David Wright attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where he received a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Classics. He pursued his graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA under the supervision of Prof. William. H. Orme-Johnson, focused on understanding the structure and function of the FeMo-cofactor of the enzyme nitrogenase. After beginning his academic career at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, David joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 2001. His research focus spans areas ranging from heme detoxification in hemophagous parasitic infectious diseases to developing tools and diagnostics for low-resource settings to understanding the biomineralization of novel materials in biological systems.
This is the fourth talk of World Health Week, sponsored by the VUSM Global Health Organization. Lunch provided on a first come, first served basis.