LLNL/Las Positas College 'Science and Engineering Seminar Series' launches new season

Nicholas Be, postdoctoral research scientist in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division at LLNL, will present " Combating Infections: Fighting to Heal Wounds from the Battlefield," on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 6-7:15 p.m. at Las Positas College.

The presentation is provided in partnership by LLNL and Las Positas College as part of the "Science and Engineering Seminar Series --- Theory to Practice: How Science Gets Done."

Be will explain how modern combat environments create many difficult medical challenges, including the management of traumatic wounds. He will examine how the extreme severity of combat trauma creates massive injuries that damage tissue, bone, nerve connections, and the blood supply and how healing such wounds is dependent on both the degree of infection and the way the human body responds to the injury.

Be has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Calvin College and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular medicine from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He joined LLNL in 2011, performing research in the Applied Genomics group. He has worked on a variety of genomics-based projects, ranging from wound diagnostics to early cancer detection to atmospheric detection of biothreat agents. His current work explores the use of next-generation technologies for improvement of combat wound evaluation and treatment on a project supported by the Department of Defense. Be was a recipient of the Keystone Symposia Scholarship of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Arthur M. Dannenberg Jr. Outstanding Trainee Award from John Hopkins University.

The seminar series is designed to enhance the partnership shared by the two Livermore institutions and provides a forum for Laboratory scientists and engineers to share their broad range of basic and applied research with the college's scientific community of students, staff and faculty.

The seminar is open to the general public and will be presented in the College's Multi-Disciplinary Building Lecture Hall, Room 2420 at 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore.

For more information see the flier or go to the Los Positas College website .