2020-2021 Infection & Immunity Seminar Series

Infection and Immunity Seminar Series are offered as the Current Topics in Microbiology course. The Department invites guest speakers to talk about their current research. 

The seminars are a compulsory part of our graduate program* and are open to all interested participants. If you would like to attend, please info.microimm [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Seminar%20series-%20registration) (contact us) to register.  

Seminar Time: Thursdays, 11:00am-12:00pm (unless otherwise indicated)

​Location: Zoom (will be sent via email)

Additional dates may be added throughout the academic year.

The seminars are not recorded. 







Thursday, October 1 2020


Dr. Yves Brun

Canada 150 Research Chair in Bacterial Cell Biology

Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Infectiology and Immunology at Universite de Montreal

The role of dynamic pili in bacterial adhesion

Dr. Greg Marczynski

Thursday, November 5 2020


Dr. Craig MacLean

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Evolution and Microbiology

Oxford University
Evolutionary drivers of antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria Dr. Jesse Shapiro


Thursday, February 11 2021



Dr. Lisa Osborne



University of British Columbia Host and environmental regulation of intestinal immunity and inflammation Dr. Irah King

Thursday, February 25 2021


Dr. Josef Anrather Professor, Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute
Weill Cornell Medicine

From the Gut to the Brain: The Roles of Intestinal Microbiota in Stroke Dr. Irah King
Thursday, March 11 2021 Dr. Vincent Racaniello    Author, science communicator, and professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University A Conversation with Dr. Vincent Racaniello MISA (alexandra.mircescu [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Alexandra Mirescu))
Thursday, March 18 2021 Dr. Eva Harris

Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology
Director, Center for Global Public Health
Chair, Infectious Diseases and Immunity Graduate Group
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Friend and Foe: The complex interactions between dengue and Zika virus immune responses and epidemiology

Dr. Selena Sagan

Thursday, March 25 2021

9:00 am to 12:30 pm



Don’t know what to do after graduate school? Come to Career Day on Thursday, March 25th to find out about different career paths you can take. We will have 5 speakers from different fields talk about their work and how they got there, and one professional PhD advisor. The morning will be divided into two segments: the first will focus on teaching and the second will focus on science communications, pharmacology and determining what you want to do/applying for non-academic jobs. You will have time to ask questions after each speaker’s presentation and another opportunity at the end of the event during the general Q&A period.  

Event will be held on Zoom. 

To attend, please contact: kayla.paulini [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: MIGSA%20Annual%20Career%20Day)

Thursday, April 8 2021


Dr. Nandita Garud

Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Evolution in Natural Populations: Lessons from Drosophila and the Human Gut Microbiome

Dr. Jesse Shapiro

Friday, April 16 2021


Dr. Carla Rothlin HHMI Faculty Scholar and Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Immunobiology and Pharmacology, Department of Immunobiology, School of Medicine, Yale University The virtues of restraint

Dr. Judith Mandl

*Seminar organized in conjuction with the department of physiology


Access the seminar here: https://www.mcgill.ca/physiology/channels/event/online-seminar-virtues-restraint-329374 


*Attendance forms for MIMM graduate students:

Seminar Attendance Form

Graduate Seminar Attendance Form

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