Fall Science Seminar: Yearly Influenza Vaccines

Please join the Science Department for our second Fall Science Seminar.
Tuesday October 10, 2023, at 7pm on Zoom.

We are excited to welcome Alex Fulvini, Research Assistant Professor from the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at New York Medical College. He will share with us his work on the influenza virus and how the yearly vaccines are generated.

Use this link to register for the seminar: https://tinyurl.com/SCIENCEDUNY

Science Seminar: Panama disease pathogen, a global threat to banana

Presented by Yong Zhang, Ph.D.

Computational Biologist
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
"Combating a Global Threat to Bananas, OMICS in Panama disease pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense"

Diseases are major problems wherever banana is produced. They indirectly reduce yields by debilitating plants and directly reduce the yield and quality of fruit before and after harvest. The current global banana production is seriously threatened by the emergence of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race4 (Foc TR4), the causal agent of the Fusarium Wilt disease of banana (also referred to as Panama disease). As the fungus not only causes wilting and rapid death of the banana but also remains in the soil for decades, TR4 was determined to be the most dangerous banana pathogen.

I will talk about the research applying OMICS to understand the evolution of Foc host-specific pathogenicity and develop potential strategies to control the disease through identifying informative candidates associated with pathogenicity.