Mosquito-borne viral infections are a significant global health challenge, with dengue alone causing 400 million infections per year.

The creation of chimeric or ‘hybrid’ viruses - using benign viruses infecting Australian mosquitoes - holds the key to accelerating viral research and paving the way to designing new vaccines, diagnostic approaches and antiviral drugs.

In this talk, virologist, UQ's Dr Jody Hobson-Peters will explore the latest news in engineering mosquito-specific viruses to tackle emerging One Health viral diseases.

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Meet the presenter

Jody Hobson-PetersDr Jody Hobson-Peters is a virologist based at The University of Queensland and specialises in mosquito-borne virus discovery and the development of novel vaccine and diagnostic platforms. Her breakthrough discovery was that of insect-specific flaviviruses with remarkable tolerance for exchange of their structural genes with those of other flaviviruses, including dengue, Zika and Japanese encephalitis viruses.



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BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

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Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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The Edge, State Library of Queensland