Spring 2017

April 4
Dr. Yahan Wei, PostDoc 
Auerbuch Stone Lab, METX, UC Santa Cruz
"Iron- and temperature-dependent regulation of Shigella virulence-associated factors"

April 11
Dr. Craig Altier, Professor & Chair
College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
"A Tunable Switch: Controlling Salmonella Invasion of the Intestine

April 18
Jesica Navarrete, PhD Candidate
Rothschild & Saltikov Labs, METX, UC Santa Cruz
"BioMining: Biological recycling of silicon and metals from end-of-life electronics, e-waste"


Jennifer Teschler, PhD Candidate
Yildiz Lab, METX, UC Santa Cruz
"Characterizing the VxrAB two component signal transduction system"

April 25
Dr. Stefan Pukatzki, Professor
University of Colorado School of Medicine 
"The secret handshake of the cholera bacterium secures a firm grip on competitiveness"

Friday, April 28, 3pm- 4pm

BioMed 200
Dr. Michael Ibba, Professor and Chair
Department of Microbiology, Ohio State University
"Translation quality control under stress"

May 2
Susanne Häußler
Yildiz Lab, METX, UC Santa Cruz
"Towards individualized therapy of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections"

May 9
Dr. Jean-Marc Ghigo, Professor
Dept. of Microbiology, Institut Pasteur
"Contribution of bacterial volatile molecules to the dynamics of polymicrobial biofilm communities"

May 16
Dr. Andrea Castillo, Associate Professor
Eastern Washington University
“What To Expect From the State Comprehensive University Next Door, A Faculty Perspective”

May 23
Dr. Kyle Floyd, PostDoc
Yildiz Lab, METX, UC Santa Cruz
"Dissecting Protein Stratification and Regulation within Uropathogenic Escherichia coli Biofilms”

May 30
David Balderas, PhD Candidate
Auerbuch Stone Lab, METX, UC Santa Cruz
"Many roles: How IscR contributes to virulence production in Yersinia pseudotuberculosis"


Jenna Conner, PhD Candidate
Yildiz Lab, METX, UC Santa Cruz
"Characterization of CdgG, a Vibrio cholerae Biofilm Repressor"

June 6
Francesca Batac, MS Graduate Student
Ottemann Lab, METX Department
"Prevalence and pathogenesis of Helicobacter infections in southern sea otters"


Christina Yang, MS Graduate Student
Ottemann Lab, METX Department

June 13
Dr. Melissa Miller, Wildlife Pathologist
Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center
"California’s Sea otters:
Outstanding sentinels for land/sea pollution and human health risks"