Monday, May 23
9:00 am, Plant Biotech 156/157
Susan Kutz, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Ecosystem Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary
The critical role of wildlife health for food safety and security in the Canadian Arctic
Dr. Susan Kutz is a veterinary parasitologist and an expert in wildlife parasitology, disease
ecology, ecosystem health, arctic ecology, climate change, and
community-based disease surveillance.
She completed her DVM at the Western College
of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. After
working as a veterinarian in the Canadian Arctic for several years, she
returned to do a PhD in wildlife parasitology at the University of
Saskatchewan. Following that, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where she studied host-parasite
associations in Beringia.
Dr. Kutz is a founding member of the Faculty
of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. She also is
the director of the Alberta Node of the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife
Health Centre and a member of the Terrestrial Mammals Committee on
COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada).
Dr. Kutz’s research interests include understanding the impacts of climate and landscape change on host-parasite interactions in the Arctic. She has research programs investigating parasite biodiversity, invasion processes, and the impacts
of parasites on host populations, food safety, and food security. She
has extensive international collaborations around the Arctic and has
led a circumarctic caribou and reindeer health assessment program. In
the Arctic, Dr. Kutz works closely with aboriginal subsistence hunters
to monitor wildlife health and has maintained a popular NSERC-funded
outreach program in the Canadian North since 2004. Her research
interests in parasitology extend beyond the Arctic, where she also
collaborates on studies in behavioral ecology and parasitism in
non-human primates, wild ungulates, and carnivores.
12:00 pm, Hollingsworth Auditorium
Jonathan M. Irish, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology, Vanderbilt University
Decoding tissue microenvironments using mass cytometry (CyTOF)
Dr. Jonathan M. Irish's research is focused on measuring signaling events in
individual cells from primary tissues, including human tumors.
Before going to Vanderbilt in December 2011, Dr. Irish trained at Stanford University with Garry Nolan (as a PhD student) and Ronald Levy
(as a postdoc & instructor). There, he created a new approach that
measures signaling in individual cancer cells and applied it to the
study of acute myelogenous leukemia patient clinical outcomes (Cell 2004).
An advantage of this single cell approach is that signaling can be
characterized in rare populations of cancer cells and contrasted with
the bulk cancer cell population or with tumor-infiltrating, non-malignant
cells (Nat Rev Cancer 2006).
He later applied this technique to healthy B cells (J Immunol 2006) and malignant B cells in follicular lymphoma (Blood 2006).
In follicular lymphoma, signaling identified a subset of tumor B cells that were
present at diagnosis only in patients with a lower overall survival (P
< 0.0001) and that increased over time as the patient’s cancer
progressed (PNAS 2010).
Systems biology tools like Cytobank, a cloud computing platform Dr. Irish's team created to manage and analyze single cell signaling data, were critical to this work (Curr Protoc Cytometry 2010).
Tuesday, May 24
9:00 am, Plant Biotech 156/157
Suzie Allard, MSLS, PhD, Associate Dean for Research; Director, Center for Information & Communication Studies; Professor, College of Communication & Information, University of Tennessee
Dr. Suzie Allard
Mentoring & your career: symbiosis is success
's research focuses on how scientists and engineers use and communicate information, particularly in the virtual environment and across distributed work teams. Current projects center on science data curation, interdisciplinary scientific work teams (particularly in terms of data sharing), and science information cybersecurity. Allard is a member of the DataONE Leadership Team and the Board of Directors for the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. She is PI or co-investigator on grants funded by the
National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, IEEE, and others. Allard has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, spoken at venues around the world, and published several book chapters focused on data curation, data science, trust in online scholarly resources, and research evaluation. Allard received a bachelor's degree in economics from California State University at Northridge, an MS in library and information sciences, and a PhD in communication from the University of Kentucky. Before her career in academe, Allard was the vice president of Research Frontiers Corporation, which provided creative consultation services to the entertainment industry.
12:15 pm, Hollingsworth Auditorium
Kurt Lamour, PhD, Professor, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Institute of Agriculture, University of Tennessee
Application of the MonsterPlex targeted sequencing technology and opportunities for collaborative research
Dr. Kurt Lamour is a professor of molecular epidemiology and specializes in genetic diversity and population biology of oomycete organisms with an emphasis on Phytophthora. His research program develops genetic tools for plant pathogens, including genome resources and molecular markers. He works closely with vegetable breeders to help find or develop resistant plants.
Lamour earned his PhD in botany and plant pathology from Michigan State University and was appointed to the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 2003.
Lamour developed MonsterPlex, a rapid, low-cost, targeted sequencing technology for large-scale genotyping and resequencing. Exploiting this inexpensive sequencing capacity for specialized or targeted applications, particularly when many samples are involved (for example, hundreds to thousands) is expensive. MonsterPlex is a PCR-based technology, developed at UT, to sequence multiplexed targets (tens to hundreds of targets) from hundreds to thousands of individuals at an overall low cost per target (as low as $0.05/target at 20x coverage). The technology has been used for SNP genotyping in diverse organisms (humans, animals, plants, plant pathogens, and insects) and most recently was used to re-sequence entire RNA viral genomes (15 Kb total size).
His seminar will briefly overview current applications, describe an educational and research outreach program that makes MonsterPlex available (at cost) to the academic research community, and discuss opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaborations.