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Dickinson College Hosts Virtual Discussion on COVID Vaccine Development

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Paul Duprex

10 Questions in Virology

by Gabriella Farrell '21

Paul Duprex, distinguished molecular virologist and vaccine designer, will discuss COVID-19 vaccine development in a virtual talk presented by Dickinson’s Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. The discussion, “@10queues and 10 Questions in Virology,” taking its name from Duprex’s Twitter handle, will take place Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. via a public YouTube livestream. The talk will be moderated by Associate Professor of Biology David Kushner.

Duprex will provide information about the two FDA-approved vaccines for COVID-19, including how they work, why it is important to be vaccinated and whether there are concerns about new viral variants.

Duprex is the director of the Center for Vaccine Research and a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His research focuses on human and animal respiratory viruses such as measles, mumps and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Additionally, Duprex is the Jonas Salk Chair for Vaccine Research. He serves as reviewer for numerous scientific journals, international institutions and for funding bodies that have supported his research. Currently, he is editor-in-chief of the Journal of General Virology and a senior editor of mSphere. Duprex is a member of the American Society for Virology and The Microbiology Society, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Kushner teaches courses in microbiology, virology, immunology, RNA biology and bioethics at Dickinson. Kushner’s research has been published in numerous academic journals including the Journal of Virology, Virology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology, and Molecular and Cellular Biology.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of mathematics & computer science and biology; the program in policy studies; and the health studies program. This lecture is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

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Published February 16, 2021