When: March 21, 2014, 10 a.m.–4:30 pm (plus an 9:00-9:45 a.m. optional workshop)

Where: Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine,
The University of Texas Health Science Center at UTHealth,
1825 Pressler Street
Houston, TX 77030

Cost: Free!

On-site registration will also be available.

Speakers will include:

  • H. Steven Seifert, Ph.D. , John Edward Porter Professor of Biomedical Research, Department of Microbiology-Immunology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL “How does diversification allow for important function? – Lessons from the mechanisms and results of pilus antigenic variation in Neisseria gonorrhoeae” 
  • Nayun Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX “The role of Topoisomerase I in G4-induced recombination” 
  • Jeffrey D. Cirillo, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology, School of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, TX “Tracking a killer from worms to man”
  • Timothy J. Palzkill, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX “Chance, necessity, and the evolution of beta-lactamase”

  • Registration Form and Instructions
  • Come join us for this day-long event designed to foster communication and collaboration among molecular pathogenesis researchers in Texas! All faculty, students, fellows (research or clinical) and staff interested in pathogenesis and infectious diseases in the Texas Medical Center, Rice University, University of Houston, UTMB, UTHSCSA, UTSA, Texas A&M and other Texas institutions are welcome to attend.

Sponsored   by:

The Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases Training Program
Center for Emerging and Re-Emerging Pathogens, McGovern Medical Schoolouston


  • Steven J. Norris, Ph.D., Univ. of Texas Medical School at UTHealth; and
  • Heidi Kaplan, Ph.D., Univ. of Texas Medical School at UTHealth

The retreat includes:

  • Great invited speakers
  • Additional oral presentations by selected graduate students and fellows
  • Poster session with awards for best posters from graduate students and fellows (1st, 2nd, and 3rd awards of $200/$100/$50 in each category)
  • Optional workshop (9:00-9:45 am) on Career Development in Microbiology/Infectious Diseases. All graduate students, fellows, junior faculty or other interested individuals are welcome to attend.
  • Continental Breakfast and Luncheon

Please register even if you do not intend to present a poster, so that we can get an accurate count for the luncheon and refreshments. Instructions are included on the Registration Form; please contact Steve Norris or Lenora Trujillo if you have questions. We hope to see you there!