Kopriva Science Seminar Series, Raina Plowright
- Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 5:30pm
- Strand Union Building, Procrastinator Theater - view map
Raina Plowright, an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and recipient of a Kopriva Faculty Lectureship, will present "Pathogen Spillover and Ecological Levers for Health" as part of the College of Letters and Sciences's Kopriva Science Seminar Series.
Zoonotic spillover is the transmission of pathogens from vertebrate animals to humans. Spillover requires a series of processes to align, including dynamics of disease in reservoir hosts, environmental conditions that allow pathogens to survive outside of hosts, human behavior that determines exposure and human susceptibility to infection. Sometimes small changes in one part of a zoonotic system can have profound consequences for health of wildlife or humans. In this lecture, Dr. Plowright will describe a long-term study showing how environmental change has driven changes to bat distribution and behavior, leading to spillover of a fatal zoonotic disease. The changes that triggered spillover may be very small and reversing those changes could be an ecological lever for stopping spillover and improving health.
Plowright's MSU lab studies the dynamics of infectious diseases in reservoir hosts, the process of pathogen spillover and infectious diseases in species of conservation concern. They work across multiple disciplines including ecology, epidemiology, immunology, microbiology and mathematical modeling. Plowright, who joined MSU’s faculty in fall 2014, also teaches in the WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine, which is a cooperative program between MSU, Washington State University, the University of Idaho and the Utah State University. She is the recipient of the 2017 Kopriva Faculty Lectureship.
A reception will follow the lecture.
Plowright's lecture is presented by the Kopriva Science Seminar Series, which is funded through an endowment created by Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from MSU. Kopriva, who died in 2002, also created an endowment to fund the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship Program, which provides support and opportunities for graduate students in the College of Letters and Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The series features seminars by MSU graduate students, faculty members and guest speakers. For more information about this and other Kopriva lectures, please visit www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/kopriva.html.
This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the lots on the east and west sides of S 7th Ave, south of Grant St.