Faculty Candidate Seminar - Rebecca Vega Thurber

04/19/2018 - 4:00pm
Eckart Lecture Hall 227
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DATE:          April 19th, Thursday, 4:00 p.m.  

LOCATION:     Eckart Lecture Hall

SPEAKER:      Rebecca Vega Thurber, Ph.D.

            Oregon State University

TITLE:  Marine Microbiology and Virology in the Anthropocene: Diversity, Dysbiosis, and Disease


Microbes and viruses far outnumber any other group of biological entities, and their infections and unique metabolisms dramatically influence our bodies, our planet, and human well-being. At the same time, human activities and natural forces alter microbial and viral community structure and function significantly. Revealing important insights into the evolution, diversity, and roles of microbes and viruses has been a central focus of my work, yet all the while we have explored these questions through the lens of human driven environmental change and how it may affect microbial and viral community dynamics in different hosts and habitats. Much of our work is on coral reef ecosystems, but we also evaluate the dynamics of microbiomes and/or viromes of other marine organisms such as: harbor seals that have undergone mass die off events, fishes raised in polluted waters, sponges exposed to oil, and seagrass beds undergoing restoration. Regardless of which system we are study, our work uses interdisciplinary approaches that combine empirical field- and lab-based experiments, molecular biology, omics, and statistical computational modeling. This talk with cover some of these topics with an emphasis on the key biological principles we have uncovered when exploring the intersection of humans, our oceans, and microbiology and virology. 
 Faculty Host:  Brad Moore  (bsmoore@ucsd.edu)
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