Faculty

Plenary Speakers

James Collins

Dr. James Collins is a William F. Warren Distinguished Professor, a University Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Medicine, and Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Center for BioDynamics at Boston University. In 2008, he became the first Boston University faculty member to become a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. His many awards include a MacArthur "Genius Award," a National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award, as well as numerous teaching awards. He has been named to the Technology Review list of top 100 young innovators and the Scientific American list of top 50 outstanding leaders in science and technology. Dr. Collins is also an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Collins' lab, located at Boston University and at the Wyss Institute, focuses on developing nonlinear dynamical techniques and devices to characterize, improve and mimic biological function. Dr. Collins is a leader in systems biology, a relatively new field in which researchers are gleaning the basic rules for how cells and their components are assembled and what shapes their behavior. Systems biologists work with the "part lists"—genomes, proteins, signaling pathways, and so on—but their ultimate goal is to understand how all these elements interact.

He is also a founder of the even newer field of synthetic biology, which exploits findings from systems biology to "forward engineer" novel biological circuits. His laboratory works on assembling laboratory-made genes, proteins, and DNA and RNA fragments and plugging them into bacteria. On these researchers' drawing boards are miniature drug or chemical factories, devices that sense hostile germs, and microbes that could generate alternative forms of energy. Currently, Dr. Collins is tinkering with the circuits of bacteria that are activated when the bugs are exposed to antibiotics and are either killed or deploy protective measures against the drugs.

Durland Fish

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Dr. Durland Fish is the 2013 Honorary Speaker for the International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and other Tick borne Diseases. Dr. Fish has devoted his career to the study of tick ecology and tick borne diseases. Over the last 35 years, he has made seminal discoveries that are the basis for our modern understanding of tick borne disease transmission. During his career to date, he has published over 150 scholarly articles and has been the recipient of over 50 grants from NIH, EPA, and the Dept of Health and Human Services among others. He has trained almost 40 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior scientists, many of whom have gone on to have made important contributions to the field of their own. He is also the founding editor of one of the leading journals in the field, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, Newsweek, Science, Science News, Audubon Magazine and the New York Times, and he has appeared on numerous television programs including NBC News, NBC Today Show, ABC Nightline, CBS This Morning, and was featured in documentaries produced by The Discovery Channel and BBC.

Dr. Fish is currently Director of the Yale Center for EcoEpidemiology, an interdisciplinary center that seeks to integrate environmental science and ecology with medical epidemiology. He is also on the Steering Committee of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute where he coordinates campus wide research on climate and human health. His laboratory continues to study the ecology of vector-borne disease with an emphasis on tick-borne pathogens causing Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis and babesiosis. His research interests include environmental causes of disease emergence, interactions among pathogens in vectors and hosts, and the development of novel methods for vector-borne disease prevention.

Co chairs

Linda Bockenstedt
Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine

Linden Hu
Professor and Vice Chairman, Dept of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine

Organizing committee

Durland Fish, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Yale University

Allen Steere, MD
Professor of Medicine
Dept. of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University

Program committee

Alexia Belperron, PhD
Research Scientist, Dept. of Medicine
Yale University

Nathalie Boulanger, PharmD, PhD
Membre du Centre National de Référence Borrelia
Facultés de Pharmacie et de Médecine

John Branda, MD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pathology
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Melissa Caimano, PhD *
Assistant Professor, Dept of Medicine
University of CT

Jenifer Coburn, PhD
Professor, Dept of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin

Raymond Dattwyler, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief of Clinical Immunology, Allergy & Rheumatology
New York Medical College

Maria Diuk-Wasser, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Epidemioogy (Microbial Diseases)
Yale University

J. Stephen Dumler, MD
Professor
Division of Medical Microbiology
Department of Pathology
Director, Medical Parasitology Laboratory
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and
The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH
Director, Lyme & Tick-borne Disease Research Center
Professor of Psychiatry
Columbia University Medical Center

Bob Gilmore, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Microbiology
Division of Vector Borne Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

John J. Halperin, MD
Clinical Professor of Neurology
New York University School of Medicine

JWR Hovius, MD *
Academic Medical Center
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases & Center for Experimental and Molecular Medicine
University of Amsterdam

Barbara J.B. Johnson, PhD
Chief, Microbiology Laboratory
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Robert Kalish, MD
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
Tufts University School of Medicine

Peter Kraiczy, PhD
Institute of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control
University Hospital of Frankfurt am Main

Peter Krause, MD
Senior Research Scientist, Dept of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)
Yale University

John Leong, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Tufts University School of Medicine

Stephen Malawista
Professor, Dept. of Medicine
Yale University

Adriana Marques, MD
Chief, Clinical Studies Unit
Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases, NIAID, NIH

Tom Mather, PhD *
Professor and Director, Center for Vector Borne Disease
University of Rhode Island

Paul Mead, MD
Chief, Epidemiology and Surveillance Activity
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jennifer C. Miller, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology
North Carolina State University

Ruth Montgomery, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Medicine
Yale University

Tara Moriarty, PhD
Assistant Professor
Matrix Dynamics Group, Faculty of Dentistry
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

Steven Norris, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of TX at Houston

Patricia Nuttall, PhD
Professor of Arbovirology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Nicholas H. Ogden, DPhil
Senior Research Scientist
Zoonoses Division
Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Public Health Agency of Canada

Utpal Pal, PhD
Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of MD

Mary Petzke, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
New York Medical College

Mario T. Philipp, PhD
Professor
Tulane National Primate Research Center
Tulane University Health Sciences Center

Justin D. Radolf, MD
Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Immunology, and Genetics & Developmental Biology
University of Connecticut Health Center

Patricia Rosa, PhD
Senior Investigator
Chief, Molecular Genetics Section
Laboratory of Zoonotic Pathogens
Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH

Robert Schoen, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine

Ira Schwartz, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology
New York Medical College

Timothy Sellati, PhD
Associate Professor, Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease
Albany Medical College

Jon Skare, PhD
Professor
Dept. of Microbial and Mol. Pathogenesis
Texas A&M Health Science Center

Gerold Stanek, MD*
Professor, Institute of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology
Medical University of Vienna

Jean I. Tsao, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife
Dept. of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Michigan State University

Edouard Vannier, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Tufts Medical Center & Tufts University School of Medicine

Janis J. Weis, PhD *
Professor, Department of Pathology
Division of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Utah

R. Mark Wooten, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
University of Toledo College of Medicine

Gary P. Wormser, MD *
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine at New York Medical College
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology

X. Frank Yang
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Indiana University School of Medicine

*subcommittee chair

Session Chairs

Alan Barbour, MD
Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Medicine, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of California Irvine

Jorge L. Benach, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Director, Center for Infectious Diseases
Stony Brook University

Sven Bergstrom, PhD
Professor, Department of Molecular Biology
Umeå University

Sally Cutler, PhD
Reader, Medical Microbiology
University of East London

J. Stephen Dumler, MD
Professor
Division of Medical Microbiology
Department of Pathology
Director, Medical Parasitology Laboratory
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Mark Eshoo, PhD
Director New Technology Development
Ibis Biosciences, Inc., Abbott Laboratories

Erol Fikrig, MD
Professor of Epidemiology and Microbial Pathogenesis
Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases
Yale University

Dr. med. Volker Fingerle
Facharzt für Mikrobiologie und Infektionsepidemiologie
Nationales Referenzzentrum für Borrelien
Konsiliarlabor für Ehrlichien
Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit (LGL)

Lise Gern, PhD
Professor and Director of Research, Laboratory of Eco-epidemiology
University de Neuchatel

Barbara J.B. Johnson, PhD
Chief, Microbiology Laboratory
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Peter Kraiczy, PhD
Institute of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control
University Hospital of Frankfurt am Main

Patricia Nuttall, PhD
Director Special Projects, Natural Environment Research Council
Professor of Virology, University of Oxford

Justin D. Radolf, MD
Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Immunology, and Genetics & Developmental Biology
University of Connecticut Health Center

Yasuko Rikihasa, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Veterinary Biosciences
Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Scott Samuels, PhD
Professor
Division of Biological Sciences
The University of Montana

Timothy Sellati, PhD
Associate Professor, Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease
Albany Medical College

Sam Telford, ScD
Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine