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Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series in Infectious Diseases

Seminar Coordinators:
Bryan Hsu and Clayton Caswell

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 Bryan Hsu) 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.

Special Summer CeZAP seminar

July 12th 10:30 am - 11:30am, Fralin Auditorium "Swine as a model for biomedical research: Influenza and beyond" 

Dr. Jürgen A. Richt, DVM, PhD, FAAAS

Regents and University Distinguished Professor at KSU, Vanier - Krause BRI Endowed Professorship in Animal Infectious Diseases, Director - Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (CEZID;, A NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), Director - Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD;, A DHS Emeritus Center of Excellence


Seminar Date & Time

Thursdays at 12:30 - 1:30 pm
In person in Fralin Hall Auditorium (virtual seminars are indicated below)

January 19, 2023:  

ID IGEP Presentations: Jason Pough, Hannah Ivester, Jonathan Joyce

January 26, 2023:

Kristy Murray, D.V.M., Ph.D. | BCMP Professor, Baylor College of Medicine & Sarah Gunter Ph.D. Assistant Profess or, Baylor College of Medicine “Implementing and expanding acute febrile illness surveillance for emerging pathogens in LMIC countries during a pandemic”

February 2, 2023: Virtual  Seminar  Zoom:

Andres Velasco-Villa, Ph.D. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Molecular typing of rabies virus: a tool that has enhanced the elimination of the dog rabies cycle across Latin America”

February 9, 2023:

Nadia Romero-Gallardo, DVM, CDC One Health Office “One World-One Health”

February 16, 2023:

Rachel Silverman, Ph.D., ScM, Research Scientist, VMCVM "Using routinely collected public health data for epidemiologic research during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic"

February 23, 2023: Virtual Seminar  Zoom:

Shawna McCallin, Ph.D. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne “Phage Therapy: Test tube to new treatments” 

March 2, 2023:

Kylene Kehn-Hall, MS, Ph.D., Professor, VMCVM

March 16, 2023:

David Schmale, Ph.D., SPES, CALS “Transport of microbes at interfaces”

March 23, 2023:

Zhaomin Yang, Ph.D., Professor, COS “Bacterial type IV pilus as a motility apparatus and anti-virulence target”

March 30, 2023: Virtual Seminar  Zoom:

Taylor Earley, Ph.D., Leidos Biomedical Research Inc. "Improving Human Health through Innovative Research: an in depth look at Pilot Plant Clinical Manufacturing at the Vaccine Clinical Materials Program."

April 13, 2023:  Virtual Seminar Zoom:

Jason Crawford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale University “Metabolism at the Host-microbe Interface”

Bonus Seminar Week:
April 17, 2023
2:00 - 3:00 pm Fralin Auditorium
Kristen Nielsen, Professor, Dept of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Minnesota
"Cryptococcus Cell Wars: The Ultimate Battle Between Host and Pathogen"

April 20, 2023
Seminar co-sponsored by CeZAP and Entomology Seminar Series
3:00 – 4:00 P.M. in person in 220 Price Hall 
Shannon Ronca, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine "Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) alter COVID-19 pathogenesis in mice" 

April 27, 2023:  Virtual Seminar Zoom:

Jonatas Abrahao, Ph.D., Professor Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil



Fall 2022 CeZAP Seminar Series.pdf Speaker Schedule and Info: title, bio, and abstract
Spring 2022 CeZAP Seminar Series.pdf Speaker Schedule and Info: title, bio, and abstract
Fall 2021 CeZAP Seminar Series PDF.pdf Speaker Schedule and Info: title, bio, and abstract
Spring 2021 CeZAP Seminar Series PDF.pdf Speaker Schedule and Info: title, bio, and abstract
CeZAP Fall 2020 Speaker Schedule Info.pdf Speaker Schedule and Info: title, bio, and abstract