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Microbes & Immunology - Dr. Victoria Ruiz

Engage with real scientists in real-time! Each month, we invite you to explore current Park research with a local STEM expert followed by a live Q&A session. Dive into a fascinating science topic each month, including fish ecology, marine plastics and diversity & inclusion in STEM. By tuning in, you’ll be able to participate in topical conversations buzzing in the science world today and to ask the scientists your burning questions!

In September and October, tune in for additional Ask a Scientist sessions focused on two additional urgent global issues: plastic waste and sustainability. Check back to learn more about the guest scientists that will be joining us for those programs.

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2020 Schedule:

Wednesday, July 22 at 2:00 PM – Fish Ecology with Dr. Peter Park

Tuesday, August 11 at 2:00 PM – Diversity & Inclusion in STEM Panel

Wednesday, September 9 at 6:00 PM – Microbes & Immunology

Wednesday, October 21 at 6:00 PM – Sustainability

On September 9, Dr. Victoria Ruiz will be discussing Microbes & Immunology.



Dr. Ruiz smiling at the camera

Dr. Ruiz’s research focuses on explaining the mechanisms by which microbiota influences the health of immune systems. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University researching how gut bacteria affects the development of gastric cancer. As a postdoctoral fellow at New York University School of Medicine, she studied how antibiotics affect gut microbes and their long-term impacts on the immune system. During her tenure as a postdoctoral fellow, she trained over 20 high school, undergraduate, graduate and medical students and was an adjunct assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Yeshiva University, respectively. In addition to her research, she is also interested in developing new and innovative teaching strategies to improve learning outcomes for undergraduate students interested in pursuing STEM fields.

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Purple gloved scientists add water to the beaker

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Wednesday, Sep 09
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM