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PREP Professional Development and Diversity Seminar

Co-sponsored by the PREP

Moving on from PREP to graduate school – what is most important to know

Presenter: Brendaliz Santiago-Narvaez, PhD
Host: PREP

Tuesday, April 1, 2024
4:00 PM

MRBX 2-11211

Research Seminar

“Silver bullets” Antibiofilm compounds to target Streptococcus mutans

Presenter: Brendaliz Santiago-Narvaez
Host: myHub and PREP

Tuesday, April 1, 2024
12:00 PM

Upper Auditorium (3-7619)

As a biofilm former, Streptococcus mutans is a key bacterial species in the development of human dental caries.  As biofilms are typically more challenging to treat than planktonic or free-floating bacteria, a need for the discovery of effective antibiofilm compounds is of interest. Among these compounds, silver(I) cyanoximates have been demonstrated to have antibacterial activity against a variety of microorganisms, specifically those that colonize in-dwelling medical devices. Our research assesses the antibacterial properties of six silver(I) cyanoximate compounds.   Using growth curves, minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) assays, minimum biofilm inhibitory concentration (MBIC) assays, and biofilm dispersal assays we test how these novel compounds affect S. mutans UA159 in planktonic and biofilm cultures.  Our findings demonstrate that the compounds can prevent S. mutans biofilm formation but are not more effective than silver nitrate in our testing conditionsThis study contributes to the overall understanding of how to successfully target S. mutans and may lead to better treatment and prevention of dental caries as well as other biofilm related infections.

Professional Development Seminar and Diversity Research Talks

Co-sponsored by the PREP and myHub

Teach with your Research: Applying your research interests and skills to teaching

Presenter: Brendaliz Santiago-Narvaez
Host: myHub and PREP

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
11:00 AM
Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555)

The session will focus on helping individuals identify skills and tools they have gained from research and applying those to a teaching position. Lunch will be provided.

Some of the questions to be gone over are:

  • What is the difference between a teaching intensive and research-intensive position?
  • What are some of the teaching jobs you may encounter?
  • What are some skills you should work on before you apply for the teaching job?
  • What are some of the current skills you have as a researcher that can be used towards teaching?
  • How can I conduct research in a teaching-intensive position?
     

Handshake Program Information: https://rochester.joinhandshake.com/edu/events/1511593

Event Contact Email: myHub@urmc.rochester.edu

“The University of Rochester is committed to providing inclusive experiences and equal access to programs and services. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, please contact Mary Beth Kitzel (mkitzel2@ur.rochester.edu). In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.”

Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Seminar Series

Co-sponsored by the Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Influenza A Reassortment is Strain Specific

 

Presenter: Kishana Taylor, M.S. Ph.D.
Host: Jacques Robert, Ph.D.

Monday, June 5, 2023
12:00 PM

Upper Auditorium (3-7619)

RNA viruses can exchange genetic material during coinfection, an interaction that creates novel strains with implications for viral evolution and public health. Influenza A viral genetic exchange can occur when genome segments from distinct strains reassort in coinfected cells. Predicting potential genomic reassortment between influenza strains has been a long-standing goal. Experimental coinfection studies have shed light on factors that limit or promote reassortment. However, determining the reassortment potential between diverse Influenza A strains has remained elusive. To address this challenge, we developed a high throughput genotyping approach to quantify reassortment among a diverse panel of human influenza virus strains encompassing two pandemics (swine and avian origin), three specific epidemics, and both circulating human subtypes A/H1N1 and A/H3N2.

To be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the School of Medicine and Dentistry is committed to making reasonable accommodations to assist students with documented disabilities to fulfill their educational objectives. If you are in need of specific accommodations, please contact GradAccessServices@urmc.rochester.edu at least 3 days in advance of the seminar date you will be need accommodations for.

Diversity Talk

Sponsored by the Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (URMC-PREP) with the collaboration of ADSE

Ms. Frizzle Taught Me: My Journey through STEM as a Black Woman

Presenter: Kishana Taylor, M.S. Ph.D.

Host: Jacques Robert, Ph.D. and Elaine Smolock Ph.D.

 

Tuesday, June 6, 2023
11:00 AM

Upper Auditorium (3-7619)

 

How did a black girl from NY suburbs find her way in STEM, Higher Education and Life to become a virologist and co-founder of a nonprofit for black microbiologist? By taking chances, making mistakes, and getting messy. Walk with me through my sometime dark and twisty path from young dolphin enthusiast to adult virologist and equity advocate!
 

To be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the School of Medicine and Dentistry is committed to making reasonable accommodations to assist students with documented disabilities to fulfill their educational objectives. If you are in need of specific accommodations, please contact GradAccessServices@urmc.rochester.edu at least 3 days in advance of the seminar date you will be need accommodations for.