Please Join Us

Please join us for the 15th Annual Department of Immunology Scientific Retreat. We will be returning to Oglebay Resort, WV for a two-day event. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

KeyNote Speaker
Donna L. Farber, PhD
George H. Humphreys, II Professor of Surgical Sciences (in Surgery); Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; Chief, Division of Surgical Sciences, Columbia University Medical Center
Human Immune Responses in Tissues and Circulation

Distinguished speakers, Thursday, September 28
Robert Ferris, MD, PhD, UPMC Endowed Professor and Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Dept. of Otolaryngology; Professor, Depts. of Immunology and Radiation Oncology
Probing the Tumor Microenvironment to Develop Novel Immunotherapeutic Combinations for Cancer
Distinguished speakers
Sherry Zhang, Graduate Student - Vignali Lab
A Tale of Two-Face: The Role of LAG3 in T Cell Tolerance
Distinguished speakers
Anuradha Ray, PhD, Professor, Depts. of Medicine and Immunology; Endowed Chair in Lung Immunology
Airways at the Crossroads of Immune Tolerance and Severe Asthma
Distinguished speakers
Carolyn Coyne, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics; Director, Center for Microbial Pathogenesis
Antimicrobial Signaling at the Maternal-Fetal Interface
Distinguished speakers
Craig Byersdorfer, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
Targeting T Cell Metabolism to Treat and Prevent Graft-versus-Host Disease
Distinguished Speakers, Friday, September 29
Mark Shlomchik, MD, PhD, UPMC Endowed Professor and Chair, Dept. of Immunology
Signaling and Selection in the Germinal Center
Distinguished Speakers
Lisa Borghesi, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Immunology
Creating a Human B Cell Atlas Using Computational Flow Cytomerty
Distinguished Speakers
Gracie Liu, Postdoctoral Associate - Vignali Lab
Breaking Down the Conspiracy: Regulatory T Cell Dysfunction Leads to the Loss of Immunosuppressive Macrophages in the Tumor Microenvironment
Distinguished Speakers
Yifei Wang, Graduate Student - Binder Lab
CD91-Dependent Release of IL-1B by GP96 Involves the Activation of the Inflammasome Complex
Distinguished Speakers
Daniel Kaplan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Depts. of Dermatology and Immunology
Non-Hematopoietic Cells Can Modulate Skin Immunity

Poster Sessions


NEW THIS YEAR:  One abstract will be selected for oral presentation at the Retreat!

- A complete abstract is required (see attached for detailed guidelines and form). The following information must be provided along with the abstract form:




  • TIMELINE - Abstracts are due by Sept. 1, 2017.
  • 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 - One abstract will be selected for oral presentation at the Retreat by the Retreat Organizing Committee. Posters will be judged at the event based on the quality of the Subject Matter, Presentation and Poster Display. Best scoring posters will receive prizes.

PLEASE NOTE: This year's abstracts/posters will be judged in the following categories:

  • GSR YRS 1-3
  • GSR YRS 4+
  • Postdocs

Staff and faculty are still welcome to present, but they will not be judged.


Poster sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday mornings, Sept. 28 and Sept. 29.  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: Completed form and abstract must be sent to Roberta Erickson ( by Friday, September 1.