact Jonquil Livingston for assistance and reimbursement.

About the Symposium: 

Sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, Florida State University, the Life Sciences Symposium is a dynamic forum that brings together speakers doing innovative, cutting edge, and ground-breaking research from different departments at FSU. These presentations are augmented with talks from speakers outside of FSU who are leaders in their respective fields. While promoting the broad-spectrum of biomedical science research at FSU, the Life Sciences Symposium also provides a venue for faculty, postdocs and students to present their research, spark interdisciplinary and interdepartmental collaborations, and foster professional development.

Organizing Committee

  • David Meckes (Chair), Biomedical Sciences
  • Yi Ren, Biomedical Sciences
  • Choogon Lee, Biomedical Sciences
  • Scott Stagg, Chemistry
  • Hengli Tang, Biological Sciences

Administrative Support

  • Tiffany McNabb, Biomedical Sciences
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences Staff
  • College of Medicine IT Services

About the Artist

Special thanks to Charis Tsevis for sharing his work, "I, Virus". Find more of his work at I,Virus can be found at

For additional information about the symposium, please email .