Thursdays, 11:00 am, Atwater 001

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Spring 2024

Date Speaker (Host) Title
January 18, 2024 No seminar No seminar
January 25, 2024

Glenn Browning, DVM, PhD

Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Animal Health

Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor

Melbourne Veterinary School

Faculty of Science

The University of Melbourne

Hosted by Dr. Geary

Vaccines – critical components of effective veterinary microbial stewardship
February 1, 2024 Maggie Martinez, DVM, M.S., Ph.D., Dipl. ACVP

Hosted by Dr. Reinhardt

One Health Issues and Unusual Mortality Events Affecting Central Californian Marine Mammals



February 8, 2024 Albert Ko, MD

Raj and Indra Nooyi Professor of Public Health and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Yale University

Hosted by Dr. Wunder

Making global health equity work: Community driven research in Brazil
February 15, 2024 Emma A. Borkowski, DVM, DACVP, Ph.D., MRCVS, FHEA

Assistant Professor

Anatomic Pathology, Department of Pathobiology

Ontario Veterinary College

University of Guelph

Hosted by Dr. Mishra

Immune responses to parasites of livestock
February 22, 2024 Dr. Tracy Rittenhouse

Associate Professor

UConn Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

Hosted by Milton Levin

Managing epidemics in wildlife populations
February 29, 2024 Tyler D. Gavitt, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate Saunders Laboratory, Duke Human Vaccine Institute

Hosted by Dr. Szczepanek

Vaccine design for protection against diverse coronaviruses
March 7, 2024
Daniel Mulkey, PhD
Department of Physiology and Neurobiology, UConn
Hosted by Dr. Khan
Phox2b-expressing neurons contribute to breathing problems in Kcnq2 loss-and gain of-function encephalopathy models
March 14, 2024 Spring Recess Spring Recess
March 21, 2024 L. Cody Smith

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Connecticut

Hosted by Dr. Risatti

Pulmonary lipids, inflammation, and ozone toxicity
March 28, 2024 Mia R. Maltz, PhD

Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology and Soil Health

UConn Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

Hosted by Prof. Tulman

From the playa to the air: Exposure risks and our lungs
April 4, 2024 Jessica Brandt, PhD

Assistant Professor

Natural Resources & the Environment and Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering

University of Connecticut

Hosted by Dr. De Guise

Environmental Contaminants and Ecological Fitness
April 11, 2024 Lucas Tirloni, PhD

Chief, Tick-Pathogen Transmission Unit


Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Hosted by Dr. Verardi

Tick saliva and its role modulating skin wound healing
April 18, 2024 **CANCELLED**

Alessandra Orfano

Associate Research Scientist

Epidemiology and Microbial Diseases

Yale School of Public Health

Hosted by Dr. Wunder

The genetic diversity of Pfs25, a transmission blocking vaccine candidate for malaria
April 25, 2024 Thiago Luiz Alves e Silva

Staff Scientist

Molecular Parasitology and Entomology Unit

Laboratory of Malaria and Vector research


Hosted by Dr. Wunder

High-Resolution Proteomics Reveals New Cell Biology Facets of Plasmodium-Mosquito Interactions



Spring 2024
Wednesdays, 2:30 pm, Atwater 001

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Date Speaker (Faculty Advisor) Title
January 24, 2024 TBD TBD
January 31, 2024 TBD TBD
February 7, 2024 TBD TBD
February 14, 2024 TBD TBD
February 21, 2024 TBD TBD
February 28, 2024 TBD TBD
March 6, 2024 TBD TBD
March 13, 2024 SPRING RECESS TBD
March 20, 2024 TBD
March 27, 2024 TBD TBD
April 3, 2024




Fall 2023  

Date Speaker (Host) Title
August 31, 2023 No Seminar No Seminar
September 7, 2023 Elsio Wunder, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor

Pathobiology and Veterinary Science

University of Connecticut

From the field to the bench, and back? Translational research on leptospirosis
September 14, 2023 Mary Beth Genter, PhD


University of Cincinnati

Hosted by Dr. Mishra

Intranasal (IN) Drug Delivery:  IN Carnosine in the Thy1-aSyn Mouse Model of Parkinson's Disease
September 21, 2023 Arlind Mara, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Hosted by Dr. Szczepanek

How we recognize damage: A critical role for B1 B cell produced Natural Antibodies in the induction of immune responses adjuvanted by DAMPs but no PAMPs
September 28, 2023 Stephen M. Rich, PhD

Professor of Microbiology

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Hosted by Dr. Verardi

The New England Center of Excellence in Vector-borne Diseases: operational research, training, and practice
October 5, 2023 Chun Kuen Mak, DVM, PhD, Dip. ACT

Assistant Professor

College of Veterinary Medicine

Long Island University

Hosted by Dr. Kerr


Equine Endometrial Biopsy:  Evaluation and Application
October 12, 2023 Elise Schieck, Dr. rer. nat.

Senior Scientist - Mycoplasma

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya

Hosted by Dr. Geary

Tackling Contagious Bovine and Caprine Pleuropneumonia in Africa - Current Efforts at ILRI
October 19, 2023 Jim Adelman, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

University of Memphis

Hosted by Prof. Tulman

Understanding host competence in a wild songbird: potential mechanisms and consequences for disease dynamics
October 26, 2023 Meghana Parikh, VMD, MPH

Research Veterinary Medical Officer

NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Hosted by Dr. DeGuise

A One Health approach to oyster disease and restoration in Long Island Sound
November 2, 2023 Caroline Zeiss, DACVP, DACLAM

Chief of Pathology, Comparative Medicine

Yale Univerity

Hosted by Dr. Risatti

Modeling Endemic Patterns of Coronaviral Transmission Across Species
November 9, 2023 Wendy Blay Puryear, PhD

Infectious Disease and Global Health

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Hosted by Dr. Levin

High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza: Rewriting the Book on Viral Spillover and Dissemination
November 16, 2023 Raman Bahal, PhD

Associate Professor

Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Connecticut

Hosted by Dr. Garmendia

Developing Next Generation Therapeutic Modalities at the Interface of Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Delivery Platforms
November 23, 2023

Thanksgiving Recess

Thanksgiving Recess
November 30, 2023 Jianping Li, PhD

National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda MD

Hosted by Dr. Khan

Sex-Based Immunogenicity of the Mucosal Subunit Vaccine Against SARS-COV2 in Mice.
December 7, 2023 Maria Rodgers, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Science

North Carolina State University

Hosted by Dr. Reinhardt

Examining Health and Disease in Aquatic Environments