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UWM Scientists Develop 3D Videos To Better Understand Viruses

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Jason Rieve
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Tom Luljak and guests

Have you ever gone to the doctor feeling miserable and hoping to get some medication only to be told: “It’s a virus… antibiotics won’t help”?

One of the challenges in treating viral infections is that viruses themselves are incredibly difficult to understand. But a team of scientists at UW-Milwaukee have helped develop an amazing technique to not only see viruses, but to create three-dimensional movies showing how viruses infect healthy cells.

In the studio with us today are Abbas Ourmazd, Ahmad Hosseinizadeh and Peter Schwander, part of UW-Milwaukee’s internationally recognized Department of Physics. They are members of a research project that is revolutionizing our understanding of viruses and laying the foundation for the development of new treatments for deadly viruses that infect millions every year.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.