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The next Tufts@Kendall will be held April 2021!

Details coming soon!

On April 24, 2019, Tufts Corporate and Foundation Relations, together with MassBio held the first Tufts@Kendall event, Breaking the Chain of Infection: Innovations in the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Disease.  The event was a great success, with more than 80 members of the biomedical community, including representatives from 20 different companies, coming together to learn and discuss the latest advances in infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance at Tufts University.

Event Details

Program

Breaking the Chain of Infection: Innovations in the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Disease

4:30 pm            Registration & Networking

5:00 pm           Welcome

John Hallinan, Chief Business Officer, MassBio

Simin Meydani, DVM, PhD, Vice Provost for Research, Tufts University

5:20 pm          Collaborating to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

Helen W. Boucher, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Director, Tufts Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance (CIMAR); Director, Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Infectious Diseases Program; Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program; Professor of Medicine, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Tufts Medical Center

5:40 pm           Opening of Networking Poster Session & Closing Remarks

John Leong, MD, PhD, Edith Rieva and Hyman S. Trilling Professor & Chair, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine; Leadership Member, Tufts Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance

5:45 pm           Poster session, networking, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (available throughout event)

Featuring presentations by Bree Aldridge, PhD, Caroline Genco, PhD, Linden Hu, MD, FIDSA, Ralph Isberg, PhD, David Kaplan, PhD, Johnathan Runstadler, PhD, Cheleste M. Thorpe, MD and many more cutting-edge researchers

Our Innovators

Poster Session & Networking Reception Participants

Bree Aldridge, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering - Infectious Disease focus: Mycobacterium tuberculosis, drug regimen design

Gillian Beamer, VMD, PhD, DACVP, Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinarian Medicine at Tufts University - Infectious Disease Focus: Mycobacterium tuberculosis, biomarkers, diagnostic platforms

Helen W. Boucher, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Director, Tufts Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance (CIMAR); Director, Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Infectious Diseases Program; Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program; Professor of Medicine, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Tufts Medical Center - Infectious Disease focus: Antimicrobial drug development, S. aureus infections, fungal infections, infections in immunosuppressed patients, infections related to cardiac assist devices

Andrew Camilli, PhDProfessor, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine - Infectious Disease focus: Vibrio cholerae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, vaccine development, phage therapeutics

Caroline Genco, PhD, Arthur E. Spiller MD Professor & Chair, Immunology Department, Tufts University School of Medicine - Infectious Disease focus: Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Porphyromonas gingivalis, vaccine development, inflammation & microbiome

Linden Hu, MD, FIDSA, Vice Dean for Research; Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine - Infectious Disease focus: Borrelia burgdorferi, Porphyromonas gingivalis, vaccine development

Ralph Isberg, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine; Director, Tufts Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance - Infectious Disease focus: Yersinia pseudotuberculosisLegionella pneumophila, Acinetobacter baumannii, antibiotic resistance, therapeutic targets

David Kaplan, PhD, Stern Family Professor of Engineering; Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering - Infectious Disease focus: silk-based materials, 3D tissue engineering, drug stabilization and delivery

Joshua Kritzer, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Tufts University School of Arts & Sciences - Infectious Disease focus: molecular therapeutics, drug design, peptide synthesis

Carol Kumamoto, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine - Infectious Disease focus: Candida albicans, gene expression

John Leong, MD, PhD, Edith Rieva and Hyman S. Trilling Professor & Chair, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine; Leadership Member, Tufts Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance - Infectious Disease focus:  Escherichia coliStreptococcus pneumoniae, Borrelia burgdorferi, immune response

Karl Munger, PhD, Interim Chair & Professor, Department of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology, Tufts University School of Medicine - Infectious Disease focus: human papillomavirus, cancer

James Munro, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine - Infectious Disease focus: viral entry, envelope glycoproteins, HIV-1, Ebola virus, influenza A, respiratory syncytial virus, single-molecule fluorescence

Wai-Leung Ng, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine - Infectious Disease focus: Vibrio cholerae, signaling pathway, 3D intestinal tissue model

Fiorenzo Omenetto, PhD, Dean of Research; Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering; Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering - Infectious Disease focus: ultrafast nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biopolymer multifunctional materials, material science, photonic crystals, photonic crystal fibers

Johnathan Runstadler, DVM, PhD, Professor, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinarian Medicine at Tufts University - Infectious Disease focus: influenza virus, disease vectors, environmental change & persistence, population genetics & evolutionary biology, ecology

Cheleste M. Thorpe, MD, Attending Physician, Tufts Medical Center; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine - Infectious Disease Focus: Gut immune activation, host-pathogen interactions, probiotics

Annie Wayne, DVM, MPH, DACVECC, Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency & Critical Care, Department of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinarian Medicine at Tufts University - Infectious Disease focus: Antibiotic stewardship, Infection control

Qiabing Xu, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering - Infectious Disease focus: nanotechnology, drug delivery, tissue engineering

Minmin Yen, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Scholar, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine; Founding CEO, PhagePro - Infectious Disease focus: Vibrio cholerae,  bacteriophage-based therapeutics

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