OutsideIn | The ecology of bat borne coronaviruses with Dr. Ian Mendenhall
OutsideIn Series II
The upcoming talks have a common theme-Biodiversity
In this session, Dr. Ian Mendenhall, Principal Research Scientist at Duke-NUS Medical School, will discuss the ecology of bat borne coronaviruses.
Coronaviruses possess unique qualities that allow them to infect a wide host range. They have a proofreading mechanism and are prone to recombination. These opportunities are greatly enhanced in the context of a dense, multi-species bat roost. This talk will explore the coronavirus traits that make them conducive to spillover, past zoonotic coronavirus emergence, the roosting dynamics of bats, why having a large vertebrate pool with multiple species facilitates the opportunity for spillover, and how we (as humans) can mitigate the risk for spillover and survey these groups to better understand risk.
This series of talks is hosted by Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan and Prof. R. Sowdhamini of the National Centre for Biological Sciences.
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