Speaker Name(s): Katalin A. Hudak, PhD Description: Viruses are essentially composed of the virus genome dressed in a protein coat. Their mission is to invade a host cell, quickly synthesize their viral proteins and replicate their genetic material, at the expense of the host's own machinery. They are then packaged into virus particles for release from the host cell to allow subsequent infection of other cells. This typical 'life cycle' has been the target of numerous strategies to control the rate of infection. This talk will describe the current approaches used to limit virus proliferation and will introduce research into novel antiviral compounds extracted from plants.