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Dec 04, 2018

Seminar - Define functions of viral genome and capsid at high resolution (Speaker: Professor Ren Sun)

Professor Ren Sun
Distinguished Professor of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology and Bioengineering
University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Date: Tuesday, 4-December-2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Seminar Room 5, LG1/F, Laboratory Block,
Faculty of Medicine Building,
21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Professor Sun’s laboratory takes systems biology approaches to characterize the virus replication capacity, in the presence of specific immune response, drug selection, and host-viral interactions, at the genomic scale. They integrate multi-disciplinary methods, including viral genetics, molecular and cellular biology, genomics, structural biology, microfluidics, informatics and mathematic modeling. They currently study the following viruses: Kaposi sarcoma-associate herpesvirus (KSHV), murine herpesvirus-68 (MHV-68), influenza virus, Zika virus and human immune-deficient virus (HIV). They have recently developed a method that will enable us to generate a functional genetic map of an entire viral genome at single nucleotide resolution. These studies will generate functional genomic maps that lay the foundation for comprehensively defining virus-host interactions, and accelerate rational vaccine design and drug development.