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BioFrontiers Seminar: Dr. Sara Sawyer, Dept of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology at UT Austin
Start Date: 1/17/2013Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 1/17/2013End Time: 5:00 PM
Event Description:
Dr. Sawyer will give her talk,  “Genetic conflict: Co-evolution between animals and viruses” on Thursday, January 17th from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in the Butcher Auditorium (Room A115) of the JSCBB. This seminar will also be streaming live from You will be required to enter your campus user ID and password. Silverlight player is required to view the video, which can be downloaded at no cost.

ABSTRACT: Genetic conflict results anytime two organisms are competing for resources. These encounters place selective pressure on the genomes of each of the warring entities and are therefore major drivers of evolutionary diversification on Earth. We use HIV, arena viruses, and Dengue (some of the most important emerging human pathogens) to understand genetic conflict and its ramifications for human health. Specifically, we use bioinformatic analyses of sequence evolution to guide our experimental studies on viruses and the host cells that they infect. We have found that the sequence diversification that viruses have driven in the genomes of their hosts has now become the very obstacle that keeps them from transmitting between species with ease. As a result, the study of genetic conflict has revealed insights into the human genes that protect us from novel viruses emerging from nature, and where polymorphisms between humans make some individuals more resistant to infection than others. Go to: for more information about Dr. Sawyer’s research. A reception will follow in the JSCBB atrium.
Location Information:
East Campus - Caruthers Biotechnology Building  (View Map)
1201 Innovation Drive
Boulder, CO 80303
Room: A115
Contact Information:
Name: Emilia Costales
Phone: (303) 735-3001
BioFrontiers Seminar Series
This event is open to
  • Everyone
  • Of note:
    Anyone with a valid Eco pass can ride the Stampede between campuses along 18th street and Colorado Avenue, and the bus stops in front of JSCBB on the north and south side of Colorado Ave.

    If coming by bicycle or by foot you can either take the Boulder Creek Path. There are covered and uncovered bike carrels. Bikes are not allowed in the building so be sure to bring your lock. If you drive there is metered parking located on the northwest side and the southeast side of JSCBB.

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