Gemel Joseph

PhD Student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,

Lab of Blanca Barquera, PhD & Douglas Swank, PhD

“Elucidation of proteins critical for infection and adaptation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to different host environments”

March 13th

Lauren Gandy

PhD Student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lab of Blanca Barquera, PhD

“Metabolite analysis in wild-type and respiratory mutants in Bacteroides fragilis”

Graham Willsey, PhD

Postdoc, Wadsworth Center, NYSDOH, Lab of Nicholas Mantis, PhD


April 10th

Gayathri Vijayakumar

PhD Student, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Lab of Peter Palese, PhD

“Newcastle disease virus and radio-therapy enhance checkpoint blockade in murine melanoma model “

Kara Levinson, PhD, MPH, D(ABMM)

Laboratory Leadership Service (LLS) Fellow at CDC

“Plot summary of the 1975 thriller Jaws:

“When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach resort, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.”-Patrick Boldt, IMDb  (


Plot summary of the 2018 Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in Hampton, New Hampshire:

When a killer bacterium unleashes an outbreak on a beach town, it’s up to the local police and fire chiefs, a group of environmental scientists and epidemiologists, and an LLS fellow to hunt the water source down.


Join me as I share this atypical outbreak and what it taught the Granite State in how to leverage and mobilize unlikely partners in public health.”

May 22nd

Tahoura Samad

PhD Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lab of Katharina Ribbeck

"Microbial hitchhiking promotes dispersal and colonization of new niches by staphylococci"

Carolina Chiale Ferreira M.S.

PhD Student, Albany Medical Center, Lab of Michael D. Robek, PhD

Title TBA

June 12th