Merchant Adventurers' Science Discovery lecture - Geometry: A secret weapon in the fight against viruses

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture


Viruses are responsible for a wide range of devastating illnesses, yet therapy options are still limited. Mathematics provides a unique opportunity to gain a new perspective on how viruses form and how their formation may be prevented by novel anti-viral strategies. This is due to the fascinating structural properties of virus particles, which look like tiny containers that share geometric properties with footballs. The Twarock group has developed new mathematical tools that have provided unprecedented insights into the geometric constraints on virus structure. In an inter-dependent interdisciplinary collaboration with experimentalists in Leeds, these new tools have been used to reveal features in the formation of viruses that could not have been identified by experiment alone, and that can potentially be targeted by new anti-viral strategies. In this talk, Professor Twarock will demonstrate how geometry can help to better understand how viruses form and evolve. She will explain how these insights have resulted in the discovery of an Achilles’ Heel in virus formation, and outline how this discovery provides a new perspective in the fight against viruses. Location: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate, York Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book at
Period20 Mar 2014
Event titleMerchant Adventurers' Science Discovery lecture
Event typeConference
LocationYork, United KingdomShow on map