Paul Fey, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska
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, the lecture was conducted live via Zoom.

777th Monthly Meeting
Clinical Microbiology in the Times of COVID19

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.

Medicines Based on Define Bacterial Consortia
Bernat Olle, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, Vendanta Biosciences

Dr. Olle is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Biosciences. He has been a member of the founding teams of several companies of the PureTech portfolio and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Vedanta Biosciences and Follica Biosciences.

In 2013 Dr. Olle was named “Innovator of the Year” in MIT Technology Review Spain’s “Innovators under 35” awards. He completed his doctoral work at the Chemical Engineering Department at MIT, where he developed a novel method for large-scale bacterial culture. During his graduate work, Dr. Olle was awarded the “la Caixa” fellowship. Dr. Olle received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in the Republic of Catalonia, his M.S. and PhD. in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT, and his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has published his work in journals including Nature and Nature Biotechnology.

5pm, free reception
6pm, seminar

Thomas Jefferson University
Bluemle Life Sciences Building
233 S. 10th Street (10th an Locust), Philadelphia 19104

Discounted parking at the garage on 11th and Locust (entrance on 11th Street under the Hamilton Bldg)


28th Annual Philadelphia Infection & Immunity Forum
Organized by the Eastern PA Branch ASM and Student Chapter ASM

Monday, December 16, 2019

Hall of Flags, Houston Hall
University of Pennsylvania
3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

planned schedule:

7:30 – 8:30 am breakfast
8:30 – 11:00 am presentations
11:00 – 1:30 pm poster sessions and lunch
1:30 – 4:00 pm presentations
4:30 pm awards and close

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Amariliz Rivera-Medina
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Dr. Rosemary Rochford
University of Colorado

Dr. Vincent Tam
Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

Platform presentations from post-doctoral researchers and graduate students
Poster presentations with awards for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers

Abstract submission details and online registration –  look for updates

Important Dates:
Oral presentation abstract deadline: Nov 11, 2019
Poster presentation abstract deadline: December 2, 2019
On time meeting registration deadline: Dec 2, 2019

Registration Now Open: Click Here

Registration Fees:
On time – free for students and postdocs
Faculty – $40.00
At the door – Faculty $60.00, Students/Postdocs $20.00