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UWM Scientists Develop 3D Videos To Better Understand Viruses

Jason Rieve
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.