The next Boeing speaker is Alan Perelson. He is a senior fellow in theoretical biology and biophysics at Los Alamos and recent recipient of the Max Delbruck Prize in Biological Physics from the American Physical Society “For profound contributions to theoretical immunology, which bring insight and save lives.”
Alan Perelson, Boeing Distinguished Colloquium
Time: Thursday, May 10th at 4pm
Location: Smith Hall 205
The talk will be followed by a reception in the Lewis Hall lounge.
Title: Using Applied Mathematics to Cure Viral Infections
Abstract: Although mathematics is sometimes thought of as being abstract and not of much practical use,theoretical ideas expressed mathematically changed the way we think about viral infections and their treatment. I will show how this approach lead to the introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy that has converted HIV from a death sentence to a manageable chronic disease and how it now may lead to a functional cure. I will also briefly highlight how mathematics helped pave the way to the new antiviral drugs now curing hepatitis C.