The host for the evening will be Dr. Jason McLellan
Where: 979 Springdale Rd #124, Austin, Texas 78702
When: Tuesday, March 15th, 2022, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: Cost per person: $20
Join the McCombs School of Business, the Texas Exes Austin Chapter, the Texas Tech Austin Chapter, and the Notre Dame Club of Austin for an evening networking event at Friends & Allies Brewery. Friends & Allies was founded in 2014 by Devon Ponds, McCombs MBA 2008, Jessica Ponds, McCombs MPA 2008, and St. Edward’s University graduate, Ben Sabin, BA 2009. Ben will give a brief presentation about the brewery’s operations and future plans for growth.
Our featured speaker will be Dr. Jason McLellan, Professor in the Molecular Biosciences Department at UT Austin.
In February 2020, Jason led the team at UT and the National Institutes of Health that made a critical breakthrough toward developing a vaccine for the 2019 novel coronavirus by creating, in only 2 weeks, the first 3D atomic-scale map of the coronavirus spike protein that attaches to and infects human cells.
Jason and his colleagues had spent many years studying other coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. They had already developed methods for locking coronavirus spike proteins into a shape that made them easier to analyze and could effectively turn them into candidates for vaccines. This experience gave them an advantage over other research teams studying the novel virus.
The bulk of the research was carried out by the study’s co-first authors, Ph.D. student Daniel Wrapp and research associate Nianshuang Wang, both at UT Austin.
Jason is the winner of multiple scientific awards, including the Golden Goose Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the William Prusoff Memorial Award from the International Society for Antiviral Research, and the Viruses Young Investigator in Virology Prize, among others. His research and expertise have been featured in multiple media outlets including CNN, Fox News, USA Today, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and National Geographic. Dr. McLellan earned a B.S. in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry from Wayne State University and his Ph. D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health’s Vaccine Research Center. After serving on the faculty at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in the Department of Biochemistry for five years, he moved his laboratory to the University of Texas at Austin in 2018, where he serves as a tenured faculty member and associate chair for graduate education in the Department of Molecular Biosciences.
Friends & Allies’ primary production facility and tasting room are located in the heart of East Austin, adjacent to Austin Eastciders and the Austin Bouldering Project, the largest bouldering gym in North America.
The event cost covers setup and two beers per person. Additional proceeds will be used to support the scholarship funds at the participating schools based on attendance. There is abundant free parking available on-site.
In addition, food can be purchased separately at the Dipping Springs Tender Co. food truck also located on-site. They offer extra crispy, kettle-chip crusted chicken tenders with a variety of southern sides and made in-house dipping sauces. Vegan and gluten-free options, too!
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