HKU-Pasteur will host Marcel Bokelmann from Robert Koch Institute and Mart Lamers from Erasmus MC for an afternoon seminar on Friday, 29 June 2018.
Studying Factors for Ebola Virus Entry in a Potential Reservoir Host
Biosketch: Marcel Bokelmann graduated with a Master’s degree in Molecular Life Sciences from the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2014, where he studied Biophysics and Molecular Biology. For his thesis he worked on functional analyzes of the Sin Nombre hantavirus nucleocapsid protein within the Institute of Virology at the Charité, Berlin. Since 2015 he has been working at the Robert Koch Institute in the Centre for Biological Threats and Special Pathogens on various projects, one highlight being the ERINHA (European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents) project in 2015. One aim of the project was to develop a standardized training procedure for BSL-4 laboratories in Europe. In his research he is focussing on African insectivorous bats as a potential reservoir of Ebolaviruses.
MERS Coronavirus Host Interactions at the Subcellular Level
Biosketch: Mart Lamers (1992) is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus Medical Centre department of Viroscience, working in the coronavirus research group. His main interest is the interplay between virus and host at a subcellular and evolutionary level. He is intrigued by how coronaviruses switch host species. Highly pathogenic zoonotic coronaviruses, such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, serve as ideal models to study these aspects of biology. Lamers has published 13 papers in international peer-reviewed journals of which 3 as first author. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Amsterdam and his Master’s degree in Infection and Immunity at the Erasmus Medical Centre. Currenly he is finishing his PhD thesis that focuses on the subcellular interactions of coronaviruses with their host species.
Date: Friday, 29 June 2018
Venue: Room 7-03, 7th floor, HKJC Building for IR, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam