Nov. 14: ‘Cells on Fire – Amplifying Immune Defense Through Cellular Stress Responses’

Mary O’Riordan will present a COBRE seminar at noon Nov.  14, in E101, School of Medicine & Health Sciences. The title of her talk is “Cells on Fire: Amplifying Immune Defense through Cellular Stress Responses.”

Mary O’Riordan

Mary O’Riordan is the Frederick C. Neidhardt Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Dr. O’Riordan earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, and her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of California, San Francisco, where she studied lymphocyte development. Following postdoctoral research in microbial pathogenesis at UC Berkeley, she joined the UM faculty in 2003.

The O’Riordan laboratory focuses on the discovery of molecular mechanisms that control host-pathogen interactions. Her work has been published in Science, Immunity, Cell Host Microbe, PNAS and other high impact journals. Dr. O’Riordan’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, and recognized by the Crohn’s and Colitis Career Development Award, the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award, the ICAAC Young Investigator Award and an American Cancer Society Scholar Award.

At the national level, Dr. O’Riordan has served on review panels for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, and is a standing NIH study section member. She serves on the Editorial Board for Infection & Immunity and Cellular Microbiology, and as Associate Editor for the journal, PLoS Pathogens. Her trainees have earned fellowships and awards from the American Heart Association, the American Society for Microbiology, the US Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health.

Her contributions to the university teaching mission have been recognized by several teaching awards, including induction into the UM Medical School League of Educational Excellence.

During her tenure at UM, Dr. O’Riordan has served on over thirty Ph.D. thesis committees in the Medical School, the School of Pharmacy and the College of Literature, Science & the Arts, and acted as the Graduate Chair of the Microbiology & Immunology Graduate Program. She was appointed as Associate Dean of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies in June 2015 and also serves on the University of Michigan Medical School Research Cabinet.

The talk is sponsored by Host-Pathogen COBRE. All are welcome.