The Kirby Institute
Level 6, Seminar Room
Wallace Wurth Building
Kirby Institute is pleased to present:
Professor Rodney Phillips - "HIV and Darwinism."
"Prof. Phillips works on the evolution of HIV. HIV is one of the most variable infectious agents ever studied. New variants of the virus are generated at every round of replication. What forces drive the survival of these variants? How does HIV evolve as it passes from one host to another? Is HIV adapting to its new human host population and would we expect such adaptation to lead to more benign or more severe disease? Prof. Phillips is particularly interested in changes in the virus which facilitate its persistence in the face of host immunity. So called "immune escape mutants" have consequences both for the individual host and also for the population amongst whom such variants can circulate.”
Tuesday, 30th September 2014
Lunch: Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, 12pm-1pm