Building Bridges in Leukocyte Biology Webinar Series

Building Bridges in Leukocyte Biology Webinar Series

Through volunteer efforts, SLB will be offering a monthly series of innovative talks spanning a width breadth of interests related to the field. Registration is free for society members.

Our next speaker is Elsa Bou Ghanem from University at Buffalo (USA) who will speak on "Changes in Neutrophil-pneumococcal Interactions During Aging". This webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 28th, 2024 from 12-1pm eastern.

Register for February 28, 2024 Webinar

Elsa Bou Ghanem, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at University at Buffalo (UB). She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Kentucky and completed postdoctoral training at Tufts University. In 2018 she enthusiastically stared her lab at UB exploring immunesenescence, inflammation and infection. Her lab consists of a group of bright scientists focused on elucidating host pathways that contribute to the age-driven susceptibility to bacterial pneumonia.

Look for these talks lined up for the future...

  • Hawa Racine Thiam, Standford University - March 27th, 2024
  • Prashanth Thevkar Nagesh, BIDMC/Harvard Medical School - April 24th, 2024
  • Savini Thrikawala, Clemson University - May 29th
  • Melissa Ng, Singapore Immunology Network - June 26th
  • Irene Salinas, The University of New Mexico - July 2024

If you would like to present at a future SLB Building Bridges webinar series, please contact Sofia De Oliveira  at [email protected]. See below for the full Building Bridges Webinar Series Mission.

Past Building Bridges Webinars available on-demand for SLB Members (login required):

To provide a safe platform to highlight the research done by 1) trainees, 2) scientists from underrepresented groups in the field (please check footnote *) and 3) scientists with major caregiver roles at home that restrict their travel to conferences limiting their careers (young children, dependent person, etc). We also seek to keep the leukocyte community engaged in active and fruitful scientific discussions between conferences.
Conferences have a limited number of slots for presentations which drastically limits the amount of good science that can be shown and discussed in these venues. Trainees and young faculty from underrepresented groups in the field have less chances to be invited or selected to present their work at conferences and therefore their science has less visibility. We want to provide a way to give visibility to those that usually do not have it and promote a more diverse and inclusive environment in the leukocyte field.In addition, we want to help build a dynamic and engaged leukocyte community to advance the field, this webinar series will also promote networking, collaborations and sharing of resources amongst the labs working with different leukocytes on different fields.
Webinar format
• Monthly meeting on ZOOM - 4th Wednesday of the month (tentative: 12:00 pm EST/9:00 am PST)
• 1h (5 min introduction, 45 minutes presentation ,10 minutes discussion)
Please note that presentations WILL BE RECORDED (with speaker permission), placed at SLB archive and available for all members to view at any time. Webinars will be promoted on the SLB website, email list and social media.

If you are a SLB member that fits the eligibility criteria and are interested in presenting at BBinLB webinar series, please submit the following materials to [email protected]:
• Abstract
• CV or Biosketch
• Provide specific information about eligibility (trainees, scientist from underrepresented groups in the field, and/or scientist with major caregiver roles).