How the immune system works to fight diseases and viruses like HIV and influenza is the focus of a new exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum.
“Building Immunity: How Fighting HIV and Other Viruses Helps Us Understand Our Immune System” is an interactive exhibit featuring the work of immunologists and computational biologists at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Cutting the ribbon at the grand opening celebration Tuesday, Dec. 19 was Laboratory Fellow and computational biologist Bette Korber, who earlier this month was awarded the title of R&D Magazine Scientist of the Year for her breakthrough work in HIV vaccine research. The new exhibit features Korber’s work, and also explores the history of the Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology group.
Laboratory Director Thom Mason and Museum director Linda Deck and were among the speakers at the opening reception, which also included a panel discussion moderated by Theoretical Division leader Jack Shlachter.
Joining Korber on the panel were Laboratory Fellow Alan Perelson and scientist Will Fischer. Korber discussed how the incredible diversity of HIV warranted a sequence database devoted to HIV, and how her team’s work curating the growing wealth of data has helped inform HIV research all over the world.