TII – Breakout Sessions

The goal of the breakout sessions will be for working groups to identify specific comprehensive projects that can be pursued at TII. By the end of the sessions, groups will begin to identify which specific topics provide the best opportunity to make a significant, distinct impact by engagement across departments and schools.

11:20 – 12:30
Breakout Session I
Molecular Strategies to Impact Microbial Disease
Inflammation and host response, pathogenesis, immunology, synthetic biology, bacterial metabolism, synthetic biology, synthetic chemistry, inflammation and host response, immunology, pathogenesis, molecular work to characterize microbe function and identification of molecular targets.
Facilitator:
Krishna Kumar, Professor and Chair of Chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences
Emerging Platforms and Technologies to Study Microbes and Therapeutic Delivery
Metagenomics, synthetic chemistry, health informatics tools, analytical methods for microbe detection and diagnosis of infection, biosensor technologies, drug delivery devices, micro and nanotechnology for vaccine delivery and engineering approaches to reduce transmission of infectious disease.
Facilitator:
Qiaobing Xu, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
Fighting Microbes: From Bench to Bedside to Worldwide
Approaches to anti-infective therapy, microbial disease prevention, chemical biology/microbiology, planning to treat emerging pandemics, and cancer, microbial disease in pediatric populations, managing infectious disease in the aged, clinical approaches to microbial resistance.
Facilitator:
Jonathan Garlick, Professor of Oral Pathology, School of Dental Medicine Professor, School of Medicine; Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
The Environment and Microbes
Environmental microbiology, geologic/soil/groundwater microbiology, intersection of the human-microbial-animal worlds, impact on water systems, ecosystems, wildlife and conservation medicine, microbial evolution, bioremediation, microbes and climate change and their impact on climate justice.
Facilitator:
Kurt Pennell, Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
David Gute, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
2:15 – 3:15 Breakout Session II

Microbes and Infectious Disease
Chemical biology/microbiology, emerging threats (pandemics), drug and vaccine discovery, public health, epidemiology, prevention, chemical biology/microbiology, obesity and the microbiota, infectious agents and cancer, viral pathogenesis of human disease, antibiotic resistance.

Facilitators:
Ralph Isberg, Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, School of Medicine
Sam Telford, Professor of Vector-Borne Infections, Infectious Disease and Global Health Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Studying the Microbiome and Its Impact
Metabolite analysis, animal models of infectious disease, global DNA sequencing and bioinformatics, changes in microbial flora under stress conditions and nutritional states, impact of the microbiome on disease states, microbes as therapeutics, microbes for nutritional benefits, the microbiome and cognition, impact of the microbiome on organ/tissue-specific niches.

Facilitators:
Honorine Ward, Professor of Medicine, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Tufts Medical Center, Professor of Public Health and Family Medicine, School of Medicine
Gillian Beamer, Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

The Human Condition and Microbes
Policy and regulation to distribute to global populations, business model design, monitoring systems in developing countries, health care, financial services, access to arts/aesthetics, sustainable demographic interventions, connect emerging science to the “market”, impact on urbanization, innovation models, market “disruption”, economic strategies for better health, economic findings relevant to improving access to healthcare in developing countries, demand-side challenges leading to suboptimal health investments, supply-side issues in healthcare delivery, ethical concerns in therapy development and delivery, infectious disease links to health disparities and vulnerable populations.

Facilitator:
John Morgan, Dentist in Chief/Administrative Director, School of Dental Medicine
Informatics Approaches to Studying the Impact of Microbes
Informatics, modeling, metabolite analysis, animal models of infectious disease, global RNA and protein analysis, computational epidemiology, environmental indicators of infectious diseases, climate and weather and informatics, public health applications of infectious disease modeling, systems approaches to studying the impact of infection on the host, bioinformatics approaches for microbiome analysis, tools, statistical approaches and methodologies to handle big data.

Facilitator:
Lakshmanan “Lax” Iyer, Research Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, School of Medicine