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Students in the Boris Vinatzer laboratory.

Students in the Boris Vinatzer laboratory.

Through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) in Infectious Diseases, CeZAP works with the Graduate School and academic colleges to help train graduate students with a broad scientific perspective on infectious diseases by providing interdisciplinary research training opportunities that include a cohesive but diverse environment, infectious disease seminar series, journal club, workshops, social events, etc.

CeZAP will also provide opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research that connects labs from different disciplines. In addition to training students to conduct basic and mechanistic research, CeZAP will also partner with industries to train a new generation of infectious disease professionals focusing on translational and applied research.

Through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) in Infectious Diseases, CeZAP works with the Graduate School and academic colleges to help train graduate students with a broad scientific perspective on infectious diseases by providing interdisciplinary research training opportunities that include a cohesive but diverse environment, infectious disease seminar series, journal club, workshops, social events, etc. CeZAP will also provide opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research that connects labs from different disciplines. In addition to training students to conduct basic and mechanistic research, CeZAP will also partner with industries to train a new generation of infectious disease professionals focusing on translational and applied research.

Please click here for more information on CeZAP's Infectious Diseases IGEP.

 

Information forthcoming...

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

September 7 , 2021:
Gerry Wright, Ph.D.
  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: Andrew Lowell, Ph.D.

September 14, 2021:
Kim Orth, Ph.D.
  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: Ann Stevens, Ph.D.

September 21, 2021:
James Van Etten, Ph.D.
  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: Frank Aylward, Ph.D.

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

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

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

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

October 26, 2021:
Shawn Chen, Ph.D.  Professor at the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy at Arizona State University
Title: "Enhance the Efficacy and Safety of Monoclonal Antibody-Based Therapeutics Against Viral Diseases"
Host: Mike Zhang, Ph.D.

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

November 9, 2021:
Scott Weaver, Ph.D.  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: "Mechanisms of Urban Arbovirus Emergence" Recorded Video
Host: Jonathan Auguste, Ph.D.

November 16, 2021:
ID IGEP Affiliated Student Research Presentations:
Benjamin Davis (Pruden Lab) Environmental Surveillance of Antibiotic Resistance” 
Alexandra Longest (Marr Lab) "Enveloped Virus Stability during Droplet Evaporation"
Will Stone (Auguste Lab) Camelid nanobodies as a Prophylactic for SARS-CoV-2"

November 30, 2021:
ID IGEP 1st Co-hort Research Presentations:
Caitlin Armstrong "“Investigating the roles of innate immune exhaustion and CX3CR1 expression on the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in systemic lupus erythematosus”
Ahmed Garba “Determining the Prevalence of Tick-borne Viruses Circulating in Virginia using a One-Health Approach.”
Abdullahi Jamiu  “Past, present and future; a tale of my graduate research”
Jason Pough "Rotations and Scientific Training in the Agricultural Sciences"
Marcel Eddin "Mychala's rotations within the biology dept"
Mychala Snead "Marcel's previous and current research work"
Poonam Tajanpure ""Rotations and future research work"
Morgen VanderGeissen "Effects of Mosquito and Host Factors on Virus Transmission and Pathogenesis”

December 7, 2021:
Latania Logan, Ph.D.  Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Pediatrics at the Rush University Hospital
Title: A Rolling Plasmid Makes a Mess: Antibiotic Resistance and Its Impaces on Children
Host: Amy Pruden, Ph.D.

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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

Information forthcoming...

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