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Jason Kay PhD

Department of Oral Biology

Assistant Professor

Faculty Research Profile

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Professional Memberships:

  • Society for Leukocyte Biology (2014)
  • International Association for Dental Research (2013)
  • American Association for Dental Research (2013)
  • American Society for Cell Biology (2008)

Presentations: 

  • Ratiometric Imaging to Measure Phagosome Escape of Oral Microbes, 2nd Annual Immune Imaging Symposium, University of Rochester (2016)
  • Sorting Nexins in Phagosomal Maturation, 2015-16 Biology honors program presentations, University at Buffalo (2016)
  • Avoidance of Phagocytic Destruction by Strptococcus gordonii, 28th Annual Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis, University at Buffalo (2016)
  • Factors Affecting Candida albicans Phagocytosis and Killing by Phagocytic Cells, 2016 General Session, American Association for Dental Research (2016)
  • Avoidance of Phagocytic Destruction by Streptococcus gordonii, 2016 General Session, American Association for Dental Research (2016)

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  • AbpA may protect Streptococcus gordonii from oxidative stress, Student Research Day, University at Buffalo (2016)
  • Determining the Fate of Internalized Porphyromonas gingivalis within Phagocytic Cells, Student Research Day, University at Buffalo (2016)
  • Understanding the relationship between Rab 5 GTPase and protein Sorting Nexin 8 in phagocytosis, Annual poster session, University at Buffalo (2015)
  • Determining the Fate of Internalized Porphyromonas gingivalis within Phagocytic Cells, 2015 Summer Biomedical Student Research Day, University at Buffalo (2015)
  • Sorting Nexin Proteins Involvement in Phagocytosis and Effects on Phagosome Maturation, 2014-15 Biology honors program presentations, University at Buffalo (2015)
  • Evasion of Phagosomal Destruction by S. gordonii, 2015 Buffalo Immunology Conference, The Witebsky Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology (2015)
  • Cholesterol dictates the subcellular distribution of phosphatidylserine, Lysosomes and Endocytosis, Gordon Research Conferences (2014)
  • mTOR is Required for Lysosome Tubulation and MHCII Trafficking in Macrophages and Dendritic Cells, Lysosomes and Endocytosis, Gordon Research Conferences (2014)
  • Recruitment of Sorting Nexin to the Maturing Phagosome, 2013-14 Biology honors program presentations, University at Buffalo (2014)
  • Role of lipids and lysosomes in innate immunity; insights from advanced live imaging of macrophages, Invited Speaker, University of Louiseville (2013)
  • Role of lipids and lysosomes in innate immunity; insights from advanced live imaging of macrophages, Invited speaker, University of Alberta (2012)
  • Role of lipids and lysosomes in innate immunity; insights from advanced live imaging of macrophages, Invited speaker, University at Buffalo (2012)
  • Characterization of Phosphatidylserine Dynamics in Membranes of Live Cells, Gordon Research Conference - Lysosomes and Endocytosis, Gordon Research Conferences (2012)
  • The Role of Arl8b and Rab7 GTPases in Lysosome Tubulation, American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting (2011)
  • Phosphatidylserine Dynamics in Cellular Membranes, Gordon Research Conference - Molecular and Cellular Biology of Lipids (2011)
  • A Diffusional Barrier in the Phagocytic Cup, American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting, American Society for Cell Biology (2009)
  • Dual Roles for the Recycling Endosome in Phagocytosis, Gordon Research Conference - Lysosomes and Endocytosis (2008)
  • Imaging Cytokine Secretion in Macrophages: Imaging to demonstrate subdomains of the recycling endosome, Hunter Cellular Biology Meeting (2008)
  • Protein Kinase A in the Regulation of Macrophage Apolipotprotein E Trafficking and Secretion, Hunter Cellular Biology Meeting (2008)
  • Modification of the Phagocytic Cup by Lipid Rafts, Keystone Macrophage conference (2007)
  • Differential Requirement for Recycling Endosome in Phagocytosis and Cytokine Secretion, Australasian Society for Immunology 37th Annual Scientific Meeting (2007)
  • Lipid Raft Dependence of Cytokine Secretion and Phagocytosis in Macrophages, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ComBio (2006)
  • Cytokine Secretion, Phagocytosis and Cholesterol, Queensland Premier Awards for Health and Medical Research (2006)
  • Caveolin in the Hippocampus and its Interaction with SNAREs, Society for Neuroscience 32nd Annual Meeting, Society for Neuroscience (2002)
  • Molecular basis of the modulation of calcium channel function by cysteine string protein, Society for Neuroscience 32nd annual Meeting (2002)
  • Distinct modes of action by the J domain and the cysteine string domain of CSP modulate G protein function, Society for Neuroscience 32nd annual Meeting (2002)
  • Caveolin in the Hippocampus and its Interaction with SNAREs, Alberta Neuroscience Conference (2002)
  • Soil Microbial Community Responses to Incubation in C5+ Followed by DCPD, Canadian Society of Microbiology Annual Meeting (2000)
  • Biodegradation of C5+ Hydrocarbon Compounds by Aerobic and Anaerobic Communities Enriched from Pyrolysis Plant Soils, Canadian Society of Microbiology Annual Meeting (2000)
  • Characterisation of C5+ Degrading Microbial Communities from Soil, Canadian Society of Microbiology Annual Meeting (1999)
Service Activities:
  • School of Dental Medicine Admissions Committee; Member (2015)
  • School of Dental Medicine Graduate Committee, D.D.S./Ph.D., Oral Biology; Member (2015)
  • School of Dental Medicine Ad Hoc Committee; Member (2015)
  • School of Dental Medicine Graduate Committee, Preliminary Exams, Oral Biology; Member (2015-2015)
  • School of Dental Medicine Graduate Committee, Preliminary Exams, Oral Biology; Member (2015-2015)

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  • School of Dental Medicine Student Research and Honors Committee; Member (2014)
  • School of Dental Medicine Graduate Committee, Preliminary Exams, Oral Biology; Member (2013-2014
  • AADR Buffalo Section; President (2016)
  • AADR Buffalo Section; Treasurer (2015-2016)
  • Society for Leukocyte Biology - Membership committee; Member (2015)
  • School of Dental Medicine Admissions Committee; Member (2015)
  • External Thesis Examiner; Thesis examiner for Xiaying Qi, University of Queensland; Examiner (2015-2015)
  • Oral Biology Seminar Series; Coordinator (2014)
  • AADR Buffalo Section; Secretary (2014-2015)
  • School of Dental Medicine Student Research and Honors Committee; Member (2014)
  • School of Dental Medicine Graduate Committee, Preliminary Exams, Oral Biology; Member (2013-2014)

  • AADR Buffalo Section; President (2016)
  • AADR Buffalo Section; Treasurer (2015-2016)
  • Society for Leukocyte Biology - Membership committee; Member (2015)
  • School of Dental Medicine Admissions Committee; Member (2015)
  • External Thesis Examiner; Thesis examiner for Xiaying Qi, University of Queensland; Examiner (2015-2015)
  • Oral Biology Seminar Series; Coordinator (2014)
  • AADR Buffalo Section; Secretary (2014-2015)
  • School of Dental Medicine Student Research and Honors Committee; Member (2014)
  • School of Dental Medicine Graduate Committee, Preliminary Exams, Oral Biology; Member (2013-2014)

  • AADR Buffalo Section; President (2016)
  • AADR Buffalo Section; Treasurer (2015-2016)
  • Society for Leukocyte Biology - Membership committee; Member (2015)
  • School of Dental Medicine Admissions Committee; Member (2015)
  • External Thesis Examiner; Thesis examiner for Xiaying Qi, University of Queensland; Examiner (2015-2015)
  • Oral Biology Seminar Series; Coordinator (2014)
  • AADR Buffalo Section; Secretary (2014-2015)
  • School of Dental Medicine Student Research and Honors Committee; Member (2014)
  • School of Dental Medicine Graduate Committee, Preliminary Exams, Oral Biology; Member (2013-2014)

  • AADR Buffalo Section; President (2016)
  • AADR Buffalo Section; Treasurer (2015-2016)
  • Society for Leukocyte Biology - Membership committee; Member (2015)
  • School of Dental Medicine Admissions Committee; Member (2015)
  • External Thesis Examiner; Thesis examiner for Xiaying Qi, University of Queensland; Examiner (2015-2015)
  • Oral Biology Seminar Series; Coordinator (2014)
  • AADR Buffalo Section; Secretary (2014-2015)