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Advances in Immunology and Microbiology Seminar Series: Elis Fisk

Bustad Hall
Room 145
  • Optional after-seminar social: Please feel welcome to join us for an informal social gathering following each seminar at Trailside Taproom, 505 SE Riverview, Pullman.
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About the event

Featuring research in the areas of:
Epidemiology | Infectious Disease | Disease Ecology | Drug Discovery | Virology |
Global Health | Vector-Borne Disease | Pathology

The Advances in Immunology & Microbiology seminar series is a weekly forum that brings together scientists from diverse fields and disciplines across the College of Veterinary Medicine to discuss research advances in the broad areas of immunology, microbiology, infectious diseases, and global health. Seminars feature student speakers from the Immunology & Infectious Disease (IID) doctoral program, IID-affiliated postdoctoral researchers and faculty, intramural speakers from across the university, and extramural speakers.

PRESENTER: Elis Fisk, Anatomic Pathology Resident & PhD Student, Shaw Lab, Veterinary Pathology & Microbiology, and Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

TITLE: A treat unfit to eat: Larval Ixodes scapularis elicit tick resistance in a reservoir host

Three ticks.ABSTRACT: The persistence and spread of tick-borne pathogens are dependent upon interactions between arthropods and their hosts, including host immune responses to the tick itself. While native hosts tolerate repeated infestations with tick species sharing their native range, non-native hosts can develop an immune response with repeated infestations. This phenomenon, termed acquired rick resistance (ATR), leads to rejection and/or death of the tick. However, the research characterizing ATR has largely focused on nymphal ticks. It is unclear whether different tick life-stages elicit differing ATR responses in native hosts. This seminar will discuss the ATR dynamics between native murine hosts and the different life stages of Ixodes scapularis.


Arden Baylink, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Microbiology & Pathology