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Dr. Michael Diamond, 2016 Elizabeth O. King Lecturer, has worked for the past two decades investigating how viruses work, with a goal of defining basic principles of pathogenesis and host immune restriction.
His talk will focus on how his laboratory has studied three emerging mosquito-transmitted viruses (West Nile, Chikungunya, and Zika viruses) of global importance from a basic perspective, and how this information facilitates the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.
The Audrey Rheinstrom and Anne Blevins Fund was established by the Trust of Audrey Rheinstrom. The King Lecture will be hosted as a Microbes after Hours event in partnership with the American Academy of Microbiology and with support from the American Society for Virology.
The American Academy of Microbiology (Academy) is the honorific leadership group within the American Society Microbiology. The mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public.
The American Society for Virology promotes exchange of information and stimulates discussion and collaboration among virologists.
There is limited seating and attendance is expected to sell out fast. The live event will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. (please arrive early). If you are not in the Washington, D.C. area, you can watch live online at ASM's YouTube channel.
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Michael S. Diamond, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology, Pathology & Immunology
Associate Director, Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs
Washington University in St. Louis
The research in the Diamond laboratory focuses on the interface between viral pathogenesis and the host immune response for several globally important mosquito-borne human pathogens, including West Nile, Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya viruses. The Diamond Lab interested in defining mechanisms of innate immune restriction and viral immune evasion as well as developing animal models of pathogenesis. They also study the structural and molecular bases of antibody-mediated protection of flaviviruses and alphaviruses, with a goal of identifying broadly neutralizing antibodies and their respective epitopes.