Perlman Symposium

Speaker Bios

Image of Graeme L. ConnGraeme L. Conn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor | Department of Biochemistry | Emory University School of Medicine
Graeme received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and followed this with postdoctoral research as a Wellcome Trust International Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Graeme was a faculty member at UMIST/ The University of Manchester, UK, from 2000 and joined the Department of Biochemistry at Emory as an Associate Professor in September 2008. The Conn lab uses a broad array of biochemical, structural biology and other state-of-the-art approaches to dissect the structures and functions of biomedically important RNA molecules and their protein binding partners.
Image of Richard PlemperRichard Plemper, Ph.D.
Professor | Center for Inflammation Immunity & Infection | Georgia State University
Richard Plemper, Professor at Georgia State University, specializes in myxovirus pathogenesis and the development of therapeutics against myxovirus infection. His research is primarily focused on understanding how RNA viruses of the myxovirus families (influenza virus and human pathogens of the paramyxovirus family) enter cells and replicate their genetic information, and applying this insight to the development of novel antiviral therapeutic strategies. Dr. Plemper earned his Ph.D. degree in Cell Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Before joining Georgia State University, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University.
Image of Michael SadowskyMichael Sadowsky, Ph.D.
Professor | Department of Soil, Water, and Climate and The BioTechnology Institute | University of Minnesota
Professor Michael Sadowsky, a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Microbiology, is internationally known and respected for his research work in the area of environmental microbiology. He currently is co-director of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute. He has published more than 100 original articles, and his work is widely cited by researchers in several scientific disciplines. Research Interests: molecular plant-microbe interactions in nitrogen-fixing symbiotic systems, investigations of the use of microorganisms for biodegradation and bioremediation; molecular methods to determine sources and kinds of bacteria in the environment; and metagenomics of soil, water, and intestinal environments.
Image of Tim WencewiczTim Wencewicz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor | Department of Chemistry | Washington University
Tim Wencewicz was born (1983) and raised in Cape Girardeau, MO.  After graduating from Southeast Missouri State University in 2006 with a BS in Chemistry & Applied Mathematics, he went on to earn his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame (2011) working for Prof. Marvin J. Miller.  During his time at UND, he was part of an interdisciplinary NIH training program which enabled him to complete a research internship in Jena, Germany, at the Hans Knoll Institute working with Dr. Ute Mollmann.  Tim was a postdoc with Prof. Christopher T. Walsh at Harvard Medical School and then returned to his native Missouri to join the faculty in the Chemistry Department at Washington University in St. Louis in July 2013.  His research is focused on antibiotic drug discovery and mechanistic enzymology.

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