The department would like to thank the following donors for making this seminar series possible:

Frank M. Nelson (1890-1967), a native of Livingston, Montana, attended Montana State University from 1909-1911.  In 1913, Frank Nelson graduated from Kansas City Veterinary School and began veterinary practice in Columbus, MT.  In 1919, after a year in the Army Medical Corps, Dr. Nelson returned to Livingston, MT, where he practiced veterinary medicine until his retirement in 1956. The Nelson Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 1989 and is made possible, in part, through the Frank M. Nelson Fund, which was established through a trust estate bequest to the Montana State University Foundation.


Schedule:  Fall 2018

Seminars are held on Tuesdays from 2:00pm-2:50pm in The Procrastinator Theater



Seminar Time/Place


September 11th, 2018 Tuesday

Mark Jutila, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Head

Montana State University



September 18th, 2018 Tuesday

Evengi V. Sokurenko Ph.D.

University of Washington School of Medicine



Seth Walk

September 25th, 2018 Tuesday

Ted Hackstadt, Ph.D.

Chief, Host-Parasite Interactions Section
Laboratory of Bacteriology
Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH


Blake Wiedenheft

October 2nd, 2018 Tuesday

Ryland F. Young III, Ph.D.

Regents Professor
Sadie Hatfield Professor of Agriculture

Director, Center for Phage Technology
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Texas A&M University


Paul Van Erp


October 9th, 2018 Tuesday




October 16th, 2018 Tuesday




October 23rd, 2018 Tuesday




October 30th, 2018 Tuesday

Raphael Valdivia, Ph.D.

Duke University School of Medicine


 Blake Wiedenheft

November 13th, 2018 Tuesday

Vincent Munster, PhD

Rocky Mountain Laboratories


Blake Wiedenheft and Michelle Flenniken  

November 27th, 2018 Tuesday




December 4th, 2018 Tuesday