Seminar Series

The Host-Parasite Interactions (HPI) seminar series is a bi-weekly series where HPI trainees, researchers, or invited speakers will be giving a presentation. The series is on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, from 9:00 - 10:00 AM via Zoom.

Upcoming Seminars


June 22, 2021
Dr. Henry McSorley, University of Dundee, UK
Panning for gold – identification of helminth immunomodulators

June 8, 2021
Affan Siddiq, MSc, Dr. André Buret lab - Masters Thesis exit seminar
The role of Extracellular vesicles in Giardia-microbiota interactions

May 4, 2021
Dr. Jillian Detwiler lab - Dr. Kristin Herrmann, Tarleton State University
The Posty Pigeonhole: issues with species-level identification of Posthodiplostomum larva

April 6, 2021
Dr. Patrick Hanington lab - Dr. Abdullah Gharamah and Alyssa Turnbull
Tracking whirling disease in Alberta

March 16, 2021
Dr. India Schneider-Crease, Center for Evolution & Medicine, Arizona
From the global to the personal: ecological interactions as drivers of health and disease in humans and nonhuman primates.

March 2, 2021
Colin McFarland, Masters student (Dr. Amanda Melin Lab) and Megan Henriquez, Graduate Center, City University of New York collaborating with the Melin Lab.
Colin - Bacterial and parasitic microbiome of mantled howler monkeys: interactions and implications of human disturbance.
Megan - “Variables at Multiple Scales Influence Parasite Infection and Transmission in Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus imitator)”

February 2, 2021
Ashley Pidwerbesky and Emma Rempel from Dr. Jillian Detwiler’s lab; University of Manitoba.
- Grounding parasite evolutionary ecology in sound taxonomy: the predicaments presented by terrestrial and freshwater snail hosts.

January 19, 2021
Dr. Silvia Portugal, The Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, Germany - Plasmodium falciparum dry season survival strategies.

January 5, 2021
Dylan Pillai Lab; Daniel Castaneda Mogollon - It's Malaria Time!

December 1, 2020
Dr. Jocelyn Poissant lab; Dr. Adam Hayward, Moredun Research Institute - Exploring defense against parasites in the sheep at the edge of the world.

December 15, 2020
Dr. Jocelyn Poissant lab; Micky Ahn - Science Communication pre-, during, and post-Covid

November 17, 2020
Dr. Constance Finney Lab; Dr. Amy Petersen, University of Edinburgh -  The ecology of helminth infection and immunity in a wild rodent model.

November 3, 2020
Dr. Constance Finney Lab - It takes two (or more) to tango: Co-infections in natural and lab settings.

October 20, 2020
Adam Shute (McKay lab), PhD Exit Seminar - Helminth Regulation of the Colonic ​Microbiome: Implications for the Control of Colitis.

October 13, 2020
William C. Campbell, 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Worms and Drugs

September 15, 2020
Dr. Kelly Weinersmith, Rice University - What's Gotten Into You?: Parasite Manipulation of Host Phenotype in Two Systems.

September 1, 2020
HPI Town Hall Meeting - Welcome to HPI 2020-2021.

August 18, 2020
Dr. Marcia Castro, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - Local environment, Climate change & Mosquito-borne diseases.

August 4, 2020
Dr. Stephen R. Doyle, Postdoctoral fellow, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge - Building chromosomal-scale genomes to understand helminth biology and control.

July 21, 2020
Dr. Maritza Jaramillo, L'Institut national de la recherche scientiifique (INRS) - Reprogramming of the macrophage translatome during protozoan infections

July 7, 2020 - Detwiler Lab (Scott Malotka and Olwyn Friesen), UManitoba - Signaling molecules in mollusc-parasite interactions: Characterizing oxylipins and determining their effects on host immunity

June 16, 2020
Susan Kutz lab (Juliette Di Francesco) - Stress and parasites in muskoxen

June 2, 2020
Cam Goater lab, ULethbridge - Myth-busting for the iconic host manipulator, Dicrocoelium dendriticum: a research update from Alberta’s deep South.

May 19, 2020
Reynolds Lab, University of Victoria (Tara Brosschot) - The effects of helminth infection and deworming on the gut metabolome and co-infection with enteric bacteria

May 5, 2020
Shaun Dergousoff lab, AAFC, Lethbridge - The history and mystery of tick paralysis in Canada

April 21, 2020
Gilleard lab (Abhinaya Venkatesan & Deo Ruganuza) - Investigating the emergence of benzimidazole resistance in Soil Transmitted Helminths

April 15, 2020 
Anupama Ariyaratne PhD Exit Seminar - Characterizing host protective immune responses to the parasitic worm Heligmosomoides polygyrus

April 7, 2020
Patrick Hanington lab (Sydney Rudko, Brooke McPhail, Abdullah Gharamah) - Social distancing resident mergansers from their lakes has little impact on their avian schistosomes.

March 31, 2020 
Wasmuth Lab (Stephen Pollo and Kylee Rich) - Blood, Guts and Bioinformatics: A Genomic View of Parasitism.

March 3, 2020
Nathan Peters Lab - Complexity at the Host-Parasite Interface: Unvraveling the Adaptive Immune Response to a Chronic Parasitic Infection.

February 18, 2020
Dr. Jeff Dunn - Science Communication.

January 21, 2020
John Gilleard Lab - Four Hot Topics in Parasitology.

January 7, 2020
Andre Buret Lab - Giardiasis: From Mechanisms to Clinical Presentation.

December 3, 2019
Derek McKay Lab - Exploiting Our Wormy Friends to Alleviate Disease.

November 19, 2019
Kris Chadee Lab - The Ways of a Killer.

November 5, 2019
James Wasmuth Lab - Three-Minute Adventures in Parasite Genomics.

October 22, 2019
Ian Lewis Lab - Role of Host-Malaria Parasite Metabolic Dynamics in Shaping Human Evolution.

September 24, 2019
Dylan Pillai Lab - It's Malaria Time!

September 10, 2019
Dr. Mindi Summers - Untangling the Evolutionary Histories of Marine Hosts and Their Parasites: Diversity and Co-Evolution Among Crinoids and Myzostomids.