In Kristin Parent’s world of studying viruses that infect bacteria, she knows if there’s a host out there, there’s also a virus that can infect it. What she and her team learn about one can be applied to another. And that’s critically important from the perspective of human health.
Kristin Parent is the J.K. Billman Jr., M.D. Endowed Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at MSU. She and her team are working with a virus isolated in the Amazon in Brazil. They’re developing techniques to look at the virus under much higher resolution and create three-dimensional images to better understand its behavior. Along the way, Parent is arming the next generation of scientists with the tools they need to answer the next big questions.
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