All seminars will be held in Building 549 Main Auditorium from 12:00 - 1:00pm unless otherwise noted.

All Students must complete the Ethics and Scientific Research On-Line Training at

2014 Speakers

Date Speaker Title Details
June 17 Dr. Kimberly Bishop-Lilly, NMRC High-throughput genotypic and phenotypic strategies for microbial identification and characterization: applications and limitations
June 24 Dr. Tommy Turbyville, NCI Using imaging technology to target an oncogene called Ras
July 1 Dr. Kylie Walters, NCI Using structural biology to understanding protein degradation
July 8 Dr. Reid Frederick, USDA Emerging Foreign Fungal Plant Pathogens and the Threat to U.S. Agriculture
  • Increased foreign travel and global trade provide opportunities for exotic plant pathogens to enter the United States. If these newly introduced pathogens become established, costly epidemics may result. The USDA-ARS Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit operates a unique Biosafety Level 3P (Plant) Containment Facility for conducting research on exotic plant pathogens that are of potential threat to U.S. agriculture. Our research focuses on identifying and characterizing foreign fungal plant pathogens, developing an understanding of their biology, genetics and epidemiology, and screening germplasm for resistant sources are key in preventing their entry and in reducing the damage that might result should they enter and become established in the U.S. Diseases currently under study include chrysanthemum white rust, gladiolus rust, soybean rust, red leaf blotch of soybeans, and wheat blast. The results of our research will benefit U.S. growers by facilitating greater preparedness against foreign fungal plant pathogens including an understanding of their biology, methods for their identification and detection, and knowledge of sources of crop resistance.
  • Kingsolver, C. H., Melching, J. S., and Bromfield, K. R. 1983. The threat of exotic plant pathogens to agriculture in the United States. Plant Disease 67:595-600.
  • Melching, J. S., Bromfield, K. R., and Kingsolver, C. H. 1983. The plant pathogen containment facility at Frederick, Maryland. Plant Disease 67:717-722.
  • Palm, M. E. 2001. Systematics and the impact of invasive fungi on agriculture in the United States. Bioscience 51:141-147.
  • Miles, M. R., Hartman, G. L., and Frederick, R. D. 2003. Soybean rust: Is the U.S. crop at risk? APSnet Features.
  • Stokstad, E. 2004. Plant pathologists gear up for battle with dread fungus. Science 306:1672-1673.
July 15 Dr. Todd Kijek, USAMRIID Francisella tularensis: virulence mechanisms and vaccine development
July 22 Dr. Victoria Jensen, NBACC BSL-4 High Risk Pathogens: Exploring the Spectrum
July 29 Dr. Joel Bozue, USAMRIID Molecular pathogenesis of Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis
August 5 Dr. Victoria Jensen BSL-4 high risk pathogens: Exploring the Spectrum  
August 12 Dr. Balamurugan Kuppusamy CCAAT/enhancer binding protein delta (CEBPD) at the crossroads of hypoxia, inflammation and cancer  

This seminar series is sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research (NICBR). The NICBR includes the following agencies National Cancer Institute at Frederick (NCI-F), United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), US Department of Agriculture Foreign Disease Weed Science Research Unit (USDA FDWSRU), US Department of Homeland Security National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (DHS NBACC), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility (NIAID IRF), and the Navy Medical Biodefense Research Lab (NMBDRL). The series is open to all NICBR students and employees. Students from outside the Frederick National Lab and Ft. Detrick communities are also welcome.