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Erica Ollmann Saphire, PhD
The Molecular Toolkit of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers
Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbial Science, The Scripps Institute, San Diego, California
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
Viruses must achieve a number of functions in their lifecycles, often using compact genomes. Dr. Ollmann Saphire will describe her laboratory's discovery that Ebola virus extends the functional complexity of its seven-gene genome by rearranging at least one of its transcribed polypeptides into different structures, with each distinct protein structure conferring a separate and essential function in the virus lifecycle.