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About this Course

About the Course

In this course, Dr Sarah Gretton (University of Leicester) talks about viruses. To do so, this series of mini-lectures expands on: (i) the impact of viral epidemics and pandemics throughout history, as well as understanding some key aspects of viruses; before (ii) delving into more details about viruses including their size compared to other biological items, common viral components and their organisation; and then (iii) introducing the viral life-cycle; before (iv) understanding how viruses can cause disease, sites of infection and replication and routes of entry and transmission; and finally (v) discussing the means of preventing and fighting the spread of viruses.

About the Lecturer

After graduating with a BSc Hons in Medical Microbiology from the University of Edinburgh, Sarah Gretton worked on Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) at the Centre for Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh, before embarking on a PhD studying the cellular biology of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) at the MRC Virology Unit at the University of Glasgow. Upon completion of the PhD Dr Gretton continued working on HCV as a research fellow at the University of Leeds. Dr Gretton worked as a sessional lecturer in Biological Sciences at Nottingham Trent University during the 2009-10 academic year, before joining the Genetic Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (GENIE) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science at the University of Leicester in 2010, teaching on the natural sciences and biological sciences programmes but also working on a number of educational projects. Dr Gretton was appointed director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science in June 2015, and also took on the role of institutional lead of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the same year. In 2017 Dr Gretton was appointed as programme director of the newly launched Natural Sciences (Life and Physical Sciences) programme, and from 2019-2021 was director of taught postgraduate programmes for the College of Life Sciences. Dr Gretton is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), led the natural sciences team in their successful UK Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2017, and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2021.