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12 Months to 12 Weeks: How a UH Mānoa Lab is Fighting a Global Pandemic in Hawai‘i


Online: Zoom


Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 11:00am - 12:00pm


Join Provost Michael Bruno for the second webinar in the UH Community Conversations series featuring:

  • Vivek Nerurkar | Professor and Chair, JABSOM Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology
  • Rosie Alegado | Associate Professor of Oceanography, SOEST & Director, Sea Grant Center for Integrated Science, Knowledge and Culture

Provost Bruno, Dr. Nerurkar and Dr. Alegado will discuss the cross-community collaboration at UH Mānoa leading them to create a COVID-19 testing lab in 12 weeks. Tune in to hear how the lab came together, progress in COVID-19 testing and vaccine development in Hawai‘i.

Register online by July 8 »

Space is limited. Meeting ID and password will be emailed upon registration. Questions for the speakers can be submitted on the registration page.

Questions? Please contact the UH Office of Alumni Relations at contact@uhalumni.org.

About the speakers

Michael S. Bruno is the Provost at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Prior to his appointment, he was UH Mānoa’s Vice Chancellor for Research. Before joining UH, Dr. Bruno was the Dean of the School of Engineering and Science, and Professor of Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. He was also the Director of the Center for Maritime Security, a Department of Homeland Security National Center of Excellence. Dr. Bruno is a Visiting Professor in Mechanical Engineering at University College London.

His research and teaching interests include ocean observation systems, climate change, and community resilience. He is the author of more than 100 technical publications in various aspects of these fields, including the book, The Urban Ocean, published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Vivek R. Nerurkar joined the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 1994 to develop the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program, NCRR supported Retrovirology Activity following a five-year appointment as a Visiting Fellow and Visiting Associate of the NINDS, NIH.  His major area of research interest is in infectious diseases, specifically the study of pathogenesis of orphan diseases and orphan microbial agents.  Over the past two decades he has conducted research in the diverse but related areas of virology, specifically neurovirology.

Rosie ʻAnolani Alegado was born and raised in Kaʻiwiʻula Oʻahu, and lives with her family in Āhuimanu, Kahaluʻu. She is an Associate Professor of Oceanography and Sea Grant where she is Director for the Center of Excellence in Integrated Knowledge Systems and a member of the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education. Rosie completed her postdoctoral work in evolutionary biology at UC Berkeley and holds a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Stanford and a BS in Biology with a minor in Environmental Health and Toxicology from MIT. Her work focuses on investigating how microbes shape the adaptive potential of their ecosystem across a broad range of biological and temporal scales. She is deeply committed to increasing participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM and is the Director of SOEST’s Maile Mentoring Bridge Program. In 2018, she was confirmed to the City & County of Honolulu Climate Change Commission.

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