2017 Immunology and Evolution of Influenza Symposium

May 25 & 26, Emory University, Atlanta


Rafi Ahmed, Rustom Antia, M. Elizabeth Halloran, Andreas Handel and Veronika Zarnitsyna


The Immunology and Evolution of Influenza Symposium is jointly sponsored by the Center for Inference and Dynamics of Infectious Diseases, funded by NIGMS, and the Center for Modeling Immunity to Influenza Infection, funded by NIAID. The Symposium will integrate both immunological and epidemiological approaches to modeling influenza strain variation.  The Symposium will start on May 25th at 8:30am and end at noon on May 26th.

Location and Map:

The symposium will take place in the Whitehead Auditorium, Room G01, Whitehead Biomedical Research Building on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, GA, USA. This link will send you to a google map and show the location of the building.



There is no registration fee, however you must register by Friday, May 19th in order to attend. Please use this link to complete your registration.


Hotel options:

  • The University Inn at Emory – group rate available at $135 per night. Make your reservation directly with the hotel, and use the group code “MIBDEF”. Must reserve by April 24, 2017 for the group rate. Number of rooms is limited and will be on first come first serve basis.
  • Emory Conference Center Hotel



Opening Keynote Speaker
Jonathan Yewdell
Senior Investigator, NIH, Cellular Biology & Viral Immunity Section
Closing Keynote Speaker
Rafi Ahmed
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine

Trevor Bedford
Assistant Member, Fred Hutch Center

Jessica Belser
Microbiologist, CDC

Jesse Bloom
Associate Member, Fred Hutch Center

Sarah Cobey
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics Department, University of Chicago

James Crowe
Professor, Pediatrics and Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Tom Kepler
Professor, Microbiology Department, Boston University School of Medicine


Steven Kleinstein
Associate Professor, Pathology Department, Yale School of Medicine



Katia Koelle
Associate Professor, Biology Department, Duke University

Jacob Kohlmeier
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine

Amber Smith

Research Associate,  Infectious Disease Department, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Paul Thomas
Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty
Immunology Department ~ Memphis, TN