Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe gives Skeggs Lecture Oct. 8

Nathan Wolfe, the “Indiana Jones” of virus hunting, presents Youngstown State University’s Skeggs Lecture, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Stambaugh Auditorium on Fifth Avenue in Youngstown.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and are available at the Stambaugh Box Office.

Wolfe, dubbed by Time magazine at one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, travels the world to track, study and eradicate the next pandemic before it strikes. One of Time's for 2011, this Viral Storm author draws on his break-through discoveries to tell us where viruses come from, why they spread, and how to stop them.

Wolfe is the Lorry I. Lokey Business Wire Consulting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University; the founder and chief executive of Metabiota, a company that specializes in microbiological research, products and services; and the chairman of Global Viral, a non-profit that promotes understanding, exploration and stewardship of the microbial world.

Wolfe was named a Rolling Stone "100 Agents of Change," a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is also the winner of the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. He has received more than $60 million in grants and contracts from Google, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Department of Defense, among others.