Hi everyone! Are you ready for another great series of talks? Dr. Kalai Mathee is visiting campus next Thursday April 28th!
Dr. Mathee is a leader in her field; she has established an interdisciplinary research program focused on molecular pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a pathogen that is responsible for the high morbidity and mortality in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. She is very passionate about her research and how it might contribute to increasing CF patient quality of life. She is well respected nationally and internationally by researchers in multiple fields, including microbial and comparative genomics, Pseudomonas pathogenesis, alternate therapy using botanicals, microbial biofilm development, and regulation of microbial transcription.
In recent years, she has become increasingly interested in developing a holistic approach for a sustainable global health in lower and middle income countries as she strongly beliefs that health is the number one determinant for a healthy, prosperous and secure nations. Following a sabbatical in Pan American Health Organization-World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and Sabin Vaccine Institute, she returned to FIU to become the Founding Director of Global Health Consortium. Dr. Mathee is currently professor of Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Florida International University.
Dr. Mathee readily admits that she derives strength and inspiration from her mentees that number more than 120. In 2011, she received the Mentor of the Year award. In addition, she was bestowed the highest honor of her career in FIU, the 2011 President’s Council Worlds Ahead Faculty Award in recognition of outstanding achievement as a student-centered professor who makes an impact and exceeds expectations. In 2014, she was one of the inaugural winners of the New England BioLabs Inspiration in Science Award. During her visit she will be joined by her postdoc Dr. Diansy Zincke, who will also be giving a talk.
Details about all the talks are below:
- Seminar One: Dr. Diansy Zincke will be talking about antibiotic resistance in JSCBB B432 at 10:30 am. Her talk is titled: “Characterization of a class D β–lactamase in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa.”
- Seminar Two: Dr. Kalai Mathee will give her informal talk in Porter B121 at 12:15 pm. There will be free lunch provided! The title of her talk is: “A 10,000 mile journey from a small town in Malaysia to Miami.”
- Seminar Three: Dr. Kalai Mathee will give a research talk as part of the MCD Biology seminar series at 4:00pm in Gold A2B70. The title of her seminar is: “Genes, Genomics, Greens and 65 Roses: The Pseudomonas aeruginosa Connection.”
We hope to see you at all of these talks next week! They’re going to be great!