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Microbiologist discusses Zika virus at the Science Museum of Virginia


science museumThe Science Museum of Virginia welcomes clinical microbiologist Arthur Guruswamy as a special addition to its free Lunch Break Science program.

On Wednesday, July 27, Guruswamy will present Zika Virus Outbreak 2016: Accurate Diagnostic Information – discussing the recent Zika virus epidemic and the technologies being used to combat the spread of the disease.

The Museum invites members of the community to grab lunch and join in an active discussion about the Zika virus outbreak with the award-winning scientist. Guests will discover how to access the number of cases present in Virginia and beyond, while uncovering the realities surrounding this prevalent disease.

“The spread of the disease has not been contained and numbers of those infected are increasing daily,” explains Arthur Guruswamy, clinical microbiologist. “My presentation will focus on the newer molecular technologies being used around the world to contain the spread of the Zika virus disease and some features about the virus itself.”

Sharing his in-depth knowledge of infectious diseases, Guruswamy will give a professional perspective of diagnostic tests used to identify the virus in a laboratory setting. This presentation will approach the conversation from a research perspective, delving into newer and highly effective technologies used by scientists to halt the spread of the Zika virus.


About Arthur Guruswamy

Arthur Guruswamy is an award-winning microbiologist originally from Sri Lanka. After immigrating to the United States, Guruswamy pursued his passion for science and went on to attain a degree in Biology before becoming a clinical microbiologist. Throughout his career, he has published 10 major medical publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and given 15 international scientific research presentations. Today, Guruswamy volunteers at the Science Museum of Virginia, lending his expertise to hands-on experiences in the Museum’s labs and exhibit galleries.


Lunch Break Science is free to the general public. Seating is limited.



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