Please join us for A Prof and A Pint, a monthly series of informal discussions, served over dinner and drinks, at Forager Tasting Room and Eatery. Brought to you by UC Santa Cruz Alumni, and helping to celebrate 2018 as the Year of Alumni, each talk will engage a UCSC faculty member or grad student in discussion with you, the local community of Silicon Valley. Talks are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. Topics include everything from organic Artichokes to endangered Zebras. Self-driving cars to Shakespeare. Audience participation is encouraged. You have to eat some time. Enjoy a great meal and learn something while you're eating!

Fighting Molecular War on Childhood Viruses
Monday, May 14, 2018
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Forager Tasting Room & Eatery


Viral respiratory and gastrointestinal infections are a major cause of illness and mortality in children worldwide. Professor DuBois’ lab studies the following important childhood viruses: astrovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza virus, metapneumovirus, and influenza virus. The lab uses a diverse toolkit of structural, biochemical, and immunological techniques to investigate the "molecular warfare" between virus and human host. With this information, the team develops new vaccines and antiviral therapeutics. Focal points for her lab's research include Vaccine design, understanding how immune system antibodies can protect against virus infection, and then engineering vaccine antigens to elicit protective immunity, and Antiviral antibody therapeutics,  Discovery of protective antiviral antibodies to prevent or treat virus infections.

Rebecca Dubois, professor in Biomolecular Engineering, studies the molecular mechanisms of human virus surface and replication proteins using a diverse toolkit of structural and biochemical techniques. She uses her discoveries to design novel vaccines and antiviral therapeutics. Before joining UC Santa Cruz, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, and at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at UC San Diego and her bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. 


Entry is free! But please consider ordering some food and a drink to support *Forager, our host.