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Dr. John Lednicky gives talk on airborne virus sampling

Dr. John Lednicky gave a talk entitled “Collection of viable airborne viruses using air samplers” for the Biomedical Education Seminar Series of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Florida, on 7 February 2014. He discussed the concept of aeroplankton, technical difficulties regarding air sampling for viable airborne…

Students become first-ever One Health MHS graduates

On December 15, 2013, Mary Leigh Morris, Tia Williams, and Lauren Stevenson became the University of Florida’s first graduates of the Master of Health Sciences (MHS) in Environmental and Global Health with a concentration in One Health.  This is the only One Health Masters degree program in the United States. …

EGH PhD student, Xiao Zheng, wins International Student Award

Dr. David Sammons (pictured), dean of the University of Florida International Center, recently presented EGH PhD student, Xiao (Bela) Zheng, with the UF Outstanding International Student Award. The Outstanding International Student Award was initiated to highlight the accomplishments of international students at the University of Florida. The awards are designed to…

One Health PhD student, Helena Chapman, receives Student Health Activist Honorable Mention

Each year, HealthBegins and other organizational partners recognize students who have demonstrated passion and achievement in the pursuit of social justice and health equity. EGH PhD student, Helena Chapman, will be awarded a Student Health Activist honorable mention for her work organizing medical students in the Dominican Republic to form Organizacion…

Dr. Ziad Memish lectures on MERS-CoV and the Hajj in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Ziad Memish during his lecture “The Hajj and MERS-CoV: Saudi Strategies to Reduce Transmission Risk.” Photo: Mary Leigh Morris August 30, 2013 – Dr. Ziad Memish, Deputy Minister of Public Health, Saudi Arabia visited the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) to discuss research collaborations.  Faculty and students from the Department…

EGH welcomes 2013 graduate student cohort

New EGH PhD, MHS, and MPH students met with department faculty and staff at the recent student orientation held on Friday, August 16, 2013. The department is excited to welcome such a talented and diverse group of students. It is going to be a great year!   …

Ali Messenger becomes first EGH PhD graduate!

Ali Messenger (left) graduated with her PhD in Public Health on Friday August 9th 2013.  She is among the first PhD students to perform her PhD work in the Emerging Pathogens Institute.  Ali was mentored by Professor Dana Focks (right) and Assistant Professor Bernard Okech in studying dengue disease in…

Dr. Lednicky et al. discovered Human coronavirus NL63 (HCoV-NL63) in commercially sold primary human renal proximal tubule epithelial cells (RPTEC)

Dr. Lednicky et al. discovered Human coronavirus NL63 (HCoV-NL63) in commercially sold primary human renal proximal tubule epithelial cells (RPTEC). They then proved the virus replicates in primary RPTEC and human renal epithelial cells. HCoV-NL63 is known as a medium-virulence respiratory virus, but has not been associated with human kidney disease. However, genetically related viruses…

Drs. Glenn and Debbie Morris host barbecue for Certificate in One Health students

Drs. Glenn and Debbie Morris recently hosted their annual barbecue for Certificate of One Health students, UF faculty, and staff. This year, 48 students from 22 countries enrolled in the One Health Certificate courses. The countries represented by this diverse student group include Bangladesh, Canada, Cambodia, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Iraq, Jordan,…

Dr. Sabo-Attwood to participate in UF Science Communications Academy

EGH Associate Professor, Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood, was recently selected as one of a handful of scientists to participate in UF’s Science Communications Academy. Dr. Sabo-Attwood and her colleagues will represent the university at the joint annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for…

Marissa Valentine, Environmental Health MPH student, wins award at Public Health Day

Marissa Valentine recently presented the poster from her thesis project titled “Where’s the Oil? Shortcomings of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response Data” at the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Public Health Day.  Valentine’s poster was named the Most Public Health Significant poster among all graduating students in…

EGH students and researchers present at PHHP Research Day

Surveillance for V. Cholerae from Clinical and Environmental Samples in Haiti – Alex Weppelmann, EGH doctoral candidate, Meer Alam (not pictured), EGH research scholar, and Mohammad Jubair (not pictured), EGH research scholar. Congratulations to Alex who received an Outstanding Poster award!   Mother’s Empowerment and Rotavirus Vaccination in India Poulomy…

Catherine McDermott, Environmental Health MPH student, wins poster award

MPH-EH student, Catherine McDermott, recently presented the poster from her thesis project titled “Pathogens as a Mosquito Bio-control Method: Quantifying the Susceptibility of Three Genera of Mosquitoes to Aedes sollicitans Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus (AesoNPV).” McDermott’s poster was named as the Most Innovative MPH Poster among all graduating students in the…

EGH team attends meetings with PATH and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

EGH Associate Professor and team leader, Dr. Richard Rheingans, Research Coordinator, John Anderson, and two EGH PhD students, Ben Anderson and Poulomy Chakraborty, recently attended meetings with PATH and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington. The students’ exposure to global scientific and policy leaders in…

EGH Research Associate Professor, Dr. Afsar Ali, discusses a novel “persister” Vibrio cholerae that may promote cholera transmission from aquatic reservoirs to humans

Figure 1 Cholera continues to be a major public health threat, particularly in countries where clean drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygiene are not optimal. Toxigenic Vibrio cholerae, a gram negative curved rod bacterium (Figure 1) with a singular polar flagellum, is responsible for the epidemics of cholera. Aquatic reservoirs,…

Dr. Gregory A. Poland discusses “Vaccines in the 21st Century”

Gregory A. Poland, M.D., MACP, FIDSA,  presented a talk “Vaccines in the 21st Century: Innumeracy, Cognitive Biases, the Power of Story and Other Survival Lessons” on March 13 at the Emerging Pathogens Institute. Dr. Poland is Director for the Mayo Vaccine Research Group and Director for Strategy at…

EGH PhD students present at USF Research Day

On February 22, 2013, two EGH PhD students participated in the University of South Florida (USF) Sunshine Education and Research Center (SERC) Interdisciplinary Research Training and Research Poster Session in Tampa, Florida. The UF delegation presented two posters, including “Evaluation of Plasmodium falciparum multi-drug resistance -1 genotypes in Haiti” by…

Dr. Jiyoung Lee discusses human health risks associated with contaminated water

Dr. Jiyoung Lee, Assistant Professor of Environmental Microbiology at the Ohio State University, gave a talk at UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute on Monday, December 10. Dr. Lee discussed new research tools and findings from US beach water studies regarding the human health risks associated with contaminated water. Dr. Lee’s primary…

Dr. Rick Rheingans receives 2012 International Educator of the Year Award

EGH Associate Professor, Dr. Rick Rheingans, received the UF International Educator of the Year Award for 2012 in the junior faculty category. The International Educator Award was created to recognize outstanding international endeavors by UF faculty members and to encourage UF faculty to pursue international activities. Dr. Rheingans’ research focuses on…

Dr. John Lednicky detects novel human rhinovirus ‘c’ genotype

Dr. Nick Knowles, Chair of the ICTV (International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses) Picornaviridae Study Group, informed Dr. John Lednicky that the Human Rhinovirus type C strain he detected and sequenced (HRV-C JAL-1/USA/2010) belongs to a novel genotype which has been designated HRV-C51.   So far, the virus described by…

EGH to welcome new Associate Professor

Dr. Song Liang will join the Department of Environmental and Global Health as an Associate Professor beginning July 1, 2012. Dr. Liang’s research interests include environmental epidemiology, risk assessment, and dynamic modeling of water-associated and zoonotic infectious diseases (WZIDs). His research programs are unified by underlying interests in understanding…

Dr. Christine Petersen gives a seminar on visceral leishmaniasis

Dr. Christine Petersen, DVM, PhD, a veterinary scientist and assistant professor at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine visited UF on October 27 – 28. Dr. Petersen gave a seminar at the Emerging Pathogens Institute regarding the emergence of canine visceral leishmaniasis in the United States.

Dr. Melanie Correll speaks at EGH ‘Show Us Your Data’ luncheon

Dr. Melanie Correll, Associate Professor for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, presented her research to EGH faculty members at the EGH ‘Show Us Your Data’ luncheon on Friday, September 2, 2011. Dr. Correll is currently leading projects with the Florida Space Grant…

Dr. Matthew Bender of NBACC visits EGH

Dr. Matthew Bender, Acting Deputy Director of Threat Characterization at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) visited the Department of Environmental & Global Health on August 30, 2011. Dr. Bender gave a seminar at UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute regarding his experience in applied biodefense projects at NBACC.

EGH Discusses Collaborations with UF Beijing Center

On July 28, 2011, Dr. Chonghua Zhang (Director, University of Florida Beijing Center (left)), Dr. David Sammons (Dean, UF International Center), Nikki Burke (Graduate Studies Program Assistant, Environmental and Global Health Department), and Dr. Greg Gray (Chair, Environmental and Global Health Department (not pictured)) met to discuss the recruitment…

EGH Welcomes New PhD Students

The Department of Environmental and Global Health is proud to host its first cohort of PhD students starting Fall 2011. All of the faculty and the staff at EGH are looking forward to a great year! Congratulations to the following students, who have been admitted to the PhD program in…

2011 Certificate Program at UF

This year marked the fourth annual Certificate Program in Emerging Infectious Disease Research (CEIDR) for the Department of Environmental and Global Health. Each year, the Certificate Program provides specialized graduate level education to nominated international, public health professionals in the area of emerging…

Certificate in One Health

This program provides graduate level education in emerging infectious disease research to nominated international public health professionals

Global Pathogens Laboratory Hosts NIAID Influenza Trainees

The Global Pathogens Laboratory hosted three international scholars for four weeks of training in influenza laboratory techniques. The three trainees, Urushadze, Rapuntean, and Myagmarsuh, learned influenza culturing techniques, molecular methods used for characterization of influenza specimens, and serological methods for identifying antibodies against influenza in human sera. Support for this…

Trainees

January, 2011 – NIAID influenza laboratory scholars, Dr. Lela Urushadze (Georgia), Dr. Myagmarsukh Yondon (Mongolia) and Dr. Sorin Rapuntean (Romania) join the Global Pathogens Laboratory for a month of influenza laboratory training.

Dr. Bob Huebner Visits the Emerging Pathogens Institute

Dr. Bob Huebner from The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) visits with researchers in the Emerging Pathogens Institute Pictured from left to right: Dr. John Lednicky, Dr. Bob Huebner, Dr. Gary Heil, Dr. Kalina Atanasova, and Dr. Amanda Rice.