2015 Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases (MBID) Retreat

When: March 20, 2015, 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:

  • Laurie E. Comstock, Ph.D.,  Associate Microbiologist, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA “Ecological analyses of the intestinal microbiota”
  • Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Founding Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX “The neglected tropical diseases (NTD) vaccines: vaccinating against poverty & conflict in Middle East and North Africa”

  • 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 are welcome to attend.

Sponsored   by:

The Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases Training Program
Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, McGovern Medical School
Center for Emerging and Re-Emerging Pathogens, McGovern Medical Schoolouston


  • Steven J. Norris, Ph.D., McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Theresa M. Koehler, Ph.D., McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
  • Heidi Kaplan, Ph.D.,  McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Retreat Coordinators:

  • Vicci Sanders, Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, McGovern Medical School; Vicci.Sanders@uth.tmc.edu; 713-500-5434
  • Lindsay Thorpe, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, McGovern Medical School; Lindsay.A.Thorpe@uth.tmc.edu; 713-500-5376

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 Lindsay Thorpe if you have questions. We hope to see you there!