Medical Microbiology and Immunology

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University of Toledo COVID-19 Updates

MMI Faculty Recognized for Tenure & Promotion
Congratulations to members of our faculty who were recently approved for promotion by The University of Toledo Board of Trustees at its April meeting!
The MMI faculty member who received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor is

Dr. Taylor
Dr. Travis Taylor

CONGRATULATIONS!

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MMI Faculty member named editor-in-chief of the journal Immunobiology

Dr. Ferreira

Dr. Viviana Ferreira, associate professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, was recently named editor-in-chief of the journal Immunobiology (Elsevier Publisher).

Following its history as the first-ever published Specialist Immunology Journal, founded in 1909, Immunobiology follows its mission to form a vital link between scientists and clinicians by offering a fast track line for high priority publications to speed up communication amongst immunologists all over the world. In the best of spirits, Immunobiology aims to continue the tradition set by its founding members and supporters.

The journal publishes original research articles, short communications, reviews, commentaries and letters to the editors. In addition the journal publishes special Issues to widely cover specific research themes within the field of Immunology and proceedings of Immunological Societies.

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UToledo Virologist Studying New Way of Regulating Harmful Inflammation

Dr. Chattopadhyay

Supported by the National Institutes of Health's $2.2 million, five-year grant, Dr. Saurabh Chattopadhyay is studying how a protein key to activating the body's antiviral immune system might also regulate virus-induced inflammatory responses.  Titled “Anti-inflammatory functions for non-transcriptional IRF3,” the research studies the function of Interferon Regulatory Factor 3 (IRF3) in respiratory virus-induced inflammatory responses.

Dr. Chattopadhyay has been involved in studying how the cellular transcription factor IRF3 protects against viral infections. IRF3 is essential for the production of interferons that inhibit viral replication. Extensive research through Dr. Chattopadhyay and colleagues has uncovered a new antiviral activity of IRF3 to kill the virus-infected cells. In the current award, Dr. Chattopadhyay proposes to investigate a new function for IRF3 to protect against virus-induced inflammatory responses.

Dr. Chattopadhyay will be supported by his co-investigators, Dr. Ritu Chakravarti, assistant professor, Physiology and Pharmacology, and Dr. Travis Taylor, assistant professor, MMI.

Dr. Chattopadhyay would like to acknowledge the support from his collaborators that include the leaders in the field; Drs. George Stark (a member of the National Academy of Sciences, an expert of cytokine signaling), Laura Nagy (an expert of liver biology and inflammation), Ganes Sen (a leader of innate antiviral immunity) from the Cleveland Clinic, and Drs. Kevin Pan, Viviana Ferreira, Vijay Kumar, and Xiche Hu, from The University of Toledo.

The research in Dr. Chattopadhyay lab is currently supported by the extramural funds through R21 (NIAAA, PI), RO1 (NIAAA, PI, sub-award), and RO1 (NIAID, PI) awards from NIH and state-funding from the Ohio Department of Health

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Congratulations to the 2021 Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences Outstanding Student Awardee: Claire Meikle!
ClaireDr. Worth
Claire Meikle, MD/PhD Candidate            Randall Worth, Ph.D.
Claire has been selected as an outstanding graduate student in her program of study in the College of Medicine & Life Sciences while working in the lab of Dr. Randall Worth.  

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2021 Graduate Research Forum Winners and Finalists Announced

Graduate Research Forum

Last week, the Council of Biomedical Graduate Students (CBGS) and the College of Pharmacy presented the Graduate Research Forum. More than 70 students registered for the forum and a number of faculty members volunteered to judge virtual sessions.   Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners:

Winners Poster Session
Rachel Golonka (First Place)
Smrithi Sugumaran Menon (Second Place; Ferreira lab)
Sara Moore (Third Place; Ferreira lab)

Finalists Poster Session
Sukanya Chakravarty (Chattopadhyay lab)
Fathima Dhilhani Mohammed Faleel
Mitchell Harberson

Winners & Finalists Oral Session
Kathryn Becker (First Place Tie)
Joshua Breidenbach (First Place Tie; Kennedy/Haller lab)
Jonnelle Edwards (Second Place)

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Faculty members share what's ahead after light flu season, unprecedented pandemic

Jason Huntley
Dr. William Saunders, chief of service at The University of Toledo Medical Center Emergency Department, and Dr. Jason Huntley, associate professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, were interviewed recently for an article in the Toledo Blade about a sharp decrease in influenza and how the development of COVID-19 vaccines might hold lessons for future flu seasons.

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 MMI Faculty Member participates in UToledo Fourth Virtual TownHall - 03/30/21
In the latest of our virtual town hall series, Dr. Daniel Cadigan from the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department will share information about the region's response to COVID-19. UToledo experts will also field live questions from members of our community.

UToledo Experts Address COVID-19:  Part 4
Tuesday, March 30, 2021: 5 - 6 p.m.

Panelists Include:
Daniel Cadigan, M.D. - Medical Director, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department
Joan Duggan, M.D. - Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
Jennifer Hanrahan, D.O. - Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
Jason F. Huntley, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Russell Smith, Pharm.D. - Chief Pharmacy Officer, The University of Toledo Medical Center

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MMI researcher explains importance of receiving both COVID-19 vaccine doses


Dr. Jason Huntley
, associate professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, explains in a new UToledo video the importance of completing both doses of available COVID-19 vaccines.


MMI Faculty Member participates in UToledo Third Virtual TownHall - 02/04/21
Northwest Ohio continues to face serious challenges due to COVID-19. In the latest of our virtual town hall series, UToledo's panel of experts will field unanswered questions from previous events and open the floor for an extended, live question-and-answer session with guests in attendance from our community.

UToledo Experts Address COVID-19:  Part 3
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021: 5 - 6 p.m.

Panelists Include:
Imran Ali, M.D. - Professor and Clair Martig Endowed Chair of Neurology
Joan Duggan, M.D. - Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
Jennifer Hanrahan, D.O. - Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
Jason F. Huntley, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Russell Smith, Pharm.D. - Chief Pharmacy Officer, The University of Toledo Medical Center

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MMI University of Toledo 2020-2021 Graduate Research Awardee

Congratulations to Sara Moore!
Sara
Sara Moore
, MD/PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Viviana Ferreira, Associate Professor, in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, was recently awarded the University of Toledo 2020-2021 Graduate Research Award.  This UToledo Graduate Student Association (GSA) Graduate Research Award will provide $1,987.80 towards Sara’s research project titled, “The Role of Properdin, a Positive Regulator of the Complement System in Rheumatoid Arthritis".

Congratulations to Briana Zellner, Ph.D.!
Briana Zellner
Congratulations to Briana Zellner, a 2019 graduate of Dr. Huntley's lab, for a published research article titled
"A Francisella tularensis L,D‐carboxypeptidase plays important roles in cell morphology, envelope integrity, and virulence" published in Molecular Biology.

Maxim Marino, M.S.
Maxim Marino
January 12, 2021
Congratulations!
Maxim Marino successfully defended his thesis titled: "Determining the Role of Antimicrobial Peptides in Vibrio cholerae Virulence Gene Expression".
Advisor: Jyl Matson, Ph.D.
Future Plans: Max plans to return to Michigan while he applies for jobs and possibly graduate programs.
Email: maxim.marino@rockets.utoledo.edu

Congratulations to the 2020 MMI Graduate Student Research Scholar Awardees (MMIRSA)
Anna GlanzGayatri Subramanian
          Anna Glanz           Gayatri Subramanian
The Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology has announced this year's awardees for the MMI Graduate Student Research Scholar Award (MMIRSA). 

Both awardees are 2020 graduates from the lab of Dr. Saurabh Chattopadhyay:

Anna Glanz
Gayatri Subramanian

Congratulations to both the awardees and their PI on this achievement!

The MMIRSA award serves to encourage and increase MMI graduate student publications and pre-doctoral fellowship submissions.
More information on the award can be found at this link.


MMI Faculty Members participate in UToledo Second Virtual TownHall - 01/07/21

Hospitals across northwest Ohio are experiencing dangerously high occupancy rates due to COVID-19. Our second Virtual Town Hall will answer important and unanswered questions from the first event, with the help of UToledo infectious disease and virology experts.  

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Alumni Affiliate invites you to a College of Medicine and Life Sciences Virtual Town Hall, "UToledo Experts Address COVID-19: Part Two," on Thursday, Jan. 7, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
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The Virtual Town Hall is hosted by Dr. Christopher J. Cooper, dean of the UToledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. The presenters include:

  • Saurabh Chattopadhyay, Ph.D. - assistant professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Joan Duggan, M.D. - professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
  • Jennifer Hanrahan, D.O. - associate professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
  • Jason F. Huntley, Ph.D. - associate professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Russell Smith, PharmD - chief pharmacy officer, The University of Toledo Medical Center
  • Travis Taylor, Ph.D. - assistant professor, virologist, flavivirus innate immunity
  • James W. Van Hook, M.D. - Rita T. Sheely Endowed Chair and professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


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