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Microbiology-Immunology Department: Hank Seifert, PhD

When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: McGaw Pavilion, Williams Auditorium, 240 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Dr. Nicholas Cianciotto   (312) 503-0385

Group: Department of Microbiology-Immunology Seminars/Events

Category: Lectures & Meetings


"Location, Location, Location: Evolution and Pathogenesis of the Human-Restricted Neisseria"

Speaker - Hank Seifert, PhD, Northwestern University

Host - Nicholas Cianciotto, Northwestern University, Driskill Graduate Program


There are several Neisseria species that live only within humans but only, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria meningitidis have acquired the ability to cause disease. There are several distinguishing characteristics of the pathogenic Neisseria including several different diversity generation systems and the ability to induce neutrophil inflammation while resisting killing by neutrophils. I will discuss my laboratory’s work on the mechanisms allowing N. gonorrhoeae to promote pilus antigenic variation, evade neutrophil killing, and how the pathogenic species may have evolved from a commensal progenitor.


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