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Samina Akbar, PhD                     

 

Tues. May 21 11-12 pm

Assistant Professor, Des Moines University
Primary Job Responsibility: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens
Bio: I did my PhD work at University of California Davis with Dr. Chet Price.  My PhD dissertation work was on gene regulation during general stress response in Bacillus subtilis.  After that, I went to Dr. Catherine  Lee's laboratory at Harvard Medical School where I studied the regulation of SPI-1 genes by transcription regulators HilA, HilC, and HilD.  I also worked in Dr. Robert Brunham's laboratory at University of British Columbia Center for Disease Control decipehering the type III secretion system in Chlamydia trachomatis and its potential role in virulence.  I have been at Des Moines University for 5 1/2 years where I am examining the role of high molecular weight CMY2 plasmids in pathogenesis of clinical isolates of Salmonella enterica.

Nicole Aulik

 

Mon. May 20  8-9 am       


Mon. May 20  9-10 am

Manager of Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Specialties, Inc
Primary Job Responsibility: Product Development/Quality Control
Scientific Areas of Interest: General Microbiology; Immunology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens
Bio: I have come full circle from a professor at a moderate sized university, to running a new microbiology laboratory at a pharmaceutical company specializing in home care products.  My experiences include starting a microbiology lab, creating all standard operating procedures for the laboratory, environmental and water motoring, risk assessment, and product research and development.

Abel Baerga-Ortiz

 

Mon. May 20  3-4 pm       

Tues. May 21 8-9 am

Associate Professor, University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Microbiology; Fermentation & Biotechnology;
Bio: PhD from UC-San Diego (1996-2001)  Postdoc U of Cambridge (2002-2005)  Worked in product development at biotech startup (2005-2007)  Researcher and professor at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (2007 - present)  Currently supervises two research projects: 1) the use of enzyme components from deep-sea bacteria for the enhancement of biofuel production 2) exploring the effects of exposure to bacterial virulence factors in the human gut.

Dr. Nick Benardini Mon. May 20  8-9 am



Tues. May 21 8-9 am

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Primary Job Responsibility: Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology
Bio: Conducted research in the field of in environmental microbiology studying extreme environments for the past 10 years. He has participated in both applied research and field studies in conducting molecular and traditional microbiological community analysis. He has actively participated in the planetary protection implementation teams for the Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Science Laboratory and now the Lead Planetary Protection Manager for the InSight 2016 Mission. Specially, he has experience in microbial sample collection (air, water, surface), concentration, molecular separation, nucleic acid based approaches (DNA extraction, PCR, whole genome amplification approaches for low biomass, and custom DNA-microarray), and protein based approaches (ESI-MS/MS). He has been instrumental in sampling the Mars Science Laboratory, JUNO, MarsExploration Rovers, International Space Station’s ground support loop (SSPF, KSC), and leading the sampling and laboratory support team for the Mars Science Laboratory.

Susan Bornstein-Forst Ph.D.

Mon. May 20 11-12 pm         

 

Professor of Biology, Marian University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Food Microbiology; Microbiology Education
Bio:
McNair Scholars Program Director Undergraduate Research Director 23 years of teaching

Gerald Capraro Ph.D.

Mon. May 20 11-12 pm         

 

Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
Primary Job Responsibility:
Diagnosis and Testing
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; Clinical Microbiology; Medical Mycology; Microbial Pathogens; Mycobacteriology; Public Health;
Bio:
B.A. in Biology from Catawba College (1997). M.S. in Molecular Biology/Biotechnology from East Carolina University (2002) Ph. D. in Microbiology & Immunology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine (2008). Fellowship in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology at University of Nebraska Medical Center (2009-2011) Assistant Professor of Pathology and Medical Director of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport (2011 - current).

Yogesh Chander

Tues. May 21 8-9 am               



Senior Scientist, Lucigen Corporation
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Clinical Microbiology
Bio:
2012- Senior Scientist at Lucigen Corporation, WI. 2011-2012: Senior Research Associate, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. 2005-2011: Research Associate, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. 2002-2005: Post Doc Fellow, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.

Carmen Cordova Ph.D.

Mon. May 20 1-2 pm               

 

, ETH Zurich
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens; Microbial Physiology & Metabolism;
Bio:
After completing a doctorate in Environmental Engineering and Sciences with a focus in Microbial Physiology, I joined an infection biology lab to investigate metabolic pathways involved in colonization of the inflamed intestine by Salmonella Typhimurium. My goal was to combine techniques commonly used in Environmental Microbiology with techniques in Infection Biology in order to better understand the complex environment that is the inflamed intestine as a niche for Salmonella Typhimurium.

Steven Daniel

Mon. May 20 10-11 am          

Mon. May 20 2-3 pm

Professor, Eastern Illinois University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest:
research in the area of gut microbiology; Animal Health Microbiology; General Microbiology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Ecology; Microbial Physiology & Metabolism
Bio:
Education: B.S., Illinois College, 1977 M.S., South Dakota State University, 1980 Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1988   Experience: 1985-1989, Research Associate, Biology Department, University of Mississippi 1989-1991, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, University of Mississippi 1991-1994, Senior Staff Scientist, Lehrstuhl für Ökologische Mikrobiologie, Bayreuther Institut für terrestrische Ökosystemforschung (BITÖK), Universität Bayreuth, Germany 1994-1996, Assistant Professor, BITÖK, Universität Bayreuth, Germany 1996-1997, Instructor, Biology Department, Western Kentucky University 1997- 2008, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University 2008, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University   Dr. Daniel's specialty areas are anaerobic microbiology, microbial physiology, environmental microbiology, and microbial ecology. His general research interests include the ecological and metabolic roles that microorganisms, especially anaerobic bacteria, play in the turnover of matter and energy in various environmental systems such as the human/animal guts, soils, and sediments. In particular, he is interested in the degradation of toxic dietary compounds (plant-derived) by gastrointestinal bacteria and its influence on the health of the host animal; the impact of soil microorganisms on the growth and survival of native prairie plants; and the physiology and enzymology of microbial soybean pathogens.

Thomas Davis M.D. Ph.D.

Tues. May 21 9-10 am               

Tues. May 21 10-11 am

Director of Clinical Microbiology, Indiana University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Clinical Practice
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Clinical Diagnosis, Teaching, Research (diagnostic clinical trials); Clinical Microbiology; Microbial Pathogens
Bio:
Director of Clinical Microbiology at Indiana University Health Labs and at Wishard Memorial Hospital lab. System of 12 major hospitals with a large reference lab and 2 full "in-hospital" labs. Pathology fellowship in clinical microbiology for many years and will have an approved CPEP fellowship for Fall 2013. Teacher of medical lab science, graduate and medical students. Clinical interests: tissue diagnosis of infectious diseases and molecular identification of microbial pathogens. Research group performs many diagnostic clinical trials each year.

Edward Desmond Ph.D. D.(ABMM)

Sun. May 19 3-4 pm               

Mon. May 20 1-2 pm

Mycobacteriology & Mycology Section Chief, California Dept. of Public Health
Primary Job Responsibility:
Diagnosis and Testing
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Public Health;
Bio:
Supervise TB section of state laboratory. Directed postdoctoral fellowship program. Performed international consulting on TB laboratory work. Developed new methods for molecular detection of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Doris D'Souza

Mon. May 20 11-12 pm         

 

Associate Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Food Microbiology;
Bio:
Dr. Doris D'Souza is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her research focus is in the area of natural plant polyphenols as antimicrobials and antivirals against foodborne viruses (noroviruses and hepatitis A virus) and bacteria (Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli), non-thermal and thermal approaches for their inactivation, as well as molecular methods using DNA and RNA based technologies and functional genomic approaches to detect, discover causative agents/markers, and methods to control gene expression and prevent disease outbreaks in food commodities. She has graduated 2 M.S. students, 1 Ph.D. student, co-advised 2 Ph.D. students, and 1 M.S. student, and currently supervises 2 Ph.D. students and 2 M.S students. She has trained and mentored international scientists from the Fulbright (Serbia) and USDA Borlaug Programs (Bulgaria), Turkey, Honduras, and Mexico in molecular based technologies, and co-mentored 1 Fulbright Scholar from Cote D’Ivoire. She has 49 publications in peer-reviewed journals (1 manuscript is in press and 1 is under review). She serves on several editorial boards including Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Food Microbiology, Food Analytical Methods and Journal of Food Protection as well as an adhoc reviewer of other leading food microbiology and food safety journals including LWT-Food Science and Technology, Journal of Food Science, FEMS-RE, Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, TIFS. She has been an invited speaker at national (International Association of Food Protection, Institute of Food Technologists, FDA) and international (Serbia, Portugal, Korea, India) food microbiology conferences. She enjoys teaching courses in Advanced Food Microbiology and a Special Topics course involving advanced molecular detection technologies.

Wayne Duffus M.D. Ph.D.

Sun. May 19 3-4 pm               

 

Associate Director of Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Primary Job Responsibility:
Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Public Health
Bio:
Wayne A. Duffus, MD, PhD is the Associate Director for Health Equity at CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). In this role, Dr. Duffus is responsible for promoting health equity efforts across NCHHSTP by increasing collaboration and advancing the scientific agenda across the Center.   Previously, Dr. Duffus was the Medical Director of the STD/HIV Division and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program Pharmacy in the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) for 8 years and was an infectious disease physician at the SCDHEC STD clinic for 10 years. In addition, Dr. Duffus served as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Infectious Diseases Division at the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine and had patient care responsibilities in the Ryan White clinic. He has also been an Adjunct Associate Professor in the USC Arnold School of Public Health.     Dr. Duffus graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, with an MD and a PhD in virology/cell biology. He completed residency training in internal medicine at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City and fellowship training in infectious diseases at the Emory University School of Medicine. He subsequently worked as a CDC EIS Officer from 2002-2004, and was stationed in Columbia, South Carolina. He has also authored and published nearly 60 professional papers and is involved with numerous public health projects.

Ms Kathleen Engelbrecht

Sun. May 19 2-3 pm               

Tues. May 21 11-12 pm

, Kimberly-Clark
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
General Microbiology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Ecology; Microbial Pathogens;
Bio:
Kathleen received her B.S. in Microbiology and her M.S. in Clinical Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her research focused on the discovery of antimicrobial and anti-mycobacterial compounds from fungal fruiting bodies. Kathleen has previously worked at EraGen Biosciences, a Luminex Company in Madison, WI where she developed clinical diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. She joined Kimberly-Clark in 2011, where she has been working on removal of bacteria from hard surfaces and preventing bacteria from attaching to skin.

Loles Esteve-Gassent

Mon. May 20 9-10 am               

Mon. May 20 3-4 pm

Research Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Animal Health Microbiology; Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; General Microbiology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens
Bio:
Education • PhD Cum Laude Department of Microbiology, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain (European PhD degree) October 2003 • Advanced Studies Certificate, Cum Laude Department of Microbiology, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain. November 2002 • B.S. Biology Department, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain September 1998 Professional appointments • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, CVM, Texas A&M University (80% Research, 15% Teaching and 5% Service) 2010-present • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, College of Sciences, The University of Texas at San Antonio 2008-2010 • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, College of Sciences, The University of Texas at San Antonio 2005-2008 • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center 2004-2005 • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Department of Microbiology, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain 2000-2003 • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL), Frederiksberg, Denmark 1999-2000 • Undergraduate Research Scholar, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Instituto de Acuicultura ‘Torre de la Sal’, Castellón, Spain. 1998

Dr Chidi Felix Ezeama

Mon. May 20 2-3 pm               

 

, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike,Nigeria.
Primary Job Responsibility:
Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Food Microbiology;
Bio:
Teaching Food Microbiology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the University.

Nicole Green Ph.D. D.(ABMM)

Sun. May 19 2-3 pm               

 

Assistant Laboratory Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Primary Job Responsibility:
Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Public Health
Bio:
Board-certified medical microbiologist with over 15 years experience in laboratory science and 4 years experience in public health laboratory high-complexity testing. Three years of progressive administrative and management experience at the county level. Direct responsibilities include development and implementation of new laboratory tests and overall operation and administration of the laboratory, including the employment of competent personnel, equipment, safety, laboratory policies, quality assurance, testing (including proficiency testing), and test reports. 2010-present. Assistant Director. Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory. Downey, CA. 2008-2010. Postdoctoral Fellow. UC Berkeley School of Public Health and California Department of Public Health, Microbial Diseases Laboratory. Postdoctoral Residency Program in Public Health and Clinical Microbiology.   Richmond, CA.   2006-2008. Postdoctoral Research Associate. The Methodist Hospital and Methodist Hospital Research Institute. Houston, TX.   2001-2006. Graduate Research Fellow. The Methodist Hospital and Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, TX; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; NIAID-NIH Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Hamilton, MT; UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA. 2000-2004. Intramural Research Training Award Fellow. NIAID-NIH Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Hamilton, MT. 1997-2000. Research Assistant. California State University, Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA

Maria Hadjifrangiskou Ph.D.

Mon. May 20 11-12 pm         

 

Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens
Bio:
My research focuses on understanding how pathogenic bacteria establish urinary tract infections (UTI). My lab aims to identify new targets for the development of more effective therapeutics against UTIs. We perform the majority of our studies on the main causative agent of UTIs, uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC)

Dr Debra Horensky MD

Mon. May 20 11-12 pm         

 

Colorado State University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest:
General Microbiology; Public Health;
Bio:
Laboratory regulatory, Microbiology/infectious diseases diagnostics, Select Agent. Clinical Pathologist with speciality in microbiology diagnostics (public health lab and hospital lab), regulatory and laboratory administration, several years experience in academic and company labs prior to medical school; 15 years Biological Sciences Chief at a State Laboratory and currently the Associate Director of the CSU regional biocontainment labs (IDRC). Taught students throughout career either in lecture setting, laboratory or problem -based learning groups.

Dr. Anwar Huq

Sun. May 19 10-11 am          

 

Professor, University of Maryland
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Microbial Ecology; Public Health;
Bio:
Working on bacterial detection, disease prediction and prevention, with focus on cholera for 35 years.

Zaffar Hussain

Tues. May 21 1-2 pm               

 

Manager Microbiology, Kaiser Permanente
Primary Job Responsibility:
Diagnosis and Testing
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Clinical Microbiology
Bio:
Worked in a Microbilogy Laboratory setting for the last 32 years. Most of the years in the capacity of a manager. Making decisions on bringing in new assays,automation and organixation of the workflow processes.

Marian Johnson-Thompson Ph.D.

Mon. May 20 3-4 pm               

 

President Emerita, University of the District of Columbia, Retired, NIH and UDC
Primary Job Responsibility:
Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest:
DNA Viruses; Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Public Health
Bio:
My career has spanned teaching, research, administraton, policy and I presently consider myself as an environmental/public health professional. I've also had a lot of experience in mentoring, reviewing proposals for a variety of government agencies and chairing an NIH IRB for more than 8 years. My early research focused on the mechanism of SV40DNA synthesis and conformation followed by breast cancer research. Currently my interests focus on STEM consutlting and mentoring and the early history of African American contributions to Microbiology.

MAJ Benjamin Kirkup

Sun. May 19 11-12 pm         

Sun. May 19 1-2 pm

Deputy Director, Wound Infections, WRAIR, US Army
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology; Microbial Ecology
Bio:
After a position as a postdoctoral associate and lecturer at MIT, I joined the Army as a microbiologist and served in the new Wound Infections Department at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. In that position, I have assembled a team and inaugurated investigations in several areas of microbiology related to combat wound infections.

Indira Kudva

Mon. May 20 10-11 am          

 

Research Microbiologist, National Animal Disease Center/ARS/USDA
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Animal Health Microbiology; Bacteriophage; Cell and Structural Biology; Clinical Microbiology; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Immunology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Ecology; Microbial Pathogens; Microbiology Education; Public Health
Bio:
1981-1984 Stella Maris College, Madras, India; Zoology; B.Sc. 1984   1984-1987 Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India; Medical Microbiology;  M.Sc. 1987     1993-1997 University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA; Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry; Ph.D. 1997. 1993-1997, Research Assistant, Department of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID   1997-1998, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID   1998-2001, Research Fellow in Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA   1998-2001, Research Fellow in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA   2001-2007, Instructor in Medicine (Independent Investigator), Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA     2001-2007, Assistant in Microbiology, Division of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA     2007-2009, Consultant, Microbianome, Newberry, FL*     2009-Present, GS-13, Research Microbiologist, Food Safety and Enteric Pathogens Research Unit, NADC/ARS/USDA, Ames, IA     2002-2007, InMan DNA Technologies, Revere, MA (Co-founder-Director).   2006-2009, Gerson Lehrman Group Councils, Austin, TX (Consultant).   2007-2009, Microbianome, Newberry, FL (Founder-Consultant).   Applied and Environmental Microbiology (Editorial Board Member).     Ad hoc reviewer for 21 journals.

Dr. Renu Kumar

Sun. May 19 2-3 pm               

Mon. May 20 10-11 am

Biology Faculty, Minnesota State College and Universities (MCTC Campus)
Primary Job Responsibility:
Teaching Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Teaching; Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Fermentation & Biotechnology; General Microbiology; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens; Microbiology Education;
Bio:
RESEARCH INTERESTS I have a wide range of research experiences. During my ....doctoral training, I isolated bacteria from the contaminated industrial area and identified the genes that were important for metal resistance. One of the mechanisms of resistance to metal was the accumulation of metal by these bacteria, especially Pseudomonas sp. The ability to accumulate metal by those bacteria was then exploited for bioremediation of mine effluents and other metal contaminated areas. This work has been published in many journals including the Journal of General and Applied Microbiology. Due to the industrialization and increased use of pesticides, metal concentration is increasing in the environment. These non-pathogenic bacteria can be exploited for bioremediation and environmental clean up. I am initiating projects that will involve undergraduate student visits to various industrial sites, and water resources to collect soil and water samples. These samples can then be processed for identification of the micro flora employing conventional and molecular techniques. Some of these microbes can be used for small scale bioremediation projects. I will apply to various national funding agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Environmental Research for funding to conduct these projects. The main goal is to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn about the importance of microbiology research, regardless of their career path (medicine, industry, or academia), and to participate in a meaningful project that will enhance their critical thinking skills and analytical abilities. Understanding the relationships between diet, gut microbes, and health is another increasingly important area of research for me. With the increasing consumption of Kombucha tea for pro-biotic and other health benefits, it’s important to explore the claim that this beverage can help maintain gut micro- flora. Its beneficial effect could result from the effect of Kombucha tea on the normal microflora of the gut. Human flora comprises ten times as many bacterial cells as there are human cells, and as such, understanding how Kombucha tea interacts with human flora may increase our ability to understand how to combat human pathogenic diseases with its antimicrobial properties. Past research experience includes developing methods to characterize and localize the type IV secretion transport pore complex using a functional genomics approach employing molecular biology techniques. Agrobacterium tumefaciens uses type IV transport to transfer DNA to plant cells, causing the crown gall tumor disease. Escherichia coli transfer plasmids by conjugation using the type IV mechanism. Human and animal pathogens, e.g., Helicobacter pylori, Bordetella pertussis, Brucella suis, and Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans use a similar method to deliver pathogenesis related effector proteins and other molecules. This work is published in many journals, including Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. I was also involved in the project that studied the role of oral epithelial cells in primary HIV infection. The hypothesis of the study was that primary HIV-1 infection can occur via the capture of virus by oral keratinocytes followed by transfer of HIV-1 to CD4+ cells. Differences might be explained by differential expression of coreceptors and innate immune molecules, including -defensins. To investigate the molecular basis for HIV virion binding to intact mucosal surfaces, I characterized the expression patterns in palatine tonsil for HIV receptors, co receptors, and other cell surface markers that have been implicated in HIV infection. This work has been published in the Virology Journal. 1

Steve Lindemann

Mon. May 20 2-3 pm               

 

Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology; Fermentation & Biotechnology; General Microbiology; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Ecology; Microbial Pathogens; Microbial Physiology & Metabolism
Bio:
Steve completed his Ph.D. in virulence genetics of Francisella tularensis at the University of Iowa with Dr. Bradley Jones and went on to a post-doc at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with Dr. James Fredrickson working on interspecies interactions in microbial communities and especially in the phototrophic microbial mats in Hot Lake, Washington. Recently, Steve transitioned to a staff scientist position at PNNL and is continuing work begun during his post-doc.

Catherine Loc-Carrillo

Mon. May 20 1-2 pm               

Tues. May 21 1-2 pm

Research Instructor, University of Utah
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; Bacteriophage; Food Microbiology; General Microbiology; Microbiology Education;
Bio:
As an academic researcher I'm primarily interested in finding ways to prevent, treat and diagnose wound and bone infections. I have spent over 10 years, both in academia and industry, studying the possibilities of how to harness bacteriophages for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. I'm also interested in helping students become good researchers and be passionate about microbiology.

Betsy Martinez-Vaz

Sun. May 19 3-4 pm               

Mon. May 20 10-11 am

Associate Professor of Biology, Hamline University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest:
PUI; Food Microbiology; General Microbiology; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbial Ecology; Microbiology Education;
Bio:
I was born in small town in the southern part of Puerto Rico. I grew up in a family of teachers who valued education and academic achievement. Science and research were my passions during my high school days. I was very active in my school’s research program and represented Puerto Rico twice in the International Science and Engineering fair. My interest in research was very strong and motivated me to go to college and complete degrees in chemistry and biology. After spending several summers in research laboratories, I decided to go graduate school to pursue an advance studies in Biochemistry. I joined the graduate program in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota in 1995. I defended my Ph.D. in thesis on a rainy day in October of the year 2001. During the four years of my post-doctoral training I had the opportunity to mentor many undergraduate students that were doing research in our laboratory. Through these experiences, I discovered my passion for teaching and decided to become a professor at undergraduate institution. I am an associate professor of Biology at Hamline University, a small liberal arts college in Saint Paul, MN. I enjoy my job and am always happy to see students understand difficult scientific concepts and become enthusiastic about research. I lead a dynamic and successful undergraduate research laboratory that studies plant-microbe interactions relevant for nitrogen fixation and food safety. I am an active member of the Microbiology Education Division of ASM and a section editor for the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.

Dr. Bereneice Madison

Sun. May 19 11-12 pm         

 

Senior Research Scientist, Battelle Memorial Institute
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Clinical Microbiology; Public Health;
Bio:
My career started as a medical technologist in a hospital microbiology laboratory after certification and liscensure; in this capacity I was a bench tecnologist then supervisor and director of the laboratory microbiology. I moved to a healthscientist position at CDC-Atlanta performing quality assurance activities in TB drug susceptibility testing; international work in Mexico and Africa on TB diagnosis; and later Imoved to Africa and   served as CDC- Chief of Laboratory Infrastructure and Support for PEPFAR Zambia for 3 years. After returning from Africa, I worked in the International Laboratory Branch at CDC performing training and support to several African countries inTB diagnostics. Currently, I am retired and working for Battelle Memorial Institute as reveiw coordinator on systematic reveiws for a Laboratory Medicine Best Practices project for the CDC.

Shonna McBride Ph.D.

Sun. May 19 11-12 pm         

Tues. May 21 8-9 am

Assistant Professor, Emory University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbial Pathogens
Bio:
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University   Postdoctoral: Tufts University, Boston, MA (Clostridium difficile pathogenesis) Schepens Institute/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (Enterococcus faecalis) Ph.D.: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX (Bacillus subtilis sporulation)   I would be happy to provide insight into applying for postdoctoral or faculty positions, finding mentors and applying for fellowships.

Mark McCallum

Mon. May 20 8-9 am               

Tues. May 21 11-12 pm

Interim Dean, Arts and Sciences, Pfeiffer University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Bacteriophage; Microbiology Education
Bio:
Dr. Mark McCallum, Professor of Biology at Pfeiffer University currently serves as Interim Dean for the Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences.   While at Pfeiffer University, Dr. McCallum has served as Dean of the School of Natural Sciences from 2006 to 2012 and has been a Pfeiffer biology faculty member since 1994. Additionally, he has served as chair of the Departments of Health Sciences and Biology and served two years as Chair, of the Pfeiffer University Faculty Senate. Dr. McCallum received his B.A. from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a biology faculty member, Dr. McCallum has taught courses in microbiology, genetics, microbial genetics, cell and molecular biology, and general biology. He maintains an active undergraduate research program with current students in his laboratory engaged in isolating and molecularly characterizing bacteriophages of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia from natural environments.

Adam McCoy

Mon. May 20 11-12 pm         

 

Applications Development Manager, Gene Expression Division, Bio-Rad Laboratories
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Free-living Symb & Parasitic Protists; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Ecology;
Bio:
Currently manager of the Applications Development group for Bio-Rad Laboratories Gene Expression (qPCR) group. Previously was an application scientist within that group (4 years) and before that a technical support representative (2 years). Prior to joining Bio-Rad I did my post doctoral work at Hopkins Marine Lab (Stanford university).

Bob McLean

Mon. May 20 9-10 am               

 

Regents' Professor, Texas State University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Environmental and General Applied Microbiology;
Bio:
I have almost 25 years experience as a faculty member, primarily at a large masters' level, comprehensive university in south-central Texas. As a matter of pride, the microbiology program (within a general biology department) has increased over four-fold over that time. Research and career opportunities at comprehensive universities do have challenges, but one can still do nationally and even internationally recognized work. At the same time, one can have some good life balance. As one example of work, I have had biofilm experiments on two different space shuttle flights.

Joanna Mott

Tues. May 21 8-9 am               

Tues. May 21 9-10 am

Professor and Department Head, James Madison University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; General Microbiology; Microbial Ecology; Microbiology Education;
Bio:
I am currently the Head of the Biology Department at James Madison University. Prior to 2011 I was the Life Sciences Department Chair at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, a department with undergraduate, M.S. and PhD. programs with a focus on marine biology. I have taught a wide range of courses, primarily in microbiology and related areas from undergraduate through Ph.D. level. My research in environmental and applied microbiology has been funded through ~$6 million dollars in grants and contracts.

Dr. Lydia Rump

Tues. May 21 9-10 am               

Tues. May 21 11-12 pm

University of Maryland
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology; Food Microbiology; General Microbiology; Genetics and Molecular Biology
Bio:
2007-2012 Graduate research at FDA, Division of Microbiology   2012-present Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Maryland

Joseph Sturino Ph.D.

Mon. May 20 1-2 pm               



Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Bacteriophage; Food Microbiology; Fermentation & Biotechnology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Ecology; Microbial Physiology & Metabolism;
Bio:
Studied the role of beneficial microbes in gastrointestinal health and fermentation as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University Department of Nutrition and Food Science (6 years). Prior to this, I was a research scientist at Chr. Hansen Inc., which is a global company devoted to the research and manufacturing of culture-based products (4 years).

Juliette Tinker

Mon. May 20 9-10 am               

Mon. May 20 3-4 pm

Associate Professor, Boise State University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Animal Health Microbiology; Immunology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens;
Bio:
I have been at Boise State for 8 years with significant teaching experience and have an active extramurally funded lab that focuses on the characterization of bacterial enterotoxins as mucosal adjuvants. I have mentored many undergraduates through the transition of moving to graduate school. In addition, Boise State has just initiated a new Biomolecular PhD program and we would like to interest new students into this program.

Ching Wen Tseng

Sun. May 19 10-11 am          

 

Research Scientist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Microbe-Host Interactions;
Bio:
I have been a research scientist for approximately 2 years in Cedars Sinai Medical Center. My previous experiences include postdoctoral research for total of 7 years which I spent 5 years in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and 2 years in Cornell University. I got my Ph.D. degree in Kansas State University, M.S. in Emporia State University, and B.S. in National Chung Hsin University in Taiwan. Our research focuses on seeking a greater understanding in the age-dependent immunity change during Staphylococcus aureus infection and the host-pathogen interaction.

Jorge Vidal Ph.D.

Mon. May 20 10-11 am          

 

Assistant Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; Clinical Microbiology; Microbial Pathogens;
Bio:

Gerrit Voordouw

Mon. May 20 2-3 pm               



Professor, University of Calgary
Primary Job Responsibility:
Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Environmental and General Applied Microbiology;
Bio:
My research interests are in energy. I currently hold an Industrial Research Chair and work extensively with energy companies on how to best introduce petroleum microbiology.

Rebecca Watson M.S.

Sunday 5/19/2013 2-3 pm         

 

Assistant Scientist - Animal and Environmental Applications, DuPont Nutrition & Health
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Animal Health Microbiology; Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Food Microbiology; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbial Ecology
Bio:
I currently am an Assistant Scientist at DuPont within the Nutrition & Health Division. I am involved with R&D initiatives that leverage competences in areas such as microbial ecology, molecular, and microbiology to improve our understanding and develop solutions for the pet food industry. We are primarily looking at specialty ingredients such as probiotics and improved food safety and quality solutions for pet food. As for the larger focus within DuPont Nutrition & Health, we’re putting science to work - improving the nutritional value of food, ensuring food safety, and finding smart, sustainable solutions to feed a growing population. I would certainly be able to advise/mentor on the larger scope of the DuPont Nutrition & Health Division as well as general inquiries about career opportunities in industry.

Douglas Weibel

Sun. May 19 11-12 pm         

Sun. May 19 1-2 pm

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Primary Job Responsibility:
Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; General Microbiology; Microbial Pathogens; Microbial Physiology & Metabolism;
Bio:
Douglas B. Weibel received his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1996 from the University of Utah (with Prof. C. Dale Poulter). From 1996-1997 he was a Fulbright Fellow at Tohoku University, Japan where he studied the organometallic chemistry of Pd complexes (with Prof. Yoshinori Yamamoto). He received his M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) from Cornell University (with Prof. Jerrold Meinwald) for research in the fields of organic and analytical chemistry. During his graduate studies he was an intern at Orchid Biosciences Inc. (now Orchid Cellmark) and a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany (with Prof. Wilhelm Boland). From 2002-2006 he was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. George M. Whitesides at Harvard University where his research spanned the fields of chemistry, materials science and engineering, and microbiology. In 2005 he was a student in the Physiology Course ('Modern Cell Biology using Microscopic, Biochemical, and Computational Approaches') at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole (Course Directors, Prof. Ron Vale and Prof. Tim Mitchison). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry (by courtesy), and Biomedical Engineering (by courtesy), an affiliate of the Genome Center, and a trainer in the Biophysics Program, Biotechnology Training Program, the Cellular and Molecular Biology Program, the Chemistry and Biology Program, the Materials Science Program, the Molecular Biosciences Training Program, and the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program, all at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   Doug has consulted for a range of public and privately-held companies in the areas of biotechnology, nanotechnology, law, and entertainment. He has participated in a range of advisory positions, including on-going roles in advising the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Defense.   His research interests span the fields of biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, and microbiology.

Sheryl Zajdowicz Ph.D.

Mon. May 20 2-3 pm               

Tues. May 21 10-11 am

Assistant Professor of Biology, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Primary Job Responsibility:
Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; Bacteriophage; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Immunology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens; Microbiology Education
Bio:
I have been teaching microbiology and microbiology-associated courses for over ten years. Additionally, for the past 15 years, I have researched medically important pathogens and their virulence mechanisms. Along these lines, I have mentored both undergraduate and graduate students in their research projects.

Raymond Zilinskas

Sun. May 19 3-4 pm               

 

Biosecurity specialist, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Primary Job Responsibility:
Research
Scientific Areas of Interest:
Public Health; Biosecurity
Bio:
After having worked as a clinical microbiologist for over 15 years, Zilinskas studied at the University of Southern California, graduating with a Ph.D. in 1981. His dissertation addressed policy issues generated by recombinant DNA research, including genetic engineering techniques for military and terrorist purposes. He has worked for the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment (1981-1982), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (1982-1986), and University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (1987-1998). He was a biological weapons inspector in Iraq in 1994. Zilinskas currently directs the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, in Monterey, California (which is a graduate school of Middlebury College). His research encompasses achieving effective biological arms control, assessing the risks posed by the remnants of the former Soviet Union’s biological warfare program in today’s Russia, and addressing the threats of biological and chemical terrorism. The important reference work Encyclopedia of Bioterrorism Defense, co-edited by Rebecca Katz and Zilinskas, was published in 2010 and the encompassing book The Soviet Biological Weapons Program: A History by Milton Leitenberg and Zilinskas in 2012.

 Samina Akbar Ph.D.
Tues. May 21 11-12 pm    
 

Assistant Professor, Des Moines University
Primary Job Responsibility: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens
Bio: I did my PhD work at University of California Davis with Dr. Chet Price.  My PhD dissertation work was on gene regulation during general stress response in Bacillus subtilis.  After that, I went to Dr. Catherine  Lee's laboratory at Harvard Medical School where I studied the regulation of SPI-1 genes by transcription regulators HilA, HilC, and HilD.  I also worked in Dr. Robert Brunham's laboratory at University of British Columbia Center for Disease Control decipehering the type III secretion system in Chlamydia trachomatis and its potential role in virulence.  I have been at Des Moines University for 5 1/2 years where I am examining the role of high molecular weight CMY2 plasmids in pathogenesis of clinical isolates of Salmonella enterica.

 Nicole Aulik
Mon. May 20  8-9 am    
Mon. May 20  9-10 am

Manager of Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Specialties, Inc
Primary Job Responsibility: Product Development/Quality Control
Scientific Areas of Interest: General Microbiology; Immunology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens
Bio: I have come full circle from a professor at a moderate sized university, to running a new microbiology laboratory at a pharmaceutical company specializing in home care products.  My experiences include starting a microbiology lab, creating all standard operating procedures for the laboratory, environmental and water motoring, risk assessment, and product research and development.

 Abel Baerga-Ortiz
Mon. May 20  3-4 pm    
Tues. May 21 8-9 am

Associate Professor, University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Microbiology; Fermentation & Biotechnology;
Bio: PhD from UC-San Diego (1996-2001)  Postdoc U of Cambridge (2002-2005)  Worked in product development at biotech startup (2005-2007)  Researcher and professor at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (2007 - present)  Currently supervises two research projects: 1) the use of enzyme components from deep-sea bacteria for the enhancement of biofuel production 2) exploring the effects of exposure to bacterial virulence factors in the human gut.

Dr. Nick Benardini
Mon. May 20  8-9 am    
Tues. May 21 8-9 am

, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Primary Job Responsibility: Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology
Bio: Conducted research in the field of in environmental microbiology studying extreme environments for the past 10 years. He has participated in both applied research and field studies in conducting molecular and traditional microbiological community analysis. He has actively participated in the planetary protection implementation teams for the Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Science Laboratory and now the Lead Planetary Protection Manager for the InSight 2016 Mission. Specially, he has experience in microbial sample collection (air, water, surface), concentration, molecular separation, nucleic acid based approaches (DNA extraction, PCR, whole genome amplification approaches for low biomass, and custom DNA-microarray), and protein based approaches (ESI-MS/MS). He has been instrumental in sampling the Mars Science Laboratory, JUNO, MarsExploration Rovers, International Space Station’s ground support loop (SSPF, KSC), and leading the sampling and laboratory support team for the Mars Science Laboratory.

 Susan Bornstein-Forst Ph.D.
Mon. May 20  11-12 pm    
 

Professor of Biology, Marian University
Primary Job Responsibility: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Food Microbiology; Microbiology Education
Bio: McNair Scholars Program Director  Undergraduate Research Director  23 years of teaching

 Gerald Capraro Ph.D.
Mon. May 20  11-12 pm    
 

Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
Primary Job Responsibility: Diagnosis and Testing
Scientific Areas of Interest: Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; Clinical Microbiology; Medical Mycology; Microbial Pathogens; Mycobacteriology; Public Health;
Bio: B.A. in Biology from Catawba College (1997).  M.S. in Molecular Biology/Biotechnology from East Carolina University (2002)  Ph. D. in Microbiology & Immunology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine (2008).  Fellowship in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology at University of Nebraska Medical Center (2009-2011)  Assistant Professor of Pathology and Medical Director of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport (2011 - current).

 Yogesh Chander
Tues. May 21 8-9 am    


Senior Scientist, Lucigen Corporation
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Microbiology
Bio: 2012- Senior Scientist at Lucigen Corporation, WI.  2011-2012: Senior Research Associate, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.  2005-2011: Research Associate, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.  2002-2005: Post Doc Fellow, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.

 Carmen Cordova Ph.D.
Mon. May 20  1-2 pm    
 

, ETH Zurich
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens; Microbial Physiology & Metabolism;
Bio: After completing a doctorate in Environmental Engineering and Sciences with a focus in Microbial Physiology, I joined an infection biology lab to investigate metabolic pathways involved in colonization of the inflamed intestine by Salmonella Typhimurium. My goal was to combine techniques commonly used in Environmental Microbiology with techniques in Infection Biology in order to better understand the complex environment that is the inflamed intestine as a niche for Salmonella Typhimurium.

 Steven Daniel
Mon. May 20  10-11 am    
Mon. May 20  2-3 pm

Professor, Eastern Illinois University
Primary Job Responsibility: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: research in the area of gut microbiology; Animal Health Microbiology; General Microbiology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Ecology; Microbial Physiology & Metabolism
Bio: Education:  B.S., Illinois College, 1977  M.S., South Dakota State University, 1980  Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1988    Experience:  1985-1989, Research Associate, Biology Department, University of Mississippi  1989-1991, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, University of Mississippi  1991-1994, Senior Staff Scientist, Lehrstuhl für Ökologische Mikrobiologie, Bayreuther Institut für terrestrische Ökosystemforschung (BITÖK), Universität Bayreuth, Germany  1994-1996, Assistant Professor, BITÖK, Universität Bayreuth, Germany  1996-1997, Instructor, Biology Department, Western Kentucky University  1997- 2008, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University  2008, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University    Dr. Daniel's specialty areas are anaerobic microbiology, microbial physiology, environmental microbiology, and microbial ecology.  His general research interests include the ecological and metabolic roles that microorganisms, especially anaerobic bacteria, play in the turnover of matter and energy in various environmental systems such as the human/animal guts, soils, and sediments.  In particular, he is interested in the degradation of toxic dietary compounds (plant-derived) by gastrointestinal bacteria and its influence on the health of the host animal;  the impact of soil microorganisms on the growth and survival of native prairie plants;  and the physiology and enzymology of microbial soybean pathogens.

 Thomas Davis M.D. Ph.D.
Tues. May 21 9-10 am    
Tues. May 21 10-11 am

Director of Clinical Microbiology, Indiana University
Primary Job Responsibility: Clinical Practice
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Diagnosis, Teaching, Research (diagnostic clinical trials); Clinical Microbiology; Microbial Pathogens
Bio: Director of Clinical Microbiology at Indiana University Health Labs and at Wishard Memorial Hospital lab. System of 12 major hospitals with a large reference lab and 2 full "in-hospital" labs. Pathology fellowship in clinical microbiology for many years and will have an approved CPEP fellowship for Fall 2013. Teacher of medical lab science, graduate and medical students. Clinical interests: tissue diagnosis of infectious diseases and molecular identification of microbial pathogens. Research group performs many diagnostic clinical trials each year.

 Edward Desmond Ph.D. D.(ABMM)
Sun. May 19   3-4 pm    
Mon. May 20  1-2 pm

Mycobacteriology & Mycology Section Chief, California Dept. of Public Health
Primary Job Responsibility: Diagnosis and Testing
Scientific Areas of Interest: Public Health;
Bio: Supervise TB section of state laboratory.  Directed postdoctoral fellowship program.  Performed international consulting on TB laboratory work.  Developed new methods for molecular detection of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

 Doris D'Souza
Mon. May 20  11-12 pm    
 

Associate Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Food Microbiology;
Bio: Dr. Doris D'Souza is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her research focus is in the area of natural plant polyphenols as antimicrobials and antivirals against foodborne viruses (noroviruses and hepatitis A virus) and bacteria (Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli), non-thermal and thermal approaches for their inactivation, as well as molecular methods using DNA and RNA based technologies and functional genomic approaches to detect, discover causative agents/markers, and methods to control gene expression and prevent disease outbreaks in food commodities. She has graduated 2 M.S. students, 1 Ph.D. student, co-advised 2 Ph.D. students, and 1 M.S. student, and currently supervises 2 Ph.D. students and 2 M.S students. She has trained and mentored international scientists from the Fulbright (Serbia) and USDA Borlaug Programs (Bulgaria), Turkey, Honduras, and Mexico in molecular based technologies, and co-mentored 1 Fulbright Scholar from Cote D’Ivoire. She has 49 publications in peer-reviewed journals (1 manuscript is in press and 1 is under review). She serves on several editorial boards including Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Food Microbiology, Food Analytical Methods and Journal of Food Protection as well as an adhoc reviewer of other leading food microbiology and food safety journals including LWT-Food Science and Technology, Journal of Food Science, FEMS-RE, Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, TIFS. She has been an invited speaker at national (International Association of Food Protection, Institute of Food Technologists, FDA) and international (Serbia, Portugal, Korea, India) food microbiology conferences. She enjoys teaching courses in Advanced Food Microbiology and a Special Topics course involving advanced molecular detection technologies.

 Wayne Duffus M.D. Ph.D.
Sun. May 19   3-4 pm    
 

Associate Director of Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Primary Job Responsibility: Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest: Public Health
Bio: Wayne A. Duffus, MD, PhD is the Associate Director for Health Equity at CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). In this role, Dr. Duffus is responsible for promoting health equity efforts across NCHHSTP by increasing collaboration and advancing the scientific agenda across the Center.    Previously, Dr. Duffus was the Medical Director of the STD/HIV Division and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program Pharmacy in the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) for 8 years and was an infectious disease physician at the SCDHEC STD clinic for 10 years. In addition, Dr. Duffus served as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Infectious Diseases Division at the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine and had patient care responsibilities in the Ryan White clinic. He has also been an Adjunct Associate Professor in the USC Arnold School of Public Health.     Dr. Duffus graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, with an MD and a PhD in virology/cell biology. He completed residency training in internal medicine at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City and fellowship training in infectious diseases at the Emory University School of Medicine. He subsequently worked as a CDC EIS Officer from 2002-2004, and was stationed in Columbia, South Carolina. He has also authored and published nearly 60 professional papers and is involved with numerous public health projects.

Ms Kathleen Engelbrecht
Sun. May 19   2-3 pm    
Tues. May 21 11-12 pm

, Kimberly-Clark
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: General Microbiology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Ecology; Microbial Pathogens;
Bio: Kathleen received her B.S. in Microbiology and her M.S. in Clinical Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her research focused on the discovery of antimicrobial and anti-mycobacterial compounds from fungal fruiting bodies.  Kathleen has previously worked at EraGen Biosciences, a Luminex Company in Madison, WI where she developed clinical diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. She joined Kimberly-Clark in 2011, where she has been working on removal of bacteria from hard surfaces and preventing bacteria from attaching to skin.

 Loles Esteve-Gassent
Mon. May 20  9-10 am    
Mon. May 20  3-4 pm

Research Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Animal Health Microbiology; Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; General Microbiology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens
Bio: Education  • PhD Cum Laude Department of Microbiology, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain (European PhD degree)  October 2003  • Advanced Studies Certificate, Cum Laude Department of Microbiology, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.  November 2002  • B.S. Biology Department, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain September 1998  Professional appointments  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, CVM, Texas A&M University (80% Research, 15% Teaching and 5% Service)  2010-present  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, College of Sciences, The University of Texas at San Antonio  2008-2010  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, College of Sciences, The University of Texas at San Antonio  2005-2008  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center  2004-2005  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Department of Microbiology, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain 2000-2003  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL), Frederiksberg, Denmark 1999-2000  • Undergraduate Research Scholar, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Instituto de Acuicultura ‘Torre de la Sal’, Castellón, Spain. 1998  

Dr Chidi Felix Ezeama
Mon. May 20  2-3 pm    
 

, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike,Nigeria.
Primary Job Responsibility: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Food Microbiology;
Bio: Teaching Food Microbiology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the University.

 Nicole Green Ph.D. D.(ABMM)
Sun. May 19   2-3 pm    
 

Assistant Laboratory Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Primary Job Responsibility: Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest: Public Health
Bio: Board-certified medical microbiologist with over 15 years experience in laboratory science and 4 years experience in public health laboratory high-complexity testing. Three years of progressive administrative and management experience at the county level. Direct responsibilities include development and implementation of new laboratory tests and overall operation and administration of the laboratory, including the employment of competent personnel, equipment, safety, laboratory policies, quality assurance, testing (including proficiency testing), and test reports.  2010-present. Assistant Director. Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory. Downey, CA.  2008-2010. Postdoctoral Fellow. UC Berkeley School of Public Health and California Department of Public Health, Microbial Diseases Laboratory. Postdoctoral Residency Program in Public Health and Clinical Microbiology.   Richmond, CA.   2006-2008. Postdoctoral Research Associate. The Methodist Hospital and Methodist Hospital Research Institute. Houston, TX.   2001-2006. Graduate Research Fellow. The Methodist Hospital and Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, TX;  Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX;  NIAID-NIH Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Hamilton, MT;  UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA.  2000-2004. Intramural Research Training Award Fellow. NIAID-NIH Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Hamilton, MT.  1997-2000. Research Assistant. California State University, Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA

 Maria Hadjifrangiskou Ph.D.
Mon. May 20  11-12 pm    
 

Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens
Bio: My research focuses on understanding how pathogenic bacteria establish urinary tract infections (UTI). My lab aims to identify new targets for the development of more effective therapeutics against UTIs. We perform the majority of our studies on the main causative agent of UTIs, uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC)

Dr Debra Horensky MD
Mon. May 20  11-12 pm    
 

, Colorado State University
Primary Job Responsibility: Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest: General Microbiology; Public Health;
Bio: Laboratory regulatory, Microbiology/infectious diseases diagnostics, Select Agent.  Clinical Pathologist with speciality in microbiology diagnostics (public health lab and hospital lab), regulatory and laboratory administration,  several years experience in academic and company labs prior to medical school;  15 years Biological Sciences Chief at a State Laboratory and currently the Associate Director of the CSU regional biocontainment labs (IDRC).  Taught students throughout career either in lecture setting, laboratory or problem -based learning groups.

Dr. Anwar Huq
Sun. May 19   10-11 am    
 

Professor, University of Maryland
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Microbial Ecology; Public Health;
Bio: Working on bacterial detection, disease prediction and prevention, with focus on cholera for 35 years.

 Zaffar Hussain
Tues. May 21 1-2 pm    
 

Manager Microbiology, Kaiser Permanente
Primary Job Responsibility: Diagnosis and Testing
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Microbiology
Bio: Worked in a Microbilogy Laboratory setting for the last 32 years. Most of the years in the capacity of a manager. Making decisions on bringing in new assays,automation and organixation of the workflow processes.

 Marian Johnson-Thompson Ph.D.
Mon. May 20  3-4 pm    
 

President Emerita, University of the District of Columbia, Retired, NIH and UDC
Primary Job Responsibility: Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest: DNA Viruses;  Environmental and General Applied Microbiology;  Public Health
Bio: My career has spanned teaching, research, administraton, policy and I presently consider myself as an environmental/public health professional.  I've also had a lot of experience in mentoring, reviewing proposals for a variety of government agencies and chairing an NIH IRB for more than 8 years.  My early research focused on the mechanism of SV40DNA synthesis and conformation followed by breast cancer research.  Currently my interests focus on STEM consutlting and mentoring and the early history of African American contributions to Microbiology.

MAJ Benjamin Kirkup
Sun. May 19   11-12 pm    
Sun. May 19   1-2 pm

Deputy Director, Wound Infections, WRAIR, US Army
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology; Microbial Ecology
Bio: After a position as a postdoctoral associate and lecturer at MIT, I joined the Army as a microbiologist and served in the new Wound Infections Department at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.  In that position, I have assembled a team and inaugurated investigations in several areas of microbiology related to combat wound infections.

 Indira Kudva
Mon. May 20  10-11 am    
 

Research Microbiologist, National Animal Disease Center/ARS/USDA
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Animal Health Microbiology; Bacteriophage; Cell and Structural Biology; Clinical Microbiology; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Immunology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Ecology; Microbial Pathogens; Microbiology Education; Public Health
Bio: 1981-1984 Stella Maris College, Madras, India;  Zoology;  B.Sc. 1984    1984-1987 Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India;  Medical Microbiology;   M.Sc. 1987     1993-1997 University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, USA;  Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry;  Ph.D. 1997  ************************************************************1993-1997, Research Assistant, Department of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID    1997-1998, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID    1998-2001, Research Fellow in Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA    1998-2001, Research Fellow in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA    2001-2007, Instructor in Medicine (Independent Investigator), Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA     2001-2007, Assistant in Microbiology, Division of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA     2007-2009, Consultant, Microbianome, Newberry, FL*     2009-Present, GS-13, Research Microbiologist, Food Safety and Enteric Pathogens Research Unit, NADC/ARS/USDA, Ames, IA      2002-2007, InMan DNA Technologies, Revere, MA (Co-founder-Director).    2006-2009, Gerson Lehrman Group Councils, Austin, TX (Consultant).    2007-2009, Microbianome, Newberry, FL (Founder-Consultant).    Applied and Environmental Microbiology (Editorial Board Member).     Ad hoc reviewer for 21 journals.

Dr. Renu Kumar
Sun. May 19   2-3 pm    
Mon. May 20  10-11 am

Biology Faculty, Minnesota State College and Universities (MCTC Campus)
Primary Job Responsibility: Teaching Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Teaching; Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Fermentation & Biotechnology; General Microbiology; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens; Microbiology Education;
Bio: RESEARCH INTERESTS  I have a wide range of research experiences. During my ....doctoral training, I isolated bacteria from the contaminated industrial area and identified the genes that were important for metal resistance. One of the mechanisms of resistance to metal was the accumulation of metal by these bacteria, especially Pseudomonas sp. The ability to accumulate metal by those bacteria was then exploited for bioremediation of mine effluents and other metal contaminated areas. This work has been published in many journals including the Journal of General and Applied Microbiology.  Due to the industrialization and increased use of pesticides, metal concentration is increasing in the environment. These non-pathogenic bacteria can be exploited for bioremediation and environmental clean up. I am initiating projects that will involve undergraduate student visits to various industrial sites, and water resources to collect soil and water samples. These samples can then be processed for identification of the micro flora employing conventional and molecular techniques. Some of these microbes can be used for small scale bioremediation projects. I will apply to various national funding agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Environmental Research for funding to conduct these projects. The main goal is to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn about the importance of microbiology research, regardless of their career path (medicine, industry, or academia), and to participate in a meaningful project that will enhance their critical thinking skills and analytical abilities.  Understanding the relationships between diet, gut microbes, and health is another increasingly important area of research for me. With the increasing consumption of Kombucha tea for pro-biotic and other health benefits, it’s important to explore the claim that this beverage can help maintain gut micro- flora. Its beneficial effect could result from the effect of Kombucha tea on the normal microflora of the gut. Human flora comprises ten times as many bacterial cells as there are human cells, and as such, understanding how Kombucha tea interacts with human flora may increase our ability to understand how to combat human pathogenic diseases with its antimicrobial properties.  Past research experience includes developing methods to characterize and localize the type IV secretion transport pore complex using a functional genomics approach employing molecular biology techniques. Agrobacterium tumefaciens uses type IV transport to transfer DNA to plant cells, causing the crown gall tumor disease. Escherichia coli transfer plasmids by conjugation using the type IV mechanism. Human and animal pathogens, e.g., Helicobacter pylori, Bordetella pertussis, Brucella suis, and Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans use a similar method to deliver pathogenesis related effector proteins and other molecules. This work is published in many journals, including Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.  I was also involved in the project that studied the role of oral epithelial cells in primary HIV infection. The hypothesis of the study was that primary HIV-1 infection can occur via the capture of virus by oral keratinocytes followed by transfer of HIV-1 to CD4+ cells. Differences might be explained by differential expression of coreceptors and innate immune molecules, including -defensins. To investigate the molecular basis for HIV virion binding to intact mucosal surfaces, I characterized the expression patterns in palatine tonsil for HIV receptors, co receptors, and other cell surface markers that have been implicated in HIV infection. This work has been published in the Virology Journal.  1

 Steve Lindemann
Mon. May 20  2-3 pm    
 

Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology; Fermentation & Biotechnology; General Microbiology; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Ecology; Microbial Pathogens; Microbial Physiology & Metabolism
Bio: Steve completed his Ph.D. in virulence genetics of Francisella tularensis at the University of Iowa with Dr. Bradley Jones and went on to a post-doc at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with Dr. James Fredrickson working on interspecies interactions in microbial communities and especially in the phototrophic microbial mats in Hot Lake, Washington.  Recently, Steve transitioned to a staff scientist position at PNNL and is continuing work begun during his post-doc.

 Catherine Loc-Carrillo
Mon. May 20  1-2 pm    
Tues. May 21 1-2 pm

Research Instructor, University of Utah
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; Bacteriophage; Food Microbiology; General Microbiology; Microbiology Education;
Bio: As an academic researcher I'm primarily interested in finding ways to prevent, treat and diagnose wound and bone infections. I have spent over 10 years, both in academia and industry, studying the possibilities of how to harness bacteriophages for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. I'm also interested in helping students become good researchers and be passionate about microbiology.

 Betsy Martinez-Vaz
Sun. May 19   3-4 pm    
Mon. May 20  10-11 am

Associate Professor of Biology, Hamline University
Primary Job Responsibility: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: PUI; Food Microbiology; General Microbiology; Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbial Ecology; Microbiology Education;
Bio: I was born in small town in the southern part of Puerto Rico. I grew up in a family of teachers who valued education and academic achievement.  Science and research were my passions during my high school days. I was very active in my school’s research program and represented Puerto Rico twice in the International Science and Engineering fair. My interest in research was very strong and motivated me to go to college and complete degrees in chemistry and biology. After spending several summers in research laboratories, I decided to go graduate school to pursue an advance studies in Biochemistry. I joined the graduate program in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota in 1995. I defended my Ph.D. in thesis on a rainy day in October of the year 2001. During the four years of my post-doctoral training I had the opportunity to mentor many undergraduate students that were doing research in our laboratory.  Through these experiences, I discovered my passion for teaching and decided to become a professor at undergraduate institution. I am an associate professor of Biology at Hamline University, a small liberal arts college in Saint Paul, MN.  I enjoy my job and am always happy to see students understand difficult scientific concepts and become enthusiastic about research. I lead a dynamic and successful undergraduate research laboratory that studies plant-microbe interactions relevant for nitrogen fixation and food safety. I am an active member of the Microbiology Education Division of ASM and a section editor for the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.

Dr. Bereneice Madison
Sun. May 19   11-12 pm    
 

Senior Research Scientist, Battelle Memorial Institute
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Clinical Microbiology; Public Health;
Bio: My career started as a medical technologist in a hospital microbiology laboratory after certification and liscensure;  in this capacity I was a bench tecnologist then supervisor and director of the laboratory microbiology.  I moved to a healthscientist position at CDC-Atlanta performing quality assurance activities in TB drug susceptibility testing;  international work in Mexico and Africa on TB  diagnosis; and later Imoved to Africa and   served as CDC- Chief of Laboratory Infrastructure and Support for PEPFAR Zambia for 3 years. After returning from Africa, I worked in the International Laboratory Branch at CDC  performing training and support to several African countries inTB diagnostics. Currently, I am retired and working for Battelle Memorial Institute as reveiw coordinator on systematic reveiws for a Laboratory Medicine Best Practices project for the CDC.

 Shonna McBride Ph.D.
Sun. May 19   11-12 pm    
Tues. May 21 8-9 am

Assistant Professor, Emory University
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Genetics and Molecular Biology; Microbial Pathogens
Bio: Current Position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University    Postdoctoral: Tufts University, Boston, MA (Clostridium difficile pathogenesis)  Schepens Institute/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (Enterococcus faecalis)  Ph.D.: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX (Bacillus subtilis sporulation)    I would be happy to provide insight into applying for postdoctoral or faculty positions, finding mentors and applying for fellowships.

 Mark McCallum
Mon. May 20  8-9 am    
Tues. May 21 11-12 pm

Interim Dean, Arts and Sciences, Pfeiffer University
Primary Job Responsibility: Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest: Bacteriophage; Microbiology Education
Bio: Dr. Mark McCallum, Professor of Biology at Pfeiffer University currently serves as Interim Dean for the Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences.   While at Pfeiffer University, Dr. McCallum has served as Dean of the School of Natural Sciences from 2006 to 2012 and has been a Pfeiffer biology faculty member since 1994.  Additionally, he has served as chair of the Departments of Health Sciences and Biology and served two years as Chair, of the Pfeiffer University Faculty Senate. Dr. McCallum received his B.A. from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  As a biology faculty member, Dr. McCallum has taught courses in microbiology, genetics, microbial genetics, cell and molecular biology, and general biology.  He maintains an active undergraduate research program with current students in his laboratory engaged in isolating and molecularly characterizing bacteriophages of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia from natural environments.

 Adam McCoy
Mon. May 20  11-12 pm    
 

Applications Development Manager, Gene Expression Division, Bio-Rad Laboratories
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Free-living Symb & Parasitic Protists; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Ecology;
Bio: Currently manager of the Applications Development group for Bio-Rad Laboratories Gene Expression (qPCR) group.  Previously was an application scientist within that group (4 years) and before that a technical support representative (2 years).  Prior to joining Bio-Rad I did my post doctoral work at Hopkins Marine Lab (Stanford university).

 Bob McLean
Mon. May 20  9-10 am    
 

Regents' Professor, Texas State University
Primary Job Responsibility: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology;
Bio: I have almost 25 years experience as a faculty member, primarily at a large masters' level, comprehensive university in south-central Texas. As a matter of pride, the microbiology program (within a general biology department) has increased over four-fold over that time. Research and career opportunities at comprehensive universities do have challenges, but one can still do nationally and even internationally recognized work. At the same time, one can have some good life balance. As one example of work, I have had biofilm experiments on two different space shuttle flights.

 Joanna Mott
Tues. May 21 8-9 am    
Tues. May 21 9-10 am

Professor and Department Head, James Madison University
Primary Job Responsibility: Administration
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; General Microbiology; Microbial Ecology; Microbiology Education;
Bio: I am currently the Head of the Biology Department at James Madison University. Prior to 2011 I was the Life Sciences Department Chair at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, a department with undergraduate, M.S. and PhD. programs with a focus on marine biology. I have taught a wide range of courses, primarily in microbiology and related areas from undergraduate through Ph.D. level. My research in environmental and applied microbiology has been funded through ~$6 million dollars in grants and contracts.

Dr. Lydia Rump
Tues. May 21 9-10 am    
Tues. May 21 11-12 pm

, University of Maryland
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology; Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology; Food Microbiology; General Microbiology; Genetics and Molecular Biology
Bio: 2007-2012 Graduate research at FDA, Division of Microbiology   2012-present Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Maryland

 Joseph Sturino Ph.D.
Mon. May 20  1-2 pm    


Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Bacteriophage; Food Microbiology; Fermentation & Biotechnology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Ecology; Microbial Physiology & Metabolism;
Bio: Studied the role of beneficial microbes in gastrointestinal health and fermentation as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University Department of Nutrition and Food Science (6 years).  Prior to this, I was a research scientist at Chr. Hansen Inc., which is a global company devoted to the research and manufacturing of culture-based products (4 years).

 Juliette Tinker
Mon. May 20  9-10 am    
Mon. May 20  3-4 pm

Associate Professor, Boise State University
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Animal Health Microbiology; Immunology; Microbe-Host Interactions; Microbial Pathogens;
Bio: I currently am an Assistant Scientist at DuPont within the Nutrition & Health Division. I am involved with R&D initiatives that leverage competences in areas such as microbial ecology, molecular, and microbiology to improve our understanding and develop solutions for the pet food industry. We are primarily looking at specialty ingredients such as probiotics and improved food safety and quality solutions for pet food. As for the larger focus within DuPont Nutrition & Health, we’re putting science to work - improving the nutritional value of food, ensuring food safety, and finding smart, sustainable solutions to feed a growing population. I would certainly be able to advise/mentor on the larger scope of the DuPont Nutrition & Health Division as well as general inquiries about career opportunities in industry.


 Ching Wen Tseng
Sun. May 19   10-11 am    
 

Research Scientist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Microbe-Host Interactions;
Bio: I have been a research scientist for approximately 2 years in Cedars Sinai Medical Center. My previous experiences include postdoctoral research for total of 7 years which I spent 5 years in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and 2 years in Cornell University. I got my Ph.D. degree in Kansas State University, M.S. in Emporia State University, and B.S. in National Chung Hsin University in Taiwan. Our research focuses on seeking a greater understanding in the age-dependent immunity change during Staphylococcus aureus infection and the host-pathogen interaction.

 Jorge Vidal Ph.D.
Mon. May 20  10-11 am    
 

Assistant Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Primary Job Responsibility: Research
Scientific Areas of Interest: Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; Clinical Microbiology; Microbial Pathogens;
Bio:

 Gerrit Voordouw
Mon. May 20  2-3 pm    


Professor, University of Calgary
Primary Job Responsibility: Teaching
Scientific Areas of Interest: Environmental and General Applied Microbiology;
Bio: My research interests are in energy. I currently hold an Industrial Research Chair and work extensively with energy companies on how to best introduce petroleum microbiology.

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