Special Seminar

Lighting Up Viruses and Vaccines: Getting In, Getting About and Getting Out



Date
December 14, 2017
Time
2:00 PM
Speaker(s)
Paul Duprex, PhD
Professor, Department of Microbiology and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Director of Bioimaging, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories; Boston University School of Medicine
Location
Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 3
Description

Paul Duprex, PhD, is a molecular virologist and professor in the Department of Microbiology and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. He is also director of bioimaging at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories. Duprex will present “Lighting Up Viruses and Vaccines: Getting In, Getting About and Getting Out” at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, in Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 3. [Add to Calendar]

 

Duprex’s research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of viral pathogenesis and vaccine attenuation to further development of rationally attenuated vaccines. Through studies on animal virology, Duprex and colleagues seek to shed light on barriers that restrict cross-species transmission events and are developing tools to predict pathogen evolution. He investigates in vivo pathogenesis in natural animal hosts, focusing on human and animal paramyxoviruses like measles, mumps, human respiratory syncytial, and canine distemper viruses. His lab has pioneered macroscopic imaging of viral spread in living animals and has been able to compete viruses and assess transmission bottlenecks.

 

Duprex received his bachelor’s degree and his PhD from Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland. His PhD and postdoctoral work involved studies of foot and mouth disease virus and the now eradicated rinderpest virus. From 1999 until 2010, he was a lecturer and senior lecturer in molecular virology at Queen's University of Belfast. During this period, he also worked for Johnson and Johnson as head of the Department of Emerging Sciences and Technologies at TransForm Pharmaceuticals in Lexington, Mass.