SLB @ AAI 2020 announced

SLB Speakers @ AAI 2020 announced

SLB is pleased to host yet another guest symposium. In 2020, SLB will host a session at the AAI 2020 meeting in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Below are the featured speakers that have been selected from applications from the membership.  Another example of the many opportunities that SLB membership offers!

Dr. Monika Bambouskova is currently Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Department of Pathology & Immunology at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her MSc and Phd in Biochemistry at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. During her graduate studies at the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences she was focused on studying plasma membrane-associated molecular mechanisms of immunoreceptor signaling in mast cells.  Her postdoctoral work is focused on metabolic rewiring in activating macrophages, particularly on role of metabolite itaconate in regulation of macrophages inflammatory response. Her work defined an electrophilic properties of itaconate and related chemical derivatives and described a novel connection between a cells stress response and inflammatory axis and its therapeutic impact for a number of autoimmune diseases. Her long-term interest is molecular mechanisms of crosstalk between metabolism and cell signaling in regulation of immune responses.

Dr. Emily Goldberg’s research focuses on immune-metabolic interactions that regulate inflammation. She completed her PhD at the University of Arizona under the mentorship of Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich where she focused on metabolic regulation of adaptive immunity against acute infections during aging. For her postdoctoral training Dr. Goldberg joined the laboratory of Dr. Vishwa Deep Dixit at Yale University where she studied how systemic metabolism impacts tissue-resident immune cells both in the context of infection and in obesity. Starting in spring 2020, Dr. Goldberg will be opening her lab as an Assistant Professor at UCSF. Her lab will continue studying the regulation of tissue-resident immune cells with the goal of identifying mechanisms of immune dysregulation that lead to chronic inflammation in mouse models of aging and obesity.

Dr. Ivan Zanoni is Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School. He received his Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Roma-Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy). He performed his postdoctoral training with Dr. Francesca Granucci at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy). In 2015 he started his lab at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Zanoni laboratory studies innate immune cell biology as a means of understanding the earliest events that initiate immunity to infection or drive the development of immune-mediated diseases.


Dr. Christina Camell is an Assistant Professor at the Institute on the Biology of Aging and Metabolism and the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota. After completing her PhD at Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Immunology, she performed her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Vishwa Deep Dixit at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Camell’s work focuses on age-related changes in inflammation and impaired metabolism. She has identified new roles for resident immune cells in the adipose tissue that lead to impaired metabolic processes during aging. She received a career development award from the National Institute on Aging and will pursue her investigations into understanding the immune-metabolic interplay during aging.