The Microbial Pathogenesis Seminar Series (MPSS) provides a forum for outstanding presentations in the disciplines of microbiology, virology, immunology, and host-pathogen interactions. Speakers are selected from within the University of Utah or are invited from outside institutions. Presentations are Fridays at 12:15 PM, once or twice each month. Participants are from several departments encompassing both the basic sciences and clinical departments, with active interchange among clinicians and basic scientists being one of the major goals. Departments that regularly participate in this series include Pathology, Biochemistry, Human Genetics, Medicine, Pediatrics, Biology, and Medicinal Chemistry. The MPSS receives support from the Microbial Pathogenesis Training Grant, the Vice President for Health Sciences, and the Department of Pathology.
The Microbial Pathogenesis Training Grant is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Immunology of the NIH, and supports three pre-doctoral and three post-doctoral trainees working on projects in the area of microbial pathogenesis. Trainees are involved in hosting and meeting seminar speakers through the Microbial Pathogenesis Seminar Series, take courses in microbial pathogenesis, virology, and/or immunology, participate in a summer journal club focused on microbial pathogenesis, and present their research at informal lunch talks and at an annual retreat. Trainees also have the opportunity to meet with speakers and others to discuss academic and non-academic career paths. An outstanding caliber of research is expected and achieved by trainees of the Microbial Pathogenesis Training Grant.