MBID Retreat

Thank you for attending MBID 2024!

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2024 Postdoctoral Fellows (9 posters)


1st Place      Carolaing Gabaldon          Garsin Lab/McGovern Medical School

 2nd Place      Arindam Naha               Margolin Lab/McGovern Medical School


2024 Graduate Students (17 posters)


1st Place      Ryan Sloan        Lee Lab/MDAnderson UTHealth Houston Graduate School

2nd Place      Antonio Valentin-Acevedo        Estes & Crawford Lab/Baylor College of Medicine

Honorable Mention      Larissa Tavizón      Garsin Lab/ MDAnderson UTHealth Houston Graduate School




Keynote Speakers for the 2024 MBID Retreat are:


Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine

Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Co-Director, Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development


Rita Tamayo, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

University of North Carolina School of Medicine



The 2024 MBID Retreat will be held Thursday, March 7th, at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, 1825 Pressler St. 


2024 MBID Organizing Committee

Michael Lorenz, Ph.D., Professor & Chair, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UTHealth McGovern Medical School

Heidi B. Kaplan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UTHealth McGovern Medical School

Lois Armendariz, MBID Fellow, Rice University/Biosciences

Jason Pizzini, MBID Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine/Immunology & Microbiology

Shane Cristy, MBID Fellow, MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Samantha Hitt, MBID Fellow, MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


Please direct any questions to Carolyn Agurcia-Parker at Carolyn.A.AgurciaParker@uth.tmc.edu


The Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases (MBID) Annual Research Retreat was instituted in 2008 and is sponsored by The Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at UTHealth McGovern Medical School – UTHealth Houston, and The Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases (MBID) Training Program. With an average attendance of 150 scientists, the retreat serves the MBID faculty and students as well as investigators and students in the Greater Houston area, including: UTHealth Houston, University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center, UT Medical Branch at Galveston, Houston Methodist Research Institute, University of Houston – Downtown, Houston Community College, and others. The day begins with a Career Development Panel, often featuring graduates of participating institutions, and keynote speakers who are locally- and nationally-recognized experts in infectious diseases. Oral and poster presentations are selected from submitted abstracts, and awards are given for exceptional graduate student and postdoctoral fellow presentations. Selected abstracts are made available to registrants prior to the retreat so they can select the posters they would most like to visit during the event’s poster session.