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January 28, 2019

ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series presents Russell Vance

Submitted by Tawny Ochs

Russell Vance

The ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series and Stephanie Shames, assistant professor of biology, will host Russell Vance, professor at the University of California, Berkeley and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

Vance will present "Strategies for Cytosolic Detection of Intracellular Bacterial Pathogens" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in 221 Ackert Hall.


To protect us from infection, the innate immune system must be able to discriminate harmful pathogens from self cells or harmless commensal bacteria. In his seminar, Vance will describe some of the strategies and underlying molecular mechanisms by which the innate immune system detects intracellular bacterial pathogens. In particular, Vance will focus on how the immune system detects the virulence factors specific to pathogens, and his lab's recent work on multiprotein complexes called inflammasomes will be discussed.

If you would like to visit with Vance, contact Shames at sshames@k-state.edu. Vance's visit is sponsored by the K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering, or KAWSE, through the ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series.

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