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A new era for vaccines? A Petri Dish conversation

Join for a lively conversation about new approaches to fighting disease.

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Event Details

  • Wed, February 17, 2021

  • 4 - 5:30 p.m. CT

  • Free, via Zoom

  • Register*

*You will receive the Zoom link to join in a confirmation e-mail and two days before the event.

It seems like the pandemic made everyone a medical expert as we latched onto any and every potential medical development that might end this disaster. But how now that vaccines are being developed from new processes, how do we really go from building basic knowledge to applications like vaccines and where did the technology used in the current COVID vaccine development really emerge from? Join us as we explore how seemingly esoteric research that can appear to focus on minutiae from the outside is really the type of work that leads to breakthroughs in science.

Hosted in collaboration with the Bell Museum.

Panelists Include:

Aaron Engelhart, an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development who studies ways to use DNA and RNA in ways beyond their well-known role in biology as information carriers.

Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, a professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences who studies retroviruses that cause cancer and AIDS, RNA biology, host-pathogen interface in health and disease.

Jason Varin is an assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. He also practiced as a community pharmacist for 22 years and has served as President of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association.


February, 2021