Program

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2020 Veterinary Student Scholars Symposium: Disruptive Innovation.  Program Coming Soon

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Bosco-Lauth is an Assistant Professor in the department of Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. She received her PhD in Microbiology and DVM from CSU and spent two years as an American Society of Microbiology postdoctoral fellow in the Arboviral Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control. Her research focuses on zoonotic infectious diseases with an emphasis on disease pathogenesis, ecology and transmission. As part of the Animal Models Core, she concentrates on the development of animal models for studying diseases relevant to both human and veterinary health. Her current projects include animal model development and determination of host range and pathogenicity for SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Ecology in the One Health Institute at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and is also affiliated faculty in the UC San Francisco Institute for Global Health Sciences. Her work focuses on global health problem solving for emerging infectious diseases and conservation challenges. She is active in international One Health education, service, and research programs, most notably in relation to disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people and the ecological drivers of disease emergence. Currently, Dr. Mazet is the Co-Director of the US Agency for International Development’s One Health Workforce – Next Generation, an $85 million educational strengthening project to empower professionals in Central/East Africa and Southeast Asia to address complex health threats, including antimicrobial resistance and zoonotic diseases. She recently served as the Global Director of PREDICT Project, a greater than $200 million viral emergence early warning project under USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats Division. PREDICT provided the proof-of-concept for the Global Virome Project, for which Mazet serves on the board of directors. She was elected to the US National Academy of Medicine in 2013 in recognition of her successful and innovative approach to emerging environmental and global health threats and serves on the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats and chairs the Academies’ One Health Action Collaborative. She was appointed to the National Academies Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats, which was created to assist the federal government with critical science and policy issues related to the COVID-19 crisis and other emerging health threats.

Dr. Erin M. Sorrell is a member of the Center for Global Health Science Security, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University, and the Director of the Elizabeth R. Griffin Program at the Center for Global Health Science & Security. Dr. Sorrell is also the Director of and teaches in the Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases M.Sc. Program.

Dr. Sorrell works with partners across the U.S. government, international organizations, and ministries around the world to identify elements required to support health systems strengthening and laboratory capacity building for disease detection, reporting, risk assessment, and response. She is also interested in operational and implementation research questions related to sustainable health systems strengthening, with an emphasis on the prevention, management, and control of infectious diseases in humanitarian situations, and particularly countries and regions affected by conflict.

Previously Dr. Sorrell was with the research team as a Senior Research Scientist at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Prior to joining the team Erin was a senior analyst in the Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction’s Biosecurity Engagement Program at the Department of State where she also worked as an American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Dr. Sorrell worked on foreign assistance activities in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa. Erin was a postdoctoral fellow both at Erasmus Medical Center, the Netherlands and the University of Maryland. Her research focused on the molecular mechanisms of interspecies transmission, primarily focusing on avian to human transmission of H7, H9 and H5 influenza A viruses. Dr. Sorrell received her undergraduate degree in animal science from Cornell University and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in animal science and molecular virology from the University of Maryland.

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