Ruian Ke Leads $5 Million DARPA Project to Fight Influenza Virus

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has approved a $5 million grant for an interdisciplinary, multi-institution project project led by Assistant Professor of Mathematics Ruian Ke to develop gene therapy approaches to fight the influenza virus. A major component of the project is mathematical modeling of influenza infection and evolution at the intracellular, host and population levels, and their interactions with the immune system. Collaborators include biologists, engineers, and material scientists at Duke, Rutgers, Montana State, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More information is in this NC State news story.