GEM created “The COVID-19 Chat Series”, with faculty, students and staff from The University at Buffalo to answer questions about the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants were able to listen to speakers and ask their questions by joining the Zoom or GEM Facebook Live online presentations. This series was produced for K-12 students, but was also available to anyone wanting to know more about Coronavirus or COVID-19. Recordings of these chats are available on the GEM COVID-19 K-12 Chat Series page.
“Answering all your Coronavirus and COVID-19 questions"
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Tom Russo, MD, Professor and Chief, Infectious Disease; UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
“Understanding the Spread of COVID Infections using Computers and Big Data”
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Jonathan Bard, Senior Bioinformatics Analyst; UB Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences
“Making Sense of Information – Can I Catch COVID From my Pet?”
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Pamela Rose, UB Health Sciences Librarian and Buffalo Zoo Docent, UB Libraries
“Wondering about Viruses and Microbiology – How do I stay safe from something I can’t see?”
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Terry-Ann Smith, CTRC Research Facilities and Building Manager
“Wondering about Viruses and Microbiology – What is RNA and how does it make me sick?”
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Chris Rupert, PhD Candidate in Biological Sciences
“Health Research and You”
Monday, May 11, 2020
Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter, PhD; Megan Wilson-Crowley, MPA; Danielle Abramo-Balling; UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute
“How Do We Help COVID-19 Patients Breathe?”
Friday, May 8, 2020
Carla Moscato, DNP, CRNA; Clinical Assistant Professor, UB School of Nursing.
January 29, 2021: As COVID-19 vaccination efforts ramp up across our region, many of us have questions about the COVID vaccines. How do they work? How did scientists develop them so quickly? How can we explain the vaccines to family and friends, especially children? GEM Community members discuss these topics and address questions from the public at this Buffalo Museum of Science event, sponsored by RP Oak Hill Building Company.
April 26, 2018 at the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: This free screening shared the history of arguably the most important woman in biomedical research, Henrietta Lacks, whose immortal cancer cells were used in research that led to hundreds of medical discoveries, including the development of the polio vaccine, with the public. Following a screening of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," a panel of experts discussed ethical concerns in research, along with the state of genetic research, including studies being conducted in Buffalo.
'Photograph 51' tells the story of Rosalind Franklin and her infamous X-Ray image that was critical for determining the structure of DNA. On November 12th, 2021, following the Jewish Repertory Theatre's final performance of 'Photograph 51', a panel discussion was held to discuss her career and legacy.
Sarah Bowman, PhD, Associate Research Scientist and Director, National Crystallization Center, Hauptman-Woodward Institute
Remi Adelaiye-Ogala, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Teresa Campbell, CGC, Genetic Counselor, Oishei Hospital & PhD candidate, UB Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics,JSMBS,
Katie Mallinson, Director of Photograph 51, Jewish Repertory Theatre
Kristen Tripp Kelley, Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51, Jewish Repertory Theatre
January 23, 2020, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The Buffalo Glycoscience Symposium took place on January 23, 2020 at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The goal of this symposium was to stimulate discussions on how glycans may play a role in various biological contexts, help initiate collaborations that push the field, and also highlight local resources that are available to the community of scientists.
November 16, 2019, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
This Continuing Medical Education workshop helps attendees to use family history information to identify patients who might benefit from increased cancer screenin, genetic testing, and/or referral to a genetics specialist.
The Program featured interactive cases with real-time patient interaction and small group discussion; monthly online educational opportunities to reinforce and build on skill, and access to mobile resources to help participants implement these new skills into practice.
At the 2019 CME Workshop, attendees learned how to identify patients with high hereditary cancer risk; communicate benefits and limitations of genetic testing to patients; provide guidance to patients about risk-reducing options; and apply evidence-based guidelines for clinical management decision-making
May 16-17, 2019, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
This 2018 workshop provided students and scholars with experience in analyzing genomic data from installing and combining software to running variant call analyses, visualizing data, and testing for functional enrichment of significant regions. AGAR 2018 is partially funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant No. 1714867) and being organized by the American Association of Anthropological Genetics (AAAG) Education Committee.
June 7-8, 2018, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Microbial Aesthetics: Science, Philosophy, Ethics and Art Meet the Microbes. November 16-17, 2018, Coalesce Center for Biological Art, University at Buffalo, North Campus.
21st Annual Buffalo DNA Replication and Repair Symposium, June 15-16, 2017, Four Points Sheridan at Niagara Falls
Gene Editing: Life and Law Beyond the Human - Workshop on Emerging Issues in Genetics and the Law, Presented by GEM and UB School of Law as part of the Mitchell Lecture Talks, October 20-21, 2016
The Coalesce Center for Biological Art hosted a public outreach event as part of National DNA Day in April 2017. About 40 adults attended the event, where they learned about DNA and then got to extract DNA from strawberries using pineapple juice and rum. After the experiments concluded, the group enjoyed a selection of fermented foods, which also included Bootleg Bucha samples.
Attendees also were treated to tours of the Coalesce Center for Biological Art, including learning about Coalesce Director Paul Vanouse’s America project, which involves a spittoon, DNA extraction, and the creation of artwork from that endeavor. For more information about Cocktails with Coalesce, DNA extraction activities and other GEM Outreach Activites, click here.
Tuesday, April 1, UB South Campus: UB Mini Medical School is presented by the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. For more information about the series and sponsors, please visit the Mini Medical School website.
These are informal discussions and are held at 4 pm on the 4th Monday of each month. Talks usually take place via Zoom or at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Click here for more information.
"Heparan Sulfate in Cathepsin K biology", Monday, November 22, 2021
Ding Xu, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Oral Biology
"Genomic surveillance of SARS‐CoV‐2 in Erie County highlights the need for regional surveillance", Monday, October 25, 2021
Jennifer Surtees, PhD, Co-Director, Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM) Community of Excellence; Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry
"New Insights into Mitochondrial Medicine", Monday, September 27, 2021
Taosheng Huang, MD, PhD, Professor and Division Chief, Genetics, Department of Pediatrics
"Role of NAD+-dependent deacetylases (sirtuins) in filamentation of two fungal pathogens", Monday, August 30, 2021
Laura Rusche, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
“GRIN Disorders: A rare neurodevelopmental disease of the NMDA Receptor”, Monday, May 24, 2021
Jamie Abott, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Gary Iacobucci, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biochemistry
Keith McArthur, CEO and Head of Science, CureGrin Foundation
"The Airways Microbiome: Focus on COPD and Lung Cancer," Monday, April 26th, 2021
Manoj J. Mammen, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
"Uncovering the roles of phages in the ecology of Porphyromonas gingivalis," Monday, March 22nd, 2021
Kathryn Kauffman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biology
"Unraveling inter-species cues that promote microbiome dysbiosis", Monday, February 22nd, 2021.
Patricia I. Diaz, DDS, PhD, Professor of Empire Innovation, Director UB Microbiome Center, Department of Oral Biology
“Complement, microbiome and lupus.”, January 25th, 2021
Jessy Alexander, PhD, Research Professor, Department of Medicine
"Polymicrobial interactions in the catheterized urinary tract", Monday, November 23rd, 2020
Chelsie Armbruster, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
"Targeting the extracellular adenosine pathway to control Streptococcus pneumoniae infection in aged hosts", Monday, November 25, 2019.
Elsa Bou Ghanem, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
"Gaming-based introduction to genetics using dragon breeding in the high-school classroom", Monday, October 28, 2019
Rachael Hageman Blair, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics
"Straight from the Mouth: Glycan Recognition at the Host-Microbiome Interface", Monday April 29, 2019
Stephan Ruhl, DDS, PhD, Professor, Department of Oral Biology
“Identification of genetic and epigenetic determinants in cardio-oncology”, Monday, March 25, 2019
Javier G. Blanco, Clin. Biochem., PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
"Hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae, an evolving public health threat”, Monday, February 25, 2019
Thomas A. Russo, MD, Professor and Chief, Infectious Disease; Vice Chair for Finance, Department of Medicine
“Genes for Buffalo - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, November 26, 2018
Richard Gronostajski, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry; Director, Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics Graduate Program
"Breast cancer genetic testing in African Americans: opportunities to improve knowledge and patient-provider communication", October 29, 2018
Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter, PhD, Associate Progessor & Director of Community Translational Research, Department of Family Medicine
Heather Ochs-Balcom, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
"‘Omics’ approaches to the study of carbohydrates", August 27, 2018
Virginia del Solar Fernandez, PhD, Glycoscience Postdoctoral Associate, Genome, Environment & Microbiome (GEM) Community of Excellence
“Regulating the Regulator: Arginine methylation and life cycle stage modulate the function of a master RNA binding protein in trypanosomes”, May 21, 2018
Laurie K. Read, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Biochemistry
"Identifying Keystone Bacteria in Microbiome-Associated Diseases", April 30, 2018
Daniel I. McSkimming, PhD, Bioinformatics Research Scientist, Genome, Environment & Microbiome (GEM) Community of Excellence
"How pathogenic fungi monitor NAD+ levels to sense nutrient availability and modulate genome architecture accordingly", March 26, 2018
Laura Rusche, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
“Evolutionary Interplay Between Human Genetic Variation, the Skin Microbiome, and Psoriasis”, February 26, 2018
Omer Gokcumen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
"Posttranscriptional Regulation of Oral Immunity and the Microbiome", October 30, 2017
Keith L. Kirkwood, DDS, PhD, Professor, Clinical Instructor, Department of Oral Biology
"The Airway Microbiome and Lung Cancer in a COPD Cohort", September 25, 2017
Manoj J. Mammen, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
“Protists and Fungi in the Oral Microbiome” - August 28, 2017
Gerald Koudelka, PhD, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Mira Edgerton, DDS, PhD, Research Professor, Department of Oral Biology
“Pilot Study of Placental, Oral, and Gut Microbiome Related to Pregnancy” - August 28, 2017
Vanessa Barnabei, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Robert Genco, DDS, PhD, Director, UB Microbiome Center; Distinguished Professor of Oral Biology, Periodontics, Microbiology
“Bile acid metabolizing microbiome in the gut and the pathogenesis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.” , June 26, 2017
Lixin Zhu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
“PPI effects on gut microbiota in diabetic kidney disease patients”, June 26, 2017
Lee Chaves, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Rabi Yacoub, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Lauren Sassoubre, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Anne Burnidge, MFA, Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance
"Deriving Genetic Variations from Functional Genomic Assays," August 29, 2016
Tao Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Sriram Neelamegham, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
"An Evolutionary Perspective on the Gut Microbiome--Lessons from Whales," April 25, 2016
Charlotte Lindqvist, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Stephen T. Koury, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences
"So You Want to do Microbiome Research," February 22, 2016
Michael Buck, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry
GEM Special Seminar and Discussion: “Public Health Genomics and Community Translation: Innovative Family Health History-Based Intervention Strategies”, Thursday, October 29, 2020.
Speaker: Sula Hood, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
GEM Special Seminar: "Clinical and multi-omics characterization of oral complications of cancer chemotherapy", Monday, November 18, 2019
Speaker: Patricia Diaz, DDS, MS, PhD, Associate Professor Division of Periodontology, Department of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences
UCONN School of Dental Medicine UCONN Health
Addressing questions of specificity in the TTP family of RNA binding and destabilizing proteins", Thursday, April 4, 2019
Distinguished Speaker: Perry Blackshear, MD, DPhil, Deputy Chief and Senior Investigator, Signal Transduction Laboratory, Post-Transcriptional Gene Expression Group
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institute of Health (NIH)
Balancing Act, June 1 - 10 at the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Dance In Process - Process in Dance, December 17 & 18, 2016, Katherine Cornell Theatre, UB North Campus
As a hybrid studio laboratory dedicated to enabling hands-on creative engagement with the tools and technologies of the life sciences, Coalesce sponsors several Biological Art residencies per academic year. More information about Coalesce and the Artists in Residence can be found here.
Josh Archer, Chris Copeland, Iman Person & Virocode (Peter D'Auria and Andrea Mancuso) "BioArt in the Public Sphere @ Coalesce: Report from the Artist-Researchers in Residence V3" - May 1, 2019 at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Rian Hammond, Gunes-Helene Isitan and Moira Williams "BioArt in the Public Sphere @Coalesce: Report from the Artist-Researchers in Residence" - May 9, 2018 at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Klauss Spiess and Lucie Strecker with Ann Liv Young, "Metabolic Currencies" - April 17, 2017 on UB North Campus
Byron Rich and Mary Tsang, "Open Source Estrogen"
Timo Menke, Plasma Series - February 20, 2017 with UB Media Studies Dept, North Campus
Nicole Clouston, "Soil" - November 18, 2016 on UB North Campus
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, "SELL/BIO" - October 28, 2016 on UB Medical Campus
Kathy High, "Gut Love" - September 30, 2016 on UB North Campus
Zbigniew Oksiuta, "New Soil - New Building Material" - Bio Art Workshop - Coalesce Biological Art Lab Grand Opening , March 23, 2016
In November of 2016, GEM held a weeklong series of innovative activities on the UB campus and in the WNY community to engage everyone--from children, to the general public to research scientists--in learning more about the microbiome and the impact of antibiotics. For more information about Mind Your Microbiome and Get Smart About Antibiotics week, click here.
Breakfast with a Scientist with Dr. Julie Segre, November 18, 2016, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
All About Good Bacteria Yogurt Giveaway, November 17, 2016, UB Student Union, North Campus
Fermentation Fair with The Academies, November 15, 2016, UB North Campus
Antimicrobial Resistance: Pharmacy & Public Heath Perspectives panel discussion, November 14, 2016, UB South Campus
GEM Research Day and Annual Community Meeting, June 14, 2018 - Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
GEM Community Meeting, May 19, 2017 - CBLS, UB Medical Campus
GEM Community Meeting - SPIN Workshop and Resource Guidance - Presented by GEM and the UB Office of Research Advancement, October 24, 2016
GEM Community Meeting, May 20, 2016 - UB Medical Campus
GEM Microbiome Workshop, Jenuary 6, 2016 - UB North Campus
Research Laboratory Program in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (Ongoing): GEM is a proud supporter of this new high school in the Buffalo Public School District. The school is for students with a passion for inquiry and STEM and uses a rigorous curriculum to prepare students for the growing life sciences economy in Western New York. GEM and UB CBLS are contracted by the school district to provide an afterschool program. This is a diverse program with lessons on social and emotional development, healthy cooking and wellness, informal STEM lessons, field trips, and homework assistance.
SEPA (Ongoing): UB Faculty and GEM member, Dr. Steve Koury has been awarded the Science Education Partnership Award to support professional development for teachers and more experiential learning for students in bioinformatics. Dr. Nowak, GEM Co-Director, is Co-Investigator on the award. Drs. Nowak and Small annually present to participating teachers and students about the importance of genomics and related careers.
Summer Camp (August 7-18, 2017): Dr. Sandra Small, GEM Science Education Director, led partners on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) in creating a summer camp for students entering 9th grade. The camp was in collaboration with The Research Laboratory Program. Students spent time learning about the many careers on the BNMC, and were able to participate in many hands-on activities. They had the chance to be a biomedical engineer at the Jacob’s Institute, be a genetic counselor at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, build a soda bottle launcher at UB CBLS (bioinformatics.buffalo.edu), and assemble 3D printed hands to be used by children without hands.
School of Public Health and Health Professions (August 14-18, 2017): The School of Public Health and Health Professions, in partnership with the Erie-Niagara Area Health Education Center (AHEC), annually offers a summer camp to high school students entering 10th-12 grade. The camp introduces them to careers in health and medicine. Dr. Small presents to the students a lesson on the microbiome, proper handwashing, and the existence of both good microbes and germs.
BNMC Open House (Annually in Spring. May 6, 2017): The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) annually hosts an open house for area middle and high school students and parents. Participants are able to visit various buildings on the campus and participate in hands-on learning activities. Visitors to UB’s CBLS were able to make their own bio-art drawings, using two strains of yeast and petri dishes. The plates were incubated and then posted on Facebook (Can we link to this specific post on our FB page here?)for participants to view their masterpieces.
Amherst High School STEM Career Fair (April 7, 2017): Dr. Small participated in this fair for Amherst High School students. Students had the opportunity to extract their own DNA (Link to Lesson Plans Page) and learn about the morality and ethics of new DNA technologies. Over 100 students participated!
Science Exploration Day (March 22, 2017): GEM and Coalesce participated in this annual event for high school students. Over 1,000 high students visit UB’s North Campus for a day of hands-on STEM activities. Students who visited Coalesce learned about gel electrophoresis and pipetting. They were able to use their new-found skills to load their own bio-art gel.
Sweet Home Central Schools Family Health Fair (March 11, 2017): This was the first annual Family Health Fair, held at Glendale Elementary. Dr. Small used Alex’s Antibiotics (Link to Alex’s Antibiotics on the lesson apge) to education families about the importance of proper antibiotic use.
Annual Genome Day: This is a partnership with the Buffalo Public Schools. Four hundred eighth grade students, from around the district, are able to visit UB CBLS and Roswell Park for a half day event. The students work in small groups with a student, staff, or faculty volunteer to learn about genetics and working in science. They participate in various activities, including extracting their own DNA and taking it home in a necklace. Over 50 volunteers make this day possible. The 5th annual Genome Day took place on March 26, 2019. Please contact Dr. Small if you are interested in volunteering at the next Genome Day.
Sweet Home 5th Grade Science Congress (January 13, 2017): Fifth Grade students from the entire Sweet Home District gather once a year for this event. Students hear from a keynote speaker and spend the morning rotating through concurrent STEM sessions. Drs. Surtees and Small hosted a session with “Alex’s Antibiotics.” (Link to Alex’s Lesson). Students simulated how antibiotics work and why it is important to our health to use them responsibly.
Second Grade Microbiome Workshops (November 2016): In an effort to encourage life sciences education at an early age, Dr. Small has trained UB faculty, staff and students to lead second grade students through a microbiome workshop, developed by Dr. Surtees. The workshops are conducted during multiple classroom visits and allow the second grade students to be scientists and investigate the microbes found on themselves and around the classroom and concludes with an art project. In November 2016, as part of the 1st annual “Mind Your Microbiome” week, UB students, faculty and staff volunteers delivered this lesson to students in BPS schools #89 and 67 and Sweet Home School District’s Glendale Elementary.
The GEM Outreach Team was created in Summer 2017 to conduct a variety of engaging science outreach activities with the general adult public, with a particular focus on community health fairs in the City of Buffalo.
2018/2019 events included: Hopewell Baptist Church Health Fair, UB on the Green, Friendship Baptist Church Health Fair, BNMC Block Party, Erie County Fair, Elmwood Arts Festival, UB Health Fair, SciNight: Dive into your DNA, Science after hours: Frankenscience, Enterprise Charter School Family Night
2017/2018 events included: Juneteenth, Friendship Baptist Church Health Fair, UB On the Green (twice), Miracle Missions Gospel Church Health Fair, National Night Out at Lincoln Memorial Church, Feds Get Fit Health Fair, BNMC Block Party, and the Elmwood Arts Festival.