Previous Seminars (Archive)

FIGHTING MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES WITH GENETICS
- Seminar by Mariangela Bonizzoni, Ph.D.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
12:00PM-1:00PM
AIRB 2086
Mariangela Bonizzoni, Ph.D.

A well-known idiom dictates “prevention is better than cure”. There are neither vaccines nor therapeutic treatments available for many arthropod-borne diseases. Currently, the only method of preventing pathogen transmission is to act on the vectors by suppressing their contact to humans, for instance by use of insecticides, or by altering their vector competence. My presentation will focus on vector competence in the dengue... read more

Long-term effects of early-life exposures on immunity and disease risk
- Seminar by Fenna C.M. Sillé, Ph.D.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
12:00PM-1:00PM
AIRB 2086
Fenna C.M. Sillé, Ph.D.

In a unique study area in Chile, our research group found that relative risks of adult mortality from cancer, bronchiectasis and tuberculosis (TB) are much greater when arsenic exposure occurred only in utero / early-life, rather than later in life. This provides rare human evidence in support of the “Developmental Origins of Health and Disease” (DOHaD) hypothesis. The focus here is on the effects of arsenic on macrophages,... read more

Genomic Approaches to Neglected Tropical Diseases
- Seminar by David Serre, Ph.D.
Monday, March 21, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
AIRB Room 2086
David Serre, Ph.D.

I will present the results of recent studies conducted in my laboratory to illustrate how genomic approaches can provide novel insights on the biology of neglected human parasites and, hopefully, support the development of better control and elimination programs. I will focus on our work on Plasmodium vivax but also briefly describe preliminary studies in filarial worms and novel assays for characterizing vector ecology. Dr. David... read more

Advanced Computational and Molecular Pipelines to Combat Neglected Parasites
- Seminar by Mostafa Zamanian, Ph.D.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
AIRB 2086
Mostafa Zamanian, Ph.D.

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) significantly challenge global health and perpetuate poverty in economically deprived areas of the world. Parasitic worms (helminths) infect over 1.5 billion humans, accounting for the greatest share of the overall NTD burden. My central ambition is to combine computational and molecular approaches to make discoveries that improve our understanding of the biology of these and our ability to treat... read more

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