March 25, 2022

Beneficial virus: evolutionary, modeling and clinical perspectives on phage

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Rackham Amphitheatre (4th floor)
915 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Registration closes 5:00PM March 22, 2022 (to cancel your registration please email

Event Description

Schedule for Friday March 25th:

9:00 AM - Sign In and Coffee

9:30 AM - Opening Remarks

Betsy Foxman, PhD (Hunein F. and Hilda Maassab Endowed Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (MAC-EPID), Co-Director of the Integrated Training program in Microbial Systems (ITiMS))

9:45 AM - "The Perfect Predator: The Story Behind the First Dedicated Phage Therapy Program in North America"

Steffanie Strathdee, PhD(Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences; Harold Simon Professor, UCSD Department of Medicine; Co-Director, Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics; Author of The Perfect Predator)

Introduced by Student

10:45 AM - Break with snacks

11:15 AM - "Pathogen mitigation through a target specific bacteriophage characterization and engineering platform"

Vivek Mutalik, PhD(Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA)

Introduced by James Tan

12:15 PM - Luncheon

We try to be inclusive with our complimentary lunch but if you have dietary restrictions please plan to bring your own food.

1:30 PM - "Can we make phage therapy both effective and evolutionarily robust?"

Samuel Brown, PhD(Sam Brown, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, and Director, Center for Microbial Dynamics and Infection, Georgia Tech)

Introduced by Morgan Lindback

2:30 PM - Break with snacks

2:45 PM - "Going Viral: Phage Therapy Experience at Mayo Clinic"

Gina Suh, M.D.(Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic)

Introduced by student

3:45 PM - Coffee Hour