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PREPARE Institute Seminar Series


The UC San Diego PREPARE Institute offers a virtual Seminar Series on SARS-CoV-2 and topics related to pandemic preparedness.  


Thursday, June 29, 2023, 1:30 PM — 2:30 PM PDT

“From Bog to Bedside: The Story Behind IPATH, the First Dedicated Phage Therapy Program in North America.”


Steffanie Strathdee, PhD
Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences
Harold Simon Distinguished Professor
UCSD Department of Medicine
Co-Director, Center for Innovative Phage Applications & Therapeutics (IPATH)
Author: The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save her Husband from a Deadly Superbug


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Friday, May 12, 2023, 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM PDT

"Potential for Augmenting Public Health through IoT."


Benjamin L. Smarr, PhD
Assistant Professor
Shu Chen - Gene Lay Department of Bioengineering and the Halicioglu Data Science Institute
UC San Diego







Thursday, April 27, 2023, 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM PDT

"Of mice and men: The role of neutrophils in ARDS immunopathogenesis."


Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine & Physiology
UC San Diego
Section Chief, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
VA San Diego Healthcare System 

Jorge Masso-Silva, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care,
Sleep Medicine & Physiology
UC San Diego






Friday, March 24, 2023, 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM PDT

"Homelessness as Context and Mirror for Infectious Disease Pandemics."


Leslie R. Lewis, PhD, MPH
Continuing Lecturer, Urban Studies & Planning
Director of Education and Community Engagement, Homelessness Hub at UC San Diego
Director of Urban Health and Equity Initiatives, Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design
UC San Diego






Friday, February 24, 2023, 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM PST

"Computational Methods in Viral Molecular Epidemiology."


Niema Moshiri, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor
Computer Science & Engineering
UC San Diego







Thursday, December 8, 2022, 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM PT

"The use of CBPR for addressing vaccine hesitancy among Latinx and Black communities in Southern California."


Argentina E. Servin MD, MPH 
Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases & Global Public Health
Director, Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)
Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health & Human Longevity Science
UC San Diego







Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM PT

"Multiantigen synthetic poxvirus-based vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 and Monkeypox."


Flavia Chiuppesi, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Dept. of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Beckman Research Institute
City of Hope







Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM PT

"Substance Use-related Epidemics in North America: A Tale of Two Crises and Two Futures."


Dan Werb, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases & Global Public Health
UC San Diego
Associate Professor
Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation
University of Toronto





Thursday, September 22, 2022, 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM PT

"Meaningful engagement of diverse partners to address COVID-19 testing and vaccination uptake for underserved communities: strategies and lessons learned."


Borsika Rabin, PhD, MPH, PharmD
Nicole Stadnick, PhD, MPH
UC San Diego

Bill Oswald, PhD
Paul Watson, Jr., MSHS
Global Action Research Center


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Monday, August 22, 2022, 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM PT

"The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrants in interrupted transit in Tijuana."

Ietza Bojorquez, MD, PhD, MSc
Department of Population Studies
El Colegio de la Frontera Norte






Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM PT

"Agent-based Models: Applications to modeling infectious disease spread and evaluating mitigation strategies."


Ravi Goyal, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases & Global Public Health

UC San Diego





Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 3:00 PM — 4:00 PM PT

"Collaborating with the Innate Immune System to Treat Multidrug-Resistant Superbugs."


Victor Nizet, MD
Distinguished Professor and Vice-Chair for Basic Research,
Department of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Host-Microbe Systems & Therapeutics
Distinguished Professor, Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
UC San Diego





Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM PT

"Discovery and functional interrogation of SARS-CoV-2 protein-RNA interactions."


Joy Xiang, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Cellular Molecular Medicine
Yeo Lab
UC San Diego


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Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 3:00 PM — 4:00 PM PT

"Defining correlates of protection and markers of disease progression during SARS-CoV-2 infection."


Gene S. Tan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases
J. Craig Venter Institute
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health
UC San Diego