University of California, Riverside

Southern California Eukaryotic Pathogen Symposium



6th Annual Southern California Eukaryotic Pathogen Symposium

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Genomics Auditorium, UC Riverside
8:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The study of eukaryotic pathogens includes such diverse organisms as intracellular protozoa, helminths and fungal pathogens. The Annual Southern Californian Eukaryotic Pathogen Symposium (SCEP) brings together researchers from more than 15 different labs from Southern California  that investigate the inner workings and host response to these important pathogens. It is the aim of this symposium to bring together these like-minded but individual groups to facilitate interaction and collaboration.

Registration, abstract booklet, parking and food are free!


 8:45-9:25 AM            Check-in; badge and abstract booklet pick up at Genomics Auditorium; set up posters; breakfast.

9:25 AM                     Opening remarks of the 6th SCEP Symposium           

Morning Session: Chair Karine Le Roch

9:30 – 9:45AM          Rosa M. Andrade  Role of Toxoplasma gondii antioxidant systems in host parasite interactions.

 9:45-10:00AM          Danielle Worth  Tachyzoite expression of bradyzoite antigens augments the acute immune response to Toxoplasma gondii infection.

10:00-10:15AM        Tatiane Soares de Lima  Toxoplasma gondii inhibits LPS-induced IL-1b production in primary human neutrophils.

10:15-10:30AM        Santhosh Nadipuram  Identification and Characterization of Novel Dense Granule Proteins in  Toxoplasma gondii.

10:30-10:45AM        Xueqing Maggie Lu  Nascent RNA sequencing reveals transcriptional regulation mechanisms in the human malaria parasite life cycle.

10:45-11:00 AM       Danae Schulz  Chromatin readers regulate lifecycle transitions in the African trypanosome.

11:00-11:15 AM      Stephanie DeMarco  Molecular and systems analysis of cell-cell communication and social behavior in Trypanosoma brucei.

11:15-11:30 AM      Laura-Isobel McCall       Molecular mapping of Chagas disease determinants.

11:30-11:45 AM      Tony Szempruch  Intercepting the Message: Disruption of Bloodstream Form Trypanosoma brucei     Extracellular Vesicle Fusion Blocks Erythrocyte Remodeling.

11:45 AM                   Break

12:10-1:00 PM       Keynote Speaker – Richard Davis, University of Colorado School of Medicine

1:00-2:30 PM            Lunch. Poster viewing.

                                                                           Afternoon Session: Chair, Meera Nair

2:30-2:45 PM                   Tiffany Baiocchi  Entomopathogenic Nematode Host-Seeking Behavior and Temporal Attraction to Naïve and Infected Hosts.

2:45-3:00 PM                   Hashini Batugedara  Bone marrow-derived RELMa protects from tissue inflammation but impairs  hookworm expulsion

3:00-3:15 PM                   Astra Bryant  Some like it hot: temperature-driven host seeking in parasitic nematodes

3:15-3:30 PM                   Dennis Chang  The insect-parasitic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae releases a composition of lethal proteins inside hosts.

3:30-3:45 PM                   Chen, Yi-Pei  Characterization of Trichomonas vaginalis homologue of macrophage migration inhibitory factor in inducing the parasite survival under stress

3:45 PM                            Break

4:00-6:00 PM                   Drinks and Nibbles

Poster Presentation (odd numbers 4:15-5pm; even numbers 5-5:45pm)


Donate to Support the SCEP Symposium

Thanks to the generous support of donors,  vendors and UCR departments, we have been able to provide this conference free of charge in past years. Your donations will help us continue to do so in the future.

Symposium Schedule

  • 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental breakfast (poster set up)
  • 9:30 a.m. - Short talks from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers
  • 12 noon - Keynote speaker
  • 12 noon - Poster viewing
  • Lunch 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. - Poster viewing
  • 4 - 6 p.m. - Reception and Awards* Ceremony

*Poster prizes (2) and our inaugural SCEP travel fellowship award (1) for the best talk.

Thank you to the following organizations for their continued support:


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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Fax: (951) 827-3699