Dennis Bente, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Texas Medical Branch
Dr. Bente is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at UTMB. As an investigator, he has extensive experience working on vector-borne diseases and high-containment pathogens, including viral hemorrhagic fevers and SARS-CoV-2. As an educator, he has advanced interprofessional collaboration by developing learning opportunities for students from diverse professional backgrounds to learn about fieldwork and outbreak response.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

The global pandemics of Ebola, Zika, and now the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) crisis, have driven a surge of interest in the area of One Health. One Health is defined as a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach – working at the local, regional, national, and global levels – with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. Implementing this approach requires breaking down professional silos and engaging medical and veterinary professionals, laboratory scientists, the…