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Academic Speaker Series

The mission of the Academic Speaker Series is to promote the intellectual environment of the College and to facilitate discussion of important issues in the community.

*Due to the ongoing and unique circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this session is available to members of the Landmark College community only.


Darin Edwards, Ph.D., Pandemic response using Moderna’s mRNA platform technology
Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 7 p.m.

Dr. Edwards will discuss:

  • Moderna’s mRNA platform technology
  • How the development of that technology has enabled fast response to pandemic threats
  • Background on SARS-CoV-2 and the current pandemic
  • Moderna’s SARS-CoV-2 vaccine program and description of their response to the pandemic

Darin Edwards currently leads the research group that has developed and evaluated Moderna’s SARS-CoV-2 mRNA-1273 vaccine. Prior to joining Moderna, he was at Sanofi Pasteur where he spent close to a decade working to develop vaccines against infectious diseases, including influenza, dengue, and yellow fever.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Landmark College Access to Innovation-STEM grant (National Science Foundation, DUE S-STEM ATEM Award #1643326).

Past Speakers

Watch the presentation by our most recent speaker, Dr. Darin Edwards of Moderna, called “Pandemic Response Using Moderna’s mRNA Platform Technology.”


Videos of past speakers are archived here


Lynne Shea, Dean, Liberal Studies and the Arts

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