ID & Global Biothreats Research Day 2020

ID & Global Biothreats Research Day 2020 was held on Monday, February 24th at Pinn Hall Conference Center. Organized by the Division of Infectious Diseases & International Health and sponsored jointly by the Infectious Diseases graduate program and the Global Biothreats Training Program, this annual event provides an opportunity for graduate students and research and clinical fellows in the ID and Global Biothreats graduate programs to share their research through a poster session and oral presentations, and receive feedback from faculty and peers.

This year’s keynote address, by Liise-anne Pirofski, M.D. Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Selma and Dr. Jacquest Mitrani Chair in Biomedical Research, Chief, Infectious Diseases, Dept. of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY was on “A New Paradigm for Studying and Treating Infectious Diseases: Damage Control

At the end of the day, awards were given by ID division Vice Chair for Research Bill Petri for oral and poster presentations. The winners were:

Oral presentation Awards:

Sean Cuddy  “Reactivation of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) from latency in response to neuronal hyperexcitability”

Brooke Sauder  “A small RNA promotes metabolism and virulence of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli”

Daniel Van Aartsen, MD  “Enteropathogens negatively impact anti-mycobacterial drug pharmacokinetics in children from rural Tanzania”

Erin Weddle  “Investigating the role(s) of the Shigella GEFs during invasion and dissemination”

Lacie Werner  “Human serum suppression of neutrophil anti-gonococcal activity”


Poster presentation Awards:

Clayton Bishop  “Determining the function of the Chlamydia inclusion membrane protein CTL0390”

Greg Madden, MD   “Measuring the cost of overtesting and overdiagnosis of Clostridioides difficile infection”

Aimee Potter, PhD  “Multi-Modal interrogation of Neisseria gonorrhoeae metabolism and virulence”

Jon Suzich  “Type I Interferon-induced PML-NBs promote a repressive form of HSV-1 latency”