May 30: ‘Preventable cell death during pneumococcal infection’

Carlos Orihuela

Carlos Orihuela will present “Preventable cell death in the respiratory tract during pneumococcal infection” on Wednesday, May 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in E101, School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Carlos Orihuela obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Baylor University in 1996. He subsequently earned his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he was a Kempner Scholar. From 2001 to 2005, Orihuela completed his postdoctoral research training in the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. He returned to Texas in 2005 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. While at San Antonio, Dr. Orihuela was promoted with tenure to Associate Professor and recipient of the Presidential Junior Research Scholar Award, Distinguished Hispanic Faculty Award from the Graduate School, and Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging. In Fall of 2015 he joined the Department of Microbiology at UAB.

Orihuela is a member of the Host Interactions with Bacterial Pathogens Study Section for the NIH, Associate Editor for the journals PLOS Pathogens and Infection and Immunity, and editor of a recent book on the molecular mechanisms of Streptococcus pneumoniae pathogenesis. His research is focused on the host-pathogen interactions that prevent and enable development of invasive pneumococcal disease.