BioBus Student Town Halls

Scientists answer your questions LIVE!

BioBus hosts a Student Town Hall every Thursday at 4 pm ET — anyone can watch and ask questions. Each week, scientists answer your questions live! On the third Thursday of every month, the Student Town Hall is in Spanish. Submit your questions here, then join us live on YouTube! You can even ask more questions during the live Town Hall.

BioBus organiza un Foro Científico Estudiantil todos los jueves a las 4 pm ET. Cualquiera puede verlo y hacer preguntas. Cada semana, los científicos responden a tus preguntas ¡en vivo! En el tercer jueves del mes, el Foro es ¡en español! Envía tus preguntas aquí, luego únete a nosotros en vivo en YouTube. Incluso puedes hacer más preguntas durante el Foro en vivo.

The next topic of the Student Town Hall will be…

The Flu Around You!

Are you wondering what the flu is, where it comes from, and why we are told EVERY year to get a flu shot?! Good news! Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4pm ET, BioBus will be joined by three experts who will be answering your questions about the flu! Send us your questions NOW!


Dr. Maria Sundaram is an infectious disease epidemiologist, meaning that she studies how germs that make people sick spread through communities. She has been studying respiratory virus epidemiology and flu vaccines since 2011. Dr. Sundaram is also a current weekly expert contributor for BBC World Service Radio on COVID-19. When she is not doing research, she likes to play the piano, cook, and train capoeira.

Postdoctoral Fellow, ICES, Ontario

Dr. Florian Krammer is a virologist. That means he is a scientist who studies viruses. The goal of Dr. Krammer and his team is to find new vaccines and treatments for diseases caused by viruses. They focus on understanding the influenza virus, which causes flu, but they also study many other types of viruses, including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Professor of Vaccinology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York

Dr. Julie Schafer is the Chief Technology Officer at the Flu Lab and she works to find new ways to defeat the flu! Before joining Flu Lab, Julie spent 15 years in the U.S. government, where she co-developed numerous strategies and plans, and served in the White House National Security Council.

Chief Technology Officer, Flu Lab