20th Annual Dept. of Immunology Scientific Retreat

Sept. 29-30, 2022

 

RETREAT ORGANIZING COMMITTEE -
Partha Biswas, MVSc, PhD
Roberta Erickson
Radha Gopal, PhD
Reinhard Hinterleitner, PhD
Marlies Meisel, PhD
Anthony St. Leger, PhD
 
Darryl Abbott - PhD Candidate, Hand Lab
Aneseh Adeshirlarijaney, PhD - Postdoctoral Scholar, Kohan Lab
Vaishali Aggarwal, PhD - Postdoctoral Associate, Vignali Lab
Lawrence Andrews, PhD - Research Scientist, Vignali Lab
Hridesh Banerjee, PhD - Postdoctoral Associate, Kane Lab
Hector Manuel Nieves-Rosado - MSTP Trainee, Kane Lab
Shuxian Wu, PhD - Postdoctoral Associate, Shlomchik Lab

 

SPONSORS -

10x Genomics - Gold Sponsor
BD Biosciences - Silver Sponsor
BioLegend - Gold Sponsor
LABRepCo - Silver Sponsor
Meso Scale Discovery (MSD) - Silver Sponsor
Millipore Sigma - Gold Sponsor
Miltenyi Biotec, Inc. - Platinum/Poster Session Sponsor
PHCbi - Silver Sponsor
VWR - Silver Sponsor

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Michael S. Diamond, MD, PhD

Herbert S. Gasser Professor, Departments of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology, Pathology & Immunology; Associate Director, Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs; Washington University School of Medicine                                                     

Microbiome modulation of immunity to systemic virus infections

INTERNAL SPEAKERS

  • Robert Binder, PhD - Professor, Dept. of Immunology - The heat shock protein-CD91 pathway in cancer immunosurveillance
  • Rhodes Ford, BSc - Grad Student (4+) 2021 Poster Winner, Dept. of Pediatrics, Poholek Lab - Tumor microenvironmental signals reshape chromatin landscapes to limit the functional potential of exhausted T cells
  • William Hawse, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology - The lipid kinase, PIKFYVE, is critical for Th17 differentiation
  • Alison Kohan, PhD - Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism - Tregs and triglycerides: Fueling the immune response
  • Anuradha Ray, PhD - UMPC Endowed Chair in Lung Immunology in Medicine; Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine (PACCM) - The divergent immune landscape of severe asthma and targets beyond T2
  • Tina Sumpter, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Dermatology - Neuropeptides reveal novel mechanisms of mast cell mediator release and therapeutic targets for cutaneous inflammatory disease
  • Jeremy Tilstra, MD, PhD - Assistant Professor, Dept.of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology - Cross-talk between infiltrating immune cells and the tissue parenchyma in autoimmune kidney disease
  • Dario Vignali, PhD - Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair, Dept. of Immunology - LAG3: signaling, function and its impact on cancer immunotherapy

ORAL PRESENTATIONS FROM SELECTED ABSTRACTS

  • Priyanka Manandhar - Graduate Student (YR4+), Dept. of Immunology, Kane Lab - Cell-intrinsic Tim-3 is required for optimal CD8 response to acute LCMV infection
  • Surya Pandey, PhD - Research Scientist, Dept. of Immunology, Hinterleitner Lab - Role of Gasdermin C in intestinal type-2 immunity

Abstract Submission and Poster Sessions -

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES:

Timeline – Abstracts are due by Sept. 1, 2022. Abstracts should be emailed to Roberta Ericikson at ericksn@pitt.edu.

Eligibility – Graduate students, postdocs, clinical fellows (or equivalent), and technicians.

Scoring – The Retreat Organizing Committee will select two abstracts for oral presentation (15 minutes) at the 2022 Retreat. Selections will be made from the Graduate Student (YR4+), Postdoc/Research Associate and Lab Staff submissions who have indicated that they would like to be considered.

Format – Abstracts should not exceed 250 words in length. This does not include the title, authors or funding source (optional).  Abstract should be a one-page pdf document less than 4 MB in size. The following information must be included at the top of the document:

  • NAME OF PRESENTING AUTHOR
  • EMAIL
  • LAB AFFILIATION
  • CLASSIFICATION: Graduate Student (YR1-3), Graduate Student (YR4+), Postdoc/Research Associate, Faculty, Lab Staff, Other (please identify)
  • CONSIDER FOR AN ORAL PRESENTATION: YES or NO

NOTE: ABSTRACTS SELECTED FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR POSTER AWARDS.

 

POSTER GUIDELINES: 

Posters will be judged based on the quality of the Subject Matter, Presentation and Poster Display. First place posters in the Graduate Student (YR4+) and Postdoc/Research Associate categories will be invited to present at the 2023 Retreat.

Poster sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday mornings, Sept. 29 and Sept. 30. Posters will be assigned numbers, with the odd numbers presenting on Thursday morning and the even numbers presenting in the Friday morning session. Presenters will be required to put their posters up the morning of their session and to remove their posters at the end of the day.

NOTE: THE POSTER BOARDS WILL BE SMALLER THIS YEAR, SO THE DIMENSIONS OF POSTERS CANNOT EXCEED 3’ x 3’. Pins and numbers will be provided.