Engage Speaker Series: Lexi Walls, Grace Hamilton, and Jacob O’Connor on 4/12/18

The first of this year’s speaker series took place on March 26th and was a smash success! https://townhallseattle.org/event/uw-science-now-32918/


Come see our next speakers, this Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This year, we’re excited to partner with Town Hall Seattle and Ada’s Technical Books in Capitol Hill! Entrance is free, but you can reserve a seat for $5.

UW Science Now


There are many viruses, both emerging and established, that have little to no treatment or cure. Before successful therapeutics can be obtained, the mechanisms underlying the viral infection cycle must be understood. Lexi Walls works to drive therapeutic design using microscopes to visualize the infection machinery of viruses at the nanoscopic level. She joins us to share viral snapshots and research for improving our understanding of how viruses function—and how best to inhibit their infection.






What does it mean to have the “correct” number of chromosomes for your species? What are the consequences of having an “incorrect” number, a condition called aneuploidy? Grace Hamilton explores the causes and consequences of aneuploidy, some human genetic diseases caused by aneuploidy, and the fascinating link between chromosome number and cancer.








Are you tired of taking prescription drugs with side-effects worse than the symptoms they treat? Jacob O’Connor presents his work on creating medications with fewer side effects through a computer software program called Rosetta. He combines this program with nature’s laws for creating peptides that can be used to treat conditions like organ rejection, and to design entirely new proteins that will serve as the starting point for a new generation of improved prescription drugs.


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