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Friday Seminar Series

Hosted by Research

Friday, April 27 at 12:00 PM
Des Moines University, Student Education Center (SEC) 115, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

The topic for this weeks Friday Seminar Series will be microbiology and immunology. All faculty members and students are invited to attend.

Samina Akbar, Ph.D.
Assistant professor – Microbiology and immunology, Des Moines University
Assistant professor – Master of science in biomedical sciences program, Des Moines University

I am interested in understanding molecular and genetic mechanisms of gene regulation in bacteria including human pathogens. Currently, research in my laboratory focuses on two aspects of pathogenesis of Salmonella enterica species.
A) Molecular characterization of plasmid and integron-mediated antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella isolated from humans and animals.
B) Identification and Characterization of HilD-or HilC-dependent virulence genes in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium.


  1. Acquire an understanding of multiple drug resistance in bacteria.
  2. Assess how multiple drug resistance is spread from one bacterium to the other.
  3. Evaluate the role of CMY2 plasmids in multiple drug resistance in Salmonella.

CME credit

AOA:  Des Moines University and the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for a maximum of 1.0 hour of AOA Category 2-A CME credits.

Other:  Attendees will receive 1.0 hour of continuing education contact hours.

Commercial support

Educational grants are not being accepted for this activity.

Disclosure statement

Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content for this program and the selection of speakers are responsibilities of the program director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

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