Dr. Vincent Racaniello, keynote speaker
Seton Hall University will host the Theobald Smith Society Meeting in Miniature and the 65th Selman A. Waksman Honorarium Lectureship on April 20th, 2018 in the Main Lounge of the University Center. The Theobald Smith Society is the New Jersey Branch of the American Society for Microbiology and will feature presentations by microbiologists from colleges and universities in NJ including Seton Hall University. The keynote address entitled "One Brain, Three Viruses" will be delivered by Dr. Vincent Racaniello (in picture), Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of CUNY. As a postdoctoral fellow in David Baltimore's lab, Dr. Racaniello was the first to generate an infectious clone of an RNA virus, which revolutionized the field of molecular virology. Dr. Racaniello's current research centers on picornaviruses, a family of small RNA viruses, including poliovirus, which cause several notable human diseases ranging from paralysis to the common cold. His research centers on a variety of virology related topics including virus host interactions, viral pathogenesis, and viral discovery. In addition to his substantial research contributions, Dr. Racaniello co-authored the text book Principles of Virology and hosts the podcast "This Week in Virology."
The event will begin at 9 a.m. with welcoming statements from Dean Shoemaker followed immediately by oral presentations, the Waksman Honorary Lectureship, and a student poster presentation. The presentations will cover a variety of microbiology topics including microbial ecology, molecular biology, bacteriology, virology, and drug design. The event provides an opportunity for SHU students and faculty as well as the general public to engage microbiology researchers with questions related to ongoing research endeavors at SHU and other NJ Universities and institutions. In addition, Dr. John Warhol, President of the Warhol Institute, LLC, will present a talk entitled "Science Advocacy: The New Jersey State Microbe" detailing the ongoing selection process of the NJ state microbe. The event is open to both society members and non-members. For questions related to the event, please contact Dr. Tinchun Chu, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and current Theobald Smith Society President.
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