Nov 12 - Nov 13
Fri - Sat

Thank you for attending

Thanks for attending this year’s Immunology Scientific Conference 2021 at Asilomar! We hope you enjoyed this opportunity to learn and connect with 200 graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff.


Annual Scientific Conference 2021

Friday, November 12 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, November 13 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93959

Deadline to register is Monday, October 4, 2021. No late registrations or cancellations will be accepted after this date. No walk-ins will be accepted. Please have an unrestricted PTA available when you register.

2021 Stanford Immunology Conference Schedule

The Annual Scientific Conference is held on the California coast at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove. Graduate students, postdocs, Stanford University faculty and staff of the Stanford Immunology program are invited to attend.

Talks are given by various members of the Immunology community, in addition to a poster session competition. Awards for best grad student and postdoc talks and posters are awarded at the end of the retreat.

Immunology graduate students are required to attend and give at least one poster and one scientific presentation at Asilomar during their years in the program.

New first years are recommended to use this opportunity to get to know their classmates and fellow graduate students, as well as to learn more about faculty research interests.

Past retreats have also included a bonfire near the beach and a game show featuring the incoming first years.

Agenda: You can download the agenda for the conference below. Talks on Friday and Saturday will be held at Merrill Hall. Download the Asilomar property map here.

Lodging: Attendees with overnight accommodations can check in at the Social Hall/Front Desk after 4:00 pm on Friday. Any room upgrades and incidentals will be the responsibility of the attendee.

Day attendees can check in directly with Immunology Staff at Merrill Hall to receive your name badge. Meal tickets can be purchased at the Social Hall/Front Desk.

Rideshare: Whether you want to be the driver or passenger, attendees who are interested in carpooling to Asilomar can fill out this Google Sheets to see who is interested. We regrettably cannot arrange rides for you; you will need to contact the driver or passenger to arrange the rides.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you! 

Friday, November 12






9:45 AM

Conference Check in

Merrill Hall

10:00 AM

Welcome & Intro

Merrill Hall

Session 1

Graduate Student/Postdoc Talks

Merrill Hall

10:10 AM

Tobias Lanz, Robinson Lab, Clonally expanded B cells in Multiple Sclerosis bind EBV and GlialCAM



Naomi Haddock, Bollyky Lab, Circulating bacteriophage in Sepsis patients reflect infection dynamics and improve diagnosis of 'Pseudomonas aeruginosa' infections



Bryan Cannon, Bendall Lab, Identifying differences in cellular and disease phenotypes across human Azheimer’s disease tissue by multiplexed ion beam imaging


Session 2

Graduate Student/Postdoc Talks

Merrill Hall

11:05 AM

Guangbo Chen, Davis Lab, A cytokine surge precedes the cancer diagnosis in the elderly



Kathleen (Kassie) Dantzler, Jagannathan Lab, Diminished Vδ2+ γδ T cell cytokine production and degranulation following in vitro malaria exposure



Katie Freitas, Mackall Lab, Enhanced effector activity of mediator CDK8 kinase module deficient CAR-T Cells


12:00 PM

Group Pictures for Faculty, Graduate Students, and Postdocs

Merrill Hall

12:15 PM

Lunch at Crocker Dining Hall


Session 3

Graduate/Postdoc Talks

Merrill Hall

1:10 PM

Joe Gonzales, Wang Lab, An enhanced IgG/CD16a axis predicts worsening disease in mild COVID-19 patients and promotes inflammation in the lungs of Fcγ receptor-humanized mice



Lilit Grigoryan, Pulendran Lab, Adjuvanting a subunit SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to induce durable protection in mice



John Hickey, Nolan Lab, T cell mediated tumor tissue restructuring: Convergence of in vivo and in silico approaches


2:05 PM



Session 4

Graduate Student/Postdoc Talks

Merrill Hall

2:20 PM

Nina Horowitz, Sunwoo Lab, Engineering highly cytotoxic tissue-resident natural killer cells for solid tumor immunotherapy



YeEun Kim, Bendall and Greenleaf Labs, A highly multiplexed single cell proteomics screen reveals a novel lymphoid progenitor population in human bone marrow



Hunter Martinez, Bollyky Lab, The tumor cell marker CD44v6 denotes a suppressive FoxP3+ Treg but its expression is reduced in T1D


Session 5

Graduate/Postdoc Talks

Merrill Hall

3:15 PM

Tara Murty, Mackall Lab, Genomic and phenotypic correlates of GD2 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell activity in pediatric osteosarcoma and neuroblastoma patients



Jason Nideffer, Jagannathan and Roncarolo Labs, Tolerance to malaria is marked by homeostatic immune cell frequencies, epigenetics, and functions



Medeea Popescu, Bollyky Lab, Bacteriophage deliver small RNAs into phagocytes and inhibit immune activation


4:10 PM

Lodging Check in

Social Hall/Front Desk

6:00 PM

Dinner at Crocker Dining Hall


7:05 PM

Keynote Introduction

Merrill Hall

7:10 PM

Keynote: Atul Butte, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of UCSF's Institute for Computational Health Sciences, Precisely Practicing Medicine from 700 Trillion Points of University of California Health Data


8:00 PM

First Year/Faculty Gameshow


9:00 PM

Poster Session and Reception

Merrill Hall

10:00 PM



11:00 PM

Birukova Midnight Swimming Club


12:00 AM












Saturday, November 13






7:30 AM

Breakfast at Crocker Dining Hall


9:00 AM

Walk on the Beach (Meet in front of Crocker Dining Hall)





10:00 AM

CDIII Updates

Merrill Hall

11:00 AM



Session 6

Graduate/Postdoc Talks

Merrill Hall

11:10 AM

Shamma Rahman, Mellins Lab, Profiling of peripheral polarized monocytes reveals a pro-inflammatory subset in pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS)



Jack Silberstein, Cochran Lab, Structure-based engineering of an immune checkpoint protein



Erin Soon, Angelo Lab, Spatio-temporal coordination at the maternal-fetal interface promotes trophoblast invasion and vascular remodeling in the first half of human pregnancy


12:05 PM

Lunch for Graduate Students and Postdocs at Crocker Dining Hall


12:05 PM

Faculty Meeting: Immunology Faculty, Graduate Student, and Postdoc Representatives remain at Merrill Hall

Merrill Hall

1:20 PM

Faculty-First Year Graduate Students Research Blitz

Merrill Hall

Session 7

Graduate Student/Postdoc Talks

Merrill Hall

3:00 PM

Kattia van der Ploeg, Jagannathan Lab, TNFα producing CD4+ T cells dominate the SARS-CoV-2-specific memory T cell response and are associated with antibody durability in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19



Edward (Ted) Wilson, Andreasson Lab, Innate immune receptor TREM1 disrupts metabolic homeostasis in aging and Alzheimer’s disease



Florian Wimmers, Pulendran Lab, The single-cell epigenomic and transcriptional landscape of immunity to influenza vaccination in humans


3:55 PM



Session 8

Graduate Student/Postdoc Talks

Merrill Hall

4:05 PM

Shady Younis, Robinson Lab, Activated ACPA pre-germinal center B cells in rheumatoid arthritis identified by single-cell analysis 



Xiang Zhao, Garcia Lab, Catch bond engineering of high-potency and low-affinity TCR



Hong Zheng, Khatri Lab, Multi-cohort analysis of host immune response identifies conserved protective and detrimental modules associated with severity across viruses


5:00 PM

Adjourn - announce winners of Talks and Posters

Merrill Hall

Immunology Scientific Conference Presentation Submission Form 2021

Request for Abstracts
Deadline: Monday, October 4, 2021

We are now accepting abstract submissions for our Annual Scientific Conference, taking place on November 12-13, 2021 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds.

  • Stanford Immunology Graduate students are required to attend give at least one poster and one scientific oral presentation. Preference for talks will be given to graduates who are nearing program completion.

  • Postdoctoral scholars from all Immunology Program laboratories are invited to submit an abstract of their research. Postdocs on the Immunology Training Grant are required to give either an oral or a poster presentation, typically towards the end of their training period.

  • New First Years are recommended to use this opportunity to get to know their classmates and fellow graduate students, as well as to learn more about faculty research interests

Please let us know if you would like to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or poster. If your research for your talk or poster is published, please list the citation, including the PMCID number.

Please submit your abstract below by Monday, October 4, 2021 to Torye Nguyen at We will contact you as soon as possible if your abstract is chosen for an oral presentation. If chosen for a talk, you will be asked to give a preview of your presentation to our Asilomar Planning Committee (first week of November).