Trillions of microscopic bugs crawl around in our bodies every day. Sharon Greenblum, a graduate student in the Genome Sciences Department, says these bugs — which line skin, noses, and stomach walls — collectively weigh 3-4 pounds in each person. She’s studying the bugs in the stomachs of healthy and diseased individuals, to find out which ones make people healthy and which ones do us harm.
The immune system works hard to keep the body healthy, but viruses use a variety of “sneaky tricks” to escape the body’s natural defenses against disease. Jacquelyn Braggin studies the tools most important to viruses in their battle with the immune system. According to Braggin, understanding how and why viruses use these tools can help determine how viruses make us sick and how to prevent them from doing so. Braggin is a graduate student in the Microbiology Department.
Presented by: Town Hall and UW’s Engage: The Science Speaker Series, as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, with the University of Washington. Series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Tickets: $5. Double Feature! Admission to this event also gains access to Nicholas P. Money: The Microbes Around Us at 7:30 p.m.
Town Hall Member Benefits: Priority seating.
Doors open: 5:30 p.m.
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