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April 19, 2013

Biological sciences expert can speak about biodefense issues in wake of ricin scare

David Sanders, associate professor of biological sciences

Sanders is available to speak about biodefense and potential biological warfare agents. He served as a scientific consultant to the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Biological Weapons Proliferation Prevention Program from 2003-2005. Sanders' research focuses on how viruses enter human cells and he has studied the Ebola virus, which is considered to have the potential to be used as a biological weapon. He is familiar with ricin and is an expert in the protein activation process necessary for it to harm human cells.

CONTACT: David Sanders, 765-494-6453, retrovir@purdue.edu