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Seminar: Dr. Brett Froelich, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences
January 18, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Presenter Affiliation: UNC Institute of Marine Sciences
Presenter Discipline: Microbial physiology
Seminar Title: The Tripartite lifestyle of Vibrio vulnificus
Summary: The marine bacterium, Vibrio vulnificus, is found in estuarine and coastal waters. This organism is concentrated by filter-feeding shellfish, such as oysters, and can cause deadly sea-foodborne infections in humans. All three of these very different habitats will be discussed as we follow these bacteria from water to oysters to human infection. A comparison of pathogenic and non-pathogenic strains will highlight the differences between them, and reveal that we have a lot yet to discover. Covered topics will include ecology, prediction, and pathogenesis.