A VTC meeting was held November 2, 2016, and presentations were given by Nastassja Kriel and Yuri van der Heijden, MD, MPH. Nastassja Kriel, PhD candidate, was visiting from Stellenbosh University in South Africa to attend a grant-sponsored meeting and to meet with various faculty members at VUMC. Nastassja presented on "Proteomic analysis of nucleoproteins in Mycobacterium smegmatis". Nastassja currently works in the lab of Rob Warren, PhD, who is a close collaborator of Dr. Tim Sterling, VTC Director.
Yuri van der Heijden, MD, MPH, also presented on "Acquired TB Drug Resistance: Updates after a Cape Town Adventure". Dr. van der Heijden is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and is currently working on his K08 project, which includes work done in South Africa. He and his family have recently returned from an 8-month stay in-country.
The next VTC meeting will be held in February 2017. Please e-mail Hilary Vansell for more information.