Title: “Acute Diarrheal Disease in Nicaragua: Studies on Diarrheagenic Escherichia coli”
Speaker: Samuel Vilchez, PhD, University of Nicaragua-León
Date: May 9, 2014
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Location: 1131 Bioinformatics (directions)
Description: Samuel Vilchez, PhD is Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, School of Medicine, University of Nicaragua (UNAN)-León and is a faculty member in the Center for Infectious Diseases at UNAN. Dr. Vilchez received a PhD in Clinical Microbiology from the Karolinska Institutet (2009), Stockholm, Sweden, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship on Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli and the inflammatory response also at Karolinska (2011). He received additional postgraduate training in glycobiology and bacterial carbohydrate studies at Stockholm University and Karolinska. Dr. Vilchez’ current research focuses on molecular epidemiology and genetic susceptibility to bacterial and viral enteric pathogens in Nicaragua. In 2012, he received an award by the Central American University Superior Council for the Best Research Study Conducted at UNAN during the period 2010-2012 in the category: Research oriented to improve quality of life of the population in the region. Dr. Vilchez has also served as Nicaraguan PI or Co-PI for additional research studies on diarrheagenic Escherichia coli, Chagas disease, rotavirus vaccine effectiveness, and currently, dysbiosis of the gut microbiome and enteric immunity.
About Friday ID Conference
The Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, Division of Infectious Disease, and Center for AIDS Research at UNC co-sponsor a weekly conference series that 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 May, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in 1131 Bioinformatics (first floor auditorium) on the UNC campus.