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The QBI Online Seminar Series is presenting Marco Vignuzzi, a Principal Investigator focused on viral populations and pathogenesis at Institut Pasteur. Dr. Vignuzzi received his Masters degree in Fundamental Virology from the University of Paris in 1997, followed by his PhD degree in Microbiology from University of Paris and Institut Pasteur in 2001. He then obtained his postdoctoral training at UCSF from 2002 to 2007, before pursuing a H.D.R at University of Paris: René Descartes in 2010.
Dr. Vignuzzi's lab focuses on genetic mutations and tests concepts in evolution within the field of virology. His lab uses cutting edge technologies to develop computational and experimental approaches to monitor and predict virus evolution, using what they learn against them in new vaccine and antiviral approaches. Research in Dr. Vignuzzi's lab is centered around RNA viruses. RNA viruses are among the most simple organisms on Earth. For virologists, RNA viruses are a great model to test many of biology's unknowns, as well as their molecular precision. Many viruses are the cause of severe diseases in humans, animals and plants. So RNA viruses are both models and targets, as they cause the majority of existing and emerging infectious diseases: polio, influenza, Zika, MERS, dengue, chikungunya, Ebola, Foot and Mouth Disease, West Nile, and many more. Themes in Dr. Vignuzzi's lab therefore include evolution and population dynamics; computational and mathematical virology; virus and host interactions; virus dissemination and transmission; and antiviral strategies.
Talk title: "Out of the box: 20 years of targeting virus infections unconventionally"
Hosted by: Nevan Krogan
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