Chong Liu presents at ICAR 2017

Picture of Chong Liu in front of his poster at the conference

Chong Liu

Chong Liu, Research Assistant Professor, presented his most recent results at the ICAR meeting in Atlanta May 24, 2017. The title of the poster is 6’-Fluoro-3-deazaneplanocin: synthesis and antiviral properties.

Qi Chen guides two undergraduate students in presenting research

Qi Chen with students at ACS poster

Qi Chen, first on left, with her undergraduate students at the ACS national meeting.

Qi Chen (Auburn Ph.D., 2010) guided two undergraduate students to present their research at the American Chemical Society’s 253rd National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, California, April 2-6, 2017.

The research poster is titled, “Design and synthesis of L-neplanocin analogues as antiviral agents.”

Kathie Seley-Radtke recognized at UMBC

Seley-Radtke with her family

Seley-Radtke, second from left, with her family.

Hundreds gathered to celebrate UMBC faculty achievements and dedication to the Retriever community at the UMBC Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony, held on April 5. The ceremony includes several prominent awards granted by UMBC as well as by the University System of Maryland (USM), including awards added in recent years specifically to recognize faculty and staff who demonstrate a strong commitment to student academic success, faculty career advancement, and problem-solving.

Among this year’s awardees is Kathie Seley-Radtke (Auburn Ph.D., 1996), professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Professor Seley-Radkte, an internationally renowned expert on drug design through chemical synthesis, asked her graduate students in the audience to stand for a round of applause. “I couldn’t have done this without my students,” she said. “Without their hard work, taking care of things while I travel the globe, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do today.”

See the story on the UMBC News website.

Vintage photos show the terrifying first expeditions into the Congo to track down Ebola

Map of west AfricaThe global health system was completely unprepared when the 2014 Ebola outbreak began, according to a newly published report by a panel of experts from Harvard and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Worse, the authors say, is that those failures exposed how unready that system is to deal with any emerging viral threats.

As Peter Piot, one of the report’s main authors said on a Lancet podcast, “we will always have emerging infections … and as we’ve seen in West Africa, things can get out of hand with global implications.”

Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), knows what dealing with a completely unknown virus is like. As a 27-year-old doctor in 1976, he was one of the first to examine the Ebola virus. After infecting a Flemish nun, the virus was carried in a thermos to Europe, where Piot got a chance to try to identify the strange pathogen.

After a harrowing experience with the virus in the lab, Piot left his pregnant wife in Belgium and set off for the Congo, then called Zaire, to track down the source of the illness that had devastated a small village called Yambuku and the surrounding area. He joined researchers from around the world on a terrifying hunt for the origin of the disease.

Piot wrote about the experience in his book “No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses.” Using photos from the CDC’s Public Health Image Library, we’ve illustrated the team’s expeditions into the Congo.

The above is published by Kevin Loria on Business Insider. Visit the Business Insider post for 22 pictures about the search for Ebola in the DRC.

Image courtesy of WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap (2014).