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Women in Health 2018 Lecture - How a Virus Works: a Journey

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:00

John Snow Lecture Theatre
Women in Health
Polly Roy, MSc PhD FMedSci, Professor of Virology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Professor Polly Roy, OBE, will be delivering this talk titled 'How a virus works: a journey'.

Professor Polly Roy is a leading virologist who has made significant contributions to the complete understanding of orbiviruses – a distinct group of viruses of serious health and economic impact.

Brought up in Calcutta, Professor Roy moved to the USA to pursue her postgraduate study. She stayed in the US during her early professional career before accompanying her family to the UK.

Among Prof Roy’s accomplishments is the full characterisation of the Bluetongue virus, which is now one of the most well understood viruses thanks to her work. She accomplished the first synthesis of the infectious Bluetongue virus solely from synthetic genes in cells as well as in a cell-free system, a major achievement in the field of virology.

Prof Roy’s interests revolve around RNA viruses which, although small, display surprisingly complicated structures and life cycles. She is guided by the view that a thorough understanding of such infectious agents offers the most rational approach to their prevention and control.

Prof Roy received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014, was elected Fellow of the Society of Biology in 2014, and received a Senior Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust in 2012. The Indian Prime Minister presented Prof Roy with one of India's most prestigious academic awards in 2012, the Indian Science Congress General President's Gold Medal. She was also an Innovator of the Year' Finalist for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in 2012.

The lecture will focus on the progress of Prof Roy’s career, leading from basic biology to novel applied outcomes that improve treatment options; and how being a woman has influenced decisions and direction, and the obstacles that have been encountered and overcome. It will be followed by an informal discussion about her life with Professor Dame Anne Mills, Provost & Deputy Director.

Admission is free and open to all. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

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