Join us for engaging talks during Spring 2024! We will have nine seminars, each with an exciting guest speaker. After each seminar, we will host a networking social with refreshments for attendees to meet the speaker and make new connections. There is a maximum capacity of 50 for this event, so register early to save a seat!
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Meet the Speakers
David Duffy, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of wildlife disease genomics in the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience at the University of Florida. The Duffy Lab focuses on questions at the interface between wildlife and human health, with the aim of identifying disease mechanisms and novel therapeutic treatments. The lab primarily focuses on cancer, particularly on understanding fibropapillomatosis in endangered sea turtles. They investigate the environmentally and virally induced genetic changes driving sea turtle fibropapillomatosis.
Carlos Saldana, M.D., is an assistant professor in the division of infectious disease at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is known for his role as a medical advisor in the HIV Program of the Georgia Department of Public Health. His research is dedicated to advancing knowledge in the field of infectious diseases and public health, with a specific focus on Hispanic and Latino communities. His work explores implementation science and involves innovative approaches to HIV cluster detection and response.
Jennifer McQuiston, D.V.M., is the Deputy Director for the Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kevin Macaluso, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of South Alabama. He also serves as the chair of the department of microbiology and immunology. The research of the Macaluso lab group encompasses the molecular and biological mechanisms central to rickettsial transmission by blood-feeding arthropods. In the laboratory, they have established two unique systems consisting of slow- and fast-feeding vectors with which to study rickettsial transmission. The first line of research is directed at deciphering the molecular mechanisms associated with Rickettsia infection of ticks and how both tick- and bacterial-derived factors mediate infection.
Jesse Shapiro, Ph.D., is an associate professor at McGill University. Shapiro's research uses genomics to understand the ecology and evolution of microbes, ranging from freshwater bacterioplankton to the human gut microbiome. His work has helped elucidate the origins of bacterial species, leading to a more unified species concept across domains of life, and has developed genome-wide association study (GWAS) methods tailored for bacteria. His laboratory currently has projects on the ecology and evolution of toxic cyanobacterial blooms, cholera infections, and antimicrobial resistance, among others.
George W. Liechti, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. The Liechti laboratory focuses on the molecular genetics of bacterial pathogenesis, specifically as it relates to human-adapted microbes. Pathogenic Chlamydia, Borrelia, and Helicobacter species are currently under investigation, specifically the physiological mechanisms that confer persistence to these microbes, allowing them to evade clearance by the host and as well as killing by antibiotic treatment.