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June 3 Viruses Forever Symposium Honors Eckard Wimmer

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Distinguished Professor Eckard Wimmer
Distinguished Professor Eckard Wimmer

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology is hosting the Viruses Forever Symposium on Friday, June 3, at the Charles B. Wang Center from 9 am to 5:15 pm in honor of Distinguished Professor Eckard Wimmer’s 80th birthday. The symposium is open to all faculty, staff and students.

Experts from around the world will give 30-minute talks on a variety of topics related to virology and molecular genetics. Of particular interest, Dr. Richard Kuhn from Purdue University will discuss his latest work uncovering the structure of Zika virus, which has attracted much media attention. Dr. Emilio Emini, director of HIV for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will talk about the HIV epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Other guest speakers include Sung Key Jang from Pohang University in South Korea, Sasha Gorbalenya from Leiden University in the Netherlands, Hans-Georg Krausslich from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Nihal Altan-Bonnet from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Konstantin Chumakov from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Jose Romero from Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and from Stony Brook University, Bruce Futcher and Ping Jiang.

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