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The Structural Basis of Ebola Viral Pathogenesis by Dr. Saphire (Transcript)

Event: NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture

Subject: The Structural Basis of Ebola Viral Pathogenesis

Speaker: Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbial Science, The Scripps Research Institute

Date: Wednesday, November 06, 2013, 3:00:00 PM




Dr. Collins: Good afternoon, everyone. This is a special day because we are in the first day of the NIH research festival and a special day because we have a remarkable lecturer as part of our regular Wednesday afternoon series who is here to teach us something pretty interesting about viral hemorrhagic fever, specifically Ebola virus.

Erica Ollmann Saphire has an interesting and very productive career bringing her to where she as a professor in immunology and microbial science at The Scripps Research Institute. We did a little digging and found a profile of her in the San Diego Union Tribune where she was called, the virus hunter and various comments were made about her contributions, which are obviously substantial. I won’t comment upon what they called her namely a steel magnolia. I thought that was odd to be putting in a profile of a scientist but you can decide for yourself later on.

She got her undergraduate degree at Rice with a double major in Biochem and Cell Biology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and then Ph.D. at The Scripps in the year 2000 and has been there in this remarkable productive enterprise focused on trying to understand how pathogens evade and usurp the innate and adaptive immune responses. She has quite a diversity of projects going on in the lab including Lassa and Marburg and Ebola fever and she is an expert in incorporating different approaches to understanding this, including immunology virology and X-ray crystallography.

So it is a great pleasure to have her here and I want to just point out that at the end of the lecture, we will have time for some questions and there are microphones in the aisle and again welcome to those of you who are watching on the web. We’ll try to be sure that questions are posed from the microphone so you can hear them and then at 4:00, we’re going to adjourn down the hall for continuation of informal conversations with our speaker but also the actual formal unveiling of the new FAES center, which I think you’ll want to come and have a look at because it is really quite beautiful facility and we’ll have a ribbon cutting, we will have a few hopefully short speeches and that will morph into a poster session where the scientific directors are actually themselves standing by their posters talking about their science giving you a chance to hit them up with really hard questions. So it’s going to be quite an afternoon.

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