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Join ARCS Foundation Seattle Chapter's generous community of supporters for a virtual program* featuring Fred Hutch Scientist Trevor Bedford and ARCS Scholars Maya Lewinsohn, Avi Kenny, Shannon Allen Whiles, and Liz Borghesan. *Program will be virtual to view from home or among friends.

ARCS Annual Luncheon
Monday, November 8, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 pm PDT

Keynote: Dr. Trevor Bedford
Fred Hutch, Associate Professor
2021 MacArthur Fellow &
HHMI Grant Recipient

One of Seattle's rising stars, Dr. Trevor Bedford is the recent recipient of both a prestigious MacArthur "genius grant" Fellowship and a HHMI grant for his groundbreaking work in computational virology. He will discuss the "real-time tracking of pathogen evolution" for his keynote address. (photo cred: Karen Ducey/AP Images for HHMI)

Dr. Bedford uses powerful computers and complex statistical methods to study the rapid spread and evolution of viruses, including those that cause COVID-19, influenza, Ebola and Zika. Data gathered from these processes help researchers develop successful strategies for monitoring and controlling infectious diseases. His visual representations of viral family trees are used to show how the fate of dangerous outbreaks is often determined by the genetics of the infectious agent, human behavior and geography. Dr. Bedford has applied these techniques to document the worldwide spread of COVID-19 and of seasonal flu viruses. Learn more about Dr. Bedford

Featured ARCS Scholars
Maya Lewinsohn, UW
Genome Sciences

Maya is completing her PhD in Genome Sciences, as an MSTP scholar. She applies phylogenetic models to study how tumors grow and evolve in space under the mentorship of Dr. Trevor Bedford at Fred Hutch. The goal of her current project is to understand how a population of tumor cells grows in a dynamic environment and responds to selective pressures.
Maya Lewinsohn is the Oliver Press ARCS Endowed Fellow (given by Dr. Mary-Claire King).
Avi Kenny, UW

Avi is pursuing a PhD in Biostatistics and has been doing research on statistical methods related to cluster randomized controlled trials, geospatial analysis, and nonparametric inference. Over the past year, Avi and his advisor, Dr. Marco Carone, have been developing statistical tools to examine the relationship between antibody levels and COVID-19 infection rate. Avi Kenny is the Kristin N. Kenefick and Nancy P. Norberg ARCS Endowed Fellow.
Shannon Allen Whiles, WSU
Vet Microbiology & Pathology

Shannon works in Tom Kawula’s lab in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms which deadly pathogens employ to evade immune detection and cause disease as is being studied by the Bedford Lab. She studies a bacterium called Francisella tularensis, which causes the disease tularemia, also known as rabbit fever. Shannon Allen Whiles is the Aven Foundation ARCS Endowed Fellow (5th).
Liz Borghesan, WSU
Global Animal Health

Liz is working in the Celli Lab at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. Her research is on Brucella which is the causative agent of the worldwide zoonotic disease, brucellosis. It is one of the most commonly encountered zoonotic pathogen with an estimated 875,000 human cases reported annually, and is known to jump from animal to human populations. Liz Borghesan is the Lynn & Mikal Thomsen ARCS Endowed Fellow (16th).
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