In conjunction with the interdisciplinary activities of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), a seminar series will be hosted at NIMBioS every other Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the NIMBioS Lecture Hall on the 4th floor of 1534 White Ave., Suite 400 Seminar speakers will focus on their research initiatives at the interface of mathematics and many areas of the life sciences. Light refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011. 3:30 p.m.*, Room 403, Blount Hall, 1534 White Ave., Suite 400
Speaker: Dr. Cristina Lanzas, NIMBioS Faculty, Dept. of Comparative Medicine, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
Topic: Transmission and control of foodborne pathogens at preharvest
Abstract: Foodborne diseases are a significant healthcare and economic burden. Most foodborne pathogens behave as commensals, harbored in the gastrointestinal tract of farm animals. Understanding the transmission of foodborne pathogens at the farm level is necessary to design effective interventions to improve pre-harvest food and environmental safety. In recent years, mathematical models of infection have been incorporated in the epidemiologist repertoire to gain a better understanding of foodborne pathogen ecology and to evaluate control strategies. Dr. Lanzas will discuss recent progress and challenges in modeling the dynamics of foodborne pathogen transmission at the farm level.
*Join us for refreshments in the NIMBioS Lobby on the 4th floor at 3 p.m.
Seminar Flyer (pdf)