Friday ID Conference: “Tick-borne disease prevention: from fashion to phylogeny”

Steven Meshnick, PhD, to speak at the Friday ID Conference on April 12.

When Apr 12, 2013
from 08:30 AM to 09:30 AM
Where 1131 Bioinformatics
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Tick Chic by Maggie Meshnick
Steve Meshnick’s work has been at the interface of epidemiology and laboratory sciences. He received his PhD from Rockefeller University and his MD from Cornell University Medical College. He is particularly interested in malaria, Pneumocystis jirovecii, and mother-to-child transmission of HIV. His lab has developed new methods, such as high-throughput real-time PCR, to study the epidemiology of malaria and drug-resistant malaria. His lab is also working on the mechanisms of action of antimalarial drugs.

He is currently applying new spatial epidemiological methods to understand malaria evolution and dispersion. Meshnick has worked on malaria in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other sites. Using specimens from human drug trials, he is studying the evolution of drug resistance and developing new tools to detect resistance in malaria and pneumocystis. He is also using blood and tissue samples from malaria and HIV infected pregnant women to understand the pathogenesis of malaria and HIV during pregnancy and the mechanisms of mother-to-child transmission.

About Friday ID Conference

The Division of Infectious Diseases, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, and Center for AIDS Research at UNC co-sponsor a weekly conference series which features distinguished clinicians and scientists from UNC, local universities, and other national and international institutions. The topics are varied and appeal to not only infectious disease specialists, but also professionals in epidemiology, public health, microbiology, biostatistics and other global health-related disciplines.

The conference takes place every Friday, September through June, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in 1131 Bioinformatics (first floor auditorium) on the UNC campus. For more information, or to suggest a speaker, please contact the conference coordinator, Kathy James. To sign-up to receive weekly announcements of the conference, click here.