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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

Headshot images of the seminar speakers

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.

FALL  2021 SCHEDULE

Seminar Date & Time

Tuesdays at 12:00 noon starting August 24, 2021
Zoom:  https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/89419666443

 

August 31, 2021:
Dr. Kishana Taylor
, Postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University, co-founder and president of the Black Microbiologist Association
"Centering Equity in Infectious Disease Research" Recorded Video
Host: Dr. Rebecca Taylor

September 7 , 2021:
Dr. Gerry Wright
, Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University and the Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Infection and Anti-Infective Research
"Mining biosynthetic pathways for new antibiotics" Recorded Video 
Host: Dr. Andrew Lowell

September 14, 2021:
Dr. Kim Orth
, W.W. Caruth, Jr. Scholar in Biomedical Research and the Earl A. Forsythe Chair in Biomedical Science at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
"How Vibrio parahaemolyticus invades and escapes from host cells" Recorded Video
Host: Dr. Ann Stevens

September 21, 2021:
Dr. James Van Etten
, Member of the National Academy of Science and the William Allington Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska
"Adventures with Giant Algal Viruses" Recorded Video
Host: Dr. Frank Aylward

September 28,  2021:
Dr. Carrie Harwood, Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Gerald and Lyn Gristein Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington
"Bacterial longevity" 
Host: Dr. X.J. Meng

October 5,  2021:
Dr. Paul D. Roepe, Co-Director of Georgetown University's Center for Infectious Disease
"Using Chemistry to Understand Antimalarial Drug Resistance" 
Host: Dr. Paul Carlier

October 12, 2021:
Dr. Rodrigo Almeida, UC Berkeley Hildebrand-Maumeister Chair in Plant Pathology
"Plant disease epidemics as opportunities to evaluate and gain knowledge" 
Host: Dr. Boris Vinatzer

October 19,  2021:
Dr. Sonia Hernandez, Professor of Wildlife Disease and Wildlife at the University of Georgia
"Why Care about Urban Wildlife Health?" 
Host: Dr. John Maurer

October 26, 2021:
Dr. Shawn Chen, Professor at the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy at Arizona State University
Title: TBD 
Host: Dr. Mike Zhang

November 2, 2021:
Dr. Juergen Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Medicine Pathobiology at Kansas State University
"Adventures in COVID-19 Research" 
Host: Dr. Kylene Kehn-Hall

November 9, 2021:
Dr. Scott Weaver, Director of the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity and the John Sealy Distinguished University Chair in Human Infections and Immunity at the University of Texas Medical Branch
Title: TBD 
Host: Dr. Jonathan Auguste

November 16, 2021:
Student Research Presentations

November 30, 2021:
Student Research Presentations

December 7, 2021:
Dr. Latania Logan, Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Pediatrics at the Rush University Hospital
Title: TBD "
Host: Dr. Amy Pruden

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Spring 2021 CeZAP Seminar Series PDF.pdf Speaker Schedule and Info: title, bio, and abstract
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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)
1981 Kraft Dr, Room 2036
Blacksburg, VA 24060

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