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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

Image contains the headshots of the speakers for the series

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 2022 SCHEDULE

Seminar Date & Time

Tuesdays at 12:30pm  starting January 18, 2021
Zoom:  https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/89419666443

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" Recorded Video

February 1, 2022:
Andrew Lowell Ph.D.
, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, and Anne M. Brown Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry
"Overcoming AMR through antibiotic redesign: Coupling computational and experimental science" Recorded Video

February 8, 2022:
Ben Hause, Ph.D. 
 Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University   
 "Metagenomic sequencing for virus discovery and characterization"
Host: Kevin Lahmers, Ph.D. Recorded Video

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" Recorded Video
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  
Title: Evolution of the national COVID-19 response: Lessons learned and a way forward"
Host: Cassidy Rist, Ph.D.

March 15, 2022:
Xinhua Chen, Ph.D.
  Assistant Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  
Title: "C.difficile Infectious --- What Remains Difficult?"
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 
Title: "SARS-CoV-2 Origins and Threat for Spillover Into Animal Reservoirs" Recorded Video

March 29, 2022:
Townsend Peterson, Ph.D.
 University Distinguished Professor, Biodiversity Institute, The University of Kansas  
Title: "Distributions of Tick Vector Species in the United States: Shifting Distributional Patterns and Transmission Opportunity"  Recorded Video
Host: Luis Escobar, Ph.D.

April 5, 2022:
Eva Harris, Ph.D.
  Professor of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, UC Berkeley 
Title: "The double-edged sword: Dengue and Zika virus pathogenesis and immunity"
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  
Title: "Vector-Borne Disease Translational Systems Biology: From discovery to application"

April 19, , 2022:
Stacey Schultz-Cherry,  Ph.D.
  Deputy Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre or Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds,   
Title:  "Influenza Pathogenesis in Vulnerable Populations"

April 26,, 2022:
Oliver Fregoso, Ph.D.
  Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, UCLA
Title: "The DNA Damage response in HIV replication and cure"
Host: Nisha Duggal, Ph.D.

May 3, 2022:
Nancy Keller, Ph.D.
  Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison  
Title: "Co-opting oxylipin signals in fungal disease"
Host: Rana Ashkar, Ph.D.

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Spring 2022 CeZAP Seminar Series.pdf Speaker Schedule and Info: title, bio, and abstract
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Fall 2021 CeZAP Seminar Series PDF.pdf Speaker Schedule and Info: title, bio, and abstract
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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