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NextGen Discovery Series - Feb. 14, 2023


The NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series provides learning opportunities for UM System faculty and staff across disciplines, the statewide community and our other partners to learn about the scope of precision health research and identify potential collaborative opportunities. The series consists of monthly lectures geared toward a broad multidisciplinary audience so all can participate and appreciate the spectrum of precision health efforts. 

Information about the upcoming talk, including continuing education, is available below.

For questions about this event or any others in the Discovery Series, please reach out to Veronica Lemme at


Reverse Zoonosis of SARS-CoV-2

Speaker: Xiu-Feng "Henry" Wan, PhD, Professor Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Date: Feb. 14, 2023, noon-1 p.m.

Location: Tom and Linda Atkins Family Seminar Room, Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building

*Zoom option available

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SARS-CoV-2 is a zoonotic virus with bi-directional transmission between people and animals documented. Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to free-ranging animals, however, poses a unique public health risk because current research suggests the potential for reservoir establishment where variants may persist and evolve. In this presentation, Dr. Wan will provide an overview of our current understanding of the roles of free-ranging animals in zoonosis and reverse zoonosis of SARS-CoV-2 virus.

About the Speaker

Dr. Wan is a veterinarian and was uniquely trained in both microbiology and computational biology. After his graduate trainings, Dr. Wan had hisDr. Henry Wan first postdoc training in functional genomics in Oak Ridge National Laboratory and his second one in computational biology at University of Missouri. Dr. Wan is currently a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology, veterinary pathobiology, and electrical engineering and computer science at University of Missouri. He directs the NextGen Center for Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases at MU. Before joining Missouri, Dr. Wan was an assistant, associate and full professor at Mississippi State University (2009-2019), a senior service fellow in the Influenza Division of the Centers for Disease Control (2007-2009) and an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology at Miami University (2005-2007). Dr. Wan’s research efforts are focused on influenza and SARS-CoV-2 risk assessment, transmission, pathogenesis and vaccine/vaccination by integrating laboratory, clinical and computational methodsOver his career, Dr. Wan has made contributions to understanding the ecology and evolution of influenza viruses and to improving influenza vaccine strain selection. He identified A/goose/Guangdong/1/1996 (H5N1), the precursor virus causing current H5N1 bird flu threat, during his earlier graduate study in China. Dr. Wan has published over 170 peer reviewed papers and received more than $30 million in extramural grant supports from various funding federal agents such as NIH, NSF, DOJ and USDA. Dr. Wan serves as an editorial board member for Clinical Infectious Diseases and a guest editor for PLoS Pathogens.  

Continuing Professional Education Credit

Successful Completion of this activity, which includes participating in the educational offering, participating in the evaluation process and completing the verification of attendance, enables the learner to satisfy the requirements for continuing education.

Nursing Contact Hours

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). 

1.0 contact hour may be awarded.


The University of Missouri School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Missouri School of Medicine designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Financial Relationships

Current ACCME and Midwest Multistate Division, ANCC rules state that participants in continuing education activities should be made aware of any relevant affiliation or financial interest in the previous 24 months that may affect the planning of an educational activity or a speaker’s presentation(s). Each planning committee member and speaker has been requested to complete a financial relationship reporting form for the NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series. No planning committee member or speaker has a relevant financial interest.

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