Climate change and health: Microbial threats and microbial solutions (part 2)

a joint symposium of MAC-EPID & ITiMS

March 22, 2024

Vandenberg Room, 2nd floor Michigan League (map)

Hybrid: Stream via Zoom (password will be sent to registrants prior to the event)

Registration closes 11:59PM March 15, 2024

(to cancel your registration please email

All events are FREE and open to the public but please register so we can provide appropriate quantities of food.  Thank you!

To prevent the spread of illness masks are encouraged.  If you have symptoms of any kind, please keep everyone safe by staying home.


9:00 AM - Sign In and light refreshments

Please pick up your nametag when you arrive and then enjoy light refreshments

9:15 AM - Opening Remarks  

Betsy Foxman, PhD (Hunein F. and Hilda Maassab Endowed Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (MAC-EPID),  Co-Director of the Integrated Training program in Microbial Systems (ITiMS))

9:30 AM - "What lies beneath: the hidden landscape of microbes in urban water infrastructure and new pressures from a changing climate"  

Sandra McLellan, PhD

Distinguished Professor, Lynde B. Uihlein Professor in Ecosystem Health, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

Change in speaker.

Introduced by Alex Song.

Sandra McLellan’s research program studies the human health relevance of microorganisms that flux between the primary habitat of human hosts and environmental reservoirs, including the unique habitat of urban water infrastructure. Her research includes quantifying the influence of climate change and other stressors on pathogen release from sewer systems into rivers, lakes, and estuaries.

10:30 AM - Break with snacks in the Ballroom

11:00 AM -  "Unpacking the impact of climate on infectious disease dynamics"  

Elizabeth Carlton, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Colorado Anschutz

Introduced by Dianna Kitt.

Elizabeth Carlton studies how infectious diseases spread, why, at times, they persist despite control efforts, and how climate change alters infectious disease patterns. Her research includes studies of the neglected tropical disease, schistosomiasis, diarrheal diseases and SARS-CoV-2.

12:00 PM - Luncheon in the Ballroom

We try to be inclusive with our complimentary lunch but if you have dietary restrictions, please plan to bring your own food.

Our vegetarian lunch buffet is catered by Michigan Catering. 

This event is Zero Waste!  Please place waste in the appropriate container.  All food, plates, cups, silverware, and napkins are compostable. 

1:00 PM - "Microbiomes under pressure: how selection shapes microbiome assembly and function"  (change in time)

Britt Koskella, PhD

Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Introduced by Renisha Karki.

Britt Koskella is an evolutionary ecologist interested in how species interactions influence genetic diversity within populations, diversity between populations, and species diversity at the community level. Work in my lab applies theory from coevolution, population genetics, microbial ecology and infectious disease to understand and predict host-associated microbial interactions.

We are proud that since our first event in 2003, MAC-EPID symposia have been free and open to all!

Made possible by our student volunteers and our sponsors: 

Integrated Training in Microbial Systems (ITiMS), Gudakunst Lectureship, Dept of Epidemiology, and Public Health.  

As part of our commitment to public health and safety we use ecologically friendly products at our events when possible.   Learn More