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SLB Undergraduate Immunology Research Conference
Thursday, August 11, 2022, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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All members are welcomed and encouraged to join for the first ever SLB Virtual Undergraduate Immunology Research Conference. We received 10 very impressive submissions which will be shared during this live session on August 11th.  The full event will run from 1-4pm eastern and you may join for all, or part, of the experience. Membership participation is welcomed and encouraged to support these up and coming researchers, provide feedback, ask questions, and share your own experience in mentoring the trainees as they consider their next steps. Registration is FREE for SLB members.



Thursday August 11, 2022

1-2:30pm EST: Student Presentations

2:30-2:45pm EST: BREAK

2:45-3:30pm EST: Graduate Program Directors Presentation with Q&A session

3:30-4:00pm EST: Graduate & Undergraduate student mixer/Q&A

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS (Format: brief intro, 3 min presentation, ~5 min for Q&A)

  1. Stevie Fawcett: Insulin Mediated Immunity in West Nile virus NY-99 Infection
  2. Ian Snider: The emerging oral pathogen, Filifactor alocis, modulates antimicrobial responses of primed human neutrophils.
  3. Elizabeth Murray: Effects of increasing levels of age-related MAPK phosphatases on macrophage responses to Streptococcus pneumoniae and host susceptibility to infection
  4. Zenaida Fuentes: Generation of an Inducible Mouse Model of Bioluminescent T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  5. Madelynne Walczak: Investigating the Effects of VB-111 in Combination with Poly (ADP-ribose) Polymerase (PARP) Inhibitors on Tumor Burden and Microenvironmental Changes in Ovarian Cancer
  6. Mackenzie Woolls: Pre-metastatic Niche Suppression through NLRX1
  7. Luke McKinney: Clinical Course and Outcomes of Lung Transplantation due to COVID-19 at the University of Kentucky
  8. Skye Opsteen: How chronic HIV infection influences immune responses to acute SARS-CoV-2
  9. Taylor McDonald: Maternal SARS-CoV-2 Antibody End-Point Titers and Antibody Transmission to the Newborn
  10. Cara Beauregard: SARS-CoV-2 Specific Antibodies In Maternal Plasma and Breast Milk After COVID-19 Vaccination


5-7 Graduate Program Directors will briefly share information about their programs and then answer any questions you may have about graduate school and their specific programs.


3-4 Graduate students from a variety of programs will be available to meet with undergraduate students, talk about life as a graduate student, and answer any questions.