11:00 AM-12:00 PM
The QBI Seminar Series is presenting Ana Sesma, professor with tenure in the department of Microbiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is interested on the modulation of innate immunity by viruses of human health interests, such as dengue, influenza, human immunodeficiency virus and Zika. Her group uses mainly primary human systems, such as dendritic cells and macrophages as well as primary lung epithelial cells and human tonsils for these studies. Their main goal is to understand the mechanisms of immune evasion used by these viruses to establish infection in humans.
She currently participates in several multi-investigator projects on dengue and influenza that use OMICS technologies to study immune responses to infection. She also participated in several study sections for the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIAD) and is currently a member of the NIH/NIAID/DMID Scientific Council. Dr. Fernandez-Sesma is also the Chair of the NIAID Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) Steering Committee and is also very dedicated to graduate education and mentoring. Since 2010 she co-directs the Microbiology Main Training Area of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at ISMMS. She has co-authored more than 75 publications in Virology and Immunology journals and is on the editorial board of Journal of Virology, mSphere and PLoS Pathogens.
Talk title: Modulation of Innate Immunity by Arboviruses; Beyond the STING
Hosted by: Nevan Krogan
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