Science Cafe: Plague: Old Disease, New Research
Join us to learn about plague, the deadly disease that changed the course of European history during the Middle Ages. Why do scientists continue to study this disease, and what can it tell us about the evolution and emergence of highly virulent pathogens? Dr. Bill Goldman will provide insight into modern research on the bacterium Yersinia pestis and how we can continue to learn about new diseases by understanding old ones.
About our Speaker
Dr. Bill Goldman is Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His laboratory’s research focus has been on the pathogenesis of several infectious respiratory diseases, including histoplasmosis, pertussis, and pneumonic plague. With interests spanning both fungal and bacterial pathogens, Goldman has served as Editor of the journal Molecular Microbiology (2001-2008) and has been elected to chair conferences on microbial pathogenesis, including a FASEB Summer Research Conference (2000) and a Gordon Research Conference (2002). He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (since 2002) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (since 2012).