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Molecular parasitologist and virologist Elodie Ghedin to speak at Grand Seminar

| By Molly Cochran
Elodie Ghedin, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology and global public health, molecular parasitologist, and virologist

Loyola University Maryland’s academic division of natural and applied sciences will present the 2019 Grand Seminar on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall. This year’s Grand Seminar will feature Elodie Ghedin, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology and global public health, molecular parasitologist, and virologist at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at New York University.

Ghedin will present “(Microbial) Networking Going Viral,” a lecture on how respiratory pathogens, including influenza, interact with drug-resistant variants and impact virus evolution. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required, but registration is encouraged.

During the presentation, Ghedin will also discuss the work being done with microbial and viral ecology in the upper and lower respiratory tract. Ghedin’s research focuses on genomics, infectious diseases, viral infections, and biology. Her wide-ranging research includes the evolution of influenza and severity of the Zika virus, links between HIV and lung microbiome in lung disease patients, sequencing genomes, and parasites. Ghedin has conducted research at the Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville, Md., and previously worked for eight years as a researcher in genomics and infectious diseases at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Ghedin earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, master’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Quebec in Montreal, and Ph.D. in Molecular Parasitology from McGill University.

Ghedin, who has been named a MacArthur Fellow (2011) and American Academy of Microbiology Fellow (2017), has published many articles related to her expansive research. Two of her recent articles include Taxonomy of the order Mononegavirales: second update 2018 and Fungi stabilize connectivity in the lung and skin microbial ecosystems.

For more information about the event, go to www.loyola.edu/grandseminar.

 
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