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KeyNote Speaker
Kristin A. Hogquist, PhD
University of Minnesota, David M. Brown Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Dept. of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Thymic Selection of Soldiers and Peacekeepers

Distinguished speakers, Monday, October 7, 2019
Tullia C. Bruno, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology
Cooperation of B cells and CD4+ T cells within Tertiary Lymphoid Structures for Productive Anti-Tumor Immunity
Distinguished speakers
Reinhard Hinterleitner, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology
Gut Mucosal Immunity in Health and Disease
Distinguished speakers
Aidan Huene. BS, 5th Year ISB PhD Candidate, Nicotra Lab - Grad Student (4+) Poster Winner 2018
A Cnidarian Histocompatibility Complex
Distinguished speakers
Saumendra Sarkar, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Dept. of Immunology
Revisiting the Mechanism of Action of OAS-Family Proteins
Distinguished speakers
TBD, 2019 Graduate Student Abstract Winner
Distinguished Speakers, Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Yi-Nan Gong, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology
The Quality of Cell Death
Distinguished Speakers
Marlies Meisel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Immunology
Impact of Commensal Gut Microbiota on Systemic Immunity in Complex Diseases
Distinguished Speakers
Anthony Cillo, PhD, Hillman Post-Doctoral Fellow for Innovative Cancer Research, Dept. of Immunology - Postdoc Poster Winner 2018
Dissecting the Immune Landscape of Head and Neck Cancer by Single-Cell RNAseq
Distinguished Speakers
TBD, 2019 Postdoc Abstract Winner
Distinguished Speakers
Harinder Singh, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Systems Immunology

Poster Sessions


  • TIMELINE - Abstracts are due by Sept. 1, 2019.
  • ELIGIBILITY - Graduate students, postdocs, clinical fellows (or equivalent), and technicians.
  • FORMAT - Abstracts should not exceed 300 words in length. This does not include the title, authors, or funding source (optional). There should be no figures within the abstract.
  • SCORING - The Retreat Organizing Committee will select two abstracts for oral presentation (15 minutes) at the 2019 Retreat.


*NOTE:  This year poster presentations are limited to 3 minute 'elevator' pitches which should answer: What is the questions? What did you do to answer it? What does your result mean or tell us about the question?

Posters will be judged at the event based on the quality of the Subject Matter, Presentation and Poster Display. First place posters in the Graduate Student (YR4+) and Postdoc/Research Associate categories will be invited to present at the 2020 Retreat.

Poster sessions will be held on Monday and Tuesday mornings, Oct. 7 and Oct. 8. Posters will be assigned numbers, with the odd numbers presenting on Thursday morning and the even numbers presenting in the Friday morning session. Presenters are asked to please leave their posters up throughout both sessions. They may be taken down at the conclusion of the retreat. Dimensions of posters should not exceed 4' x 4'. Poster boards with pins and numbers will be provided.

DEADLINE: The completed abstract submission form and abstract must be sent to Roberta Erickson ( by Friday, September 1.