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James Biedler (left), a research scientist in Zhijian Tu’s lab; Azadeh Aryan (middle), the first author on the paper and a research scientist in Zhijian Tu’s lab; and Maria Sharakhova (right), an assistant professor of entomology, discuss genetics in front of a dry erase board. Photo courtesy of Alex Crookshanks for Virginia Tech.

James Biedler (left), a research scientist in Zhijian Tu’s lab; Azadeh Aryan (middle), the first author on the paper and a research scientist in Zhijian Tu’s lab; and Maria Sharakhova (right), an assistant professor of entomology, discuss genetics in front of a dry erase board. Photo courtesy of Alex Crookshanks for Virginia Tech.

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.

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Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series in Infectious Diseases

Collage of CeZAP Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series Fall 2020

Seminar Coordinators:
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 2021 SCHEDULE
Due to the pandemic, seminar speakers for 2020-2021 will be internal CeZAP faculty with particular emphasis on junior faculty so that we can learn about their work and foster interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaborations. These seminars are open to faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students from CeZAP as well as the greater university community. Seminars may be recorded with permission and made available to the university community. 

Seminar Date & Time
Tuesdays at 12:00 noon starting February 2, 2021
Zoom:  https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/89917075487

 

February 2, 2021:
Tom Ewing, CLAHS
Seminar Title: Wear a mask or go to Jail: Infectious Disease, Health Mandates, and Social Behavior during the 1918 Influenza Epidemic Recorded Seminar / Presentation SlidesFlu Mask Project

February 16, 2021:
Cassidy Rist, CVM
Seminar Title: A One Health approach to malaria, will we do the Fandango? Recorded Seminar

February 23, 2021:
Rana Ashkar, COS
Seminar Title: Biomimetic Lipid Membranes in Viral Infections and Therapeutics Recorded Seminar

March 2, 2021:
Michael Schulz, COS
Seminar Title: Antiviral Polymers: Challenges and Opportunities Recorded Seminar

March 9, 2021:
Speaker: Amy Pruden, CEE
Seminar Title: Manipulating Treatments, Water Chemistry, and System Design to Limit Proliferation of Pathogens and Antibiotic Resistance in Water Systems: A Microbiome Perspective

March 16, 2021:
Speaker: Jason Kaelber, Rutgers University
Seminar Title: How colicin E1 stoppers the multidrug efflux pump TolC

March 23, 2021:
Juhong Chen, CALS / COE
Seminar Title: TBD

March 30, 2021:
Kathy Alexander, CNRE
Seminar Title: TBD

April 13, 2021:
Brandon Jutras, CALS
Seminar Title: TBD

April 20, 2021:
Juliana Cassataro, San Martín National University, Argentina
Seminar Title: TBD

April 27, 2021:
Song Li, CALS
Seminar Title: TBD

May 4, 2021:
Sonia Altizer, UGA
Seminar Title: TBD

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CeZAP Fall 2020 Speaker Schedule Info.pdf Speaker Schedule and Info: title, bio, and abstract

Fralin Life Sciences Institute
Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (CRC)
Integrated Life Science Building (ILSB)
1918 Kraft Dr, Room 2036
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Sarah Gouger
CeZAP Coordinator
sgouger@vt.edu
Phone: 540-231-6084
Integrated Life Sciences Building,
Room 2038