Physics and Astronomy Department

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium - Theoretical Physics of Viruses, Jef Wagner, Union College

March 5, 2020 12:03 PM–1:50 PM

Theoretical Physics of Viruses

Jef Wagner

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Union College

Viruses are small biological agents that replicate using the machinery already present in a living cell. As we have all experienced when viruses infect the cells of an organism, the organism (i.e. you) get sick. But viruses can be used for more than just making you sick. The virus's ability to infect and deliver a cargo into a cell has been used for targeted drug delivery and gene therapy. Understanding how viruses work at a fundamental level can help both understand treatment for viral infections as well as engineer novel uses for viruses going forward. In this talk, I will show how we can use the tools of mathematics and theoretical physics to model the fundamental behavior of viruses.


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