Dr. Walter Tribley will give a lecture on “Emerging Infectious Diseases: Not Your Mother’s Common Cold” at 7 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom.
The event is open free to the public.
Tribley is president of the Northern Wyoming Community College District and a scientist trained in molecular biology with an emphasis in gene regulation.
His talk will provide an overview of concepts related to emerging or “new” diseases, from drug-resistant bacteria to viruses like HIV and COVID-19. The presentation will include discussion of how drug-resistant bacteria become prevalent, and the basic mechanisms of action for viruses.
To attend the free lecture, go online to www.sheridan.edu/lecture at the event time.
Dr. Tribley became fascinated with biology as a child by going camping and fishing with his dad. After earning undergraduate degrees in biology and education and a masters degree in biology at the University of Idaho, he started his career teaching biology at a community college in Florida. He later received a doctorate in biochemistry from Washington State University, where he studied the regulation of the follicle-stimulating hormone receptor gene.
He worked in biotech as a scientist and lab manager at a company trying to develop blood tests for gynecologic cancers, then left biotech for his first love, teaching. He has been engaged in community college administration for the past 18 years.
He became president of the Northern Wyoming Community College District on July 1, 2019.