About this Webinar
The University of Arizona Arthritis Center
Living Healthy With Arthritis Lecture Series
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
~ Presented Via Livestream ~
Facts vs. Fiction:
The Expert Look at COVID-19 Vaccines
Deepta Bhattacharya, PhD
Immunologist, the University of Arizona
Associate Professor, Immunobiology, Surgery, Genetics (Graduate Interdisciplinary Program)
Member, UArizona Bio5 Institute
About the Lecture
Vaccines being administered across the United States and around the world are providing a much needed dose of hope in the fight against COVID-19. With millions of Americans receiving their shots each day, different vaccines being used, and new variants emerging, expert guidance is needed to help us understand critical issues regarding immunity, vaccine efficacy and safety, and how to answer many questions that remain, including:
- How do the different authorized vaccines protect us from COVID-19?
- What do the new coronavirus variants mean for vaccine efficacy?
- How long do we expect immunity from vaccines and/or previous infection to last?
- Should we expect booster or seasonal vaccinations in the future?
- How will vaccines bring an end to the pandemic?
Join us as Deepta Bhattacharya, PhD, expert immunologist at the University of Arizona who studies responses to vaccines and infections, separates facts from fiction about COVID-19 vaccines.
About Dr. Bhattacharya
Dr. Bhattacharya is an expert in immunology whose lab at the University of Arizona Department of Immunobiology studies stem cells and antibody responses to infections and vaccines. He serves as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Immunobiology, Surgery, Genetics (Graduate Interdisciplinary Program), and is a member of the UArizona Bio5 Institute.
He received his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Indiana University and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, studying a type of immune cells known as B cells. For his postdoctoral fellowship, he trained at Stanford University, studying the cell biology of hematopoietic stem cells and the cells they give rise to.
In 2008, Dr. Bhattacharya started his own lab at Washington University in St. Louis, first as an Assistant Professor and then as a tenured Associate Professor. He returned in 2017 to his birthplace of Tucson to join the Department of Immunobiology at the University of Arizona.
Among other prestigious academic and scholarly awards, Dr. Bhattacharya has received the Allen Institute Distinguished Scholar Nomination, the American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award, the New York Stem Cell Foundation-Robertson Investigator Award, and the NIH Career Development Award.
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