WPI Co-Organizes NATO Workshop for Biological and Chemical Threats
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
A part of NATO’s Advanced Research Workshop series, WPI worked with the Georgian National Academy of Sciences to create “Nanotechnology to Aid Chemical and Biological Defense,” which will take place in Antalya, Turkey on September 22-26th.
"Our hope is that by sharing the latest science and discussing the key challenges in the field we can accelerate technology development to help protect people around the world from these terrible threats," said Terri Camesano, professor of chemical engineering and dean of graduate studies at WPI, who is the lead organizer and co-chair of the workshop.
The workshop will focus on nanoscale science and technology as applied to pathogens like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Francisella tularensis (tularemia), and Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium that causes anthrax. The goal is to eventually engineer new materials that can detect and defend against many biological and chemical agents at the atomic and molecular levels.
More than 20 leading researchers from Europe and the United States, along with graduate students from their labs and collaborating institutions, will participate in four days of presentations and rigorous discussions on a wide range of aspects relevant to biological and chemical threats. In addition to co-chairing the event, Camesano will present a talk about the potential to use naturally occurring antimicrobial peptides to detect biological threats. The workshop is co-chaired by Giorgi Kvesitadze, president of the Georgian Academy of Sciences in Tiblisi, who will present current research on how certain microorganisms and plants metabolize toxins.
Among the other scientists participating in the workshop are: Robert Botto, of the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency; Levent Kenar of Gulhane Military Medical Academy in Ankara, Turkey; Raj Mutharasan of Drexel University; Mladen Franko of the University of Nova Gorica in Slovenia; Perena Gouma of Stony Brook University; Mario Böhme of Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany; and Giorgio Sberveglieri of the University of Brescia in Italy. Additional information about the workshop and the program of scientific presentations is available here.
- WPI + UMass Medical Team Discover Breakthrough in Deadly Infection
- WPI Team Finishes Strongly at Solar Decathlon in China
- WPI Summer Program Inspires Teen Girls With Science
- WPI Makes Sierra Magazine’s ‘Coolest Colleges’ List
- WPI Gets $1.94 Million NIH Grant For Cardiac Research
- Becker, WPI Ranked Nationally for Video Game Programs
- WPI Gets Grant To Develop Personal Assistant Robots For Elderly
- WPI Alumna Judy Nitsch Commits 7-Figure Gift To University
- Girl Scouts to Host Geek Is Glam STEM Expo at WPI
- WPI Professor Is The Voice Of The Incredible Hulk
- WPI’s Camp Reach Teaches Girls About STEM Jobs, Mars Exploration
- WPI Team Places 2nd in DARPA Robotics Competition
- WPI Sponsors Clean Energy Conference: Global Cleantech Meetup
- WPI Attracts Record Number of Employers to Fall Career Fair
- NEW: WPI Alum Foisie Gives School $40M for Student Scholarships
- Eppendorf Partners with Biomanufacturing Center at WPI
- WPI Awarded $50,000 Grant for Fish Health Technology
- Students Prepare for a Mars Landing at Summer Science Camp at WPI
- WPI Partners with Northern Ireland Leaders to Help Fill STEM Gap
- Former NASA Scientist Laurie Leshin Selected as WPI President
- WPI Wins Awards For New Sports and Recreation Center
- Holy Cross, Clark + WPI Named Top Colleges by Forbes
- WPI Research Shows Pros and Cons of Student Texting
- Burncoat High School First Robotics Competes at [email protected] 14
- NEW: Biogen Idec Collaborates with WPI