Jan 27 - Jan 29
Fri - Sun

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Annual Scientific Conference

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Friday, January 27 at 1 PM to Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 1PM Pacific Time

Monterey Tides hotel, 2600 Sand Dunes Dr, Monterey, CA 93940

Conference Co-directors: Nima Aghaeepour, PhD and Jennifer Bando, PhD

*Please note the venue and date changes

Deadline to register is Monday, November 21, 2022. Deadline to cancel is Monday, December 12, 2022. No late registrations or cancellations will be accepted after these dates. No walk-ins will be accepted. Please have an unrestricted PTA available when you register.

Single rooms are available on a limited basis. Accommodations are first come first serve via registration. We encourage you to RSVP prior to the deadline.

Stanford Immunology Conference Schedule

The Annual Scientific Conference is held on the scenic beach at the Monterey Tides hotel in Monterey, CA. Graduate students, postdocs, 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 the retreat 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.

Agenda: You can download the agenda for the conference below. Talks on Friday and Saturday will be held at the Points Ballroom. Meals will be served at the La Grande Ballroom or Bayside Deck. Please check the program for details.

Lodging: Attendees with overnight accommodations can check in at the 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 to receive your name badge at the Points Ballroom

Rideshare: Whether you want to be the driver or passenger, attendees who are interested in carpooling to Monterey Tides 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, January 27, 2023 at 1:00 PM – 12:00 AM (midnight)

Talks are hosted in Points Ballroom

Times, speakers, and topics may change without notice



Speaker and Title

12:45–1:00 PM

Conference Check-in at Captain’s Table/Points Ballroom

1:00–1:10 PM

Welcome and Introductions: Conference Directors: Nima Aghaeepour, PhD and Jennifer Bando, PhD

1:10–2:00 PM

Session 1

1:10–1:30 PM

Hawa Racine Thiam, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Cellular biophysics of Neutrophils – Lessons from NETosis

1:30–1:45 PM

Tejas Dharmaraj, Immunology Graduate Student, Bollyky Lab, Engineering an Extended-Release High-Dose Bacteriophage Hydrogel

1:45–2:00 PM

Audrey Lee, Immunology Graduate Student, Pulendran Lab, Reprogramming the innate immune system to stimulate broad and durable protection against diverse pathogens

2:00–2:45 PM

Session 2

2:00–2:15 PM

Justin Arredondo-Guerrero, Immunology Graduate Student, Mackall and Meyer Labs, Sustained glycolysis and mitochondrial respiration via GLUT1-mediated glucose transport enhances CAR T cell effector functionality

2:15–2:30 PM

Oliver Wirz, PhD, Postdoc, Boyd Lab, Comprehensive study of SARS-CoV-2-specific B cells in infected patients and vaccinated individuals

2:30–-2:45 PM

David McIlwain, PhD, Sr. Research Scientist, Nolan Lab, Cellular correlates of protection from human influenza virus challenge

2:45–3:00 PM


3:00–3:45 PM

Session 3

3:00–3:15 PM

Jessy Tan, PhD, Postdoc, Andreasson Lab, De-age the brain by targeting the macrophages: a deeper look

3:15–3:30 PM

Julia Adamska, Immunology Graduate Student, Pulendran and Li Labs, SREBP signaling is essential for effective B cell responses

3:30–3:45 PM

Viswanath Gunda, PhD, Postdoc, Lewis Lab, CRISPR regulation of respiratory tract gene expression for the prevention of influenza A viral pneumonia

3:45–4:30 PM

Session 4

3:45–4:00 PM

Xavier Rovira-Clave, PhD, Instructor, Nolan Lab, Highly scalable multiplex serology testing

4:00–4:15 PM

Gita Abhiraman, Immunology MSTP Graduate Student, Garcia Lab, Cytokine adaptors: soluble molecules interconvert between local immune inhibition and stimulation

4:15–4:30 PM

Joy Pai, Immunology Graduate Student, Satpathy Lab, Systematic lineage tracing reveals differentiation trajectories and long-term persistence of tumor-reactive T cells during immune checkpoint blockade

4:30 PM

Lodging Check in at Front Desk

5:00–6:00 PM

Postdoc Happy Hour at Tides Waterfront Kitchen

6:00–7:00 PM

Dinner at Parking Lot

7:05–7:10 PM

Keynote Introduction in Points Ballroom

7:10–8:05 PM

Keynote: Elina Zuniga, PhD, Professor, Molecular Biology, Division of Biological Sciences at University of California, San Diego, Type 1 interferon exhaustion

8:05–8:30 PM


8:30 PM

First Year/Faculty Game Show & Reception in Points Ballroom

10:00 PM

After Party in BayView Ballroom

12:00 AM




Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 7:30 AM – 12:00 AM (midnight)

Talks are hosted in Points Ballroom


Speaker and Title

7:00–7:45 AM

Yoga Class on Deck

7:30–9:00 AM

Breakfast in La Grande Ballroom

9:00–9:50 AM

CDIII Updates in Points Ballroom

9:50–10:05 AM


10:05–11:10 AM

Session 5

10:05–10:25 AM

Rogelio Hernandez-Lopez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, and of Genetics, Reprogramming molecular circuits for next-generation cell therapies

10:25–10:40 AM

Yu Zhu, PhD, Postdoc, Butcher Lab, Notch signaling in endothelial cells programs cancer-associated fibroblasts to suppress anti-tumor T cell immunity

10:40–10:55 AM

John Hickey, PhD, Postdoc, Nolan Lab, Immune Cell Spatial Layering of the Human Intestine

10:55–11:10 AM

Preksha Bhagchandani, Immunology MSTP Graduate Student, Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation promotes fully MHC-mismatched islet allograft tolerance and diabetes reversal

11:10–11:25 AM


11:25 AM–

12:15 PM

Session 6

11:25–11:45 AM

Sydney Lu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Hematology, The accessory RNA splicing factor RBM39 regulates T cell function and the alloantigen response.

11:45 AM–12 PM

Josselyn Peña, Immunology Graduate Student, Krams Lab, Investigating the Role of Natural Killer Cells in the Control of Latent Epstein-Barr Virus Infection

12:00–12:15 PM

Kazuki Nagashima, MD, PhD, Postdoc, Fischbach Lab, Mapping the T cell repertoire to a complex gut bacterial community

12:15–12:30 PM

Group Pictures on Deck

12:30–1:30 PM

Lunch on Deck

12:35–1:30 PM

Faculty Meeting in Points Ballroom: Immunology Faculty, Graduate Student, and Postdoc Representatives remain at Points Ballroom

1:30–3:00 PM

Mentor Training with Faculty in Points Ballroom

3:00–4:00 PM

Research Blitz with First Years & Faculty in Points Ballroom

4:00–5:00 PM

Beach in a Jar Activity in Wedding Garden

6:00–7:00 PM

Dinner at Parking Lot

7:05–7:10 PM

Keynote Introduction in Points Ballroom

7:10–8:10 PM

Keynote: Peter Kim, PhD, Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford, Towards a universal flu vaccine and a pan-SARS-CoV vaccine

8:10–8:30 PM

Poster Slam in La Grande Ballroom

8:30 PM

Poster Session & Reception in La Grande Ballroom

10:00 PM

Bonfire at Fire Pits

11:00 PM

Birukova Midnight Swimming Club

12:00 AM



Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Talks are hosted in Points Ballroom


Speaker and Title

7:30–9:00 AM

Breakfast in La Grande Ballroom

9:00–10:00 AM

Session 7

9:00–9:15 AM

Nathan Reticker-Flynn, PhD, Instructor, Engleman Lab, Lymph node colonization promotes distant tumor metastasis through the induction of tumor-specific immune tolerance

9:15–9:30 AM

Guangbo Chen, PhD, Postdoc, Davis Lab, Cytokines surge in the blood years prior to a cancer diagnosis in elderly individuals

9:30–9:45 AM

Katherine Nico, Immunology Graduate Student, Howitt Lab, Tuft cell-mediated type 2 immunity depletes intestinal resident T cell protection

9:45–10:00 AM

Sirimuvva Tadepalli, PhD, Postdoc, Idoyaga Lab, Rapid monocyte recruitment dictates the therapeutic efficacy of focal radiotherapy

10:00–10:15 AM


10:15–11:00 AM

Career Panel: Justin Jarrell, PhD, Associate Director of Business Development at Teiko Bio, Rebecca (Becky) Leylek, PhD, Research Associate in Cancer Immunology at Genentech, and Matthew H. Spitzer, PhD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at UCSF

11:00–11:15 AM


11:15 AM–

12:15 PM

Session 8

11:15–11:30 AM

Daniel Arve-Butler, PhD, Postdoc, Monack Lab, Eosinophils contribute to local immune responses during chronic Salmonella infection

11:30–11:45 AM

Madeline Lee, Immunology Graduate Student, Blish Lab, SARS-CoV-2 escapes direct NK cell killing through Nsp1-mediated downregulation of ligands for NKG2D

11:45 AM–12 PM

Frank Buquicchio, Immunology Graduate Student, Satpathy Lab, A unique epigenomic landscape defines CD8+ tissue-resident memory T cells

12:00–12:15 PM

Kameron Rodrigues, Immunology Graduate Student, Jaiswal and Montgomery Labs, Loss of Dnmt3a or Tet2 in stimulated macrophages alters transcription factor binding and enhances inflammatory gene expression

12:15-12:20 PM

General Announcements: Announce winners of talks and posters

12:20 PM

Lunch on Deck and Checkout at Monterey Tides

1:00 PM





Saturday, January 28, 2022

La Grande Ballroom


Presenter & Title




Gita Abhiraman, Immunology Graduate Student, Garcia Lab, Structure- based tuning of IL-21 signaling enhances vaccination and reduces autoantibody production


Julia Adamska, Immunology Graduate Student, Pulendran and Li Labs, The RNA-editing enzyme ADAR1 is necessary for B cell response


Juan Aguilera, MD, PhD, Basic Life Research Scientist, Sean N Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma, Decreases in IL1RA, IL18, and IL8 are associated with increases in ambient air pollution during pregnancy


Meelad Amouzgar, Immunology Graduate Student, Bendall Lab, Unsupervised reconstruction of cell cycle progression and division in asynchronously dividing cells


Rebeca Arroyo Hornero, PhD, Postdoc, Idoyaga Lab, Phenotypic and functional diversification of human plasmacytoid dendritic cells: unraveling the mechanism


Šimon Borna, PhD, Postdoc, Bacchetta Lab, FOXP3-deficient patients have expanded autoreactive T cells originating from both regulatory and effector T cells


David Kung-Chun Chiu, PhD, Postdoc, Engleman Lab, Erythropoietin programs tumor-associated macrophages to suppress antitumor immunity in hepatocellular carcinoma


Blanda Di Luccia, PhD, Basic Life Research Scientist, Monack Lab, Gut regulatory T cells mediate immunological tolerance in Salmonella-infected super-spreader hosts


Camilo Espinosa Bernal, Immunology Graduate Student, Aghaeepour Lab, Multiomics modeling of preterm birth in low- and middle-income countries


Carley Fowler, Process Development Specialist, Cancer Cell Therapy Center (CCT-LCGM), Product characterization of CliniMACS Prodigy™ engineered T cells


Joe Gonzalez, Immunology Graduate Student, Wang Lab, IgG posttranslational modifications promote distinct receptor signaling pathways to elicit opposing immune activity in the lung


Lilit Grigoryan, Immunology Graduate Student, Pulendran Lab, Enhanced breadth of memory B cell responses following adjuvanted virus-like particle vaccination in humans


Naomi Haddock, Immunology Graduate Student, Bollyky Lab, The circulating phageome in lung transplantation


Maximilian Haist, MD, Postdoc, Nolan Lab, Spatial CD8 T-cell infiltration predicts response to primary radiochemotherapy in advanced oropharyngeal cancer


Colwyn Headley, PhD, Postdoc, Tsao Lab, Rescuing aging-associated CD4+ T cell dysfunction via mitochondrial transplantation


Noor Hussein, PhD, Postdoc, Mellins Lab, The role of CD39-expressing regulatory T cells subsets in Pediatrics Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS): Ground work for a CAR-Treg therapeutic


Karan Kathuria, Immunology Graduate Student, Davis Lab, Modeling human immune responses to Plasmodium falciparum infection


Vimal Keerthi, MS, Life Science Research Professional 2, Feldman and Mackall Lab, Optimizing electroporation parameters for non-viral CAR-T cell manufacturing


Olivia Kline, Epidemiology and Clinical Research Graduate Student, Nadeau Lab, Chronic smoke exposure burden: Impact on the immune system of firefighters


Guo Luo, PhD, Instructor, Mignot Lab, Protective association of HLA-DRB1*04 subtypes in neurodegenerative diseases implicates acetylated tau PHF6 sequences


Sainiteesh Maddineni, MD Student, Sunwoo Lab, Identifying novel immune interactions of intraepithelial ilc1-like NK cells in head and neck cancer


Raul Maqueda-Alfaro, PhD, Postdoc, Idoyaga Lab, Transitional dendritic cells: identifying the role of a novel innate immune cell population


Max Miao, Genetics Graduate Student, Satpathy, Investigating the role of TCR signal strength in T cell differentiation and exhaustion


Ayan Mondal, PhD, Postdoc, Mellins Lab, Plasma from active pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) induces increased BBB permeability through the disruption of junctional proteins of brain endothelial cells


Kaithlen Zen Pacheco, Life Science Research Professional 1, Mackall Lab, Logic-gated selection of multi-vector systems


Jimena Pavlovitch-Bedzyk, Immunology Graduate Student, Davis Lab, Novel skin organoid modeling of monkeypox infection and immune response


Trung Pham, MD, PhD, Instructor, Monack Lab, Single-cell profiling identifies ACE+ granuloma macrophages as a non-permissive niche for intracellular bacteria during persistent Salmonella infection


Kassie Press, PhD, Postdoc, Jagannathan Lab, Vδ2+ γδ T cell chromatin accessibility and immune function associates with prior malaria incidence


Taylor Pursell, PhD, Postdoc, Boyd Lab, Landscape of big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) splenic immune cell populations following rabies virus infection


Patrick Quinn, Life Science Research Professional, Mackall Lab, Cyclin dependent kinase 8 inhibition may synergize with car T-cell therapy for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia


Colin Raposo, Immunology Graduate Student, Satpathy Lab, Cytotoxic T lymphocyte memory after the clearance of chronic viral infection


Hayley Raquer, Immunology Graduate Student, Idoyaga Lab, Traveling from the epidermis to the lymph node: Langerhans cell origin determines their migration potential


Kalani Ratnasiri, Immunology Graduate Student, Blish and Khatri Labs, Non-human primates replicate conserved human responses to RNA viral infections


Grayson Rodriguez, Immunology Graduate Student, Garcia Lab, Triplekines form novel cytokine receptor complexes


Adonis Rubio, Immunology Graduate Student, Barnes Lab, Engineering bispecific antibodies that recognize the SARS-CoV-2 Spike glycoprotein N-terminal and receptor binding domains


David Seong, Immunology MSTP Graduate Student, Idoyaga Lab, Unraveling the mechanisms of age-associated functional disruptions in plasmacytoid dendritic cells


Fernando Sulczewski, PhD, Postdoc, Idoyaga Lab, Transitional dendritic cells are a novel source of conventional type 2 dendritic cells


Kattria van der Ploeg, PhD, Postdoc Jagannathan Lab, Malaria-exposed Ugandan women exhibit a differential SARS-CoV-2-specific T cell response


Alun Vaughan-Jackson, PhD, Postdoc, Bassik Lab, Developing stem cell-derived macrophages for genome wide screens of viral infectivity


Xihui Yin, Life Science Research Professional, Utz Lab, Anti-dopamine receptor autoantibody detection in Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome


Maxim Zaslavsky, Computer Science Graduate Student, Boyd and Kundaje Labs, Disease diagnostics using machine learning of immune receptors

Immunology Scientific Conference Presentation Submission Form

Request for Abstracts
Deadline: Friday, November 4, 2022

We are now accepting abstract submissions for our Annual Scientific Conference, taking place on January 27-29, 2023 at Monterey Tides hotel.

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

  • Postdoctoral scholars from all Immunology Program labs are invited to submit an abstract of their research for an oral or a poster presentation.

  • 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 provide a recent profile photo/headshot for the conference program.

Please submit your abstract below by Friday, November 4, 2022, or to Torye Nguyen at toryen@stanford.edu. 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 (via video recording) to our Annual Retreat Planning Committee by December 21, 2022.