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Schedule of Events

16th Annual Upstate New York Immunology Conference
2013 Schedule of Events
(As of August 2013)
Sunday, October 20, 2013

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Hotel Check-in  
(Main Hotel Lobby)

4:00-5:30 p.m

Conference Registration
.(Conference Center Foyer)

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Leisure Time at The Sagamore Resort

6:30-7:15 p.m.

Welcome Dinner Buffet

7:15-8:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker
Introduction by: Dr. James Drake

Pamela J. Fink, Ph.D.
Professor of Immunology
Department of Immunology
 University of Washington
"Post-thymic T Cell Maturation"

8:15 p.m.

AAI Young Investigator Awards Presentation
and photos

Conference Center Lobby

(Immediately following awards presentation)
Welcome Reception 
(Cash Bar)



Monday, October 21, 2013

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast 
(Conference Center Foyer)

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Symposium I 
Gut Immunity

Chair: Dr. Christopher Hunter


Markus Mohrs, Ph.D.
(Trudeau Institute)

"Immunity to Infection with Gastrointestinal Helminths”


Stela Celaj, Ph.D.
"Gut Microbiota Modulates Susceptibility to Liver Injury”


Nejat Egilmez, Ph.D.
(University at Buffalo)
“Oral Nanoparticulate IL-10 for Therapy of Intestinal Polypopsis and Cancer”

10:30-10:45 a.m.


10:45-11:45 a.m.(Nirvana)

Symposium II
Regulation of T cell Immunity I

Chair: Dr. Margaret Bynoe


Vandana Kalia, Ph.D.
(Pennsylvania State University)
"MicroRNA Regulation of T cell Memory"


Dorina Avram, Ph.D.
(Albany Medical College)

“Increased Plasticity of Th17 cells by Expression of Th2 Cytokines Causes Diverted Trafficking and Amelioration of Autoimmune Encephalitis”

11:45-12:15 p.m.

Buffet Lunch 

12:15-1:45 p.m.(Wapanak)

Workshop I
Introduction: Dr. Dennis Metzger

NIH Presentation
NIH Training and Career Development Programs:
Grantsmanship, Funding, and Peer Review
Questions and Discussion

Lawrence J. Prograis, Jr., M.D. 
Katrin Eichelberg, M.Sc., Ph.D.

1:45-2:15 p.m.

Display Posters (Bellvue)

2:15-3:30 p.m.

Poster Talks:
Macrophage/Monocyte Immunobiology
Chairs: Drs. Girish Kirimanjeswara and
Kate MacNamara


Sara B. Cohen, B.A.
(Cornell University)
“CXCR3-Dependent CD4+ Th1 cells Activate Inflammator Monocytes for Defense Against Toxoplasma gondii Infection” (#28)


Amanda McCabe, B.S.
(Albany Medical College)

"IFNγ Limits Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cell Mobilization during an Intracellular Bacterial Infection by Maintaining BM-resident Mφs” (#27)


David Williamson, B.S.
(Pennsylvania State University)

“A Novel Macrophage Entry and Adhesion Protein (Meap) Contributes to Francisella tularensis Live Vaccine Strain Invasion of  Host Macrophages” (#39)



Christopher S. Anderson, B.S.
(University of Rochester)

“Identification of a Core Molecular Pathway Required for Phagocyte Migration to Apoptotic Cells” (#52)


Colleen Netherby, B.S.
(Roswell Park Cancer Institute)

"Myeloid IRF-8 Levels Regulate Tumor-Induced Aberrant Myelopoiesis and Immune Surveillance in the Metastatic Microenvironment” (#17) 

2:15-3:30 p.m.

Poster Talks: Adaptive Immunity

Chairs: Drs. Jim Drake and Deborah Fowell


Heidi R. Tucker, B.S.
(Albany Medical College) 
"The Pathway of Antigen Processing Regulates MHC Class II Signaling and Determines B cell Fate” (#47)


Alison Gaylo, M.S.
(University of Rochester)

 “The Inflamed Microenvironment Influences CD4+ T cell Interstitial Motility” (#31)


Gonzalo de la Rosa*, Ph.D.

(University of Rochester) 

"Essential Role of Elmo1 in T lymphocyte Chemotaxis” (#51)


*Presenting for Catherine Stevenson


Tara Capece, M.S.
(University of Rochester)

 “Regulation of Integrin LFA-1 during T cell Migration and Activation” (#4) 


Haley Spangler, B.S.

(Roswell Park Cancer Institute)

 “Dendritic Cell Differentiation: Wyatt IRF and the Shootout at the PKC Corral” (#10)

3:30-3:45 p.m.


3:45-5:00 p.m.

Poster Talk:  Cancer Immunobiology
Chair: Dr. Yasmin Thanavala


Amy Ku, B.S.
(Roswell Park Cancer Center)

“Myeloid-Derived  Suppressor Cells Negatively Impact Trafficking of  CD8 Effector T cells in the Tumor Microenvironment” (#56)


Weishan Huang, M.S.
(Cornell University)

 “ITK Regulates the Dynamics and Anti-tumor Immunity Development during CD8+ T cell Homeostatic Proliferation” (#21)


 Shawn Egan, B.S.
(Roswell Park Cancer Institute) 
  “MicroRNA30e*—Novel Regulator of Prostate Cancer Growth” (#9)


Kathleen M. Kokolus, B.S.
(Roswell Park Cancer Institute)

 “How is Anti-Tumor Immunity Impacted by Metabolism in Mice Housed at Sub-Thermoneutral Temperature?” (#14)


Stephanie Sass, B.S.
(Roswell Park Cancer Institute)

 “Role of Myeloid Cells in Prostate Cancer Progression” (#8)

3:45-5:00 p.m.

Poster Talks:  Immunity to Disease
Chairs: Drs. B. Paige Lawrence and Chris Norbury


Michael Davies, Ph.D.
(Penn State College of Medicine)

 “MyD88-Dependent Immunity to a Natural Model of Vaccinia Virus Infection Does not Involve Toll-Like Receptor 2 (TLR2)” (#38)


Megan Peppenelli, B.S.
(SUNY Upstate Medical University)

 “Monocytes Infected by HCMV are Reprogrammed from Short-lived Monocytes to Long-lived Macrophages” (#2)


Justin B. Callaway, B.S.
(University of North Carolina)

 “Dengue-viral Source and Purity Determine Differential Infection Requirements for Secretion of
IL-1β by Primary Monocytes” (#1)


Gregory Berry, B.S.
(Penn State College of Medicine)

 "The Type 1 Diabetes Resistance Locus B10 Idd9.3  Impairs the Development of Mature B cells in a Mouse Model of Human Diabetes” (#15)


Bethany Winans, M.S.
(University of Rochester)

 “Early life AhR Signaling Leads to Altered DNA Methylation in CD8+ T cells” (#3)

5:00-5:30 p.m.

Free Time

5:30-6:00 p.m. (Wapanak)


6:00-6:30 p.m.(Wapanak)

Dessert and Sponsor Presentation

Erik Puffer, Ph.D.
BD Biosciences
"New Tools for Multicolor Flow Cytometry from
BD Biosciences"

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Vendor Fair/Poster Displays  
iPad Drawing


Poster Presentations 
(Odd Numbers) 

8:00-9:00 p.m.

 Poster Presentations
(Even Numbers)

NYIC 2013 - Poster Listing

NYIC 2013 Poster Abstracts


#1        Justin B. Callaway*

#2        Megan Peppenelli*

#3        Bethany Winans*

#4        Tara Capece*           

#5        Lisbeth A. Boule

#6        Neva Watson

#7        Mohammad N. Uddin

#8        Stephanie Sass*

#9        Shawn Egan*

#10      Haley Spangler*

#11      Yuexin Xu

#12      Adam Utley

#13      Samira Mansouri

#14      Kathleen M. Kokolus*

#15      Gregory Berry*

#16      Open

#17      Colleen Netherby*

#18      Stela Celaj

#19      Anand Ravindran

#20      Debarati Banik

#21      Weishan Huang*

#23      Jocelyn Jie Wang

#24      Emma C. Reilly

#24      Rachel Markley

#25      Kathryn M. Pietrosimone

#26      Norah Smith

#27      Amanda McCabe*

#28      Sara B. Cohen*

#29      John C. Hu

#30      Christopher J. Green

#31      Alison Gaylo*

#32      Dillon Schrock

#33      Alison C. Billroth-MacLurg

#34      Nikesha Haynes

#35      Bhuvana Katkere

#36      Craig M. Brackett

#37      Katherine E. Herman

#38      Michael Davies*

#39      David Williamson*

#40      Lauren A. Weiler

#41      Sivakumar Periasamy

#42      Jessica L. Kosanovich

#43      Gaurav N. Joshi

#44      Ian Perry

#45      Nicholas Leigh

#46      James Rice

#47      Heidi R. Tucker*

#48      Patrick S. Murphy

#49      David A. Hoekstra, II

#50      Julie Sahler

#51      Catherine Stevenon*

#52      Christopher S. Anderson*

#53      Olesea Cohohari

#54      Yubin Zhang

#55      Margaret L. Barlow

#56      Amy Ku*

#57      Don Steiner

#58      Brian J. Franz

#59      Alan M. Sanfilippo

#60      Chelsey Reed
#61      Joanne Y.H. Lim

#62      Quang-Tam Nguyen

#63      Laura Bennett

#64      Kaitlin L. McDaniel


*AAI Young Investigator Award Winner

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
(Conference Center Foyer)

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Symposium III: Regulation of T cell Immunity II 
Chair: Dr. Pamela Fink 


Jacques Robert, Ph.D.
(University of Rochester)

 “Evolutionary Conserved Role of Non-classical MHC in Invariant T cell Biology”



Brian Rudd, Ph.D.
(Cornell University)

 “Alterations to Memory CD8+T cell Formation in Early Life”


Deborah Fowell, Ph.D.
(University of Rochester)

 “Dynamic Regulation of T cell Motility in
Inflamed Tissues”

10:00-10:15 a.m.


10:15-11:45 a.m.

Symposium IV: Immune Dysfunction  
Chair: Dr. James Gorham


Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, Ph.D.
(Albany Medical College)

 “Maternal Influence on Development of Allergies
in the Infant”


Edward Doherty, B.S.
(SUNY Upstate Medical University)

 “Mitochondrial Overdrive: The Metabolic Dysfunction of SLE PBL, and the Effect of NAC Treatment”


Pamela Hankey, Ph.D.
(Pennsylvania State University)

 “Macrophage Heterogeneity and Obesity
Associated Disease”

11:45-12:15 p.m.

Lunch Buffet
(Conference Center Foyer)

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Workshop II
Introduction: Dr. James Drake

"Dos and Don'ts When Writing and Publishing
a Scientific Manuscript"

Pamela J. Fink, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief*, Journal of Immunology
(*July 1, 2013-June 30, 2018)

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Collaboration and Informal Discussions
Free Time/Leisure Activities

1:45 p.m.

Meet at the Dock to board for Cruise

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Cruise aboard The Morgan
(You must be pre-registered for the cruise.)

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker
Introduction: Dennis W. Metzger, Ph.D.

Christopher A. Hunter, M.D.
Professor and Chairman
Department of Pathobiology
University of Pennsylvania

"Preditors, Prey, and Police - Imaging Strategy in the Immune System"

 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Vendor Demonstrations
Remove posters

6:30-7:15 p.m.


7:30-10:00 p.m.
(Rec Center)

Bonfire and Rec Center Activities
(Cash Bar Available - Refreshments Provided)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast 
(Conference Center Foyer)

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Symposium V: Immunomodulation

Chair: Nicholas Mantis, Ph.D.


Yasmin Thanavala, Ph.D.
(Roswell Park Cancer Institute)

“High Immunosuppressive Burden in Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients: Can Effector Functions Be Restored?”


Zachary Parker, Ph.D.
(Pennsylvania State University)

 “STING: Policing the Cytoplasm to Control Acute HSV-1 Infection”


Elizabeth Repasky, Ph.D. 
(Roswell Park Cancer Institute) 

 “Leaving Immunosuppression Out in the Cold: New Insights into the Role of Thermoregulatory Metabolism in the Anti-Tumor Immune Response”

10:30-11:00 a.m.
 (Conference Center Foyer)

Break and Hotel Check-Out
(Check outs after 11:00 a.m. will incur
a late check-out fee.)

11:00-12:00 p.m.

Symposium VI: Antigen Presenting Cell Biology
Chair: Dr. James Drake


Nicholas Mantis, Ph.D.
(Wadsworth Center)

 “Dynamics of Antigen Sampling by Peyer’s patch Dendritic Cells”


Chris Norbury, Ph.D.
(Penn State College of Medicine)

 “Sensing a REAL Virus - Trafficking of Poxviral DNA and the Innate Immune Sensor TLR9”

12:00-12:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks & iPad Drawing

12:30-2:00 p.m.
(Shelving Rock Terrace)

Scientific Advisory Board Meeting



Please join us next year for the
17th Annual Upstate New York
Immunology Conference
October 19-22, 2014
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, NY