Recorded Wednesday, September 23rd

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The video starts at the beginning of Dr. Wiedenheft's talk. His introduction is here:

Dr. Wiedenheft is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at MSU.  Originally from Montana, he earned his PhD from Montana State University in 2006.  He then went on to serve as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Lab of Jennifer Doudna at UC Berkeley, studying the adaptive immune responses of bacteria, which ultimately contributed to ground-breaking genome editing technology: CRISPR.  Tonight he will talk about how he is channeling his expertise into detecting SARS-CoV2.  He is the author/co-author of more than 80 peer reviewed articles in a variety of top journals including Science, Nature, and Cell.  In 2017 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the National Science and Technology Council, and most recently was awarded the Charles and Nora L. Wiley Award for Meritorious Research and Creativity at MSU.

Initiative for Science Technology, Ethics and Society community event featuring:

Blake Wiedenheft


Dr. Blake Wiedenheft, molecular biologist who studies how bacteria are able to fend off viral infections, and




Dr. Seth Walk, who specializes in infectious disease, microbial ecology, and evolution. 

Seth Walk


This interactive event will focus on the work being done by MSU Researchers in surveilling COVID-19 with wastewater testing in Gallatin County and increasing swab testing throughout our state.    Q & A will follow the presentations.

This online event is free and open to the community, so join us in learning about what is being done to fight the pandemic at the local level. 

Questions about the event? Email [email protected]