The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will host a virtual Demystifying COVID Seminar Series event entitled, “What Do Bats Have to Do With It?” on March 9, 2021.
Bats, pangolins, and humans—oh my! This talk will explore the role wild animals play in the emergence of new diseases– including how they spread, what symptoms they produce in humans, how their origins influence their evolution, and more. You will leave with a better understanding of coronaviruses prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, currently, and what we can prepare for in the future.
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Community Science and Technology Seminar Series was launched to help the general public better understand and explore how science transforms our world.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Amy Sims is a virologist at PNNL who studies how the DNA manipulation strategies of viral attacks widens the path to future therapies. For instance, epigenetic modifications could help govern disease outcomes and sidestep immunity responses. She earned her PhD at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and spent fifteen years at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill before recently coming to PNNL.
Register for the event here.