Symposium Overview

Please join us for a glimpse into the new HIV biology and pathogenesis research breakthroughs made by members and friends of the Third Coast CFAR! Talks by junior and established investigators describing their novel findings in HIV/host biology will be followed by a reception and poster session showcasing the work of up-and-coming trainees. Participants in the event will be eligible to apply for Collaborative Innovation Awards, short-term, small pilot grants, from the Third Coast CFAR designed to elevate new ideas and collaborations.

To facilitate new collaborations, the CFAR plans to host the symposium in person. Participants will adhere to all university and local policies for COVID-19 precautions. 


1:15 p.m.        Registration & Poster Set-up                                

2:00 p.m.        Welcome from Viral Pathogenesis Core – Elena Martinelli, Cell and Developmental Biology 

2:10 p.m.        Oral Presentations

      • Cyclophilin A recruitment by HIV-1 cores protects against TRIM5a restriction
        Lacy Simons, Medicine-Infectious Diseases  
      • Engineering Extracellular Vesicles for Delivering Biologics to T cells
        Josh Leonard, Chemical & Biological Engineering 
      • Mechanisms of KSHV-Mediated Oncogenic Transformation
        Eva Gottwein, Microbiology-Immunology
      • Nanotraps for the containment and clearance of SARS-CoV-2 
        Jun Huang, Molecular Engineering 

3:10 p.m.        Break

3:20 p.m.        Oral Presentations

      • Regulation of APOBEC3 proteins: Implication for HIV and Cancers
        Chisu Song, Medicine-Infectious Diseases 
      • Molecular approaches to study HIV-1 intra-host population dynamics and viral persistence 
        Ramon Lorenzo, Medicine-Infectious Diseases  
      • Evaluating the kinetics and distribution of IV injected monoclonal antibodies: Antibody Population Dynamics
        Ann Carias, Cell and Developmental Biology 
      • Improving HIV vaccines by modulating antigen availability
        Nicole Palacio-Betancur, Microbiology-Immunology

4:20 p.m.        New HIV Biology and Pathogenesis Interest Group – Richard D’Aquila, Medicine-Infectious Diseases

4:25 p.m.        Closing Remarks, Collaboration Award RFA – Judd Hultquist, Medicine-Infectious Diseases

4:30 p.m.       Poster Session and Reception
                        Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer will be served until 5:30 p.m.

Register for Symposium

Call for Abstracts

Collaborative Innovation Awards

Planning Committee

Elena Martinelli, PhD (co-chair)
Cell and Developmental Biology
Northwestern University

Judd Hultquist, PhD (co-chair)
Medicine-Infectious Diseases
Northwestern University

Thomas Hope, PhD
Cell and Developmental Biology
Northwestern University

Richard D’Aquila, MD
Medicine-Infectious Diseases
Northwestern University


Lurie Medical Research Center
Baldwin Auditorium & Ryan Family Atrium
303 E. Superior Street | Chicago, IL 60611

Huron-Superior Garage
222 E. Huron Street | Chicago, IL 60611

Email with questions about the symposium. 


Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (P30 AI117943)