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Jonsson will discuss deadly hantaviruses Friday, April 28

Collen Jonsson, Beaman Distinguished Professor in the Department of Microbiology, will present “Making Sense of Virus Evolution—The Unsolved Puzzle of Deadly Hantaviruses” Friday, April 28 at 12 p.m.

Summer is on the horizon. As people prepare for increased outdoor activities, they need to be aware of a rare but deadly virus that is spread through mouse droppings. The severe respiratory illness known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome kills up to 40 percent of people who become infected. In her talk, Professor Jonsson will discuss the hantavirus and the mystery that comes with it. She will define the genetic determinants and mechanisms that facilitate the spread of the hantavirus within its rodent reservoir in nature.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, April 28 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Rooms C-D.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

Additionally, this year, we have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. Please email Amanda Womac for more details.

Please note: This is the final Science Forum of the Spring 2017 semester.