Infectious diseases symposium to kick off internal funding program

The first Infectious Diseases Across Scales Symposium will bring together faculty, students and researchers from across Emory University, and beyond, who are involved in interdisciplinary work that transcends traditional boundaries. The symposium is an inaugural event for a new basic science initiative, From Molecules and Pathogens to Populations and Pandemics (MP3), and the Infectious Diseases Across Scales Training Program (IDASTP).

The kickoff symposium will announce details of new internal Emory funding for collaborative research into emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases that cuts across scales — from the level of a pathogen to how a pathogen interacts with an individual’s immune system, how a pathogen spreads through a population and how it moves through an environment and jumps between animals and humans.

The funding includes seed grants up to $250,000 to support collaborative projects on infectious disease research that transcends scales and startup packages to support new faculty hires.

The program will also include talks by three Emory faculty and an Emory graduate student, and time for networking. The Emory speakers are: David Civitello, assistant professor in Emory College’s Department of Biology and PBEE faculty member; Cheryl Day, associate professor in Emory’s School of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology and IMP faculty member; Lance Waller, professor in Rollins School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics and PBEE faculty member; and Kelsey Shaw, a PBEE graduate student and IDASTP trainee in the Civitello lab.

The MP3 initiative is led by Jaap de Roode, professor in Emory College’s Department of Biology, an expert in host-parasite interactions, and PBEE faculty member; Guido Silvestri, director of microbiology and immunology at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, professor in Emory School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and IMP faculty member; and Ken Moberg, professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Cell Biology and a faculty member in the BCDB and GMB programs.

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