Virus Evolution

with Paul Turner
Thursday, December 10, • Thursday, December 17, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

The current pandemic emphasizes the fact that viruses are always evolving and the importance of understanding how they are driven to emerge in new host species (such as humans). This class will explore virus evolution and the benefits of developing non-harmful viruses for use in disease therapy and other applications.

Paul E. Turner, the Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, examines how viruses evolutionarily adapt to overcome new challenges. His laboratory uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate these processes, employing techniques from microbiology, population genetics, genomics, molecular biology, and mathematical modeling. He was a member of the United States delegation at the joint USA-Russia Workshop on Infectious Disease held in Novosibirsk, Russia.

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