Physics Colloquium: Tanya Miura, Department of Biology, University of Idaho

Monday, April 9 2012 at 4:00 PM

Location: EP 209

THe Physics Colloquium with Tanya Miura, department of biology, University of Idaho, titled, “The Two Faces of Anti-Viral Immune Responses in the Lung,” will occur April 9 at 4 p.m. in EP 209.

Abstract: Respiratory viral infections cause a wide range of diseases including common colds, bronchitis, pneumonia and exacerbations of chronic lung diseases. Unlike bacterial pathogens, these infections cannot be treated effectively with available drugs. The severity of respiratory viral infections is determined by many factors, one of the most important being the immune response of the host. Inflammatory responses are required to initiate anti-viral immune mechanisms. However, these responses can cause damage and obstruction in the respiratory tract, contributing to much of the pathology associated with infection. In order to design new therapeutic strategies for respiratory viral pathogens, it is imperative that we understand both the beneficial and the detrimental immune mechanisms that intersect during viral infection in the lung. Miura's lab uses rodent models to identify the roles of various cell types in initiating and regulating immune responses to viral infection in the lung. The long-term goal is to identify potential therapeutic targets that preserve effective anti-viral responses, while limiting immune-mediated damage.