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CIDID Seminar: Adam Lauring

  • Fred Hutch, Pelton Auditorium 1100 Fairview Avenue North Seattle, WA, 98109 United States (map)

Influenza evolution... getting personal

SPEAKER: Adam Lauring

Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor
Lauring Lab,
Department of Microbiology and Immunology,
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan

ABSTRACTWhile influenza virus evolution has been well characterized on the global scale, much less is known about how the virus evolves within infected individuals. My laboratory has been interested in these local scale processes with the goal of understanding the extent to which global processes are recapitulated at the host level and how within host processes contribute to larger evolutionary dynamics. I will present our recent work on influenza virus evolution in cultured cells, in individual hosts, and within households. I’ll briefly review our characterization of the fitness effects of point mutations and our extensive study of mutation rates using a new twelve class Luria Delbruck fluctuation test. I’ll devote the majority of the talk to studies of influenza virus evolution within and between naturally infected human hosts. Here, we have used high depth of coverage sequencing to determine the relative impact of positive selection and genetic drift on mutation frequencies within hosts. Finally, I will cover our recently published study of transmission bottlenecks in a household cohort.   


Streaming video: the seminar will be broadcast live once the event has started. The video recording may also be viewed at a later date. [link]

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