Sept. 18: UND Host-Pathogen Interactions CoBRE Symposium

ChromicDisease_AcuteInfectionsYou are invited to attend the Annual Host-Pathogen CoBRE Symposium to be held at the University of North Dakota Gorecki Alumni Center on Monday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

This event will bring together experts studying cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying host responses in acute infections and chronic disease conditions.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Elaine Tuomanen (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital): “Expanding bacterial signaling vocabulary from inflammation to neuroproliferation”
  • Anjana Rao (La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology): “Epigenetic and transcriptional responses driven by the calcium-calcineurin-NFAT pathway in T cells”
  • Nadeem Khan (University of North Dakota): “A double edge of host type 17 immunity in pneumococcal infections”
  • Ali Divan (University of North Dakota):  “Neurocognitive and behavioral changes in a mouse model of neuroborreliosis”
  • Matthew Nilles (University of North Dakota):  “Utilization of a type III secretion system needle protein to improve the acellular pertussis vaccine”
  • Atul Sharma (University of North Dakota):  “Modulation of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (NETs): Therapeutic Intervention”

In addition, investigators from UND will present their research related to infection and immunity in the afternoon poster session.

This event aims to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers in the area and provide opportunities for learning about cutting-edge tools, approaches, and resources to advance their research in broad areas of infection and inflammation as it applies to human disease.

The symposium is organized by the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) for Host-Pathogen Interactions, UND.

For more information, including a schedule and Free registration, visit

— Jyotika Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine and Health Sciences,