Educational Webinar Series
In this free webinar series FAES faculty expand on topics they teach in their FAES courses.
Uncovering the Microbial World of Bacteria
October 11, 2023, 12 pm EST
Bacteria are expert cell biologists that are found ubiquitously, from hot springs to the human microbiome, with some causing serious infections. What can we learn from them? And how are they studied? In this 20-minute webinar, Dr. Zarrella will discuss bacterial features as well as tricks and tools for research applications and how these tools were derived from microbes. First, eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell characteristics will be compared before diving into understanding microbial genetics and horizontal gene transfer. Further, the genetic methods such as cloning, transposons, CRISPR, and others will be presented. Dr. Zarrella teaches the Fall 2023 Session B course MICR 311 Introduction to General Microbiology, which will uncover the microbial world of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Her courses MICR 325 Molecular Microbiology and MICR 418 Emerging Infectious Diseases were first offered in 2020.
Tiffany Zarrella, PhD, (MICR 311)
Dr. Zarrella earned a PhD in Immunology and Microbial Disease from Albany Medical College and a BS in Biochemistry from Syracuse University. She has been teaching microbiology courses at the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences since 2020. Dr. Zarrella is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Anupama Khare at the National Cancer Institute, where she studies polymicrobial interactions between co-infecting bacterial pathogens Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. These bacterial species often cause chronic, antibiotic resistant infections. She is elucidating the environmental conditions and molecular mechanisms that govern interbacterial communication and microbial behaviors. Understanding these underlying pathways in interspecies interactions will lead to novel strategies to disrupt persistent bacterial infections. She was awarded a PRAT postdoctoral fellowship by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to support this research.
All webinar attendees are eligible to apply a $200 tuition credit when registering for MICR 311, Introduction to General Microbiology.
Careers Beyond the Bench – Intellectual Property
July 27, 2023
Tom Sova, J.D., (TECH 513, TECH 516)
Tom Sova, J.D. has been teaching Introduction to Technology Transfer with FAES since 2020. In Fall 2023, he will co-teach a new course, Foundations of Business Law. He holds a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, a Masters in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins, and a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences from UMBC. He has practiced patent law, technology transfer, and contract law (drafting and negotiation), working for international biotech companies and in law firm settings. Currently, he is the Senior Technology Transfer Manager and patent attorney at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.
Leveraging Emotional Intelligence for Effective Leadership
January 26, 2023
Sylvia Long, PhD, Program Director, NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
Dr. Long will discuss leveraging emotional intelligence - with an emphasis on empathy. Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a skill that enables one to relate to self and others. Understanding the domains of emotional intelligence is essential for effective leadership. By identifying and managing moods, impulses, and behaviors, EI adeptness can positively or adversely impact personal and professional relationships, environments, and productivity.
What is the Matter with the Mind?
October 13, 2022
Sharif Kronemer, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, NIMH (BIOL 325, NEURO 305)
From where does consciousness emerge? This question has been a topic of query for millennia. Early consensus of non-physical or immaterial sources of consciousness converted in recent centuries to pure material mediums, particularly the brain. This talk explores the debate on the source of consciousness, share evidence that clued in earlier inquiries - long before modern neuroscience - that the brain was the seat of consciousness, and discuss whether a material mind suggests the possibility of an artificial consciousness. Dr. Sharif Kronemer studies consciousness and teaches neuroscience courses with FAES including BIOL 325, Human Neuroscience, available in the Fall 2022 Session B term. His course NEUR 305, The Neural Mechanisms of Consciousness was first offered in Summer 2022
Data Science All Around Us: An Overview of Next Generation Sequencing
May 25, 2022
Sally Chang, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, NHGRI, NIH (BIOF 521)
An overview of the wide world of topics and techniques covered by next generation sequencing. The relevance of sequencing techniques to a broad range of scientists, both in terms of societal relevance (think Covid-19 genomics and CRISPR) and relevance to scientific research, even if it doesn’t currently involve sequencing. Preview of FAES offerings to help get up to speed on this important and quickly evolving field, no matter your experience level.
Advancing Understanding of Translational Science
January 11, 2022
Jessica M. Faupel-Badger, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief, Office of Policy, Communications and Education, Education Branch, NCATS (MEDI 501, MEDI 502)
Lameese D. Akacem, Ph.D., AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow (Health Scientist), Office of Policy, Communications and Education, Education Branch, NCATS (MEDI 501, MEDI 502)
R vs Python: A Comparative Overview -choosing a first coding language-
August 11, 2021
Amanda Kowalczyk, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pittsburgh Department of Computational and Systems Biology (STAT 101, STAT 515)
Dr. Amanda Kowalczyk recently earned her PhD in computational biology with a genomics specialization from the University of Pittsburgh under advisement from Drs. Maria Chikina and Nathan Clark. She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Clark and Chikina labs prior to transitioning to a postdoctoral fellow position at Carnegie Mellon University supported by its Neuroscience Institute under co-advisement of Drs. Andreas Pfenning and Alison Barth. Dr. Kowalczyk has spent most of her research career building and using computational tools to analyze genomic data, with authorship on papers published in Science, eLife, MBE, and Bioinformatics. Outside of her research, she greatly enjoys teaching a variety of topics related to coding, statistics, and genomics.
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