Consistent with Virginia Tech’s mission as a leading land-grant university, CeZAP will work on important local and state issues in infectious diseases such as microbial contamination in drinking water in Appalachian rural areas, Lyme disease, bat white-nose syndrome in Virginia, microbe-related food safety, COVID-19 prevention and control, etc.
CeZAP will develop science-based solutions for issues related to infectious diseases, and educate graduate students to effectively communicate their research results to policy-makers and the general public.
CeZAP will actively engage with other entities within and outside Virginia Tech through a quarterly CeZAP newsletter, biennial symposium, distinguished speaker lecture series, scientific presentations and publications, and research collaborations.
Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series in Infectious Diseases
Jonathan Auguste, and Nisha Duggal
The Center for Emerging, Zoonotic and Arthropod-borne Pathogens (CeZAP) introduces the CeZAP Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series in Infectious Diseases. This university wide seminar series at Virginia Tech invites outstanding scientists nationally to give presentations to CeZAP and broader university community on topics of current interest in the broad area of infectious diseases. Diversity of seminar topics is essential to meeting the purpose of the Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series in Infectious Diseases. Each spring, nominations for nationally distinguished speakers for the seminar series for the following academic year will be solicited from CeZAP affiliated faculty. The seminar coordinators (Drs. Jonathan Auguste and Nisha Duggal) will coordinate the selection of speakers, and the CeZAP faculty nominators will serve as the host for the national speakers. We expect to host at least one nationally distinguished speaker each month, and the remaining speakers will feature our own CeZAP affiliated faculty.
SPRING 2022 SCHEDULE
Seminar Date & Time:
Tuesdays at 12:30pm starting January 18, 2021
January 18, 2022:
Jaline Gerardin, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
"Mathemathical modeling to inform malaria policy"
Host: Lauren Childs, Ph.D.
January 25, 2022:
Nick W. Ruktanonchai, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
"Using human mobility data to predict and control infectious disease spread"
February 1, 2022:
Speaker: Andrew Lowell Ph.D. , Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, and Anne M. Brown Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry
February 8, 2022:
Ben Hause, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University
"Viral Pathogen discovery at the domestic / wildlife interface"
Host: Kevin Lahmers, Ph.D.
February 15, 2022:
Kim Seed, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
"Fighting with phages: how epidemic Vibrio cholerae defends against viral attack"
Host: Bryan Hsu, Ph.D.
February 22, 2022:
Robyn Klein, Ph.D. The Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Distinguished Professor of Medicial Sciences, Director of the Center for Neuroimmunonology and Neuroinfectious Diseases, and Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Immunology, and Neurosciences, Washington University School of Medicine
"Emerging RNA viruses and neurologic sequelae"
Host:Kylene Kehn-Hall, Ph.D.
March 1, 2022:
Jeff Freeman, Ph.D. Senior Professional Staff in the National Health Mission Area of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Host: Cassidy Rist, Ph.D.
March 15, 2022:
Xinhua Chen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Host: Xin Luo, Ph.D.
March 22, 2022:
James Weger-Lucarelli, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
March 29, 2022:
Townsend Peterson, Ph.D. University Distinguished Professor, Biodiversity Institute, The University of Kansas
Host: Luis Escobar, Ph.D.
April 5, 2022:
Eva Harris, Ph.D. Professor of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, UC Berkeley
Host: Jonathan Auguste, Ph.D.
April 12, 2022:
Rhoel Dinglasan, Ph.D. Professor of Infectious Diseases and Director of the CDC Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases
Host: Heather Drew, Ph.D.
April 19, , 2022:
Staey Schultz-Cherry, Ph.D. Deputy Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre or Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds,
Host: Heather Drew, Ph.D.
April 26,, 2022:
Oliver Fregoso, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, UCLA
Host: Nisha Duggal, Ph.D.
May 3, 2022:
Nancy Keller, Ph.D. Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Host: Rana Ashkar, Ph.D.
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