Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis
SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 5-6, 2014
Welcome to the Immunology and Microbiology Program Research Retreat webpage.
Here you will find all of the information you need for all things retreat related.
This webpage will be updated with details for the 2014 retreat including links
Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis, on-line registration, contests
and the keynote speaker, as well as archives of past retreats, including slideshows
and t-shirt entries. As this is an ongoing project, please let us know if
you have something to contribute or input/suggestions. All ideas are welcome.
Dr. Bali Pulendran
2014 IMP Research Retreat
2013 IMP Logo Winner
This year's keynote speaker will be given by Dr. Bali Pulendran. He is the Charles
Howard Candler Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory
University School of Medicine.
The overall goal of Dr. Pulendran's lab is to understand how the innate immune system
regulates vaccines and therapeutics. Towards this end, they are using
an integrative systems biological approach that use high throughput assays (transcriptomics,
micro RNA expression, metabolomics) combined with computational approaches, in the
following intertwined areas or research: 1) Dendritic cell control of adaptive immunity;
2) Innate control "self" - "non-self" discrimination in the intestine;
3) Learning immunology from vaccination.
In related work, they have designed synthetic vaccines that recapitulate one
of the most salient features of successful live vaccines: the ability to induce
persistent antibody responses that last a lifetime. They designed a synthetic
nanoparticle based vaccine that resembled a virus in size and composition (multiple
TLRs). Such particles induced lifelong antibody responses in mice. They
are currently performing experiments in non-human primates to assess the efficacy
of these nanoparticles in inducing protective immunity against HIV and malaria.
T-shirt - Each year one lucky winner is chosen for their outstanding
t-shirt design. This design is featured not only on our t-shirts, but also on our
name badges and the retreat program. If you are interested in submitting a design
(or several), please email your .pdf to
Susan.Arsenault@umassmed.edu no later than May 16, 2014. This year
we are going to 6 color print. There is no restriction on colors.
Poster - This prestigious award goes to Graduate Students for the best poster
submitted during the evening poster session/social following the keynote address.
All eligible posters are voted on by faculty in attendance. Please be sure to choose
yes when registering for the retreat if you plan to submit a poster. The deadline
for abstracts and your photo is May 21, 2014. Email them to
Prizes will be awarded to both contest winners.