Splash Biography



JACK COLLORA, ESP Teacher




Major: Microbiology

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: G

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Past Classes

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S3372: Phage Therapy in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 27, 2018)
Antibiotic resistance is on the rise due to over and inappropriate use of antibiotics. Despite extensive searching, few replacement antibiotics have been discovered. We face a return to a world in which an infection is typically life threatening. One alternative may be to use viruses to fight our bacterial adversaries. The main goal of this course is to answer the question: Can viruses replace antibiotics? In brief, phages are just viruses which make bacteria sick. They exist virtually everywhere on our planet, and are forever in an evolutionary arms race with bacteria. It may be possible to use them to our advantage, but there are still questions as to if we should. For example, why wouldn't the virus just attack me after it's finished with the bacteria? Why wouldn't the bacteria just become resistant to these viruses? And many more.


E3311: Virology in Sprout Fall 18 (Sep. 29 - Oct. 13, 2018)
Viruses are everywhere and impact many things. Most notably viruses cause human disease, but there are also many helpful applications of viruses. We will be answering: What is a virus? How does a virus make you sick? How can viruses be used for good? and other questions that you may have about viruses.


S3140: Gene Therapy in Splash Spring 18 (Apr. 07, 2018)
A kid is born without an immune system until scientists infect his blood with a genetically engineered HIV virus. Sounds like science fiction, but it is currently a reality with modern medicine. A brief primer on gene therapy, the history of it, the science behind it, and a Q&A.


S3217: Gene Therapy in Splash Spring 18 (Apr. 07, 2018)
A kid is born without an immune system until scientists infect his blood with a genetically engineered HIV virus. Sounds like science fiction, but it is currently a reality with modern medicine. A brief primer on gene therapy, the history of it, the science behind it, and a Q&A.


C3070: An introduction to Virology in Sprout Spring 18 (Feb. 17 - Mar. 03, 2018)
What is a virus? Sure they make you sick, but what makes them different than other germs? This class will give a brief overview of what viruses are, how scientists learn about viruses, and how viruses impact society as a whole. Topics covered: Course 1: What is a virus? -Definition of a Virus in opposition to other life -Viral life cycle during infection Course 2: How are viruses researched? -Methods of studying viruses -Viral interactions with the immune system -Immunity to viruses Course 3: How do viruses impact society? -Viruses in the news: Ebola, Zika, and Flu -Viruses as cures: Phage and Gene Therapy