Mutant Viruses From Hell

Title of Internship Talk

Mutant Viruses From Hell

Student Information

Quincy Rose Kapsch



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Primary Mentor

Ken Stedman

Mentor Organization

Portland State University

Internship Title

Extreme Virus Structure Research

Internship Dates

Summer 2022

Presentation Date


Talk Description

Studying the structure of Sufulobus Spindle Shaped virus could yield valuable insights into the evolution of viruses and early life. Found in acidic high temperature environments believed to be similar to those in which life first evolved, SSV's unique lemon shape may be the key to it's survival. Over the summer of 2022, Quincy helped mutate position 66 of SSV1. She also worked on inserting a fluorescent protein into SSV1.

Mutant Viruses From Hell