Antibiotic Use, Antibiotic Resistance, and the Gulf in Between
Join Dr. Christopher Keane, vice president for research, in welcoming Dr. Sylvia Omulo, clinical assistant professor at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at WSU, as the featured speaker for the Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 25, at 3:00 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building (VBRB), room 305. A reception will take place prior to the lecture at 2:30 p.m. outside of VBRB 305.
Dr. Omulo’s talk will highlight her work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s antimicrobial resistance research program in Kenya. This program focuses on identifying the risk factors of antibiotic resistance in community and hospital settings, determining the possible trafficking of genetic material between resistant bacteria in these settings, and investigating how animals contribute to these processes.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Omulo has helped establish and support diagnostic capacity for infectious diseases in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria.
Dr. Omulo received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and a doctoral degree in immunology and infectious diseases from WSU. She has extensive experience in the field of infectious diseases and public health, having spent the last 15 years working on diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases and outbreak response. Dr. Omulo has received multiple awards in her home country of Kenya, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including the Emerging Infectious Honour Award in 2007, the John Griffith Prize for academic excellence in the field of public health in 2011, and the Karen DePauw Leadership award for 2016–2017.
This lecture will also be available on Zoom. The dial number is 376054431. This event is sponsored by the Office of Research