CANR to host lecture on pathogen research by NIH’s Kindrachuk

The University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will host Jason Kindrachuk, a staff scientist with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Critical Care Medicine Department, as he gives a talk titled “Science Under (Negative) Pressure: The Trials and Tribulations of Emerging/Re-Emerging Pathogen Research from the Lab to the Hot Zone,” at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, in the Townsend Hall Commons. Kindrachuk will discuss the limitations of working within a high-containment research laboratory and his work studying emerging and re-emerging high-containment viruses with an emphasis on incorporating novel methodologies for dissecting the pathogenic mechanisms of these viruses and identifying novel therapeutic strategies. He will also discuss the events that facilitated the rapid spread of Ebola virus disease (EVD) throughout West Africa, response efforts within the region during the outbreak, his personal experiences working within the heart of the EVD outbreak in Liberia in September 2014 and perspectives for limiting future outbreaks of this magnitude in impoverished regions. Kindrachuk earned his doctorate at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. His current research integrates the use of kinome analysis and systems biology to carry out investigations of host-pathogen interactions with emerging and re-emerging viral pathogens such as Ebola virus, variola virus (the etiologic agent of smallpox), monkeypox virus and influenza A viruses, among others. He is also investigating the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis in viral and bacterial co-infections. Kindrachuk recently served as a scientific lead for diagnostic support of the Centers for Disease Control/Department of Defense joint operations in Monrovia, Liberia, in support of the international response efforts for EVD outbreak. The lecture is being organized and hosted by Ryan Arsenault, assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. This article can also be viewed on UDaily.