Title:  Antiviral strategies for mosquito-borne viruses: a ‘buzzing’ role for the mosquito vector?

Speaker: Assistant Professor Leen Delang (KU Leuven)

Bio:  Leen Delang is an assistant professor at the University of Leuven in Belgium. She received her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Leuven in 2011, working on new antiviral drugs for hepatitis C virus. As a postdoc, she identified new antiviral drugs for the chikungunya virus and elucidated their mechanism of action. In 2016, she was a visiting researcher at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where she studied transmission of drug-resistant chikungunya viruses by mosquitoes. In 2019, Leen started her own research group in Leuven, focusing on understanding interactions between arboviruses, their mosquito vectors and the mammalian host, and translating this work into new antiviral strategies.

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