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Virologist to present microbiology department’s Distinguished Lecture

William S.M. Wold, an internationally recognized virologist, will lecture on "Adenovirus Vectors for Cancer Gene Therapy" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in 218 Pearson Hall.

Wold and his colleagues have made major contributions in the understanding of how a common respiratory virus (adenovirus) is activated in infected cells and how it regulates cell death and evades the immune system. They have also designed and applied tumor-specific as well as tissue-specific vectors for gene therapy.

A professor and chair of molecular microbiology and immunology at St. Louis University School of Medicine, Wold is author of more than 150 research papers, holds several patents and is president and CEO of ViRX.

He is a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and also serves as consultant to biotechnology companies such as Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories and Dohme Research Laboratories.

His lecture is part of the microbiology department’s Distinguished Lecture Series, which is funded by an Academic Challenge Grant from the state.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Date Published: 03/08/2001
Volume: 20   Number: 28

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