This Livestream event was the first of the Riffyn Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series. Co-hosted with Merck, it was originally aired on March 2, 2021.
About this event:
Dr. Muhammad Zaman — Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University — discussed how the long-standing public health emergency known as antimicrobial resistance can inform us of future public health emergencies such as the pandemic we are currently experiencing.
The 30-minute presentation was followed with a Q&A session with Dr. Daria Hazuda — Vice President for Infectious Diseases Discovery at Merck and Chief Scientific Officer of the MRL Cambridge Exploratory Science Center — moderated by Riffyn CEO Tim Gardner.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Zaman is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University and author of Biography of Resistance, an exceptional book about the history of antibiotics and bacterial infection. Muhammed was born in Islamabad and immigrated to the US where earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago.
He's written two books and authored dozens of columns, the Express Tribune and Huffington Post, and has been highlighted in a number of popular publications (NYT, WSJ, etc).
About This Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series:
Riffyn's mission is to make science work better by enhancing scientific quality, data sharing, and data reuse. In addition, an aim of Riffyn’s Diversity Program is to highlight individuals in distinguished roles that come from diverse backgrounds in order to inspire and educate our team and our community.
In service of both of these aims, we initiated a Distinguished Lecture Series to honor and highlight the greatest scientific minds from underrepresented social, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, varied places, and diverse experiences.
Co-hosting with Merck, speakers are invited to share their scientific works and social perspectives and to illustrate the positive impacts of science on our lives and our planet.
With this series, we will offer employees, customers, and the general public an opportunity to learn about the latest advances of science and its impact on our lives.