Harvard researcher to discuss HIV-1 in Feb. 1 lecture

Joseph Sodroski
Joseph Sodroski

Joseph Sodroski of Harvard's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will discuss the "Structure and Function of the Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) Envelope Glycoproteins," at 4 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Beadle Center, room E103. The Biotechnology/Life Sciences Seminar is preceded by a 3:30 p.m. reception.

Sodroski is a professor of pathology at the Harvard School of Public Health. The major interests of his laboratory are the early events in the HIV-1 infection.

In the lecture, Sodroski will discuss how the HIV-1 envelope glycoproteins mediate virus entry into host cells. As the only virus-specific proteins on the virion surface, the envelope glycoproteins are the sole targets for virus-neutralizing antibodies. The dual requirements to support virus entry and to evade the host antibody responses have shaped the evolution of the trimeric HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein complex.

The Biotechnology/Life Sciences Seminar series is free and open to the public. For more information, go to http://biotech.unl.edu.