Marc Jenkins (Ph.D.), an immunologist who heads the University of Minnesota Center for Immunology, will deliver two virtual lectures Wednesday, Sept. 8 in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s 31st Leonard A. Ford Lectureship.

Both virtual lectures are free to the public. Registration is required.

Jenkins will give a technical talk at 9 a.m. on Sept. 8 titled “The Grand Unified Theory of Immunology.” Online registration is available at

According to a provided abstract, Jenkins in his technical talk will discuss the clonal selection theory of the adaptive immune system and provide evidence for the theory using the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection as an example.

Jenkins will present a general talk at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 titled “How Your Immune System Responds to Viral Infection and Vaccines.”