This year's event will be Virtual. Zoom details and Breakout Session confirmations will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

KeyNote Speaker
Eicke Latz, MD, PhD
Director and Professor, Institute of Innate Immunity, Univ. of Bonn "Inflammasomes from Bench to Bedside"

Distinguished speakers, Morning Session
Tony St. Leger, PhD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Immunology
VEGF Disrupts the Corneal Nerve Landscape Leading to Loss of Blink Reflex and Disease During Herpes Stromal Keratitis
Distinguished speakers
Shiqun Zhang, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Kaplan Lab
MrgprD-expressing Neurons Maintain Cutaneous Mast Cell Homeostasis
Promoting Diversity in the Immunology Community, See Details Below
Distinguished Speakers, Afternoon Session
Partha Dutta, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Immunology
Adipose Tissue Resident Macrophages in Health and Disease
Distinguished Speakers
Louise D'Cruz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology
Adipose Tissue Resistant Tregs: Friend or Foe in Obesity?
Distinguished Speakers
McLane (Mac) Watson, PhD Candidate, Delgoffe Lab
Sweet and Sour: Regulatory T cell Functional Identity is Sustained by a Glucose:Lactate Axis That is Exploited in the Tumor Microenvironment
Distinguished Speakers
JoAnne L. Flynn, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Center for Vaccine Research
The Road to Sterilizing Immunity to Tuberculosis

Panel Discussion and Career-Oriented Breakout Sessions


Panel Discussion - Promoting Diversity in the Immunology Community -

Moderator: Larry Kane, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Immunology
Short Presetations on:
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Academy
Speakers: Greg Delgoffe, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Immunology
               Tullia Bruno, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology
Microbiology and Immunology Diversity Scholars (MIDS) Program
Speaker:  Ayana Ruffin, Senior Graduate Student PMI
Program in Microbiology and Immunology
Speaker:  Robert J. Binder, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Immunology
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Speakers: Daniel Jacobson, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, GSPH and Postdoctoral Association
               Diversity and Inclusion Chair
               Camille Jacqueline, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Immunology and
               PDA International Chair
Discussion and Q&A


Career-Oriented Breakout Sessions -

Trainees (graduate, postdoc and research staff) are invited to participate in career-oriented breakout sessions over lunch, with invited local and external session leaders including Pitt Immunology alumni returning to discuss their experiences. Sessions will have limited numbers to facilitate discussion, so please indicated your first and second choices on your registration form. The topics to be offered will include:

Session 1: Careers in Biotech

Session 2: Careers in Consulting

Session 3: Careers in Science Writing

Session 4: Finding a Faculty Position

Session 5: Finding a Postdoc Position

Session 6: Imposter Syndrome

Session 7: Selling Your Science