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Webinar: Everything You Wanted to Know about Viruses—An Introduction

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Rob Phillips, Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics, Biology, and Physics, Caltech,
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The coronavirus pandemic is what some are calling a once-in-a-century global event. To shed light on this unprecedented situation, Rob Phillips will describe what viruses are, how humans become infected by them, and how they spread across continents.

For the last 20 years, Phillips has sought to get a numerical grasp on the study of viruses. In 2018, Phillips and his longtime collaborators Ron Milo and Yinon Bar-On made sweeping quantitative global estimates of how much biological matter there is on the planet, illustrating how humans cause a disproportionate impact on our environment.

Phillips and his collaborators have recently published a paper in the journal eLife about the key numbers underlying COVID-19—including the virus's average concentrations throughout the body, the stability of the virus on various surfaces, and the infection rate.

This event is free. All members of the Campus and JPL communities and retirees are welcome.

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This event is presented by the Caltech Management Association (CMA). Membership in CMA helps bring great speakers and events to Caltech campus and JPL and is open to all active and retired employees of Caltech, and to contract employees as affiliate members.