Mark Young, professor of plant sciences and plant pathology at MSU, will give a lecture on understanding the various roles of viruses. The presentation, titled, “A changing view of viruses: Viruses from Yellowstone’s extreme environments,” will take place at the Museum of the Rockies Hager Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
Young, who has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, is internationally recognized for his contributions and leadership in the field of virology. His work has made MSU a leading university for the the study of archaeal viruses. Currently, Young is the principal investigator on the Dimensions in Biodiversity project and a National Institutes of Health-sponsored grant that explores the uses of viruses in nanotechnology.
The presentation will explore evolutionary relationships uncovered by looking at viruses from Yellowstone’s thermal environments and the relationships between viruses replication in boiling acid and the viruses affecting humans.
The lecture is a part of the Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer Series. The series is free and open to the public and recognizes MSU faculty for their work and leadership. A reception will follow the event.