The Catholic University of America

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"Influenza: The Once and Future Virus," a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Taubenberger

WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room B
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


The Department of Biology's annual Graduate Student Research Symposium features a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Taubenberger, an expert on influenza virus evolution who is studying this year's H1N1 flu virus and its origins and spread among humans.

Taubenberger is chief of the Viral Pathogenesis and Evolution Section of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

He and his team of scientists have sequenced the genome of the 1918 influenza virus from archived autopsy tissue, a feat which the journal Science included among its breakthroughs of the year in 2005.

The 1918 influenza killed millions around the world. The research by Taubenberger's team aims to explain how flu pandemics emerge and evolve and to provide insight on the severity of future pandemics.

As part of the Biology Graduate Student Research Symposium, graduate students will give talks from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Great Room B of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Students' research poster presentations will be made from 3 to 5 p.m. in Rooms 321-323 of the Pryzbyla Center.

For more information about the lecture, contact Ann K. Corsi, associate professor of biology, at 202-319-5274 or

MEDIA: To cover the lecture, contact Katie Lee or Kate Kennedy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.