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2022 SCEP Symposium Schedule


Southern California Eukaryotic Pathogen Symposium — Oct. 19, 2022

We are delighted to welcome you all back in person this year at the University of California, Riverside. Our sensational program will be announced soon.

SCEP Symposium Schedule

Schedule subject to change

Breakfast and Registration (Genomics Auditorium)
Poster set-up (Entomology Courtyard)
Welcome to 12 years of SCEP
Opening remarks for the 12th Annual SCEP Symposium
Morning Session Chair, Dr. Emma Wilson

Guest speaker, Michael Reese, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UT Southwestern

“Using cryo-electron tomography to define the in situ structure the apicomplexan invasion machinery”

Ashley Ramirez (Mercer Lab) 
"FcYRIIa plays a role in neutrophil trogocytic killing of Trichomonas vaginalis"
Breanna Walsh (Hallem Lab) 
"Elucidating the molecular and neural basis of oxygen sensation in Strongyloides stercorolis"
Izra Abbaali (Morrissette Lab) 
"Is Resistance Futile?: β-tubulin Drug Targets in a Protozoan Parasite"
Katherine Yanes (Lodoen Lab) 
"Toxoplasma gondii induces microglial activation and amyloid reduction in Alzheimer’s disease"
Sebastian Mesones Mancilla (Jimenez Lab) 
"Establishing the role of the mitochondrial voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) in Trypanosoma cruzi"
Simon Groen (Groen name) 
"Why you should eat wasabi with your sushi"
11:20-11:35am Zeinab Chahine (Le Roch Lab) 
"A multi-omics platform to understand the mechanisms of action of Kalihinol as potent new antimalarial"
Stephanie Orchanian (Lodoen Lab)
"Deficiency in astrocyte CCL2 production reduces immune cell infiltration and host defense in the CNS during chronic, but not acute, Toxoplasma gondii infection"
11:50am-12:00pm BREAK and SQUEEZE UP!
Keynote Introduction, Dr. Meera Nair

Keynote Speaker, Jude Uzonna, Ph.D., D.V.M., Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Immunology & Medical Microbiology at Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba

“Immunologic memory in parasitic infections may need constant reminding: a paradigm change?"

1:00-2:15pm Lunch and Poster Viewing (Entomology Courtyard)
Afternoon Session Chair, Dr. Meera Nair
Justin Quan (Bradley Lab) 
"Toxoplasma gondii encodes an array of novel TBC-domain containing proteins including an essential regulator of the secretory pathway"
2:30-2:45pm Harpal Dhillon (Dhillon Lab) 
"Nematode venom: A new perspective for insect control"
2:45-3:00pm George Tseng (Hill Lab) 
"Fcy-receptors and the immune defense against Trichomonas vaginalis"
3:00-3:15pm Xian Xia (Hill Lab) 
"Structure of doublet microtubules from the pathogen Trypanosoma brucei reveals unique features of flagella-associated proteins"
3:15-3:30pm Zoe Figueroa (Wilson) 
"Chronic Toxoplasma infection induces a conserved pattern of astrocyte heterogeneity"
Drinks and Nibbles (Entomology Courtyard)
Poster presentations (odd numbers 3:45-4:30pm; even numbers 4:30-5:15pm)
Announcement of abstract awards and networking (5:15-6:00pm)