Matthias J. Schnell, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
The research of the Schnell lab focuses on two areas 1) the development of vaccines against emerging viral diseases and 2) viral pathogenicity. With the use of rhabdovirus-based vectors, Dr. Schnell’s group has worked to develop vaccines against emerging diseases such as Ebola virus, MERS-CoV, Zika virus, among others. Due to the recent emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the Schnell lab has begun to turn its focus on the development of a novel SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. In this seminar, Dr. Schnell will discuss his group’s ongoing vaccine development and provide insight into the use of rhabdovirus-based vectors for vaccine development
Student talks – 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Colby Stotesbury, PhD candidate, Thomas Jefferson University
Haley Majer, PhD candidate, Drexel University College of Medicine
Amanda Miller, PhD candidate, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University
Keynote Speaker – 5:00 – 6:00 pm
This month’s meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Details for the Zoom meeting will be emailed to the members. If you are not on the email list but would like to participate, please email Vincent Tam, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Paul Fey, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Link to Paul Fey’s Website
“Clinical Microbiology in the Times of COVID-19”
This presentation will focus on the process involved in test development for SARS CoV-2. Discussion will include some of the unforeseen challenges that we continue to experience during this pandemic. Further discussions will involve how one might enter a career in clinical microbiology and how you can create an infrastructure to perform both basic science research and clinical microbiology at an academic medical center.
Due to public health concerns, we will be conducting the lecture live via Zoom. Details for the Zoom meeting will be emailed to members
Unfortunately, our guest speaker will not be able to speak at our March meeting so we are cancelling this monthly meeting. We hope to reschedule Dr Mekalanos for a future meeting.
John J Mekalanos, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Link to the Mekalanos Laboratory
Colon Cancer and “Bug” Impacts: Microbes and Communities
Cynthia L. Sears, MD
Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Link to the Sears Laboratory
Colon cancer is a cancer that equally impacts men and women and is rising in incidence in younger individuals and around the globe. Intense investigations are seeking to identify which microbes and communities may contribute to colon cancer initiation and progression. This talk will summarize aspects of the evidence base, the areas of controversy and provide some insight into experimental data that may provide guidance for development of new prevention and therapeutic strategies for colon cancer.