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CeZAP Annual Infectious Disease Research Symposium

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CeZAP Annual

Infectious Disease Symposium 





The CeZAP Infectious Diseases Symposium is a great opportunity for faculty and students to network and to learn about the outstanding infectious disease research being performed at Virginia Tech.

2023  CeZAP Infectious Diseases Research Symposium 

October 6, 2023

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

5:30pm - 7:00 pm social


The Inn at Virginia Tech

Symposium is sponsored by Fralin Life Sciences Institute

Keynote Speakers Include:

Linsey Marr, PhD

(Charles P. Lunsford Professor and University Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech)

"Airborne Disease Transmission from 6 Feet to 6 Million Feet"

Colleen B. Jonsson, PhD

(Van Vleet Chair of Excellence in Virology, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center)

"Novel brain-penetrant antivirals for Venezuelan and eastern equine encephalitis" 


Pejman Rohani, PhD

(Regents' Professor, University of Georgia)

"Early warning systems for disease (re)emergence"

Student Parking at the Inn

If you are a student who needs a parking permit to park at the Inn, you MUST pick one up at the Registration Desk.  Event parking passes will be available at registration. Parking is restricted to authorized spots in the front of the Inn.  The parking pass must be displayed on the dashboard on the drivers-side of the car. Failure to display pass correctly may result in a parking ticket. Parking in unauthroized areas like the grass, Service Vehicle spots or Alumni Center will result in a ticket.

2023 CeZAP Infectious Diseases Symposium Agenda.pdf
2023 CeZAP Infectious Diseases Symposium Program.pdf
2023 CeZAP Infectious Diseases Symposium Poster Presentations.pdf
2023 CeZAP Infectious Diseases Symposium Breakout Sessions.pdf

Symposium Menu

Morning Refreshment Service (7:30 - noon):

  • Fresh Whole and Sliced Fruit
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Assorted Yogurts and Parfaits
  • Breakfast Bakeries
  • Granola Bars
  • Chilled Bottled Water
  • Assorted Coca-Cola Sodas
  • Assorted Juices Freshly Brewed Iced Tea
  • Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Assorted Hot Teas
  • Hot Snack Item Served from 9-11 AM
  • Examples Include: Breakfast Sandwiches, Quiche, Breakfast Burritos

Coffee, water, tea, sodas - out all day

Lunch buffet:

  • Spinach and Arugula Salad (V, VE)
    Toasted Sunflower Seeds, Dried Cranberries, Quinoa,
    Herb Vinaigrette
  • Greek Pasta Salad (V)
    Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Pepperoncini, and
    Feta Cheese, with White Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Panko Crusted Chicken Scallopini (GF)
    Marsala Demiglace
  • Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie (GF, V, VE)
    Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Corn, Zucchini, Squash, and
    Nutritional Yeast “Cheese” Gravy
  • Vegetarian lasagna - (V)
  • Wild Rice and Quinoa Pilaf (GF, V, VE)
  • Herb Roasted Potatoes (GF, V)
    Roasted Seasonal Vegetable Medley (GF, V)
  • Apple Pie, Fresh Whipped Cream
  • Mini Mousse Cups (GF, V, VE)

Afternoon Refreshment Service (4-7pm):

  • Fresh Whole and Sliced Fruit
  • Fresh Vegetable Crudité
  • Seasonal Charcuterie Cups
  • Assorted Baked Cookies and Chips
  • Assorted Coca-Cola Sodas
  • Chilled Bottled Water
  • Freshly Brewed Iced Tea
  • Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Assorted Hot Teas
  • Hot Snack Item Served from (4-7)
  • Examples Include: Corndog Nuggets, Spanakopita, Pigs in a Blanket



  • Kylene Kehn-Hall, Professor, Director of CeZAP 
  • Sarah Gouger, CeZAP Program Coordinator 
  • Anna Barker, CeZAP Student Assistant
  • John Aggrey, Assistant Professor, Department of Science Technology and Society 
  • Jonathan Auguste, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology 
  • Frank Aylward, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences 
  • Gillian Eastwood, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology 
  • Andrew Lowell, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry 
  • John Maurer, Professor, Department of Animal and Poultry Science 
  • Michael Robert, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics 
  • Wujin Sun, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering 
  • Mike Zhang, Professor, Turner Faculty Fellow, Department of Biological Systems Engineering 

2023 CeZAP Infectious Disease Research Symposium
October 6, 2023
The Inn at Virginia Tech
901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg VA 24061