Charles Martin, 844-3698 (


AUBURN -- Dr. Herve Bercovier, a world renowned microbiologist from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will speak at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine on March 23-24.

Bercovier will discuss fish vaccine and a DNA history of tuberculosis during his two-day visit to Auburn.

On Tuesday, March 23, Bercovier's topic will be:"Is Tuberculosis an Emerging or Re-Emerging Disease? (Perusing the Past to Predict the Future)" The presentation is aimed at a general audience.

On Wednesday, March 24, Bercovier will speak on "Koch's Postulates in the 20th Century: From Disease to Vaccines." The seminar will be a technical presentation of Bercovier's research data.

Both presentations will be at 10:30 a.m., at Greene Hall, Room 120, and refreshments and discussion will follow each.

Bercovier is a professor and the director of the Institute of Microbiology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the Veterinary College of Maisons-Alfort in France and was a tenured researcher at the Pasteur Institute in Paris before joining Hebrew University.

Bercovier has served on the international subcommittees on the Taxonomy Haemophilus, Pasteurella, Actinobacillus, Franciscella, Yersinia, and Legionella. His research interests include studies of Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (Johnes disease), brucellosis and fish vaccines.

The Bercovier lectures are part of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Joy Goodwin lecture series.

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CONTACT: Dr. Kenneth Nusbaum, 334/844-2693.