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.
FALL 2021 SCHEDULE
Seminar Date & Time:
Tuesdays at 12:00 noon starting August 24, 2021
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
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
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
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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