Talk: Tracking Influenza in Wild Animal Hosts
September 20, 2018
11:30 am-12:30 pm
Morrill Science Center
UMass Amherst Campus
The Laboratory of Medical Zoology is hosting Dr. Jonathan Runstadler from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Dr. Runstadler is a well known "virus hunter" seeking to understand genetic factors that impact susceptibility to infectious disease, specific or general and the repercussions for potential epidemics, persistence, and evolution of those infectious agents. His team's research is conducted within the context of the interactions that define the ecology between an infectious agent, the environment and the host. Focus is on the host/agent interaction and exploring a variety of approaches that may shed light on these interactions.
In doing so, his new research initiatives seek to break down traditional academic boundaries and bring together collaborative teams to address issues including the identification of disease vectors, the role of environmental change and pathogen persistence, population genetics and evolutionary biology, and the ecology of infectious agents.