John Mekalanos, the Adele H. Lehman Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and the head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School
Mekalanos will discuss the biology of cholera, driven by his investigations on the molecular genetics of the causative bacterial organism. With his many colleagues in Bangladesh, Haiti, and elsewhere, he has provided strong evidence for how this organism emerged as a human pathogen and has recently become more pathogenic, as well as for why epidemics begin and end so abruptly. He applied this knowledge to the construction of genetically stable cholera vaccines that have been successfully tested in the United States and Bangladesh.
The Radcliffe Institute is hosting a new cross-disciplinary speaker series by Harvard faculty on topics related to water. These will be relatively informal presentations, followed by discussion with attendees, on topics that approach water from multi-disciplinary perspectives. The collegial events are intended to present—and potentially to link—faculty interests in order to learn more about research currently underway and to foster connections across Harvard schools.
The talks will focus on both national and international topics. They may include issues of water policy, treatment and management, technology, water and migration, water and religion, urban planning, hydrology, water and business, art and water, environmental law, public health and disease, water and conflict, land use, economic growth, and history. The speaker series is designed to be multidisciplinary rather than solely scientific and to complement other offerings throughout the University.