(Dec. 19, 2012) -- Janakiram Seshu, associate professor of bacterial pathogenesis in the UTSA Department of Biology and a member of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID), recently led a three-member team of investigators to China to launch research collaborations related to tick-borne diseases.
The other members of the traveling team included Adalberto Pérez de León, director, and Andrew Li, research physiologist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory in Kerrville, Texas.
The team visited six Chinese institutions including the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing. The two-week trip was funded by the USDA Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program (SCEP) and the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China.
The goal of the visit was to establish links with potential long-term collaborators at Chinese institutions for scientific and technological exchange, ultimately to mitigate the impact of tick-borne diseases. One research staff member and one student from two different institutions in China are expected to soon visit UTSA and the USDA-ARS facility in Kerrville as part of the scientific exchange program.
Seshu's research focuses on Lyme disease, the most-prevalent tick-borne infectious disease in the United States. His laboratory is examining regulation of gene expression affecting the survival and infectious capabilities of Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent that causes the disease. As a member of the Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics at UTSA, Seshu and his research team uses several novel methodologies to determine how the agent of Lyme disease is transmitted to animals bitten by infected ticks and aims to identify methods to prevent the transmission and onset of the disease in humans.
The UTSA Center for Infection Genomics is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The research center focuses on four core areas of expertise: the genomics of intestinal and respiratory pathogens, the biochemistry and molecular biology of vector-borne pathogens, the immunopathogenesis of fungal infections and anti-fungal drug development, and vaccine development.
Learn more at the UTSA Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics website.
The UTSA East Asia Institute hosts District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg who will discuss his recent trip to China for the 8th annual Sister Cities International forum. He will discuss how these conversations help citizens connect in an increasingly global world to exchange ideas and tackle issues affecting all of us.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Antonio Petrov, assistant professor in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, invites San Antonio to engage in dialogue to gather a broad understanding of Puro. he symposium, which includes UTSA masters students, will be led by community members who embody the term. It's free and open to the public.
Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, Bldg. 108, 1414 S. Alamo St., San Antonio
Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, at the University of California at Los Angeles is the guest speaker at this free, open event. Johnson is also the author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism."
University Center, Denman Room (UC 02.01.28), Main Campus
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
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