Kopriva Science Seminar Series
AY 2009-2010 Speakers
Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D.
Leroy Hood, the president and cofounder of the Institute for Systems Biology, spoke about "Systems Medicine and Transforming Technologies: Cataloging the Revolution of Medicine from a Reactive to a Proactive Mode." Hood is a pioneer in the systems approach to disease, where emerging technologies, and powerful new computational and mathematical tools, will move medicine from its current reactive mode to a predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory mode over the next 5-20 years.
Steve Stowers, Ph.D.
Steve Stowers, an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, presented a lecture entitled "Somatosensory Circuit Mapping and Optogenetic Manipulation of Behavior in Larval Drosophil." He is taking advantage of the relatively simple nervous system and powerful genetics of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, where he is mapping and manipulating larval somatosensory circuits using optogenetic methods that allow behavior to be controlled with light.
Paul Cross, Ph.D.
Paul Cross, a wildlife research biologist with the USGS’ Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, presented a lecture on "Disease Ecology and Zoonoses in a Hot, Flat and Crowded World." Cross’ research combines fieldwork and computer modeling to study the effects of host behavior and population structure on disease dynamics, primarily in wildlife species. Currently his lab works on the ecology of brucellosis in the elk and bison of the Greater Yellowstone area and chronic wasting disease in deer.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunshine Silver is a Ph.D. student in chemistry and biochemistry, and is the recipient of a 2008 Kopriva Graduate Fellowship. She presented a lecture titled "Mechanistic and Spectroscopic Studies of the DNA Repair Spore Photoproduct Lyase." Sunshine’s research focuses on an enzyme found in spore-forming bacteria which enhances the bacteria’s resistance to ultraviolet light, making it very difficult to kill these organisms.