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Erol Fikrig, MD, section chief
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Erol Fikrig, MD, section chief

Humans, Vectors and Infectious Disease Symposium

Honoring Erol Fikrig, MD on his 60th Birthday

Friday, April 24, 2020

Yale School of Medicine

The Anlyan Center Auditorium

300 Cedar Street

New Haven

RSVP is required for this event.

Contact the event organizers, Penghua Wang or Lynn Gambardella, if you have any questions.


8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Check In and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Vincent Quagliarello, MD, professor and clinical chief, Section of Infectious Diseases; vice chair, Education & Academic Affairs, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine (YSM) 

Session 1 Moderator: Jason Carlyon, PhD, professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

9:10 – 9:55 a.m. 

“Infectious disease practice in the microbiome era: acknowledging that “if you break it you own it”

Eric Pamer, MD, professor and director, the Duchossois Family Institute, University of Chicago

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. 

“Functional diversity of macrophage responses to pathogens and symbionts”

Juan Anguita, PhD, professor, CIC bioGUNE, Spain

10:20 – 10:35 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:40 – 10:55 a.m. 

“Immune responses defining susceptibility to vector-borne infections”

Ruth Montgomery, PhD, professor, YSM 

Session 2 Moderator: Joao Pedra, PhD, associate professor, University of Maryland

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. 

“Pushing the envelope to understand immunity to flavivirus infections and vaccines”

Aravinda deSilva, PhD, professor, University of North Carolina

11:20 – 11:35 a.m. 

“Novel live attenuated candidate vaccines for mosquito-borne flaviviruses”

Tina Wang, PhD, professor, University of Texas Medical Branch

11:40 – 11:55 a.m. Refreshment Break

11:55 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. 

“Story of Arboviral Lifecycle: Acquisition Mechanisms from Hosts to Mosquitoes”

Gong Cheng, PhD, professor, Tsinghua University, China

12:15 – 12:30 p.m. 

“Arbovirus Transmission Factors: Discovery and Translational Exploitation”

Tonya Colpitts, PhD, associate professor, Boston University

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break

Session 3 Moderator: Utpal Pal, PhD, professor, University of Maryland

1:35 - 2:20 p.m. 

“30 years of trying to prevent Lyme disease”

Sam Telford, SD, professor, Tufts University

2:25 - 2:40 p.m. 

“Tick-host-pathogen interactions on both sides of the Atlantic”

Joppe W. Hovius, MD, PhD, professor, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Refreshment Break

3:05 – 3:20 p.m. 

“The tick gut - a rite of passage”

Sukanya Narasimhan, PhD, associate professor, YSM

3:25 – 4:10 p.m. 

“The Lipids of the Borrelia”

Jorge L. Benach, PhD, Toll Distinguished Professor, Stony Brook University

4:20 – 4:30 p.m. 

Closing Remarks

Joseph Craft, MD, professor of Medicine and Immunobiology, YSM

Lodging Information

For those attendees traveling to New Haven for the event, a block of rooms have been reserved at the New Haven Hotel. Call 800-644-6835 and use the group code "FIKRIG."

New Haven Hotel

229 George Street

New Haven, CT 06510

The room block is available until 3/23/2020. Reservations received after this date will be accepted at the group rate based upon hotel availability.   

Online Resources

Yale University Online Resources

Case Rounds

  • Johns Hopkins Infectious Diseases
  • Johns Hopkins HIV / AIDS

Infectious Diseases Internet Guides

Infectious Diseases Electronic Books

Infectious Diseases Journals