2020 SCEP Symposium Schedule

Southern California Eukaryotic Pathogen Symposium — Oct. 21, 2020

Schedule subject to change

8:45 — 9:05 a.m.

Welcome to 10 years of SCEP

Opening remarks for the 10th Annual SCEP symposium

9:05 — 9:35 a.m.
Morning Session: Chair, Dr. Emma Wilson

Keke Fairfax, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Division of Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Pathology,
University of Utah

"Maternal Schistosomiasis: Unwinding the cellular mechanisms of immunomodulation in offspring"

9:35 — 9:45 a.m. BREAK
9:45 — 10:00 a.m.
Lightning talks A

Peter Back (UCLA, Bradley lab) 

"An essential IMC protein governs Toxoplasma invasion and apical organelle organization"

Sarah Bobardt (UCR, Nair lab) 

"Understanding the Role of the Endocannabinoid System in the Activity and Longevity of Nematode Parasites"

Suhani Bhakta (Cal Poly Pomona, Mercer lab)

"Determining the role of the neutrophil extracellular degranulation and mucosal antibodies in the killing of Trichomonas vaginalis"

Evelyn Hoover (UCI, Lodoen lab)

"Toxoplasma gondii induces coagulation in the microvasculature and decreased cerebral perfusion"

Thomas Hollin (UCR, LeRoch lab)

"Functional genomics approaches to understand the role of  RAP proteins that are essential for the mitochondrial biogenesis of P. falciparum asexual stages"

10:00 — 10:15 a.m.

Amara Thind (UCLA, Bradley lab)
"Proximity biotinylation reveals novel and secreted dense granule proteins of Toxoplasma gondii bradyzoites"

10:15 — 10:30 a.m. Alexandra Willis (University of Toronto)
"Inherited immunity in C.elegans model of microsporidia infection"
10:30 — 10:45 a.m. BREAK
10:45 — 11:00 a.m. Izra Abbaali (UCI, Morrissette lab)
"Targeting Toxoplasma tubulin"
11:00 — 11:15 a.m. Sophia Parks (UCR, Dillman lab)
"Parasitic nematode fatty acide and retinol-binding proteins compromise host immunity by interfering with host lipid signaling" 
11:15  — 11:30 a.m.
Lightning talks B

Stephanie DeMarco (UCLA Hallem lab)

"Investigating Mechanisms of Skin Penetration in Strongyloides Species"

Zoe Figueroa (UCR, Wilson lab)

"Investigating astrocyte subsets during Toxoplasma gondii infection"

Anand Rai (UCLA, Johnson lab)

"EVs mediate host:parasite interactions: how host cells internalize Trichomonas vaginalis EVs"

Rebecca Pasquarelli (UCLA, Bradley lab)

"Identification and Functional Analysis of Parasite-Specific Golgi Proteins in Toxoplasma gondii"

Nelly ElSakkary (UCSD)

"Genomic modalities to drug development for schistosomiasis: the proteasome"

11:30  — 11:45 a.m. Maude Dagenais (McGill University)
"The need for sugar-coating: Profiling of Schistosoma mansoni EV surface glycans" 
11:45 a.m. — 12 p.m. Break and ready for Keynote!

12:00 — 1 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Photini Sinnis, M.D., Ph.D. - Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

"Establishment of Malaria Infection: Parasite Bottleneck and Point for Intervention"

1 — 2:30 p.m.

Lunch. Poster Viewing and interactions in SLACK

2:30 — 2:45 p.m.

Afternoon Session: Chair, Dr. Meera Nair

Daniel Velez-Ramirez (UCLA,  Hill lab)
"cAMP-dependent phosphorylation of flagellum proteins in Trypansoma brucei"

2:45 — 3:00 p.m. Emily Merritt (University of Arizona, Koshy lab)
"Are T cells recognizing Toxoplasma injected Neurons (TINs)?
 3 — 3:15 p.m. Edward Vizcarra (UCR, Wilson lab)
"A Toxoplasma recrudescence ex vivo model
3:15 — 3:30 p.m. Zeinab Chahine (UCR, Le Roch lab)
"A multi-omics approach to understand the mode of action of a kalihinol analogue, a potent new anti-malarial against Plasmodium falciparum"
3:30 — 3:45 p.m.
Awards and Thank you's!!!