IDM Research Day expanded with guest speakers and more than 70 student presenters


The Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology suspended all classes on Thursday, September 26, 2019 for annual research day celebration—their biggest-ever!

Three guest lecturers—nominated by students—shared their work during a morning symposium in the Pitt Public Health auditorium. Jonathan Oliver from the University of Minnesota spoke about the emerging tick-borne diseases of the northern United States, Daniel Voth from the University of Arkansas talked about using human-derived systems to investigate bacterial pulmonary infection, and David Lampe from Duquesne University lectured on inhibiting the spread of malaria by altering the mosquito microbiome.

In the afternoon, over 70 students presented their work in an adjudicated research poster session. According to IDM Associate Chair for Education, Velpandi Ayyavoo, “This is the largest poster session we’ve ever run in the department. Now every student in our department presents at least once, gaining even more practice in sharing their research work with peers and communicating why their research matters.”

View this year’s student winners, read more event details and see event photos!


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