Jan Mouton Learning Centre, Room 3010. Stellenbosch University
The Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) will be hosting a public lecture featuring two world-leading experts as speakers. Embrace the opportunity to share knowledge, foster collaborations, and ignite innovation as we discuss Insights in to Viral Discovery,
One Health & Big Data Analysis. Click here to Register
Prof. Edward Holmes,
Professor Edward Charles Holmes is an NHMRC Leadership Fellow and Professor of Virology in the School of Medical Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia, which he joined in 2012. Eddie received his undergraduate degree from the University of London (1986) and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (1990). Between 1993-2004 he held various positions at the University of Oxford, including University Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Fellow of New College. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) in 2015 and of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017. In 2017 he won the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Science and Engineering – Biological Sciences and in 2020 he won the overall New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Science and Engineering. In 2021 he received the Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.
Prof. Marion Koopman,
Professor Marion Koopmans is head of the Viroscience department, and scientific director of the Pandemic and Disaster Research centre, Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Throughout her career she has been fascinated by how viruses spread and impact human and animal health, figuring out ways to investigate that through a range of studies, involving different viruses, and exploring the use of increasingly advanced lab methods up to metagenomics and antibody profiling, combined with epidemiological analyses. This “viral-centric” focus also means she does not solely focus on humans, but rather on the environments / ecological settings in which viral problems may occur, whether they are human pathogens that utilize conditions favoring transmission (dense populations, international food chain), or zoonotic pathogens. This has initially been focused on noroviruses, where she did studies on potential for (international) foodborne transmission, later implementing this also in one health studies and emerging disease research. As leader of EU funded collaborative grants, she tries to work towards integrated data analytics, including the development of datasharing infrastructure, bioinformatic tools, and multidisciplinary approaches to outbreak analysis. She has (co)authored more than 700 peer reviewed publications.