Keynote Speakers for PVMS 2021

Dr. Alissa Rothchild

Department of Veterinary and Animal Science, UMass Amherst

Alveolar macrophages: pulmonary immune sentinels for Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Dr. Alissa Rothchild received her B.Sc. in Biology at Brown University and her Ph.D. in Immunology from Harvard University. Alissa was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Seattle Children’s Research Institute in the Aderem Lab. Alissa is interested in combining immunology, microbiology and computational approaches to investigate Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection of alveolar macrophages and how that impacts host immune response.

Dr. Roxanne Beinart 

Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

Using population structure and host-symbiont specificity to inform knowledge of transmission dynamics in two obligate marine microbial symbioses

Dr. Roxanne Beinart obtained her BSc. at Cornell University and her Ph.D. in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

Dr. Mona Wu Orr

Department of Biology, Amherst College

Regulation of bacterial pumps by small membrane proteins

Dr. Mona Wu Orr received her B.A. in Biology at John Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from University of Maryland, College Park. Mona was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

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Dr. Matthew Moore

Department of Food Science, UMass Amherst

Applied and Environmental Methods for the Study, Detection, and Control of Human Noroviruses

Dr. Matthew Moore graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Food Science from Cornell University in 2010. He then received his Ph.D. in Food Science in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus. After some time in the same lab as a postdoctoral research scholar, he then joined the National Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an ORISE postdoctoral fellow. He joined the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an Assistant Professor in January 2018.

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