On July 20th, 2018, Feng Wen, a graduate student in Systems Biology Lab, accomplished the defense on his dissertation titled “Characterization of mutations in the receptor binding site of influenza A viruses determining virus host, tissue, and cell tropisms using systems biology approaches”.
Congratulations to Kaitlyn Waters, a graduate student in Systems Biology Lab, who received the graduate fellowship from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) NBAF Scientist Training Program (NSTP).
This fellowship is highly competitive and the awardees are a distinguished group of highly qualified graduate fellows with the skillset and drive to meet the scientific goals and development needs of the APHIS Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, and subsequently, at the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF). The mission of this training program is paramount to the long-term success of FADDL, and of NBAF as a whole, as NSTP fellows will be the next generation of subject matter experts in emerging and foreign/transboundary animal diseases. The APHIS-FADDL mission directly supports activities to prevent, respond and control outbreaks of emerging and foreign animal diseases. FADDL scientists have dedicated their careers to enhancing USDA’s ability to protect America’s agriculture through implementation of the best diagnostic tools; surveillance of the national animal herd; education of federal, state, and military veterinarians; and personification of public service and stewards of our food supply. Plum Island is home to some of the most distinguished foreign animal disease experts in the world, and they are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with you, the next generation of FADDL scientists.