Dr. Paula Bates, Professor of Medicine, University of Louisville
Co-Director, KYNETIC (an NIH REACH hub)
Dr. Bates is a cancer researcher who has turned her Experimental Therapeutics & Diagnostics attention to the SARS -COV19 Coronavirus. Her talk will focus on the intersection of COVID/cancer research in therapeutics as well as vaccine development. Dr. Bates is also a co-director of the KYNETIC program, which provides grants and mentoring to stimulate translational research and product development.
Dr. Sanjay Mishra, COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Dr. Mishra is the project coordinator for the "COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium", (CCC19) consisting of over 125 cancer centers and other organizations that have come together to collect data about cancer patients who have been infected with COVID-19. Previously, Dr. Mishra worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, where he tried developing vaccine candidates against Zika and Dengue. He got his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Chemical and Physical Biology, studying small heat shock proteins (sHSPs) for their role in stress response and aging. Using protein engineering and CRISPR knockout strategies, Sanjay showed that sHSPs have conserved roles among vertebrates, and sHSPs have evolved possibly under the organellar and organismic proteostatic demands. When not in lab, Sanjay writes on popular science such as recently authorized vaccines against COVID-19. You can find his articles at The Conversation