2019-2020 Schedule Will be posted in August 2019

Tentative JAM USA Dates

  • September 25th 2019

  • November 13th 2019

  • March 18th 2020

  • May 6th 2020


Previous Speakers

May 22

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  (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073195/)


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.”

June 12th

Carolina Chiale Ferreira M.S.

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

“Differential infection of dendritic cell subsets by virus-based vaccine platforms”

April 2019

Lauren Gandy

PhD Student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lab of Blanca Barquera

“Metabolite analysis in wild-type respiratory mutants in Bacteroides fragilis.

Graham Willsey, PhD

Postdoc, Wadwsoworth Center, NYS DOH, Lab of Nicholas J. Mantis

“Transcriptional regulation of sarcosine catabolism in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

March 2019

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”

February 2019

Amit Singh, PhD

Postdoc, Albany Medical Center, Lab or Wei Sun, PhD

“Live attenuated Yersinia pseudotuberculosis as candidate vaccine against pneumonic plague infection”

Maria Goretti Onyango, PhD

Postdoc, Arbovirology Lab of the Wadsworth Center

Lab of Laura Kramer, PhD and Alex Ciota, PhD

“Increased temperatures reduce the vectorial capacity of Aedes albopictus mosquitoes for Zika virus and enriches it’s gut microbial diversity.”

January 2019

Alexander Mosier

PhD Student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lab of Jennifer Hurley, PhD

“Unveiling the Impact of the Negative Arm of the Circadian Clock on Output in Neurospora crassa

Valjean R. Bacot-Davis, PhD

Postdoc, University at Albany, Lab of Marlene Belfort

Intein Splicing Inhibitors As Antimicrobials.

november 2018

Jesse Rabinowitz

PhD Student, Albany Medical College, Lab of Carlos de Noronha, PhD

“Cytoplasmic membrane-bound antiporter, xCT, inhibits early HIV infection.”

Ville Väre

PhD Student, University at Albany,

Lab of Paul Agris, PhD & Kathleen McDonough, PhD

"Development of novel small molecule antibiotics against Gram-positive bacteria"

October 18

Tarani Kanta Barman, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow, Albany Medical Center, Lab of Dennis Metzger

“Potential of a novel oxazolidinone against drug resistant Gram positive bacteria and its systemic delivery using biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles”

Thomas Hart

PhD Student, University at Albany, Lab of Yi-Pin Lin

“Convergent evolution of an enzyme Borreliae surface protein drives vertebrate host tropisms by facilitating complement evasion”