Research Retreat recap and poster winners


retreatcollageOver 100 of you joined us for a full day of presentations and collaborative discussion last Friday at the Straughn Center.  Thank you for attending and making it a great success!  Our guest speakers were Dr. Casey T. Weaver from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. John T. Harty from the University of Iowa, and Dr. Shuzhao Li from Emory University.  We appreciate them for traveling to Gainesville to share their cutting edge research with us.  Thanks also to all University of Florida researchers who presented their work as well.  Watch for an announcement regarding next year’s date for our next Research Retreat.

Poster Presentation Contest

Thank you to our judges: Dr. Dorina Avram, Dr. Jeff Abbott, and Dr. Laurence Morel. Winners of the poster presentation contest follow.

1st Place
Pritesh Desai, Graduate Student, Department of Pathology, Immunology, & Laboratory Medicine
LIGHT Programs Activated CD8 T Cells to Survive and Become Memory Cells in Response to a Viral Pathogen

2nd Place
Mohammad Nizam Uddin, Postdoctoral Associate, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
“Transcription Factor Bcl11b Governs the Development and Effector Function of iNKT Cell Populations”

3rd Place
Christina Graves, Graduate Student, Department of Oral Biology
“Lack of TLR5-mediated Intestinal Epithelial Cell Homeostasis Induces Expansion of Pathogenic T Effectors in Type 1 Diabetes: Can Butyrate Come to the Rescue?”